ETS would like to introduce you to one of Cape Town's aspiring coaches, JAYDON TERBLANCHE (Head of youth development at RYGERSDAL FC). This week in the Coaches Corner, Coach Jaydon shares some insights and his soccer journey so far.
Q: CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE US A BRIEF INTRO ABOUT YOURSELF PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE:
A: Names Jaydon Terblanche. Been actively involved in football as a player when i was a Junior and as a senior as well as coaching from the age of 19. Ive played for two of the most successful academies and clubs in Capetown being Santos FC (Under 17) and then Vasco Da Gama as well as starting my football career at Wolverhampton FC and then the club that developed me into the best Junior i could be Rygersdal FC. I started coaching after my horrific knee injury when i was 19 and haven't looked back since. My goal is to coach at the top level of SA football and abroad in the near future and i will not stop till i achieve this goal. I will achieve this by completing all my licences and also applying myself to modern trends within football with an open mindset always.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR COACHING PHILOSOPHY AND HOW DID YOU CREATE YOUR PHILOSOPHY?
A: My philosophy is a structured approach to possession based football and dominating transitions within football. It is based on a fluid yet balanced 4-2-3-1 and is flexible. The team that keeps the ball and disorganizes the opponent has the best chance to win the game but they must also dominate the moments of the game and manage the transitions effectively. I did not create it but rather looked at two of the most influential coaches in the world (Jose: Transitional awareness and Pep: Fluid possession to disorganize the opponent) and have combined the two philosophies together.
Q: IN YOUR OPINION WHAT IS THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL SKILL FOR A PLAYER/COACH TO MASTER?
A: Understanding the Individual and person before the footballer is the most important part for me. Knowing who the individual is regardless of who they are and bonding with the player and team to create a environment of comfort where everyone is equal and a team players is the most important thing for me and all coaches should master this.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE NEW COACHES STARTING THEIR COACHING JOURNEY?
A: Always be open to learn. The best coaches in the world are always looking at themselves for improvement, this is why they are the best. We can learn from each coach or individuals around us and should never think we know it all.
Q: HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE DIFFERENT ABILITIES OF PLAYERS WITHIN YOUR SQUADS?
A: I look at the individuals strengths first. I expose these strengths as much as i can and and when the confidence is high i then influence the player/s to improve on there short comings. Players react to scenarios in different ways and when confidence is high there is a much higher chance that the player will listen to what is being influenced and carry out the action with more intent. This is how i work with any player in my squad no matter the skill level.
Q: HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SET BACKS (POOR PERFORMANCES, INJURIES, LOSING, ETC)?
A: Assess the setback and look at myself first. what did i do to influence the setback or bring about the setback? was it a selection, a command, lack of instruction etc. Once i get the root of the setback i assess the players and what it will take to improve or even fix the setback. Every setback has a root cause and its my job to assess it and fix the setback as quickly as i can without damaging morale of the players.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST LIFE SESSION YOU HAVE LEARNT FROM FOOTBALL?
A: Stay humble, always respect those around you even if they dont respect you. if you are wrong admit it to yourself and others and then look to improve on it. most importantly Smile always, Show confidence as it may pick someone up who isn't confident at that moment.
Q: WHICH COACH/MANAGER INSPIRES YOU?
A: Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are my inspirations. Sir Alex is the bench mark.