Highly interactive, two-hour session, for new and veteran coaches alike. Learn effective and dynamic strategies for dealing with varying ability strengths, managing disparate attention spans, balancing player development and winning, ensuring fewer on-field conflicts and better coach-parent relationships. Three Workshops covering:

  • Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons
  • Culture, Practices and Games
  • Coaching the Mental Game

There will be food and drink served, so be sure to RSVP so that we have enough for all!



Workshop 1: Peter Wood

Peter played tennis at Stanford University and professionally overseas for two years. After his retirement from tournament play, Peter became a teaching professional in Sunnyvale, CA. In the mid '90s he began a 20+ year career as a high school history and humanities teacher both domestically and abroad during which he coached cross-country, tennis and golf. For eleven years, from 2000-2011, he was a very competitive elite Masters cyclist on local Bay Area teams, racing both in the United States and in Europe. He currently compete as a scratch golfer in NCGA championship events.

Workshop 2: Molly Whittaker
Molly is one of PCA’s top trainers and a San Francisco resident.  Molly earned her Masters in Athletic Administration and Coaching at James Madison University, where she then taught Kinesiology and coached the JMU Women’s Rugby team for six years. In addition to conducting PCA workshops, Molly is the Athletic Director and Fitness and Wellness teacher at Children’s Day School in San Francisco. Molly grew up playing soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, and rugby and has experience coaching multiple sports at youth, college, and adult levels.​ 

Workshop 3: Nick Lusson

Nick Lusson has a long history of coaching all levels of youth soccer in Northern California.  He's a former professional player having competed with Madureira Esporte Clube in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as well as a former collegiate player at UC Santa Cruz.  Nick also spent years as an avid martial artist, having competed and performed with the world-renowned ABADA-Capoeira group in both Brazil and the U.S.  He previously coached the Bay Area Breeze professional women's soccer team of the W-League.  Prior to that he was the head coach for both men and women at Holy Names University in the NAIA where he was twice named Conference Coach of the Year and once Western Region Coach of the Year.  He also was the assistant coach for both men and women's programs at Cal State East Bay at the NCAA DII level.
Nick holds Master's Degrees in Sport Psychology, Exercise & Sport Performance, and Sports Management.  He's currently the Soccer Director for the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff's Athletic League and a staff coach for the San Francisco Elite Academy soccer club.  He's the founder and Director of the NorCal Premier Soccer Foundation, the charitable arm of NorCal Premier Soccer, which is one of the largest state soccer organizations with both youth and adult programming.  Nick is a coaching educator for the California Youth Soccer Association, where he teaches the US Soccer Federation license courses to beginner coaches.
He currently resides in San Francisco.


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Each Workshop will be from 6:30 - 8:30pm

  • Tuesday, 9/13 
  • ​Wednesday, 9/28
  • ​Thursday, 10/6

in the Community Room of the SFYS Office

1434 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116

Upstairs through the red door​​