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Head Coach, U11/12 Girls White
Head Coach, U11 Boys White
Sun Prairie High School graduate Coach John Van Klopp, often dubbed JVK, started coaching with the Sun Prairie Youth Soccer Association in 1992 and has worked at a number of clubs including Rush and McFarland SC. John’s career includes 16 seasons of high school coaching experience including eight as a head coach. He was proudly named 2002 adidas NSCAA Girls Youth Regional Coach of the Year.
John holds a USSF National “C” License in addition to the United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma and certificates in Sports Psychology and Individual Mental Skills, Advanced Youth Coach Coaching and Small Sided Games.
What does it mean to be a coach? “This game is awesome and I love being a part of it. I like being a part of a team and appreciate all the moving parts. All of these parts are very healthy. From nutrition to fitness, sleep habits, confidence and pride. It can be quite spiritual. I enjoy working with players and seeing enjoyment while playing the game.
I believe players become hungrier for soccer when they see improvement in themselves and have some success. This all grows confidence and motivates players. Then players become better. The better a player becomes, the more they want to improve, the more they succeed, the more they want to improve. Success can be measured in many ways and honestly, knowing there’s a focus on the game because the players fell in love with it is a success!
I enjoy seeing the improvement of technical skills and teamwork. All of the requirements for a player to keep moving forward towards success will continuously grow including strength, balance, physical speed and decision making speed as well as reading the game. It’s a great feeling to be a part of a team that works together and achieves these things win or lose.”
Favorite Quote: “The deeper the foundations, the stronger the fortress” - Arsène Wenger