My Coaching Philosophy - Technical Director Caleb De Souza 

As the final whistle blew, I looked up at the stadium scoreboard...1-0, we had just lost the final game of the regional playoffs for the 1997 NCAA tournament.  This was my freshman year at a the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). We had just completed our best season 15-2-1 but I wasn’t satisfied. Why did we lose the game? What could we have done differently?

Our Assistant Coach with whom I had developed a close relationship came up to me and said “one day you will be a fine coach”. Maybe it was my analytical mind or my ability to read into the game, but I always enjoyed having deep tactical conversations with my teammates and coaches.

I loved playing and coaching football, but most rewarding was developing the players around me.  Initially I believed that coaching was mainly about teaching the technical and tactical aspects of the game, but I soon discovered that it was about Developing Players For Life!

I’m a Coach because:
  • It provides me an opportunity to create an environment in which I think players can learn many life lessons and  where I can impact the future of some young lives in a positive fashion.
My main goals are to:
  1. Teach players how to play football the right way
  2. Guide and inspire them to achieve their fullest potential
Guiding Principles:
  • Put God First 
  • A football experience focused on the children
  • Create a  culture of respect for the game (teammates, opponents, coaches and officials)   
  • Develop the mental “thinking” aspect of the game
  • Encourage players’ responsibility to make themselves better
  • Emphasis on achieving the required level of “Attitude, Concentration and Effort “ the pyramid of success


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