Coach Mike is from England and has had football/soccer in his blood since day one. After injuries prevented any serious playing career, Mike wanted to continue a career in the football world and that led to a life of coaching. He has been coaching for 9 years now which has included teams from San Diego to England, U.K. This will be Coach Mike’s third year with the Cardiff Mustangs after previously coaching the Boys 2000/01, 2002 and 2003 teams – all competing in the SDDA leagues. Currently he is the coach of the Boys 2003, 2007 White and 2009 Black teams.
As well as previously coaching with San Dieguito Academy JV, San Diego Nomads and San Diego Football Academy, Coach Mike’s claim to fame is from 2015 when he was given the opportunity to gain invaluable experience at Arsenal FC in London. For 10 months Mike was living back in London and being taught ‘How to coach the Arsenal way’ which involves high tempo, quick touches and attacking play. During this time he was gaining unique insight into how one of the biggest clubs in the world operates behind the scenes at the Emirates Stadium and London Colney training ground while also getting experience coaching youth players across London, of all backgrounds and ages ranging from 5-18 years old.
More about Coach McClain
- USSF C Coaching Licence
- English FA Level 1 & Youth Module 1
- Can speak Spanish and has plans to be a UEFA qualified coach.
2018 – B2000/01 Finalist – Attack Summer Classic
2018 – B2003 Finalist – Attack Summer Classic
2017 – B2002 Champions – Liverpool Cup
2017 – SDA JV Finalist – Grossmont Cup