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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  17B
 U13-U15  Mon. & Wed.  6:30 - 7:45 PM  17B
 U16-U19  Tues. & Thurs.  5:00 - 6:15 PM  21B

 

Training for the spring season will resume on January 13th for U12 and below, February 10th for U13 - U15, and February 11th for U16 - U18. 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: 
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.

Hope Sabadash

GOALKEEPER STAFF COACH

Bio coming soon.