Coach Owens joined Wolves for the 2022-23 season to work with our younger players in Junior Academy and Winter Academy.
How did you get into soccer?
I have played soccer my whole life and played NCAA division III college soccer. I have a passion for the game and recently moved to Omaha.
What skills do you possess that make you a perfect soccer coach to work with our team?
I am a relationship-driven person who values growth and helping others. I am very patient and love to work with young people. I strive to get to know students/players for their strengths and target their areas of growth to focus on what they specifically need. I have a growth mindset and love to teach my students/players about the importance of having one.
As a coach, how much of a mentor do you think you are?
I am a very important mentor for my players. I know that they look up to me and want to follow my lead and this comes with a lot of responsibility. I honor this responsibility by bringing the best version of myself to practice every day and supporting the players as best as I can.
On a typical soccer training day in an hour-long practice, how do you decide to structure your sessions?
I would start with a solid warm-up to ensure that players are getting their bodies ready to play. I would then have some technical training for players to keep up on their dribbling and passing. We would then move into various forms of scrimmaging. I would also be sure to incorporate specific drills based on what the team currently needed. I use previous games and practices to help me formulate what the primary focus should be.
What does working as a soccer coach mean to you on a personal level?
Being a soccer coach means a lot to me on a personal level. Having played soccer my entire life, I have had so many influential coaches and I know first-hand how important they are. I love the sport and would love to help build the love of soccer among young players.