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Sagar Lakhani

TOVO Coach Leads Kenya National Team

TOVO alumnus Sagar Lakhani has been appointed the Kenyan National Team U15 boys coach.

“Ten weeks into my role as head coach, we had an international tournament featuring countries from east and central Africa. I would say the progress achieved by the team was beyond anything I have witnessed in 10 years of coaching. The magic is in the Position Play exercises.  In a very short time, players understood how to manage space and have good positional relationships. We ended up finishing second in the tournament however we were applauded for our organisation and possession based approach,” expressed Sagar after his return home from the CECAFA tournament in Eritrea.

“In December 2018, I spent a week in Barcelona at the TOVO T1 Coaching Course. I had previously been following Todd for over a year and finally got the opportunity to attend his course. My favorite part is how simple yet extremely effective the method is. I had many questions which were very different to the rest of the group since I am in a different football culture. However, Todd and his staff were very helpful and generous in sharing their insights. After one week, my brain was filled with so much inspiration, I couldn’t wait to get back on the field,” recalled Sagar.

“It gives us great satisfaction to see TOVO Training being implemented worldwide. Sagar joined us from Africa with purpose and passion.  He has so capably translated his Barcelona experience into a successful program for the national team boys in Kenya,” comments Todd Beane.  “We wish him and the lads all the best.”

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Kevin Grimes

TOVO at CAL: Redesigning College Soccer at Berkeley

“Our trainings are the best I have seen in 20+ years of college coaching.” – Kevin Grimes

We are so honored that TOVO Training has found a remarkable home in Northern California at one of the top academic institutions in the United States. Kevin Grimes is one of America’s best collegiate coaches and his tenure at CAL is a testament to a coach committed to developing players of great intelligence, competence and character.

Kevin shares his thoughts with us…

“For the longest time, I had been conflicted as to why some of my players during certain drills looked ‘half-hearted’, ‘disengaged’, and a bit ‘checked-out’. Those same players during other drills (and during the same session for that matter) were fully engaged, competitive, spirited and having fun. These were players on my team of all skill levels and abilities: skill and talent had nothing to do with this issue that I was observing. During these static, non-cognitive drills that I had designed for training also required me as a coach to be a ‘motivator’, ‘cheerleader’, and sometimes ‘screamer’ to keep them engaged during that drill. Recognizing the issue was the easy part, solving the issue took some time.”

In January, 2017, at the United Soccer Coaches convention in Los Angeles, I met with Todd Beane for 15 minutes or so and complimented him on his philosophy of training players that I felt was cutting edge, forward thinking and most importantly, challenging the status quo of all of our traditional training methods.

For the first time in nearly 20 years of college coaching, I saw something that needed my immediate attention and further research.

Two-and-half years into TOVO and attending numerous TOVO Coaching Courses, it has had an incredible impact on my coaching and more specifically, the architecture and orchestration of the design of our training sessions at Cal. Our trainings are the best I have seen in 20+ years of college coaching. We used to have a plethora of drills (like a menu from Cheesecake Factory!). Now, we have reduced our drill inventory to a very small amount (like a menu at a Michelin Star restaurant in San Francisco)!! No longer do I ‘motivate’, ‘cheerlead’ and ‘scream’ at our training sessions. But rather, we focus on the prepared environment and making that environment fully cognitive, engaging, spirited and fun. You have to be willing to throw away your hard core beliefs in the old school training methodology and the comforts that are associated with it. TOVO is for risk takers and that’s why I’m here.”

We wish Kevin, his staff and the players at Cal all the best as they journey to extraordinary.

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Andy Graham

Journey to Extraordinary Series

Andy has been to both the T1 and T2 coaching courses, but his journey to extraordinary began a long time ago.

“I first came across Johan Cruyff when I was 9 years of age when I saw him in the 1974 World Cup. My favorite player Pele had retired and I was not happy…. And then I saw the orange of the Netherlands and a team that I started to root for and in particular the no 14, Johan Cruyff. He was different from the other players especially the way he glided majestically over the pitch and although I didn’t realize at the time I was inspired. Two months later I started playing for my local team in Scotland. Then over 40 years later I again was looking for inspiration but this time in my coaching path.” Explains Andy.

“My late Father always said to me that ‘you are never too old to learn!’ so I started looking on the internet to try and find some inspiration. This appeared when I was looking at the Cruyff Institute which led me to the TOVO Academy.” This is what brought Andy to TOVO.

“Andrew is a man who combines a passion for the game with a sincere interest to do right by his footballers. He literally will cut the grass himself to make community football flourish and I have come to respect him tremendously as a compassionate and committed coach.  He embodies all that is wonderful about our TOVO family,” comments Todd Beane.

Jay Gomez

Journey to Extraordinary Series

Jay Gomez is currently the Boys DA U15 Assistant Coach at the San Jose Earthquakes and has been on an extraordinary journey for some time now. Jay graduated from the University of Washington in 2000 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. Upon graduation, Jay was drafted by the Seattle Sounders of the A league in 2000. Shortly after Jay moved back to California to begin his coaching career at UCSC with coach Paul Holocher. Jay has coached youth soccer locally in Santa Cruz for over a decade and has also spent time with the De Anza Force soccer club prior to joining the Quakes Academy.

Jay was one of the first to attend a TOVO T1 Coaching Course in March 2017. He returned to Spain last October for our T2 course. “Absolutely the real deal. This guy (Beane) will change the way our game is taught in the United States. Thank you, Todd, for all the care you put into sharing your vision and life experience with us,” Jay commented after his TOVO experience.

“We enjoy hosting Jay as his positive energy is contagious. He is passionate about soccer and perhaps even more so about life-long learning,” remarks Todd Beane.

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