Finally, we found Christian. One conversation was all we needed- his philosophy of creating a fun, safe soccer “home” to try new things and develop your skills and knowledge of soccer was a perfect fit. As our daughter continued working with Christian, we saw her become more comfortable with the ball at her feet and saw great improvement in her game. He is also helping us navigate the world of club soccer as we make a plan for Alexis’ future. Now she is well on her way to reaching her dream! Thanks Christian!
— Rich, Shelley, and Alexis Gannon
“My daughter has been a member of the Left Foot Coaching Academy for only about 3 months, but her skill, body mechanics, and enthusiasm for soccer have noticeably improved in this short time. She loves knowing she is learning new skills and practicing what she has been shown. These changes have occurred for no other reason than that Christian is a brilliant coach. He knows the technical aspects of soccer, as any soccer coach does, but he brings to the turf passion and instinct about coaching soccer that is unmatched.He seamlessly weaves together exercises to touch the emotional and intellectual threads of soccer with the skills, body mechanics, and tactics to develop a whole player. He does this with innovative drills, by breaking skills down into manageable pieces, and by finding just the right analogy for each player to bring the concept he is teaching to life for him or her. He demonstrates what a skill might ultimately look like, providing a visual reference, but also reminds players that complex skills need to be built up over time. He celebrates small victories with them and supports them if they try and fail. It is rare for a person who is so gifted to not only be a master in their field, but also be able to teach others in such an accessible way. My daughter and I look forward to a long stay at her new soccer home at LFC.”
— Maia & Laura Warner (2012)
When Maia began working with you, I believed that you would become one of the great teachers/mentors of her life. That season and our continued involvement with you beyond that team with private coaching, has proven my statement correct. I do not believe there is anyone more committed to his kids or better qualified to develop outstanding players and character than you. My initial opinion has only been confirmed and reinforced through the years.
— Dr. John Lundstrom
My daughter has been training with Christian’s private group for two months (2009) although she was on a service trip for part of the time. In this short time, her foot skills have improved tremendously. She now has the confidence to use them to her advantage. She is excited as I am about what she will learn from Christian in the off-season and how it will help her attain the next level.
— Dana Marcelius
Being the [former ] Vice President of the Minnesota Thunder Academy, and playing soccer through the collegiate level in Minnesota, I know many of the best coaches and trainers in Minnesota, and when I had to choose a trainer for my two kids, I chose Christian. –While Christian is one of the best in Minnesota at developing technical skills, it is really his understanding of the psychological component of the game that sets him apart. My daughter understands the game differently and plays with more confidence after training with Christian. He has and continues to help with her development as a soccer player and as a person.
— John M. Jerabek
My daughter said to me, “Mom, when coaches in the past have taught me moves they have told me what to do with my feet but Christian is the only one one who breaks it all down and also tells me what I’m supposed to be doing with my body.” Hallelujah. We walked in the door and she went straight out to the back yard to practice!
— Kendra Goertzen
“The reason that players are getting better is that’s it’s fun, it’s safe to try new things and be really creative. The players build confidence daily and then take that with them the next day back to their team. Often times, the level of play and coaching is higher here than on her club team and that’s made all the difference.”
— Lisa Zabel
“For the last two summers, my daughter has trained with Christian. She is in a very competitive soccer league in Arizona and due to Christian’s coaching, she has made the top team while others have been cut. Each Fall her Arizona coach, unknowingly, compliments her on the very technical skills Christian has worked with her on to improve! Thank you, Christian.”
— Richard and Jude Miller Burke
“Your facility is awesome ~ what a space! It’s very exciting to see the size and height of the ceiling and that it is designed with training soccer players first and foremost. My daughter thought it was a very cool training space! You’ve put a lot of time and effort thinking through how best to use the space to train players.”
— Tim Goertzen