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Youth Soccer Insight: Mentoring Assistant Coaches

The end of the season is a great time to evaluate and reflect upon the positive and negative outcomes of a program. One area of focus that seems to be overlooked is the concept of assistant coach mentoring. In many cases, assistant coaches decide to join the coaching ranks because they feel they lack the coaching expertise or prowess to be the head coach or they lack the time to devote to the head coach position.

In either case, the key is that we have assistant coaches who are willing to commit to our players and to our program as a whole. In return we could offer a mentoring system to further develop the interests and talents of these volunteer coaches. In essence, when administrators and head coaches create a mentoring program what in turn happens is that a pathway develops which allows these assistant coaches to move into head coaching positions.

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