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Masters In Coaching Episode XXVI: Soccer Coach Joey O’Keefe

Coach's Playbook

Posted on 7/2/2021 by Petros and Money, Tim Cates

Joey O’Keefe, Soccer Coach, Westcliff University

From an all American soccer player to a professional playing overseas, to now college head coach, he is Joey O'Keefe.

Show Highlights

  • He is a former Biola first team all American Conference player of the year and played professionally overseas
  • How his time coaching the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Westcliff started with a bang
  • What makes Westcliff’s tuition and soccer roster so unique
  • Tom Lancaster now runs the women’s soccer program
  • How his relationships with the LA Galaxy teams and the LASC second team’s Assistant Coach, Steven Campos, help the teams maintain professional atmospheres
  • How shifting from playing against boys to playing against men helps Westcliff student athletes mature
  • How he went from having no idea what to with his career to becoming the head men's soccer coach at Westcliff University
  • Playing soccer gave him the opportunity to travel to 5 continents
  • How much of an impact his previous coaches, like Todd Elkins and Phil Yovino, have had on his coaching style
  • Where the US is compared to Europe in the world of soccer
  • Helped LA Galaxy do some scouting around the US and the UK
  • The passion, love, and joy of watching the World Cup & Euro 2020 for European nations
  • How his experience playing with international students at Biola University inspired him to recruit players from around the world for Westcliff’s teams
  • How relationships and competition between the American students and international students improved their level of play across the board
  • How seeing Concordia University as one of the top ranked schools for getting a master’s over and over again on Google and hearing testimonials from friends who went through the MCAA program influenced his life
  • Why the MCAA Informational Night had such an impact on his decision to attend Concordia
  • How the different backgrounds of the students in the program and passionate teachers made his time in Concordia’s Master’s in Coaching program an unforgettable experience

Tags: Masters in Coaching, Soccer, Coaching, Alumni, MCAA Podcast

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