Director Message

Michael Flynn
Michael Flynn

Goalkeeper Director Michael played collegiate soccer at the University of Cincinnati and then played professionally in the USL and PDL for 4 years playing with Cincinnati Kings, Nashville Metros, and the Seattle Sounders. After Michael was done playing, he served as the Director of Goalkeeping for Sky Soccer Club in Kentucky. He is currently the goalkeeper coach for Wright State University's(Division 1) Men's soccer team, director of goalkeeping for Classics Eagles FC and boy's state goalkeeper coach for Ohio South ODP. Michael has his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and his NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma.

I am very excited to be taking the Director of Goalkeeping position with a great organization such as SuperKick. I believe that we all have the same goal in mind which is player development. I cannot wait to get into the sessions and begin working with the players. My wife and I moved to the city in the beginning of August and I am overwhelmed at the amount of enthusiasm for soccer that Columbus has.

As a player I attended the University of Cincinnati, then went on to play with several professional and semi-professional teams including the Nashville Metros, Cincinnati Kings, and Seattle Sounders. My experience with these teams was amazing and it gave me the unique opportunity to play at a very high level and be trained by some of the best coaches in the country. From my playing experience, I have formed my coaching style based on the training methods that I felt contributed most to my success as a player.

I have been coaching goalkeepers for 7 years at a wide variety of ages and levels. I was a goalkeeper coach with the Bowling Green High School varsity boy’s and girl’s teams for 7 years. In that time the teams saw success in the form of one state championship, 4 final four appearances, and 6 regional championships. Three of the goalkeepers I worked with during that time went on to play collegiately. I also worked with the club team in the city, Sky SC, for 4 years as a head coach and director of goalkeeping. I coached both boys and girls in age groups ranging from U13 to U19 and with goalkeepers from U9-U19. From that group of goalkeepers; 3 went on the play collegiately, 2 were Region 2 ODP players and one was a National team hold over. I am entering my second year as a goalkeeper coach for Kentucky ODP and am in my first season as a staff coach for Classics Eagles and as assistant coach to Dublin- Scioto boy’s varsity soccer team. I currently hold an NSCAA National Goalkeeping diploma and an NSCAA National coaching diploma.

Growing up I played an outside mid or forward position for most of my early career. It wasn’t until I was a freshman in high school that I found my true calling, goalkeeper. The one drawback was that I had no one to teach me proper technique so most of my learning was done from my own mistakes. Though I did stick it out for three years until a goalkeeper coach moved into the area, this position is lost to too many players who experience the same thing as I did. I was fortunate enough to get a goalkeeping coach with a vast amount of knowledge on the position who passed it on to me. He taught me the importance of proper handling, using footwork because “your feet make the save,” communicating/organizing your team on the field, and being a leader on and off the field. These important lessons I carried through my playing career and they served me very well. I continue to carry them with me today in my coaching, because I know how important they are through experience. I now want to pass that knowledge on so that all keepers can experience the position the right way and have the best chance at success.

- Michael Flynn

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