YSE4: Jake Gillengerten: How Youth Soccer Player Development has changed in the past 20 years

In Episode 4 of the Youth Soccer Evolution Podcast (which you can listen to below), we welcome Jake Gillengerten, former PDL assistant coach for the Kalamazoo Outrage. Jake takes us on his journey through his youth development in travel soccer and later at Tri State University (where he was an All American). He explains how the soccer environment that his father created, helped Jake fall in love with soccer and helped him develop as a player. Jake’s soccer environment was so nurturing, that it also influenced him into coaching.

He recalls watching world cup games, and then going out to play, with no pressure, just friends having a good time. How great support from his parents helped him overcome his lowest point as a soccer player.

Jake explains why coaches need to encourage players to play all positions, how dedication and commitment will maximize development and success, how learning tactics can improve development, how to network with other coaches, and how long travel can turn into a stressful experience.

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