The San Francisco Elite Academy, along with so many others across the nation, are mourning the passing of a San Francisco soccer legend. Steve Negoesco, former University of San Francisco Men’s Soccer coach and winner of four national championships and 22 conference championships, passed away Sunday evening at the age of 93.
Coach Negoesco, for whom the University of San Francisco’s soccer field is aptly named, positively impacted so many players, coaches and people that it’s impossible to measure. Since its inception, the San Francisco Elite Academy has enjoyed a unique and close partnership with the University of San Francisco men’s and women’s soccer programs, and we are acutely aware that the relationship exists in no small part to the amazing work and accomplishments of Coach Negoesco. He will be truly missed but forever remembered.
A bay area soccer icon in his own right, John Doyle--former USF Don player, US National Team player and longtime professional player and coach--shared his thoughts about Coach Negoesco. “It’s a sad day when a man who was so influential to so many ways passes away," said Doyle. He had extraordinary real life experiences and he was always willing to take the time to share them with us. He gave me a chance at my dream school and always let me do what was best for my career, not always the USF soccer team. He said to me that what was good for you is good for the school. Many college coaches never let their players have that opportunity. I owe Steve a huge debt of gratitude in forming my career. Thank you, Steve. You are a legend and you will never be forgotten.”
Please read more via the links below on Coach Steve Negoesco and the many beautiful tributes being shared by those now honoring his memory.
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
Soccer America (subscription)
Expert performance is the result of focused, deliberate practice. Our starting point is the culture we create at our practice sessions. Training in the secluded confines at USF Negoesco is calm. Coaches don’t need to yell; players can actually listen. Respect is mutual. Players are devoted to the lessons of their training, so they can execute the high-speed movements and exact timing of their passing. Nobody but coaches and players step on the field. The turf becomes their classroom. It is a distinctly different quality of environment than the medley of teams across many clubs and ages at the city’s public soccer complexes. We train there too -- everyone does -- but Negoesco teaches our players what real practice is meant to be. We don’t show up late. We don’t goof off. We don’t disrupt our teammates. We then take this culture to every field we train on.
A typical travel team in San Francisco might train 75 to 85 times a year.We train 110-130 times a year, depending on each team’s summer program. It works out to nearly 50% more training sessions than typical SF travel teams. Better still is the fact our players train with highly-experienced, highly-licensed coaches and often in a focussed training environment free from the multiple distactrions often present on city firls. It all adds up to not just more training but better training.
The players enjoy it. It is not a grind. It is not stressful. They are applying themselves, transforming their wishful dreams into personal goals. They know it takes effortful work to develop mastery. They see the results. They enjoy the work. They love their coaches. They are all doing something they love to do.
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