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Sep, 2020

Evans Brings Experience and Talent to Internationals SC

Brad Evans serves Internationals SC as Staff Coach, Coach Mentor, and College Recruiting Advisor.  He brings a lot to the club as one of the most recognized and respected coaches in Northeast Ohio, someone with vast experience at the collegiate level. 

He is best known for his time at the University of Toledo, where he served as head coach for the women's soccer program from 2001-2015.  He would win three regular season MAC championships and four MAC Tournament championships, earning four trips to the NCAA Tournament.  He also served as the head coach for both the men's and women's soccer programs at Ashland University from 1996-2001.  He would win four GLIAC Championships, advancing to the NCAA Division II Tournament four consecutive years.  He would find himself as a National Coach of the Year finalist after leading AU to the NCAA Division II National Semifinal. 

Evans holds both the USSF "A" and USSF National Youth Licenses, giving him the training and experience necessary to bring out the best in all players.  He focuses his work and energy on an important age group.

“The U15-19 age group is highlighted by a couple of things,” Evans said. “The players are refining their competitive spirit.  They are no longer just competing with opponents and teammates, but are learning to compete with themselves - striving towards reaching their full potential.  On the field, players are learning nuances of the game and are asked at practice and games to think about the ‘games within the game’ which can help the team achieve a result. These can be individual matchups, small group tactics or team tactics.  It’s also important to stress the importance of players developing their physical traits away from organized team training, maintaining a growth mindset, and to be a teammate who contributes to creating and maintaining a positive team culture.”

Thanks to his impressive experience at the collegiate level, Evans knows what skills are required at the next level. 

“During a game, players have to process abundant amounts of information and make decisions based on what they see.  The older the players, the more complex the situations.  I can’t stress the importance of individual game awareness, enough.  To help players and teams practice their individual and collective decision-making and problem-solving skills, it's vital that the players are given the opportunity and ownership to develop their own solutions to problems rather than just being directed what to do. This includes breaks in training where individuals or teams are given a framework to develop their own coaching points.  Guidance and direction is certainly given, but players are asked to be observant and then to share their observations and thoughts.  One near constant for me is that training activities be game-like and replicate the challenges of a ‘real’ game.  It is always my goal to see the transfer of ideas from training to games.”  

His experience as a high-level player and coach makes Evans a tremendous asset to the club. 

“As for what I bring to the club, my experiences in the game are unique,” Evans said. “I grew up locally and played collegiately at the Division III level.  I was a successful coach collegiately at the Division I and Division II levels for twenty years.  I have a Master’s degree in education and currently work for Ohio North Youth Soccer, and as a national staff instructor for U.S. Soccer coach education.  Of equal importance to me is that I also have a daughter who has gone through the youth soccer system including playing with ISC and have seen the game through the eyes of a soccer parent.  I’ve seen and done a lot in the game.  Because of all these experiences, I get to see the soccer landscape locally and nationally through this lens and bring ideas to the club.  Additionally, having experience working with players all the way up to the full international level and knowing the standards and abilities required, is also helpful when guiding our players’ development and growth.”

Evans’ goals for himself and the club clearly move the game forward.

“My goal is to be an effective amplifier for the message that being a soccer player can help you develop as player and a person,” Evans said. “My job is to help players learn the skills as a player and a person which will help them in whatever they do next.  For me, I will continue to learn and try to become the best coach I can who can meet the needs of the players.”    

Club and ECNL Director Keri Sarver is proud of the work that Evans has done at the club.

"Brad Evans is a valued member of our staff, not only due to his wealth of experience as a coach, but also for his intellectual and analytical approach which helps us think outside the box,” Sarver said. “He has developed a great rapport with our players and his ability to bring new ideas to the table helps move our programming forward.  Brad always asks great questions, provides meaningful insight and feedback, and has helped us grow from year to year in each of the six years he has been on staff.  We rely on him for day-to-day coaching as well as mentoring players in the college recruiting process.  Additionally, his expertise in coaching education also provides us with an in-house coaching mentor as he helps guide all of our programing from U9-U19."

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