|ROB SMITH - FORMER CREW & USA OLYMPIC TEAM PLAYER
Rob Smith, WASA Eagle Director of Player Development since January 2004, has an extensive player, instructor,
and youth mentor background. Rob recently completed his MA in Sport and Exercise Education from Ohio State and is a
current Worthington Elem Sch Phys Ed Teacher. Plus ... Rob brings with him some Columbus Crew friends.
Rob Smith Playing Experience:
Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer) - 100+ appearances
1996 Olympic Team
1991-1996 United States Soccer
Federation Youth National Teams (Under 20 National Team and Olympic Team), multiple competitions around the world
University of South Carolina Men's Soccer Team - NSCAA All-American, 3-time Academic All-American - 85 games started/ played
over 4 year career
Rob Smith Coaching Experience:
USYSA National Youth License, and NSCAA National Youth
1996-pres Founder and Director of Learning Through Sports, oversees foundation which provides dynamic
learning experiences for young athletes in Columbus and several other sites around the US
United Soccer Club, youth development - hands on training and "behind the scenes" development for WU's fast growing soccer
2001-2003 Ohio South Olympic Development Program
2000-2001 Men's Soccer Staff, University of South
Carolina Assisted in all areas of an Elite NCAA Division 1 Men's Soccer Program
Rob's Objectives and Philosophy:
Development - the process by which a player grows and matures psychologically, technically, tactically, and physically within
their soccer environment.
Player Development Objectives
DESIGN a dynamic program for players U-9 up (both on an individual
and team level) - a hard copy and web based version for parents, coaches, and players to view on a weekly basis.
exciting opportunities for the players on a weekly basis to challenge themselves as players and as members of a team.
exciting QUARTERLY opportunities for players over the course of each year that will leave lasting memories (Blue Crab United
exchange - Fripp Island, SC, SUMMER TRAINING CAMPS, Team Building Camps, Meet the Pro's workshops, Soccer in the Park pick-up
games, and more throughout the year) AND YES, even opportunities for the parents...
INITIATE and FOllOW-UP with coaches
on an ongoing basis on how best to serve teams
MOTIVATE Eagle players on an ongoing basis to become the best they can
be as players, and as people.
The different organizational levels (Club Director,
Director of Player Development, Coaches, Trainers, Parents) must develop quality, open relationships with mutual respect for
the benefit of the player.
Remember... the player must be the focus of all decisions.