GOALKEEPER ACADEMY

Goalkeeper training will be overseen and conducted by the BRSC Director of Goalkeepers. The sessions are designed to be progressive, so it is highly recommended that players consistently attend the training to get the most benefit.

Our philosophy at Baton Rouge Soccer Club is to teach and coach our goalkeepers to become fundamentally proficient goalkeepers. Emphasis is always placed on the following; Technique, Positioning, Distribution, Decision making, and the Psychological part of the game. Our goalkeepers achieve this through continuous repetition and attention to technical details. I firmly believe that it does not make sense to do physically taxing exercises for the sake of making goalkeepers tired with little attention given to the proper method of goalkeeping.

Training sessions are open to all competitive goalkeepers free of charge. Non-competitive players who wish to attend will need to register and pay a $350 registration fee. For more information, please email Richard Rollins.

Goalkeeper Academy

THE PILLARS OF GOALKEEPING

TECHNICAL

Hand-eye skills, diving, crosses, 1-v-1

TACTICAL

Decision making, angle play, organizing defense/set-pieces, restarts

PHYSICAL

Proper warm-up, foot mobility

MENTAL

Leadership, self-confidence, staying focused

TRANING SCHEDULE

 Age Group  Day  Time  Field
 U12 & under  Mon. & Wed.  5:00 - 6:15 PM  22
 U13-U15  Mon. & Wed.  6:30 - 7:45 PM  22
 U16-U19  Tues. & Thurs.  5:00 - 6:15 PM  23A

 

Goalkeepers should arrive 10-15 minutes early to ensure the sessions start on time. Players should be ready and prepared for the activity (i.e.- wearing GK gloves and any other equipment required for training).

COMMUNICATION

Communication: 
Text BRSCGK to 84483 to receive Goalkeeper Training alerts
GroupMe app: BRSC Goalkeeper Academy Youth (U9-U12)
GroupMe app: BRSC Goalkeeper Academy Adults (U13-U18)

GOALKEEPER STAFF

Richard Rollins

RICHARD ROLLINS

DIRECTOR OF GOALKEEPERS

Coach Rollins brings a wealth of experience and knowledge at all levels of the game to the club. Coach Rollins played at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt, which was in the NAIA in the early ’80s. Lyndon State reached the playoffs in each season he started and was ranked in the top 20 nationally during his two seasons as a starter. Coach Rollins began coaching collegiately with Middlebury College in 1992 before moving onto Franklin Pierce College in 1993. While at Franklin Pierce, the Raven were regularly ranked in the top 5 teams in the nation. Rollins’ teams consistently advanced to the regional finals in the NCAA Division II tournament in the six years coach Rollins was with the program.

Coach Rollins concurrently was the goalkeeper coach for the Phantoms of New Hampshire of United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL). The Phantoms was a feeder program for the New England Revolution. During his time with the Phantoms of New Hampshire, the teams were consistently in the playoffs with their best season coming in 1998 when the Phantoms reached the finals with a record of 23-8. His keepers finished with a league-low 39 goals allowed during the regular season. Phantoms goalkeeper Jeremey Bailey was among the national leaders with .98 goals-against average and five shutouts in over 1800 minutes of play during the regular season. Coach Rollins then moved onto coaching goalkeepers with the Connecticut Wolves of the A-league under head coach Dan Gaspar. The highlight of that season was a victory over Tampa Bay in the U.S. Open Cub Tournament. Coach Rollins also was the goalkeeper coach for the University of Hartford during the 1993 season, working again with coach Gaspar.

Coach Rollins also was the National Director of Star Goalkeeper Academy. Here he worked with coach Gaspar for over a decade, running camps throughout the United States and Canada working and developing goalkeepers and staff. Many of the staff Coach Rollins has worked with are having highly successful coaching careers at both the national and local levels.

Coach Rollins holds a USSF B license and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Sciences from Lyndon State College.

ALEXANDER PARKER

GOALKEEPER STAFF COACH

Alex joined the BRSC goalkeeping staff in Fall 2015. He grew up in Destrehan, LA playing varsity goalkeeper for four years at Destrehan High School. Parker then attended The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he played goalkeeper for four years on the club team and obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering. After college, Alex moved to Denham Springs, LA, for work and would eventually be brought on with the BRSC goalkeeper staff. Parker currently holds a USSF ‘F’ coaching license as well as an NSCAA Level III goalkeeper diploma.

Valerie Split-Log

GOALKEEPER STAFF COACH

Valerie is a native of Baton Rouge who grew up playing in goal for BRSA, BR Jags, GSA, and BRSC. In high school, SPlit-Log played at Bishop Sullivan in 2003/04, and at Woodlawn High School 2004-2007. She excelled on the pitch and was named All-District & All-Metro at both schools. In college, she played for William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS, from 2007 to 2010. She was named to the conference and all-region teams & Rookie of the Year Freshman year.
Split-Log started coaching with BRSC in 2011. In addition to serving BRSC, she also serves as the assistant/goalkeeper coach at Southern University. Her success as a coach is evident in the performance of her players. Under her tutelage, Southern University has produced All-Conference and All-SWAC Tournament keepers in the past two years. Split-Log currently holds a USSF D License and Level III Goalkeeping Diploma.