Brent Beauman Using NSCAA DOC Course as Opportunity to Help Local Soccer Club
Brent Beauman lives for sports. Soccer just happens to be his favorite. The Kentucky native has been coaching for the past 17 years and has no plans to slow down. Currently, Beauman is a physical education teacher and assistant athletic director with the Danville Schools in Danville, Ky., as well as the boys’ soccer coach for both the middle and high school teams. And that’s just his day job. During his time off, Beauman is heavily involved with Boyle County Youth Soccer, a soccer club on the rise.
Beauman has been involved in the NSCAA since the beginning of his coaching career, completed the National and Advanced National Diploma courses, and has attended every NSCAA Convention since 2003. Recently, Beauman’s love of the game led him to complete the Director of Coaching Diploma course held in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
We chatted with Beauman about his experience and how he is applying what he learned to his future ambitions.
What prompted you to take part in this opportunity?
The local club that I am involved in currently doesn’t have a DOC, so I saw the course as an opportunity to help our club get more organized and continue to grow. We want start some partnerships with the local rec soccer and others in the area. I am also hoping to one day open and indoor facility for athletic training and I felt this would help prepare me to be able to do that.
What did you learn in the course, your “ah ha” moments, if any, that you’ve been able to apply to your current position?
I really appreciated the business training aspect of the course, learning about all the different things it takes to protect your organization. They taught us how to present something to a board or to the club, and how to use paperwork to your advantage, especially in writing good contracts.
I thought the sports psychology portion was incredible. You don’t often have opportunities to study the mental side of the game one-on-one with an expert. They also taught us how to speak to kids in certain ways and key things to say to players and parents. It was a really unique approach to coaching.
I enjoyed learning about the different youth models. The KPIs (key performance indicators) really stuck out to me as I was able to relate to that with what I do in my teaching career. We do that every day with kids in class and so it only makes sense for us to apply that on the field. Despite them being lectures, I was really engaged with the model presentations because it was a way of getting new ideas and seeing how I might be able to apply it to my own club.
How do you think this course could impact your career short and long term?
Right now, it gives me a lot of great ways to improve our club and assist in creating that DOC position. It also has bolstered my desire to continue to move into athletic administration so that I feel confident enough to open a facility later on down the line. It’s a whole lot easier to go into it with ideas and the frameworks that the course provided.
Why should people take this course? Why should coaches invest in their coaching education?
If you’ve never been a DOC, it’s going to allow you make a few mistakes in order to get it right and help you avoid mistakes you might’ve made if you’d just jumped in. And if you have been a DOC, it can provide you fresh and new ways to organize and structure a club. Nothing about the course ever felt boring or tedious; everything was very relevant. Soccer is a big business and often as coaches, we don’t think about that, but people are paying big money for their kids to be involved and you need to make sure these things are in order. I think taking the time to do so shows professionalism which then garners trust and support. People are going to be willing to trust you to teach their kids if they know you are on top of things.
As far as coaching education overall, continuing your education is so crucial because the game is always changing. It’s so much different than when I started playing or even when I started coaching. The social dynamics of kids and families and communities are always changing to. The courses are an opportunity to go and learn from people who keep up with the game. It’s a way to stay fresh and for me, to stay inspired. It’s great to get feedback from the experts, learn how to take criticism to make yourself better so that you can apply that to your players.
Overall, what have your experiences been like with the NSCAA?
Everything has always been top-notch. I’m a student of the game and of life really, so I enjoy going and learning as much as I can. The instructors have always been great and willing to answer my questions and connect with me even outside the course.
I love going to the Convention and see that world class coaches that are teaching things that you’ve been implementing. It’s just a reinforcement that you are doing a good job and that you are doing everything you can to be as relevant in the game as possible.
The NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma is a 21-hour course that examines the technical, conceptual, leadership and administrative skills of future and current DOCs for youth soccer clubs for the purpose of developing the American soccer player. The curriculum has been created in cooperation with US Club Soccer.
Considering taking an NSCAA Director of Coaching course? Find a full schedule of upcoming DOC courses here. Be sure to check regularly as more are periodically added.
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