Crehan, Patriots learning, building for future

January 30, 2016


MARTINSVILLE, Va. — For Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) men’s soccer coach Enda Crehan, soccer is a 24/7/365 way of life.

There is never a time to slow down, and the continued success of the PHCC men’s program over the last two seasons is a prime example of that. From off-season strength and conditioning to spring workouts, him and his players are constantly striving for better success.

Crehan had a busy 2015, not only helping guide the Patriots to within a goal of being represented in the national tournament in November, but he also was involved in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) masters course.

The soon-to-be third-year coach went through a seven-month process, which started in June 2015, and recently culminated in his master’s certificate at the University of Delaware in Newark on Jan. 14. Crehan said the NSCAA masters course is the pinnacle and top level of their coaching education system. The convention at the University of Delaware was the final step in securing another accomplishment for his well-rounded soccer resume.

A partial number of the 24 people involved presented their findings and fully received their UD certificate on top of their NSCAA certification.

“For me it was a great course. The University of Delaware is a great institution and the NSCAA is a great network place, as well,” Crehan said. “All the people I met from all over the world was probably the greatest value I took coming out of the course. I loved the diversity of coaches involved.

“We had coaches from northern Virginia that I made connections with where we could get some players out of. The soccer was fantastic but the connections and the people we had represented were amazing,” he added.

The course covered topics like game management and preparation though Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Sporting Kansas City. It also dealt with psychology teachings from professionals based in the United Kingdom as well as club development and youth soccer development.

During the first few sessions of the course, those involved visited the academy for the Philadelphia Union of MLS. After observing some the team’s training sessions, the group also met the staff before being invited to watch a match against New York City FC. From there, they did match analysis of the game as a teaching session.

That experience, he said, helped change the way he approached the 2015 season with the Patriots.

“We saw a lot of different things at Philadelphia Union’s academy, like how they prepare for a game, scouting reports and I took some of that and put it into play this past fall,” Crehan said. “We did more classroom sessions with powerpoints and did things more structured and professional. I took a lot from their visit in terms of how you manage a group.”

Crehan added that the main objective of the course was to continue his networking across the world. He also looked at it as a way to formulate new ideas. He also got to work closely with the Puerto Rican national federation and monitor their national team’s training.

“The game never stops and that’s why courses like this are good,” Crehan said. “You have to constantly try to get ahead, meet new people and get an angle. If you can get an idea of how to prepare a team, that could be the difference in winning and losing. I enjoy learning and my hope is to now start by UEFA courses in Ireland.”

Crehan visited Lima, Peru this past week as part of AC Milan’s soccer schools. The program invited and paid for nine coaches from across the U.S. to gain more insight into the game. These experiences, he said, help provide him with the tools to push the PHCC soccer programs to new heights and achieve bigger goals in the near future.

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