As part of the #ThanksCoach campaign, we spoke to Chicago Training Center (CTC) Executive Director Ashley Mayer as well as with coaches Curtis Miranda and Chey Correa, a pair of former CTC participants who now serve as Up2Us Coaches for the program.
As my service term with AmeriCorps and Up2Us Sports comes to a close, I can only recall how invigorating and inspiring the Coaches Training in California was. Uncertain of what to expect and unsure if I could meet the expectations of a SBYD Coach, I couldn’t have anticipated how influential this training would be on my career as a coach and my personal growth.
My name is Yahya Alasad. I am a 39-year-old Syrian man from East Ghouta near Damascus. In Syria, I played 16 years of professional soccer for the Al-Wahda Sports Club. My dream was to become a professional soccer coach after being a player for so long.