Nate Weiss - Player Development at VfB Stuttgart
We were recently joined on the MSC Podcast by Nate Weiss, Individual Development Coach at VfB Stuttgart in Germany's Bundesliga. During the conversation, he shared his unique journey from playing college soccer in US with NC State, to playing professionally in Europe, and then transitioning to the individual development side of the game.
A couple of the big takeaways for me personally was firstly Nate's insight and perspective into 'technical training'. There is a stigma around unopposed practices in the coaching community but Nate's experience at the highest level, along with time on task with elite players, has increased his commitment to this type of work and he encourages coaches to do the same. He believes passing is a fundamental skill that players must master if they are to progress through to the professional ranks. Below is an example that Nate shares through his Instagram page.
Another aspect of the interview that I really enjoyed was Nate's insight around ball-striking. I believe it's something that we should talk a lot more about in the coaching community and, although maybe it's not the most glamorous aspect of skill development, it can become so important to player profiles. It's not only shooting where players can benefit from it, but also in passing ranges which can help improve defenders and midfielders in the build. Below is another example from Nate's Instagram page (which I highly recommend following) which shows how he slows the action down and focuses on what specific part of the foot to use. Nate explains this in the interview.
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