Our Club | Our Coaches
Sun Prairie Soccer Club takes special pride in the talent and commitment of our volunteer and professional coaches. Take a moment to learn more about our coaching philosophy and our goals for player development. Be sure to meet our Coaching Directors, Michael McIntosh and Charles Lindsey, below. They are responsible for inspiring our coaches to continuously develop themselves and embrace their roles in the lives of our youth.
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Meet our Coaching Directors
"Youth sports are a means to an end--a better, more thoughtful, more confident life for our children. Soccer is excellent means to that end. Everyone on the field must be leader--each player is a quarterback and a decision-maker. The coach cannot tell them what to do; thus, everyone on the field should have confidence in their own ability. Player development requires all our soccer coaches to understand that victory, while fun and exciting, is secondary to player and youth development. We must risk team results on the soccer pitch now in order that our child gain the skill and the confidence to be better soccer players and more confident human beings going forward." - Michael "Mack" McIntosh
Michael Thomas McIntosh
Director of Coaching U13-U19
"Michael was one of the most common names in 1967, nothing unique. The middle name Thomas is in honor of my Uncle, the Rev. Thomas Potvin, a Dominican Monk stationed in Ottawa, whom my mother knew would never have children of his own. McIntosh, of course, is the name of the Scottish clan that joined with others in the Chattan Confederation to charge through the swamp and into the teeth of British musketry during the Battle of Culloden. You can call me Mack."
As Coaching Director for U13 and older, Michael helps Charles Lindsey, Co-Coaching Director (U4-U12), advise the Board of Directors on placement of coaches, best practices based on USSF and procedures to maximize adherence to our Club philosophy--especially in regards to player development. Michael also manages the player field evaluations in April, preceding the placement of player U11+ to appropriate teams. Michael is a founding member of SPSC, has occasionally served as a member of the Board of Directors, and has constantly and actively been involved in the club before, at inception and continuously throughout her history. Coming up, he will coach the 2015-2016 U14 Cardinal Boys.
Michael started playing soccer on the streets of Njimegen, Holland as a first grader. He played through college at Wesleyan University under the mentorship of NSCAA Hall-of-Fame Coach Terry Jackson and continues to play soccer "as much as my old body allows." He has participated in numerous educational coaching courses and diplomas including those sponsored by the NSCAA and USSF. Michael currently holds the USSF National D License and the US Youth Soccer National Youth License. For 12 years he has mentored all ages and both genders of soccer players in Sun Prairie. Mack says, "My favorite age and gender is always the one standing before me."
Mack's Quote of the Moment: “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.” George S. Patton.
“I appreciate how my roles as coach and Co-Director of Coaching continuously push me to be creative and engaging in regard to developing young people who are growing as soccer players, and adults who are evolving as mentors. Ultimately, I believe that soccer is a wonderful vehicle for children—and coaches—to learn important broader life lessons about things such as learning to celebrate success with grace; enduring defeat with poise; understanding the challenges of sharing and cooperating within a larger group context; and feeling good about one’s effort while also understanding where additional personal growth and effort might need to occur. I look forward to the privilege of serving you and your children through the Sun Prairie Soccer Club.” - Charles Lindsey
Director of Coaching U4-U12
“Greetings soccer families! My name is Charles Lindsey, and I have the honor of serving as the U4 – U12 Director of Coaching for the Sun Prairie Soccer Club (SPSC). I have served as coach in our club since 2009, and was appointed to the Youth Coaching Director position in 2014. I have been playing soccer since I was six years old, and had the good fortune of moving to Germany with my family when I was eleven. I had an opportunity as a teenager to play for both a German Club, and for my American High School team that was situated on an American Air Force Base. I have a deep love of the game, and am delighted to say that I still play every chance that I get!”
Charles currently holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National D license, and a National Youth License through United States Youth Soccer (USYS). He is currently pursuing a National C license, and, along with a few other SPSC coaches, will attend a full weekend of goalkeeper-specific coaches training this summer (2015) offered through the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Charles has a strong interest in futsal (an indoor soccer-like game played on a basketball court which really cultivates solid foot skills), and is looking to infuse more futsal and goalkeeper opportunities into our club as we move into the future.
In addition to his soccer credentials, Charles is trained as a child and adolescent counselor. He serves as a professor in the Professional Counseling Department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. “I find working with youth incredibly rewarding, and feel that I learn an enormous amount in my role as an educator. Because I am instinctually drawn to education, I think it is important to continue educating myself as a coach and as a Director of Coaching with our club.”
Charles strives to have a style of coaching this is calm, engaging, and supportive. He believes he is helping develop children not just as players, but as people—a role he takes very seriously. Our Club has engaged Charles to take that role as step further and help our coaches build their knowledge and skills. Like many soccer clubs, SPSC has broad range or coaches, from volunteer to professional. Charles helps develop coaches that work with our children in this community and is committed to providing our valuable coaches support and education.
Charles has been instrumental in helping fellow Co-Director of Coaching, Michael McIntosh, organize our Club’s curriculum by focusing on four key areas of player development: tactical components, technical components, physical components, and psychosocial components. Each component is essential, and each is connected to and directly affects the other components (regardless of age level). As a club, our training is designed to be developmentally appropriate and include technical (ball control and foot skills) and tactical (playing with purpose and intention) dimensions. With the earlier age groups we spend a great amount of time on developing technical skills, as many tactical skills in soccer are very difficult to execute unless proper technique is established. Physically, we aim to support each child in developing speed, agility, coordination and balance. Psychosocially, our coaches strive to help each child develop positive interactions and to feel a greater sense of confidence and self-esteem within a group. A successful season is truly determined by whether the players enjoyed their time and want to continue playing soccer!