Eugene Poublon: Coaching Biography
Eugene Poublon is coaching his tenth year with the Northwest Nationals Premier Soccer Club. Eugene serves as the club's Youth Technical Director. Eugene has coached NWN teams to 9 appearances in Washington state cup finals. His teams have captured 4 Washington State championships.
Originally from Inglewood, California, Eugene played eight years as a youth in the Netherlands in the AZ Alkmaar and AFC Ajax programs. He was a member of an Amsterdam club that won a national indoor title in. Eugene brought his talent back to the United States in 1998, playing one season of professional soccer for the Seattle Sounders in USL Division 1. In 2009, Eugene briefly returned to the Sounders FC organization, only this time starring in a TV commercial showcasing his amazing foot skills to promote the new MLS franchise.
Eugene is known as one of the Northwest's top trainers, specializing on technical foot skills. Eugene has trained many players who have gone on to enjoy significant club and collegiate success. Eugene’s teachings include confidence, character, and building upon a player's individual skill as the foundation of producing great teams. Eugene currently coaches Boys U-14 Red & Girls U-13 & U-14 Red.
Eugene and his lovely wife, Tonya, reside in Edmonds, WA and welcomed (Maddox) their first child in July 2010.
Coach Poublon's Team & Player Development Goals
After studying the best modern trend and teams in the world like FC Barcelona and the Japanese women's national team We believe our POSSESSION based style is the best way to teach the game as it puts players under extreme pressure to move the ball around the field with a high level of sophistication forcing them to learn and develop creative ways of keeping the ball from the other team. Once players learn how to move the ball creatively, they are able to keep it for longer periods of time which forces defenders to chase the ball around the field. The more our players force opponents to chase them during POSSESSION style play the more holes there are to attack allowing our girls to maneuver to goal with ease. However our creative style also puts players in some very difficult situations every game. If the girls do not make swift accurate decisions or find appropriate soccer solutions the team is extremely vulnerable thus giving up easy goals to the opponent or often appearing disorganized.
Why play this way then? Coach Poublon believes each player needs to learn technique and utilize soccer solutions at this important age. Coach Poublon also believes that forcing players to deal with tough situations makes them more creative and less afraid to make mistakes. Too many teams care about wins and losses instead of player development. Wins will come if our players are developed the right way. How we develop that is through strong fundamental skills training and games that will allow players to become creative and strong individuals and great team players.
USSF National A-Licensed Coach
Experience in The Netherlands:
-Played 6 years in the AFC Ajax Youth Academy Eredevisie (school of excellence)
Coached by Co Adriaans, Spitz Kohn, and Co de Jager.
-Played 2 years for AZ Alkmaar Eredevisie
-Won National Championship ’88/’89 Indoor Soccer in Haarlem, The Netherlands
-High School State Champions ‘88/’89 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
-Played against all the top youth clubs such as PSV, Feyenoord, Heerenveen, AZ Alkmaar, Sparta and Vitesse Nijmegen.
US Playing experience:
-Played for Sounders ‘98
-Played in the Men’s Open National Championship ‘02
-Won Men’s Open Regional Championship ‘02
-Won 3 Men’s Open State Championships
-Northwest Nationals Director of Youth '09/'12
-Won 5 State Titles (’00, ’03, '04, '11 and 2012)
-13 State Finals appearances
-14 State Semi-Finals appearances
-Won 6 Division 1 League Champions
-Director of Coaches in the NW Nationals (WA) 2004. In 2004, NWN had 5 teams in the state finals and all winning State titles.
- Coach of 2011 GU12 WASHINGTON STATE CHAMPIONS
- Coach of 2012 GU12 WASHINGTON STATE CHAMPIONS
-Teams played in all Top Elite Tournaments
Won Orange Classic
Surf Cup (Semi Finalist in the Super Bracket of The Surf Cup)
Texas Shootout Showcase
Pleasanton Rage Showcase
-LWSC Fenix U16’s were ranked #13 in the nation on www.soccerincollege.com
and ranked #16 nationally
Favorite Teams – Manchester United, Barcelona, and Arsenal
Favorite Players – Defender Evra Patrice, Midfielder Iniesta (Barcelona), and Winger Christiano Ronaldo