Ernesto Cruz

Playing experience

 

Ernesto played soccer in El Salvador and was selected to be on the national youth development academy.

Coaching experience

Ernesto has been with Alpine Strikers FC since 2005. He came from adult professional coaching to focus on developing youth soccer players. Ernesto was the Palo Alto High varsity head coach and on the Gatorade/ESPN awards with Tereesa Noyola.

Coaching philosophy

His coaching philosophy is simple and focuses on the fundamentals of soccer. He firmly believes in leadership and teamwork. Any disciplined team can become better as a group as well as the individual player. He expects his players to come to practice prepared and ready to work hard and challenge their bodies and mind, but am keeping the age of the player in mind. He structures his trainings according to the ability of focus to the age of the team. 

Additional information

Ernesto takes soccer teams to El Salavdor for an international playing experience along with humanitarian service. The 93G Stings organized a soccer gear drive and took everything to El Salavdor.

Three most important skills to master

1. Passing and receiving
2. Dribbling
3. Learning and understanding the game

Player expectations for evaluations

Ernesto looks for players who show skills in teamwork and effort, and who are coachable players. This means that his players should be ready to receive feedback from him as to what they are doing well and what they need to improve upon. Coming prepared to trainings and games and have good listening skills are crucial for player development.