Midland Soccer Club

Carla Spears

Carla Spears

Background Information:

Q: Where are you originally from?

I grew up in St. Charles which is a 35 minute drive south of Midland. I moved to North Carolina after graduating from college, lived there for 10 years and then returned to Michigan to be closer to family, ending up in Midland.

 

Q: What is your previous coaching history?

I started coaching U8 while we lived in NC - I think I coached 3 seasons there. Since moving to Midland and joining MSC, I have coached 1 season of U8, 4 seasons of U10, 2 seasons of U12, and this is my second season of coaching U15. I have been both a head coach and an assistant coach. 

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself: (any other information you would like to add to this section such as where you went to school or etc.)

I am an alumna of CMU and I currently work at CMU as a research technician in the biology department studying plant cell biology using transmission electron, confocal, and brightfield microscopy. I enjoy walking my dog, hiking, exploring nature, good food, and spending time with my friends and family. 

 

General Questions:

Q: Who is your favorite coach and why?

I don’t have one.

 

Q: What are some of your favorite moments during your time coaching at Midland Soccer Club?

Each season has its own highlights, and watching kids develop their skills and increase their love and understanding of the game is my favorite part about coaching. You start the season with an unorganized group of kids with a variety of skills and understanding of the game and end with a team - it’s always very rewarding watching them progress.
My absolute favorite is probably from Spring 2021. It was my first season back as a coach after the pandemic shutdowns, and I coached a U12 girls team that finished the season as league champions. That season gave me confidence in my abilities as a coach - it took me from feeling like I was filling in to meet a need for coaches to feeling like I belonged there. Parents, give feedback to your coaches! Positive feedback from parents and players gave me the confidence to move up to coaching U15.

 

Q: How did you start coaching at Midland Soccer Club?

When we moved to Midland early in 2017, I signed the kids up for spring soccer at MSC and checked the “I’ll coach if needed” box because we were still busy unpacking and had new jobs, and I wasn’t sure I had the time to put in to coaching that season. That’s anticlimactic, but I think people who are on the fence about coaching need to know that you don’t have to have played soccer or even know much about it to start coaching. My small high school did not have soccer, and I didn’t start to get into soccer until my kids started to play. When my kids’ league in NC needed volunteer coaches, I bought a book, immersed myself in all the information I could, and gave it a try. I continued, both as a head coach some seasons and assistant coach in others, because there is always a need for coaches and I enjoyed doing it. I kept saying I’d eventually reach my limit of usefulness as a coach because the kids would begin to know more about soccer than I could teach them. I thought I’d stop when my daughter aged out of U12. However, I’ve committed to learning more: I’ve taken online soccer coaching courses, I’ve met with George Hageage and picked his brain for information and guidance, and I’ve watched hours of soccer training videos on YouTube. So far, coaching U15 has been challenging, but it has also pushed me to deepen my understanding of the game and find ways to teach the higher level skills.