Almaden Futbol Club

Coach Thomas Silvas

Age

47 years old

Years with Almaden FC

3 years

Hometown

Campbell, California

Coaching Qualifications

 

US Soccer Federation

- A License received Jan. 10, 2011

 

Coaching Experience

 

Head Coach

- St. Francis High School – Varsity Mens Soccer

- St. Francis High School – Junior Varsity Mens Soccer

- Almaden FC – Boys U12, U14, U15, U16

- Central Valley United – Boys U17, U18, U19

- Mt. Hamilton YSL – PAC Boys U12, U13

- various Recreational & Select teams ages U6-U10

 

 

 

Playing Experience

 

Professional

  - 10 years with various teams including 1 season with San Jose Earthquakes

  - US National Team 1985, 1986, 1987

  - US National Futsal Team 1986

 - US Olympic Team 1985, 1986, 1987

 College

  - UCLA Full athletic scholarship 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986

  - NCAA National Champions 1985

St. Francis High School

  - Sophomore/Junior/Senior Player of the Year

  - Soccer All-American

 

Education

Lincoln Law School of San Jose, CA

  -  Juris Doctorate degree, May 1999

University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

  -  Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, minor in Psychology, May 1991

 

Personal Coaching Philosophy

This is a pivotal period in a young players development. The development of a playerÕs technical skills and the various ways he applies them in the game is critical.  I canÕt stress this point enough!

 

In addition, the development of a playerÕs technical, mental, and tactical skills during this period will determine what level these players will eventually reach. Especially technical, because leading research states that the window closes for technical development at approximately 14 or 15 years of age.

 

 I feel any young player can benefit greatly from a professional trainer no matter what level the player is currently at. But, I feel the game is becoming very competitive and a player that wants to make it to the next level stands a much better chance if he is trained by a professional during these critical years development!