Coach of the Month

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UYSA Coach of the Month

October 2015

Coach: George LaDamus
Current Team: Strikers RB (U14 Girls) 
Coaching Experience: Over 12 years, beginning with recreation soccer for 2 years then coaching my daughter from U9 through U18 with UYSA, and now coaching my current Layton Strikers team since Spring 2013.
Playing Experience: Indoor Co-ed and at practice with my teams. 
Favorite Soccer Teams: Strikers GL, Strikers RB, Manchester United and Real Salt Lake 
Favorite Soccer Player: Ryan Giggs
Most Memorable Soccer Experience(s): Too many to list, but one of my favorites was my previous team (Strikers GL) falling behind 3-0 in a tournament final and battling back to tie the game 3-3, and then my daughter scoring on a penalty kick in the final seconds to win the game. Being at the MLS Cup in Seattle in 2009 and watching Real win was also unforgettable. 
Coaching Philosophy: Positive coaching - teach players the technical and tactical skills they need, then give them the freedom to be creative and not be afraid of making a mistake.
Favorite Movie: Any “date-night” movie with my wife Carol is my favorite movie. And no, she did not write this answer. ?
Favorite Food: BBQ – especially in Austin, Texas.
Special Interests: Harleys, Fishing, 4-wheeling – basically anything outdoors.
Your favorite coaching saying: We may face a team with more talent, but there is no excuse to allow a team to work harder than we do.

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