It is always nice receiving positive feedback from parents of our club regarding our coaching staff and the lessons they teach the players. Read below an email we received from a 2002 parent.
Since sometimes it seems people only reach out when there is an issue or to give negative feedback, I wanted to write and give positive feedback on two of your coaches – Stu Sharples & Ben Stuart. My son has been playing for Stu since last summer and has been doing goalie sessions with Ben off & on since last summer.
Both have had a very positive influence on my son both as a developing soccer player as well as a person overall. He likes how both coaches push him, & the whole team, to work as hard as possible to improve but not to the point of overdoing it. They both seem to know how hard to push the boys but not to be overbearing and too aggressive.
Last week I reached out to Stu as my son has had to miss several practices & games so far this spring due to a variety of issues and will have to miss this Friday’s 1st 2002 Boys tryout. He was concerned it would have a negative impact on his position within the Club going forward. After I mentioned this to Stu, he took my son aside at the next practice and made sure he understood that his position within the Club is safe and that Stu knows how hard he works at improving his skills & not to worry. It gave my son much relief to hear that from his coach.
Yesterday was the first goalie session my son has been able to have so far this spring with Ben. He was tired and sore from two games this weekend. It was so nice to get a text message from Ben late last night saying how happy he was to be able to work with my son again and how he appreciates how hard he works to better his goalie skills.
My son has been playing for FCNJ for over 3 1/2 years now & he has liked every one of his FCNJ coaches – past & present. He is proud to be part of this Club and we hope he will be able to continue to play for the Club for the rest of his HS career. As he will likely not play competitive soccer in college (besides maybe Club level), it is about getting better for his high school career while having fun as well as learning to work within a team environment and becoming a respectable young adult. He is getting all of this from every one of his FCNJ coaches. And that is a lesson he will be able to keep for the rest of his life.
Thank you for instilling the proper mix of soccer and life learnings to these kids.