Daniels named FSC coaching director
West Fargo native Kelvin Daniels was recently named director of girls coaching for the Fargo Soccer Club, which features a large number of young West Fargo athletes.
Daniels has been coaching both recreational and competitive soccer for 23 years, including the past eight years in the West Fargo/Fargo area. He is the current administrator for the Girls Dakota Olympic Development Program for North Dakota and South Dakota. He has also served on the competitive soccer committee at the Red River Soccer Club and as the Director of Competitive Programming for the West Fargo Soccer Club.
He currently coaches three of the Fargo Soccer Club’s nine girls teams: the U16 Mayhem, U13 Sheyenne United and U12 Girls Rage.
In his new role, Daniels will provide any additional assistance and training needed for club coaches, as well as establish a development model for young athletes.
“Soccer is still so new to the area, but it is growing at a rapid rate,” Daniels said. “I hope to create an environment for players that focuses on players and teaches them to be competitive, at-level athletes.”
Daniels intends to focus on the club’s younger teams -- players can start at age 5 -- where players, and often times coaches, need the most help.
“Coaching younger players can be a bit like herding cats,” Daniels said. “Sometimes, coaches, whether they’re parents or college players, don’t come in with the appropriate skill set, so I hope to help with that so kids develop the right techniques from the start and get accustomed to a soccer culture.”
Daniels plans to continue coaching two of his teams, but is looking forward to the new task at hand.
“It’s just exciting,” Daniels said. “Soccer has always been a passion of mine, and I’m looking forward to carrying that passion into new players and helping create opportunities to build skills for soccer and skills for life.”
Daniels resides in West Fargo with his wife, Teri, and 12-year-old daughter Tianna, who plays for her father’s U13 Sheyenne United team.
The Fargo Soccer Club, founded in 2007, is one of the largest soccer clubs in the state, accommodating 650 recreational players. It has seen a year-to-year increase of 28 percent in participation, and anticipates a similar increase for the 2014 season. Further information can be found at www.fargosoccer.org.