Congratulations Maggie Falwell, the WSC June Coach of the Month!
Maggie was nominated by multiple Wave parents who described her this way:
"Maggie always tells the girls to be kind to each other and flexible, making them a better team."
"When the girls lose a game, she helps the girls learn from it . . . and also to move on!"
We’re honored to have Maggie coaching with Wave! Here’s how Maggie describes herself and her coaching philosophy:
Where did you grow up?
[I grew up in Arkansas. I've played [soccer] all over the South since age 4.
How long have you been coaching?
I have been coaching on and off since high school--approximately 7 years--and this is my 5th year with Wave. I’m currently coaching U11G National.
How has soccer/sports play an important role in your life?
The work ethic I have and the way I interact with others can all be attributed to the years I spent on the field. Some of the most important life lessons I learned came from soccer teams and coaches.
Outside of soccer, what other interests/hobbies do you have?
Currently, I am working on my doctorate in psychology so I don't have a lot of extra time; however, I enjoy being outside and hiking with my dogs
How would you describe your coaching philosophy and style?
Teaching and expecting athletes to demonstrate the lessons they are learning is important, from learning how to work with others to soccer skills. For example, creating a team atmosphere where players feel connected, included, and are encouraging of one another is imperative. I don't care about wins or losses, but I do focus on the lessons that can be taken away from practices and games.
Wave Soccer emphasizes "Integrity, Honor, and Character" throughout the organization. Why are these important traits to uphold in youth sports?
My involvement in youth sports, mainly soccer, helped mold me into an individual with the traits that we emphasize at Eagan Wave. Winning is great, but the lessons that children can learn on the field and apply for the rest of their lives is the real win.
What are you looking for in a player?
I am looking for players with a strong work ethic, mental toughness, and a positive attitude. They have to be willing to learn!
At the end of the season, what do you want your players to come away with?
I want my players to walk away with life lessons and great memories. If we win, great...but that is not what it is all about. Overall, I want them to walk away better humans!
What would you say to a parent who is considering--but not sure about--signing their son or daughter for EWSC soccer?
Eagan Wave strives to create strong soccer players and great individuals. Playing competitive sports is hard, there are easy wins and difficult losses...how an athlete walks off the field determines who the true winner is.
Congratulations to Maggie, Wave’s June Coach of the Month!
To nominate your coach visit https://www.wavesoccer.org/media, and submit the nomination form.