Women’s assistant soccer coach completes seventh season
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 01:11
Assistant coach for the women’s soccer team recently completed his seventh season on the Thundering Herd’s coaching staff. Scott Letts attended Marshall and competed on the men’s soccer team from 2003 to 2006 as the central defender, captain and four-year starter.
Letts is originally from Nottingham, England, where he says the game of soccer is quite different.
“In England the pace of the game is very fast, you tend to have very little time on the ball to make decisions,” Letts said.
For Letts it didn’t take him long to adjust from playing to coaching soccer.
“If you remove the physical element, the game is the same when you analyze strengths and weaknesses of the opposition and expose them when they are at their weakest point,” Letts said. “Once you start coaching you become such a stronger player, as everything seems to be so much simpler.”
Letts has taught men as well as women in the past. Letts said men are physically stronger and faster, which can turn the game into more of a battle.
“Sometimes girls can be a little dramatic at times,” Letts said. “However, they are better in the classroom and smarter all together.”
Letts said he could easily go home to England to coach but it is harder in the United States college game to be successful with all of the rules in the NCAA.
“I feel like in the U.S. you can develop players and nurture their talent, that’s the part that I really enjoy,” Letts said.
Since the women’s season has finished, Letts has been training for the Houston Ironman competition. He has been running, biking and swimming every day to get prepared for the race.
Letts hopes to coach someday in England, whether it was male or female, at any level.
Letts and his women’s team finished their season with a record of 7-11-1. The Herd will teach an Elite College ID clinic on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. The cost for the camp is $125.
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