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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:

1996-2000 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
1991-1994 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 Diploma

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
2001-2003 Worthington United Soccer Club, youth development - hands on training and "behind the scenes" development for WU's fast growing soccer club
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:

Player 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.
CREATE exciting opportunities for the players on a weekly basis to challenge themselves as players and as members of a team.
CREATE 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.

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Duncan Oughton, Crew mid fielder

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Brandon Moss, Crew midfielder

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Jed Zayner, Crew defender

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Hillary Hughes, #5, Ohio Wesleyan Univ - Senior, defender

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CONGRATS ROSS ON YOUR 1ST MLS HAT TRICK, 9-4-04 !
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ROSS PAULE, 2003 CREW MVP, AFTER A WINTER EAGLE SESSION, TITLED: MAKE THE MOST OF AN OPPORTUNITY