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Derrek Falor

Mental Skills Coach


  • Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • USSF "A" License
  • NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma

Coaching Experience: 

  • 2017-present, Emerald City FC, Mental Skills Coach
  • 2014-present, Assistant Coach/Mental Skills Coach Seattle Sounders U23
  • 2014-present, Girls Soccer Program Head and Varsity Coach, Lakeside School
  • 2003-2013, Head Women’s Coach, Cleveland State University
  • 2001-2003, Assistant Women’s & Men’s Coach, DePaul University
  • 1995-2000, Head Women’s Coach, Western Washington University

Education & Qualifications:

  • M.Ed. Sport Psychology
  • BS Exercise Science/Sport Psychology
  • Metro League Coach of the Year 2016
  • Seattle Times Coach of the Year 2016


Coaching Philosophy:

I believe that for a player to make continued improvement in her/his game it is vital to pursue a technical, and/or position specific goal during every field session.  Playing with a focus on controllable variables drives this approach.  I encourage players to figure out what the game needs on the day and apply their soccer knowledge toward solving those problems.  Through my varied coaching background, I have learned the value of combining technical and tactical skills with an applied sport psychology and mental skills approach works best for on-going player growth and enjoyment of the game.