Coach Spotlight – Coach Damon

Coach Damon, step right up! Meet Coach Damon, one of SGV Surf’s B01-02 coaches and a Director of Coaching!

• Soccer Playing Experience (High School, College, Other): Damien (Go Spartans!), Southern Methodist University, U17 National Team, U23 National Team, East LA Cobras, Dallas Burn, Orange County Zodiac

• Position Played: Stopper and Outside Back

• Playing Highlights (Honors, Awards, Accomplishments): All League in HS, High School All American, Soccer America All Freshman Team, Freshman All American, All Midwest in College

• Coaching Experience: D License, Southern Methodist University Assistant Coach, Corona United, Claremont Stars, Arsenal FC, Newport Mesa, Inland Empire Surf, Newport Mesa Soccer Club

• Most Memorable Moment on a Soccer Field: Playing against St Louis in College. I scored an own goal, scored the equalizer, got someone red-carded, assisted the go ahead goal and then got my second yellow. All in a day’s work.

• Most Embarrassing Soccer Moment: Playing Creighton in college and my man scoring a hat trick.

• Game Day Superstition or Ritual: 10 mins or so before kickoff I would lie on the ground and meditate. Breathing exercises to clear my mind and focus. Our DOC’s mom taught me when I was 11 and it just kind of stuck.

• Favorite Soccer Team: I am a Barcelona fan if I have to pick. I’m more of a player’s fan. I can appreciate when players are just on another level. Although, I think I’m going to start following LAFC just to battle all of the Galaxy fans.

• Favorite Soccer Player: I’m a Messi fan. He just does his thing in an old school way. No flash, no Instagram moves, just reading the game quicker than everyone around him. Kids like Ronaldo and Neymar but Messi is a coach’s player.

• Favorite Non-Soccer Team: Golden State Warriors… shoot the lights out! Unfair at times.

• Favorite Athlete: Steph Curry and Messi tie. Undersized athletes destroying giants!

• Favorite Movie: Batman Dark Knight

• Favorite Actor or Actress: I have to side with Jonathan on this one… Heath Ledger.

• Favorite Musical Group or Singer: Tupac… still.

• Favorite TV Show: Billions…oh and Game of Thrones when that comes back on.

• Favorite Meal: Shepard’s Pie

• Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Talenti – Caramel cookie crunch. If you haven’t had it, you are sleeping.

• Hobbies: Fishing and RC Cars

• Dream Vacation Destination: Anywhere with nature and no cell reception

• Four Famous People You Would Invite to Dinner: Robert Downey Jr, Obama, Pep Guardiola, and Frank Lloyd Wright (architect…I need to remodel my house.)

• Where Was Your Last Selfie Taken? Claremont Loop hiking trail.

• Best Advice for Players: Learn from your mistakes and strive not to repeat them.