"I have known Coach Don Maples for 6 years. In that time, I am continually impressed with his knowledge, attitude, passion and enthusiasm. His experience as a head coach, knowledge of the sport, and his ability to mentor local coaches is a testament to his dedication of improving the skill of the player’s and team, one coach at a time. He is easily approachable to discuss training scenario options or help guide one to a well thought out, concise session, staying focused on the topic. His contagious personality, flowing energy, and patience lend to his teaching style with new or seasoned coaches. Starting as a young volunteer coach in a recreational league, progressing through each stage of licensing, becoming a coach educator…he relates to each level of coach and/or player and what training environments contribute to build confidence and improve their skill level. In addition to coaching theory, he shares real-time coaching experience giving advice and pointers from making mistakes and learning from them. He is a true professional on and off the field, arriving early for his sessions, ensuring plenty of time to setup, being well organized and efficient. He is always mindful of the space requirements, and moves his exercises around the field space to prevent damage to the surfaces. Afterwards, he doesn’t pass up an opportunity to ask for and provide feedback of a session. You can expect candid, professional feedback with options of doing things differently, realizing there are many ways to accomplish the same goal.
As a Developmental Program, I am so blessed to have a coach of this caliber available to assist me with coaching our coaches, opening our eyes to see the bigger soccer culture around the United States."
-Brent Harshbarger (Director of Callaway Youth Soccer Association)