Men's soccer head coach Ken Lolla was selected in 2012 as the NSCAA National Coach of the Year.
Nov. 21, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's soccer head coach Ken Lolla has announced the launch of the 2013 Louisville Coaching Symposium, an educational training course for youth, club, high school, and college soccer coaches.
The symposium will be held Feb. 9-10 on the University of Louisville campus at the Trager Indoor practice facility and Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Led by 2010 National Coach of the Year Ken Lolla, the 2010 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year, and members of the U.S. National Team Staff, the course will feature on-field training demonstrations, tactical video analysis, and keynote speeches on principles of success and personal development.
"Over the years, we've received many requests to put on a coaching symposium," said Lolla. "The symposium presents an opportunity to share our coaching philosophy and the technical and tactical principles that we have found to be successful in the game."
A variety of field training demonstrations are conducted using varying skills levels, with the Louisville team serving as players for specific sessions, and local youth teams for others. Supplemented by a U.S. National Team Staff member to be later announced, the trainings cover a variety of topics, including attacking, defending, goalkeeping and transition play, and take place at the state-of-the-art Trager Indoor Training facility.
"The symposium will be enhanced not only by our staff and the participation of our players, but also by the tremendous resources and state-of-the-art facilities on the University of Louisville campus," said Lolla.
The curriculum of the symposium presents a demonstration of tactical video analysis using Sports Code and Pro-zone as well as lectures on training the mind of a soccer player, personal development, balance in coaching, and principles of success.
"We have a tremendous resource in our new video coordinator who recently joined our staff, Doug Bruce," Lolla said. "Doug came to us after serving as video coordinator for Middlesborough in the EPL (Barclay's English Premier League). His expertise with Pro Zone, scouting opposition, and tactical analysis are very insightful and will be enjoyed by our symposium participants."
At the end of the first day, participants and the staff share an evening social and meal at the PNC Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The symposium staff discusses various topics on coaching trends and current events in soccer locally, nationally, and globally. The event concludes with a `town hall' style question and answer session to wrap up the night.
"We found that the evening social was a highlight for many of the participants last year, as it facilitated a substantive and intriguing discussion on coaching, soccer, and life in general," Lolla said. "We learned a lot from each other, and we look forward to sharing that experience again this year."
The cost of the symposium is $150 per registrant, with group rates available at $125 for five or more and $100 for 10 or more. The symposium is free for high school coaches, who submit a deposit for the 2013 Summer High School Team Camp.
To register and for more information on the symposium, visit http://www.louisvillecoachingsymposium.com. For specific questions including setting up your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (502) 852-7619.