Coaches Corner: Waldorf College Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach, Jeremy Wood
1. How would you describe yourself as a coach?
I’m a younger coach that can relate to the players, on their level. I can sit back and analyze the game from a coach’s perspective, but I can still very much see the game through a player’s eyes. While I have my own ideas and methods to approach the game, I am always open to learn and improve. I plan to be in soccer for the rest of my life.
2. What do recruits need to know about you?
I am immensely passionate about the game of soccer. I would rather be on a soccer field than anywhere else, doing anything else. I truly take pride in my teams and being a part of them.
3. What do you look for in recruits?
Commitment. Every team will have a different dynamic in the way of skilled players, team players, and supporting cast. But, those players with a higher level of commitment to the program and to the team, I can work with much more than a skilled player who has no desire. I do want a high quality of player, but I want players that are committed to the game and committed to our program.
I love to hear recruits ask what can I do for myself to work out in the off-season, or what is available to me, so I can improve myself. It speaks a lot about a player’s dedication if they seek out the means to make themselves better individually. I like that kind of initiative.
5. Why should a recruit consider your program?
We’re a young and building program. Two seasons ago was my head coach’s 1st year here at Waldorf. This past season was my 1st year. Both of us, and the rest of our coaching staff, are vehemently trying to put together a winning and successful program here. We are very competitive. More so than some established schools, we are still building to achieve and every year we plan to get better and better. And above and beyond the soccer, when we bring players into our program and they make a commitment to us, we make a commitment to them. We work hard to give our players the best possible experience we can offer.