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Bob McAllister

Director of Coaching
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COERVER Coaching Youth Diploma 1                      

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Bob McAllister joined the staff in August, 2017 as the Director of Coaching of both the Yakima Youth Soccer Association Recreational side, as well as the Yakima Crossfire Premier side. McAllister is a retired American Soccer player, and is the Co-Founder for SOZO Sports of Central Washington.  McAllister is recognized in the WSYSA "Best Soccer Ever" History Book in 2012 for his achievements in professional leagues, along with other Washington State Youth players that achieved professional leagues or Nation Team Player pools status. He played on the reserve team for the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League in 1983 & 84, and played with the Yakima Reds in the USL for 5 seasons, 1996-2000. 

McAllister graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue WA., where he was an All King County soccer player in 1981. He then played soccer on scholarship at Bellevue Community College where he was the team captain when it went to the 1981 and 1982 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges state championships. 

He also was a two-time NWAACC all-star. McAllister has taken his coaching career to the college ranks as an assistant at Western Washington University in 2001, after two years he left to focus on youth development through the Selah Parks and Recreation programs. McAllister started the Selah F.C. before becoming a coach with the Yakima Reds. McAllister has served as Technical Director for Yakima Youth Soccer Association / Sun City Strikers, and is the Director of his own Soccer Academy. McAllister was recently added to Interlake High School's (Bellevue School District) "Most Notable Alumni" category for his professional playing background and involvement as Co-Founder of SOZO Sports of Central Washington.  Interlake High School

According to Soccer America.
Fundamentally, the job of a DOC can be summarized in one basic proposition: to develop and improve coaches so that players maximize their potential at all ages. 

Accomplishing this lofty objective requires wide-ranging professional skills: 

Staff Development
Successful businesses have talented people at every level who are ready to “move up” when their superior is promoted or leaves for another company. Both depth and “upward mobility” of staff are reflective of an environment where employees are challenged, developed, and recognized for their abilities. 

The best DOCs have a program for internal staff development -- both formally (licensing courses, seminars, etc.), and informally (regular feedback and observation, mentoring, etc.). 

Staff Recruitment and Assignment 
Identifying coaches with special talents, or coaches who can help your club in specific areas, is key in creating a staff with depth and breadth. 

A DOC should always be looking to attract great coaches, and individuals with the potential to become great coaches, to the club. Just as important, a DOC needs to assign the right coach to the right age group based on the particular strengths of the coach and the demands of the age group. 

Culture Creation 
Club culture can create an environment conducive for success or failure, and an environment that retains players and staff or loses them. Creating positive culture can be as basic as defining (and limiting) the roles and responsibilities of different constituents -- parents, the Board of Directors, coaches, etc. 

Positive culture is reflected in an environment where players and coaches internalize the work rate and commitment required for success, and feel loyalty to the organization. At the highest level, the DOC is the most important person in the club in creating a culture that values and rewards player development instead of a culture that focuses solely on winning. 


Playing Philosophy
One common tenet of coaching is that the system of play should be chosen based on the players, not the opposite. With that said, the style of play within a club should not vary from one age group to the next, or from one coach to another.

At a basic level, the goal of any youth club should be to play possession-oriented, attacking and skillful soccer. Within this guideline, there is room for tremendous variance based on personal preference. The best clubs in the country are marked by the fact that their teams, at every age group, attempt to play with a similar style and philosophy. (This is also a tremendous aid in player development across age groups.) 


Player Development
Is the club consistently developing players who can play at the next level? While there can be many reasons why teams are or are not successful, the ultimate responsibility of a DOC is to create an environment where players can maximize their potential. As a “quick and dirty” measurement, individual player development is a good barometer of a DOC. 

Finally, while the personality of every DOC will be different, the following traits seem to be consistently found in the very best DOCs:

* Unquestioned personal integrity -- leadership of any kind demands nothing less, and a lack of integrity will always end up hurting the club and its players, no matter short term success. 

Technical expertise -- you can’t lead if you don’t know. 

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 Great communication skills -- without a well conveyed message, good ideas are useless. 

* Eager to learn -- the best in any field are always trying to get better. 

* Visionary -- great DOCs are always thinking about the future of the game, and specifically how their club will adapt to that to best serve its players. 

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 Controlled Competitiveness -- while everyone wants to win, a DOC must be able to distinguish between short-term wins and long-term success. 


 

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