F-M coach creates 'students of the game'

Chaddock's coaching background in addition to soccer includes swimming, wrestling and golf. His 1996 varsity girls' soccer team was the last one at F-M to actually win a sectional and regional title. Last year's freshman team went undefeated, 10-0. He said he knows what it takes for kids to be successful on the playing field.

"They need to be students of the game," he said.

Chaddock gives homework at the beginning of the season, and requires the girls to read the first five chapters of a book written by Mia Hamm, a retired American soccer player who played many years as a forward for the United States Women's National Soccer Team. Follow up comes through Q&A.

"It's not all about soccer, it's also about what it takes to be a good person ... help your teammates ...being selfless," he said. "The first chapters say 'there's no me in Mia.' The things that I'm talking about aren't just coming from me, they're coming from the best player in the world and if she's telling you this, obviously it confirms what I'm trying to do with the kids."

Chaddock also teaches the traditional alma mater, as well as core values at each practice.

"It's about team building as much as it is about soccer," he said.

Chaddock said he hopes other school districts will bring back their freshman teams, but added that he thinks some just consider freshman teams as nothing more than giving mediocre students one more year to play.

"The proof is that I had 25 girls in the past two years move on to the JV or varsity level," he said, adding that freshman teams help the younger players and challenge those who need to play at a higher level. "I'm going to give them the tools to help them be a better student of the game, better skilled player and maybe they'll move on. If I can instill some tradition, some passion about the F-M soccer program and the pride in it, and I can get them to the next level, then I've done my job."

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