Sports editor Craig Anderson emailed questions to Middletown High senior Evan Ferguson, who volunteered to coach the U-10 M.O.T. Portugal recreational team with teammates Sean Swift, Davey Huegel, Josh Sommer and Ben Ross this fall.
Q: What skill do kids need the most work on?
A: I think that the kids would benefit most from just working on ball control and basic passing, since that is what accumulates to the scoring of goals and the team's success.
Q: What is the most fun part of practice for all you coaches?
A: The most fun part about coaching is teaching them the same things you were taught when you were that age, and remembering how fun it was playing soccer at a young age.
Q: Did you have any hesitations or doubts about coaching when Ms. Roland asked?
A: No, I don't think so. When coach asked who would be interested in coaching a U-10 team, I thought that it would be a good opportunity for me to be able to switch roles and be the coach rather than the player.
Q: What makes a good goalkeeper?
A: I think that a good goalkeeper demonstrates charisma, patience, and confidence. He is the leader of the field, and has to show that he can command the flow of play. Like Coach Mueller tells us goalkeepers, "Goalkeeping is 90 perrcent mental, 10 percent physical."
Q: Has this experience made you more or less likely to want to coach in the future?
A: It has made me more inclined to in a way, because I enjoy teaching younger players the basics and skills they need to keep pursuing soccer in the future. I think that if they enjoy it as much as they do now, then they will become more passionate for it as they get older.