Mohan Telfer Named Travel Coach of the Year
Motivation & Knowledge of the Game are his Greatest Strengths

 

Telfer was one of three coaches to represent the club during a coaching exchange to Ethiopia (photo, left), where he taught coaches in Addis Ababa about working with youth players.  He also shared the message that soccer is not just a sport but also a way of improving one’s life.

 As a recreational coach for very young children, Mohan Telfer has found that “…even a butterfly can wreck your practice.”  Because of the players’ short attention spans, Telfer says it’s better to just go with the flow, have the kids enjoy themselves, and look forward to the next practice. 

 As a coach of the boys’ U15 Rockets team, Coach Telfer has learned the importance of holding open practices for recruiting purposes and pushing the existing players to excel.  His team has picked up a handful of players over the years by practicing at Ft. Stevens and welcoming strangers to join in.  Mohan says, “Hey, you never know when they might bring their friends…and their friends might be good!”  Apparently his philosophy has worked as the Rockets have had three promotions in three seasons, including winning the NCSL Division 4 Championship this past fall.

 This fall--much to the chagrin of a few coaches in the boys’ program--Telfer decided that he needed to round out his coaching resume by picking up a girls’ travel team, the GU13 Blue Mischief, and has found success there, as well. 

To say that Mohan is just “doing his job” would be an understatement.  He lives, eats and breathes the game, coaching 7 days a week during the season.  You will find him glued to the television on weekend mornings, watching pro games when he’s not coaching.  He might pick up a new set play, a trick, or watch the movement of players off the ball, eager to share newfound knowledge with his players. Telfer is a constant student of the game, and passionately transmits what he learns to his players.

Telfer has his USSF C License and will go for his B license this summer.  Congratulations to Mohan on his award.

 


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