CSF By Coach Mark

CSF By Coach Mark

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2 employees
35 years in business

About this pro

He has a background in both NCAA Division I collegiate as well as over ten years in the American Professional and Semi-Professional Leagues, I have a unique perspective as a player. Then, when you combine that with over 35 years as a Coach and Head Soccer Trainer, you will find that I am bringing with me to the table one of the most important components any student or player could ever want to have in his or her instructor: experience.....   

Helping people help themselves helps my spirit.

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Elk Grove, CA 95758
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The process is simple. First, we discuss the client's interests, desires, short and long-term goals etc, then we go to work while monitoring input, issues, progress, feedback etc. Once we find a comfortable Rhythm and/or pace, we attempt to sustain it while as we introduce new stimulus that has also been pre-discussed. Then we repeat the cycle as we attempt to improve form, technique and increase repetition without risking and/or exposing to injury. The key is to make progress every day.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

1) C.P.R Certification; Red Cross, Stockton, CA 2) Advanced Life Support Certification; Red Cross, Stockton, CA 3) E.M.T and Fire Science Coursework; Delta College, Stockton, CA 4) UCLA Psych Dept; Early Childhood Development Coursework, Los Angeles, CA 5) UCLA Kinesiology Dept; Movement in Athletics Concentration, Los Angeles, CA 6) US Soccer D. License; US Soccer Federation Certification, Chicago, Il

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$40 per session when clients schedule/book six (6) sessions in advance giving them a session balance of (6) six sessions. Provided that the client/student is pleased with the service, once his or her balance is depleted down to a two (2) session balance, he or she is directed to replenish their session balance again to (6) six sessions by purchasing another round of sessions and the process repeats itself each time that the cycle repeats itself. 

How did you get started teaching?

I began my profession initially as a volunteer at the age of 15 with the Fresno Junior Soccer League at the request of my employer to just help out his youngest Daughter's eight and nine-year-old team as an interim Coach until they were assigned a permanent Coach to relieve me of my duty. Well, I have to admit that the position was enjoyable and interesting for me and quite stimulating for the young girl players while they remained undefeated for the three-week assignment. Three weeks turned into four. Then four weeks into five and I believe that the marriage was going so well at this point that there became no real rush for the coach anymore since all requirements were being met and everyone involved was happy (including me). Eventually, we came to the conclusion that I would be given the job permanently as the only paid coach (and a teenager at that)in the league. From this point forward I never looked back and have been teaching, coaching, and instructing ever since. I cannot this of any better way to spend my time. I am committed to this as long as I am able.  

What types of students have you worked with?

The entire spectrum. I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work with students with special needs, Special Olympics, all the way to youth recreational, NCAA Division I Collegiate to European Professional. I have been blessed to have had this experience. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Most recently meeting a young Soccer Player named Connor Smith who is 9 years old and who along with his Older brother Jake (10 years) lost both of their Parents (Yes, both of their parents) in a double murder within the last year. Although they were not present when and where it happened, they are both aware of the level of violence that took place and have been greatly impacted by the loss both emotionally and psychologically. They both are now being raised t=by their single Grandmother who is at an advanced age herself. When I met the grandmother and heard the story I was blown aware myself without even knowing the parents so I can only imagine how the boys are feeling. Knowing what I know, I thought maybe I could help so I've been giving them free soccer lessons to try and see if maybe that might be some needed enjoyment in their difficult lives in hopes that it could help. I'm just glad that they like soccer and when I am able to teach him something new he is excited by the results that he sees and I'm glad I can help. Even just a little bit. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask lots of questions to try and determine if you find that the answers given constitute a good fit for both of you. Remember, there is no such thing as a bad question.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Just take a little time to determine what their needs are and then focus the interview around those needs that have been identified.

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