UYSA Coach of the Month
Coach: Molly Poletto
Current Team: Utah Avalanche
Coaching Experience: USSF National B License. I have been coaching for about four years now. I have the opportunity to work with the University of Utah Women’s team for the past couple years. I also work with the Region IV Girl’s goalkeepers and Utah ODP teams. I have had the chance to work with various teams within Avalanche at multiple levels as well as working with the goalkeepers on the Avalanche and Apex side.
Playing Experience: I grew up playing in Colorado for Rush Nike and Storm in my earlier days. I had the opportunity to play at the State, Regional, and Youth National Team levels. I received a scholarship to come play at the University of Utah, but I received my eighth concussion my freshman year. Hence, I started coaching and fell in love with it.
Favorite Soccer Teams: For NWSL: Houston Dash For MLS: I like Real Salt Lake Internationally: Celtic F.C., Liverpool. Also, I like all of the U.S. Youth National and Full National teams.
Favorite Soccer Player: Past US WNT: Michelle Akers Current US WNT: Julie Johnston or Morgan Brian. Internationally: Robbie Keane
Most Memorable Soccer Experience(s): As a player it would have to be when Utah let me start a spring game after my injury. My best friend and former player, Jenny Hutton, took the kick off and passed the ball back to me so I can kick it out. As a coach, there have been many special moments: every player and team I work with I learn something new from them and that experience. I can’t pin one down yet because it may not have happened yet. However, I would have to say the memorable experiences are the people I get to meet and work with each day.
Coaching Philosophy: I believe soccer is a tool we can use to teach valuable life lessons to our players, whether they know it or not. I think respect for the Game, players, coaches, and all others involved is essential, and I implement that into my everyday training. My hope is to develop players that are in challenging environments, yet who are confident in pursuing their future goals and wanting to always learn and give back to others.
Favorite Movie: I have a couple, Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, and The Notebook.
Favorite Food: Raspberries
Special Interests: I love to road bike, hike, read, and spend time with my family and friends when I am not traveling.
Your favorite coaching saying: “ Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” –They Call Me Coach, John Wooden
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