Alan Croft

Coaching Experience

Soccer:

  • USSF National E Licensed Coach
  • 7+ Years’ experience coaching youth ages 6-18
  • Individual/Group Private Training Instructor for 5+ Years

Futsal:

  • 2017 USFF NW Regional Champions 04’ Boys (Assistant Coach)
  • NSCAA Level 1 Futsal Diploma

Playing Experience

  • U-14 Super Y League ODP NE Regional Team Captain
  • U-14 U.S National Pool
  • 2007 Regional Finalist (Eastside Eagles U-18)
  • 2007 Oregon State Cup Champion (Eastside Eagles U-18)
  • 2006 Oregon State Cup Runner up (Eastside Eagles U-17)
  • 2015 2v2 American Panna Champion

What I love most

My family, I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I’m at today without them, I’m very fortunate to have such amazing parents that support me.

Background

Born in Alberta, Canada, moved to Albany, New York when I was 5 then moved to Vancouver, WA when I was 15. I have been playing soccer since I was 5 years old, and have always had a ball at my feet. I really enjoy the creative side of soccer with the unlimited possibilities of tricks and moves you can do with the ball. During the past 4 years I have gained interest in freestyle soccer, and it has become one of my favorite hobbies. My favorite part about freestyle is that all you need is a ball to have fun. It’s so challenging and you learn a lot about yourself in the process of getting better.

Philosophy

I believe that the game is the greatest teacher but the influence and direction a coach can have on a player can either make or break them. Coaching is all about the information you are giving and how you present it. Each player is different and as coaches we must adapt to the players individual needs, improving their weaknesses while increasing confidence and developing their strengths. Players must not be pressured to play but rather educated on the many opportunities available from playing soccer.

Every player has potential, and maybe not potential to be a professional but potential to be a great person. Soccer teaches us many lessons in life, from working hard to get what you want, to learning the ability to communicate and work well with others, to showing respect and sportsmanship, and why having a great attitude is so important. Coaching soccer is so much more than just developing players, we are shaping lives and we must develop the person at the same time as developing the player because soccer is much more than just a game, soccer is life.

Favorite Teams

FC Barcelona/Portland Timbers