I have been asked many times what is the difference between a Goalkeeper Coach and a Goalkeeper Trainer.
Here it is, a Goalkeeper Trainer needs to know drills and have good distribution skills so he or she can place the ball on target with timely fashion so that the goalkeeper gets a good workout. A Goalkeeper Trainer does not need to have professional experience.
A Goalkeeper Coach is more likely to have played professionally thus giving him or her a full background knowledge of all the fundamentals of the game. The Goalkeeper Coach will have endured all the good times and hard times of being a professional keeper. He or she will also have had a lifetime of different goalkeeper coaches to learn from.
The goalkeeper coach is tasked with teaching all facets of the game to a boy or girl starting out. This means knowing how to engage them and keep their attention, it also means you have to know how to show them all the proper techniques of goalkeeping but most importantly you have to know how to get inside their heads and know what their feeling. You have to be one of them or they wont respect you as respect is earned in coaching not demanded. Over the years I have created more goalkeepers from scratch than any other keeper coach out there. My goalkeepers will do whatever I ask of them because I have earned their respect and they want to please me just as I wanted to please my coach many years ago. Ill tell you what I tell everyone else who’ll listen,
“GOALKEEPERS DON’T GROW ON TREES, YOU HAVE TO PLANT THE SEED, NURTURE IT, PROTECT IT AND THEN HOPE TO SEE THE FRUIT OF ALL YOUR HARD WORK”