Job Summary:The role of the OPDL Head Coach is responsible for providing leadership and overseeing development for a NIAGARA FC OPDL team. In addition to technical responsibilities, it will also involve administrative duties.
Reporting to: Director of High Performance/Technical Lead and Executive Director of OPDL
Time Required: Part time. Approx. 6 hrs of training/prep time. 3 hrs per game. (weekends/weeknights) Excludes any travel.
Duties and Responsibilities: Plan and deliver age appropriate Technical and Tactical Coaching program (3 trainingsessions per week, and 1 - 2 games per week during the season) Coach and travel with the team to all competitions. Establish a periodized session plan aligned with the Technical Direction of the Club andkeeping with OPDL requirements. Be well versed and comprehend the most recent rules, procedures, and fines from theOPDL Operations Manual and Game Day Procedures. Provide direction and leadership for all staff Coaches and players. Be an exemplary role model and representative for the players and the Club. Be responsible for the safety and well being of all players under your care. Be responsible for the behaviour of your bench staff, players, and parents at allevents/games. Prepare player evaluations as requested by Ontario Soccer (2 per season) Conduct Individual Development Plan Player Meetings (2 per season) Utilize coaching resources and software (ACS) to plan and manage training sessions andgame play. Keep Coaching courses up to date, attend mandatory webinars, and all Coach meetings. Participate and support all NFSC NIAGARA FC Club Programs, Events/Fundraisers,Wellness meetings, and Community Events. Promote and support, and have a positive attitude towards the NFSC NIAGARA FCBrand.
Have knowledge of, support, positive attitude towards, and promote Canada SoccersLong-Term Player Development, commitment to holistic player development, OntarioSoccer and the OPDL program.
Requirements: Legally entitled to work in Canada A valid Respect in Soccer certification. OPDL Head Coaches must hold a minimum qualification of the Canada Soccer YouthLicence (or already be enrolled in the course and complete the OPDL CoachDevelopment Program on an annual basis). Experience working with competitive/high performance players. Valid driver licence and accessibility to a vehicle. A clear Canadian Police Information Check (CPIC) Valid standard First Aid with CPR AED Level C (or in the process of obtaining) Shall be a non-parent Coach.
Skills and Competencies: Exceptional Game Day behaviours Able to communicate effectively, professionally, and positively with Technical Lead and Staff, OPDL Executive Director and Staff, Assistants and Bench staff, Players, Match Officials, Parents, and Venue Coordinators. Good verbal and written communication skills. Able to build and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with all stakeholders and have great team management skills. Understand the developmental phases of individual youth players and optimal training and performance standards. Good computer skills with the ability to produce session plans and enter data when required.