May's D.C. United Coaches Association Coach of the Month is Yuri Bogdanov. Bogdanov began his coaching career at the age of 18, after suffering a injury that brought his playing career to a halt. He was a standout player in the Russian youth program, and moved to the United States in 1995. He currently holds a USSF "C" license.
Bogdanov is currently overseeing the creation of a youth development program for Arlington Travel Soccer Club. He began coaching for ATSC in 2000, taking the Arlington Ambush to great success, traveling to two international tournaments, capturing top honors at the White Nights of St. Petersburg Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In addition to on-field success, Bogdanov encourages his players to help in the community, and many of his players are involved in TOPSoccer, a community-based training and team placement program for players with disabilities.
Bogdanov's coaching philosophy is about creating a challenging and fun environment to help dedicated players learn the game and play at a high level. His players are encouraged to take risks and express themselves creatively on the field. Bogdanov emphasizes fair play, and strives to be a good role model and teacher for his players.
"At the end of each practice/game, [coaches should] ask each player, 'Did you learn anything?'" says Bogdanov. "If the answer is yes - with specifics - then you've done your job well."
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