For Alex Macpherson, coaching and running after-school soccer programs was a great source of income while going to school in Nottingham, England. Little did he know, coaching and running these programs would lead to an important career discovery. Four years of fostering a true passion for coaching and running teams is why Alex is Weplay’s newest Coach of the Week.
Originally from Solihull of the United Kingdom, Alex found his way to the United States by becoming certified to coach at American summer soccer camps. He also gained valuable experience working with Nottingham Forrest FC Academy. After completing school in 2010 he received an offer to come to the United States and work for Mass Premier Soccer (MPS) in Waltham, MA, as a professional soccer coach.
Alex says, “Both Lady Knights teams have had positive seasons. The U10 and U13 teams are both brand new, being brought together during the summer, therefore it has been a developmental season focusing on technical ability and progression which has resulted in some excellent results for the girls.”
Weplay is a tool Alex has been using all season for both of his teams. He says organized scheduling and messaging allows the team parents to coordinate social events so they do not interfere with team practice or games.
“The team has bonded by bringing snacks and drinks for after games,” says Alex. “We also utilize the gallery section to upload photographs and videos of our season. The teams love feeling interactive.”
Most coaches will say that the best coaching moments are those that inspire and prove hard work does pay off. Alex says his best coaching moments are watching his teams effectively execute plays they have been working hard on in practice and of course, scoring the first goal of the season.
Adapting to the American lifestyle has not been a struggle for Alex. He loves to watch movies, eat wings and play soccer whenever he gets the chance. Alex is the youngest of his family, with one older sister. His parents are Christine and Colin Macpherson.
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