After a short and failed attempt at acting (more on that later), I couldn’t get back to soccer soon enough.
Thus began my pursuit of becoming the best I could be on the soccer field through hard work, discipline, and perseverance.
Have you ever had a goal or a dream that you wanted so badly that you wouldn’t let anything stand in your way?
Yeah, I can relate.
And, for me, that goal was playing on the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Growing up, I was a major tomboy – think cut-off t-shirts, slicked back mullet, and Brute cologne. Yeah, I was super cool. On top of that I played every sport you could imagine, primarily soccer.
And, even though my ultimate dream was to be part of the women’s national team and play in both the World Cup and Olympics, I didn’t devote much extra time to developing my skills as a player.
It wasn’t until I decided to take time off from soccer to pursue my acting “career” in 7th grade that I realized two things: 1) I probably wasn’t going to make it “big” in Hollywood, and 2) I really missed and longed to be playing soccer.
I refocused on a singular goal, playing for the USWNT, and began to train with a new intensity that stemmed from intrinsic motivation, rather than a result of any external expectation.
I juggled for hours. I worked on my technique relentlessly. I shoveled snow off the grass in my backyard to run sprints. (Don’t worry….you’re not alone – my parents thought I was crazy, too.) I studied as many soccer games on television as I could find. I did all of this to become a more complete player — all to reach my ultimate goal of playing on the national team.
It wasn’t until I was 13, however, when I found the strength and conditioning side of training that my development as a player really started to flourish.
While growing up, Indiana was not considered a soccer hotbed, and it was obvious that I needed to put in extra work if I wanted to compete against the best players from around the country.
Strength and conditioning offered me the edge I needed. Not only did it provide me with the strength and improved athleticism, but it also gave me confidence – both on and off the field – to attack my goals head-on.
Becoming a great soccer player isn’t just about working on your skills – it’s about building a foundation of athleticism to be able to showcase those skills. It’s about creating consistency through small, actionable, daily habits that lead to the biggest rewards.
I have found that the road to reaching your fullest potential is not easy. There were many ups and downs during my career, but it was the resilience I built through my training that allowed me to persevere through the challenging times.
I mean, how many people do you know who actually fulfill their dreams and realize their potential?
Not many, right?
Why? Because it’s difficult to put in the work everyday and continue to trust the process when it’s easier to give up.
I dedicated myself to being the best athlete and soccer player I could be, and now I’m dedicating my coaching career to helping athletes reach their fullest potential. I want to help you do the same.
Are you ready to take your game to the next level?