Craig Blazer | Head Coach | Men’s Soccer | DePaul University

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

Our coaching staff’s challenge is to bring together twenty – six college soccer players to understand how we are all going to be successful.

We communicate how we are going to attack, defend, and improve.

If we are successful in these three areas winning should follow.

However, these are very complicated problems to solve and as a result we need coachable student – athletes.

Soccer players are rated:

  • Technically
  • Tactically
  • Physically
  • Mentally

While all four of these areas are important – I also require our players to be coachable.

Our players need to be coachable with our coaching staff and also with their fellow players.

Coachable is a difficult word to define, but if you don’t have it within your team then you will have difficulty scoring, defending, improving, and winning.

Coachable for me is an in the moment action. Everyone has challenges thrown their way – how you respond to those requires a certain skill set to be successful.

Coachable requires ideas. It requires a self evaluation of who you are and where you want to go.

These two items are always changing. The more we understand our players and understand the skill set of our potential recruits then the better we can respond to their needs.