To Whom It May Concern.
We have a treasure in our club and I strongly recommend you use it to the club’s best advantage.
I have spent the past three days with Dion La Foucade in Las Vegas while he coached the U-14 boys Elite team for the WCDA tournament. He was guest coach while Adam Hayes was attending to his growing family. I was fortunate as a chaperone to be able to attend all the team meetings and trainings. I really had a great opportunity to see Dion in action.
Wow, was I impressed with Dion’s coaching, both on and especially off the field. In the end, the boys lost four of four games and didn’t score a single goal. And yet, they were able to stand strong afterwards, in large part to Dion. How did he manage to achieve this? He shows sincerity, compassion, dedication, and a passion for coaching. He connected well with the boys and was able to inspire them all. He speaks to the best of each of them, knowing how to challenge without overwhelming.
What I most admire about Dion is that he is not coaching soccer, but teaching about life through soccer. Over the weekend, he began a process of developing the character and mental fortitude to be the best citizens our community has. Talking with the other parents as well as the boys, we don’t want this process to end. Selfishly, I would love to have Dion coach these boys more. Don’t get me wrong, I have great respect for Adam and would not want to loose his contribution. (In fact I find that Adam coaches in the same spirit as Dion.) But the club would benefit best, I believe, by spreading Dion’s approach to all the coaches. As the coaches’ coach, he would likely be able to make a more global effect. I understand that some coaches may be intimidated by having Dion coach them. But what I can tell you from my experience watching him with the boys, he is in no way intimidating when he coaches and does not force his message onto anyone. He simply inspires those he coaches to reach for their potential.
So, I encourage you to utilize Dion’s talents as much as you can for the benefit of my boy’s team, FC Boulder and the community at large.