The Learning Process



Tying Your Shoe
Learning the game of soccer is comparable to learning to tie your shoe. There are four basic stages in the learning process:

1. Unconscious Incompetent
You don't know your shoe is untied.
You can't tie it.

2. Conscious Incompetent
You know your shoe is untied.
You still can't tie it
("Mom, my shoe is untied!").

3. Conscious Competent
You know your shoe is untied.
You can tie with concentration (chase the rabbit around the tree).

4. Unconscious Competent
You react to your shoe being untied and tie it without thinking.

The stages for learning any soccer skill are identical to the process we all went through learning to tie our shoes. The ultimate goal in skill training is the 4th level: the unconscious choice of the correct skill. At North Central Soccer, we know the essential skills needed to enjoy soccer. We also know how to effectively teach them.


"A good coach is able to take a player where they have never been before and will not get to on their own." Bill Beswick.



NCS Coaching Directors

Steve Kimble
Steve Kimble
NC Soccer Director
College of Saint Benedict women's soccer coach
Steve has coached soccer for 19 years in Central Minnesota. In 2013, he led the Saint Benedict women's soccer team to a MIAC Championship, MIAC Playoff Championship, and NCAA Tournament Appearance. Steve was named MIAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2013. He was also named NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 2011. Prior to Saint Benedict, Steve worked with the St. Cloud Soccer Club and CMYSA for 7 years before becoming the Brainerd High School head girls soccer coach in 2002. While at Brainerd, Steve compiled a record of 99-23-8. In his last five years, Brainerd went 58-5-3 against conference teams and won the CLC title each of those years. Steve was also named Section 8AA Coach of the Year twice and was nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year while teaching for Brainerd Public Schools. Steve is a graduate of Sartell High School and Saint John's University. Steve holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma and USSF B license. Steve is one of the most experienced and involved coaches in Central Minnesota.


John Haws
John Haws
NC Soccer Director
Saint John's University men's soccer coach
John has coached thousands of youth soccer players in Central Minnesota and coached at the college level for 14 years. John is also one of the best attacking players to ever play in the area. At one point, while playing for the St. Cloud Rollers, John had scored 99 goals in 100 games. The Rollers were 2x MYSA State Champions and 2x AAU National Champions. John was an AAU All-American at 15 years old. John is a graduate of Saint John's Prep School and Saint John's University. He earned All-Conference Honors as a soccer player for SJU. John holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma and USSF B License. There are very few coaches in the region as skilled, knowledgable and loyal to the growth of Central Minnesota soccer.

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