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New Southend United Academy Coach Credits NSCAA Coaching Education in Helping Him Achieve Career Dreams

Posted by NSCAA on Nov 13, 2014 in Membership 1 Comment

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For Scott Moore, becoming a soccer coach was in his lineage. The desire to coach soccer was in his blood. 

“Both my mom and my dad were soccer coaches until I was 17, so I traveled with them to various NSCAA and USSF courses in the States,” Moore said. “I have always had a great love of the game and played the game at high levels as a youth player and into university.”

Although it was almost written in the stars for Moore to become a soccer coach, he didn’t think of becoming one until playing high school soccer for his own coach, Jered Shriver. 

“He was one of the best motivators I have ever been around. I realized during my senior year that I wanted to be a great coach like him.”

That defining moment of wanting to be a coach came for Moore during the Area Final playoff game his senior year of high school. His team was playing Kingwood, a powerhouse soccer program that regularly visited the State final in Texas 5A soccer. His high school had a great program for over 20 years that got to the Area round year after year, but according to Moore, could never get past Kingwood. After a scoreless 80 minutes of regular time playing holding midfielder, Moore said he decided he needed to just lay down on the ground for a second before extra time started. Moore remembers Coach Shriver walking over to him and saying in a very calm but instructive voice, ‘Get up Scott, your job isn't done yet.’ 

“Everything sort of clicked at that moment,” said Moore. “I got up and we won the game and broke history for our school. I think that moment was the one that drew me into coaching the most because it really showed me how powerful a mentor, coach or someone you look up to can influence you in a positive way while also pushing you to your limits to go further. I try and put that kind of influence on my players as much as possible.”

Moore recently earned an opportunity in taking the step to become the great coach that he aspires to be. He accepted a position with Southend United Football Club Academy in Southend-on-sea, England.  Southend United is at the top of League Two in the English professional league structure. Specifically, Moore is involved within the U15 development center and the U14 Academy teams, but is also assisting in many different capacities with all age groups up to U21. 

Moore visited England in January with his girlfriend, where they then decided to relocate in order to gain practical experiences in their fields. Upon moving to England in August 2014, he attended a FA coaching course the day after he landed in London. At that course, he was invited to take the FA Level 2 which started the day after finishing the Level 1. After his first evaluation, he was invited to coach at Southend when the first 7 days of the course concluded. “After the initial seven days of the course, I was invited by one of the FA tutors, Ian Hart, to come work in Southend-on-sea with Southend United FC on a coaching sabbatical,” said Moore.

His route to this coaching position wasn’t straight and narrow. He was first hired to coach a failing private high school team when he was 22 years old, a program he helped turn into a nationally-ranked high school program. Moore then moved on to hold a position with the Texas State University women's program as a volunteer assistant coach.

Moore credits the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in helping with his coaching education. 

“Getting the right education through the NSCAA has definitely helped,” Moore said. “I owe a lot to the organization.The NSCAA has been a tremendous resource.”

Moore started with the Regional Diploma (Level 5) in 2008, and then went on to take the Advanced Regional (Level 6). From there, he took the Advanced National at Regis University (Colo.) in 2012. He finished with the Premier Diploma in 2013 at Benedictine College.

“My instructor at the Advanced National was former U.S. National Team coach Bob Gansler. That was one of my favorite courses,” Moore recalled. “He had so much great information and pushed us to the limits during the course. It was unique for me because he was also my mom and dad's instructor on their USSF "B" course two decades earlier.”

Moore believes that getting through the soccer education ladder with the NSCAA helped in creating the strengths he has and needs to coach in England. 

“The first month I was in England I was always out of my comfort zone. The information and coaching of the game is very similar, but the culture and lifestyle is so different. Learning the terminology of everyday routines has been fun and difficult too. I hope to bridge a gap so that other American coaches can come coach abroad as well.”

Moore says he is exactly where he wants to be for the next few months in terms of his career, but on his return to the U.S. in 2015, he would love to get back into the collegiate game. Moore is extremely happy with his move to the UK and his new position with Southend United FC. 

“I love it here,” Moore said. “It is a very unique seaside town that has everything one might want or need within reach. Living in England is quite different than Texas. It has definitely taken some time to adjust to the culture and lifestyle. The football here is of high class and they are making a push to get back into the Championship Division (second tier) so things are very exciting right now.”

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    • Neil Hull
    • 11/13/2014 03:19pm

    Well done Scott. It was great seeing you in September, remember the picture well! Let me know when you get back to Texas. Keep up the great work. Your journal, i know, will be a great read. Cheers N