The Game Humbled Me as a Coach

My name is Melchor Albarran. I have been coaching soccer for about 14 years.  I started my coaching career at Laton Middle School as a Recreational coach.  Went to Lemoore YSA for Recreational soccer and have been coaching on the competitive level for the last 5 years.

I’ve always loved playing and watching soccer. One of the reasons that got me coaching for LYSA was due to the interest of my children that wanted to play, but wanted me to coach them. I wanted to provide a positive and learning environment for them to enjoy and learn.

In my years of coaching, I have seen how some recreational coaches forget that it’s not about them, but about the kids that are playing and they ensure that they learned a new skill or enjoy participating and having had a great experience.

My son is currently playing on the competitive team for the U11 boys. We have had a great season and finished the association cup losing in the Championship game.

That game humbled me as a coach, because as I was ready to cry for my boys!  They instead wanted to celebrate the fact that they made it to the championship game. They felt they had accomplished their goal and just finished one short. Overall, they showed me how much they matured and how much fun they had at the association cup.

I’ve enjoyed coaching this group of boys, and feel that in the long term we will build a team that everyone in and outside of California will know when they get older. I plan to provide them with the right training so that they can continue to grow and get better. To learn discipline and always remember that school comes first and soccer comes second.

Coaching takes discipline, patience, consistency, organization, and commitment.

Thank you,  Melchor Albarran U11 LYSA Boys

Editor’s Note: Melchor was also named D-7 Boys Coach of the Year-2016