WYC 054 – Youth Soccer – Chris Stricker talks turning around a culture so kids believe they can win

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What does it take to be a winning youth coach? Listen in as Chris Stricker shares stories and discusses his journey to becoming a successful youth sports coach.

Chris has been the Head girl’s soccer coach of perennial powerhouse Coppell High School in Texas.  His accolades include: 7-time District Coach of the Year, 17 straight years of playoff appearances, 2009 and 2014 Texas 5A State Champions, 2009 NSCAA Texas Large School, Dallas Morning News, and  TASCO Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Organization Coach of the Year. Chris also has built one of the best soccer camps in the country.

Chris is married and has 4 children –  15 year-old son, 13 year-old twin sons, and a 11 year-old daughter.

Twitter: @stricker_soccer

Website/Camps: strickersoccer.com

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‘As a coach – you can’t be pulling the wagon by yourself.  If your best players are pulling the wagon – everyone is going to on board.’

Turning around the culture on a team

  • You have to instill the vision so the players believe they can win
  • Have them set goals – and every practice you’re reminding them of what there goals are


  • 4 Pillars of the program:
    • CALI:
      • Commitment
      • Accountability
      • Love
      • Integrity

Establishing goals/guides

  • Break everything into relatable levels: Barclays level, National level, College.


  • If your best players are your hardest workers – you’re going to always have a good team:

    ‘As a coach – you can’t be pulling the wagon by yourself.  If your best players are pulling the wagon – everyone is going to on board.’

  • Every kid on the team needs to be crystal clear on what their role is on the team

Culture – Discipline/Rewards/Teambuilding

  • Everyone will be treated fairly, but that doesn’t mean everyone will be treated equally

Teaching Skills

  • At the younger ages – the most important thing to teach is technique.  To keep the kids engaged you have to find creative ways to keep it fun.
  • An effective way to teach is have your most talented kids help teach the less talented kids.

The One that Got Away

  • Losing to their big rival the first 2 years, which kept them out of the playoffs.  But those losses were used as fuel

Favorite sports movies

  • When the Game Stands Tall
  • Miracle
  • Remember the Titans
  • Facing the Giants

Best Stolen idea

Parting Advice

  • Don’t try to be the kid’s friends – be their teacher who cares about them
  • Have a plan


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