UYSA Coach of the Month
Coach: Meri Bennett
Current Team: Outlaws FC Girls ’00-head coach, ‘03 & ’99-assistant coach
Coaching Experience: 2001 Coach Layton High, Head Girls Trainer at Steam
Coaching and Training various teams in between 2008 – Present: Coaching and Training Outlaws FC, C-Licensed Coach
Playing Experience: Club, High School, College, Women’s League D1
Favorite Soccer Teams: Real Salt Lake & Portland Timbers
Favorite Soccer Player: To be completely cheesy, my husband, Devin Zimmerman. He’s an awesome keeper, played for the Portland Timbers, but is an amazing field player. The thing I love about watching him play – he makes it simple, he’s not a keeper that makes an easy save look flashy. He’s very athletic and technically sound and can read the game, so the ‘huge saves’ some keepers have to make don’t have to be huge to him because he’s read the development up to the shot and is in the correct position.
Most Memorable Soccer Experience(s): Winning the RMAC – my college conference. It was exciting to see all of our effort finalize on our team’s achievement, working as one. Meeting my husband at college, where we both played – Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO. Watching my oldest daughter make ODP. Watching my youngest daughter learn to dribble before she could walk (literally).
Coaching Philosophy: Development. Development of the player, team and the game. And if you ever stop learning you’re obsolete.
Favorite Movie: Green Street Hooligans & Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Favorite Food: Blackened Salmon from Roosters on 25th or my grandma’s fry bread.
Special Interests: Crossfit, Paleo, nutrition. I love seeing progression in people, mind and body – I love seeing people realize their potential and really push through their own boundaries.
Your favorite coaching saying: Be the player people hate to mark. Be the game changer.
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