Coach Spotlight this week is featuring Brad Blicharz! Get to know all about his soccer journey and why he loves to coach.
1) Why do you coach soccer?
My coaching career started off as something for me to do to stay involved in the game. It quickly became much more than that. Seeing the youth players have as much fun as I’ve had in my youth and providing a high level and positive learning environment was the true purpose. I’m still amazed at what these kids can do now and equally amazed seeing some former players, now playing on older teams, in what they have accomplished.
2) Tell us about your soccer career/journey.
I started playing in 1984 and played recreationally for 4 years. Then, I transitioned to select in 1988 and played select through 1997 and played all 4 years of high school at Waukesha North (1994-1997). My coaching career started in 1998 and after that first year (which I was an assistant coach), I knew I wanted to do this for as long as I’m able.
3) What is one goal you have for PSU players?
Youth players need to learn that it is ok to make mistakes. Every time we have success, it came from trying countless times before that. It’s that effort, and bravery, to try something new and keep trying until you find that success.
4) What is something soccer has taught you?
Soccer is a fantastic sport. From increasing my ability to multi-task, read ahead of things to accurately predict an outcome, and team building. These are just a few things the beautiful game has taught me. The best lesson though, is to always keep trying and have fun doing it.
5) What is your favorite soccer team?
So many teams come to mind: Seattle Sounders, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic FC… All fun teams to watch. I’m taking more interest in lower level leagues in the US and find them equally entertaining. I am a passionate supporter of Forward Madison FC!
6) How has soccer positively affected your life?
To me, soccer is life. It’s entertainment. It’s community building. At times, it can be a form of meditation while juggling. Soccer has introduced me to some many awesome people and have been a great influence on how to be as a person. Being a supporter of pro and semi-pro clubs in our area has also got me more involved with communities that are influenced by those team.