Gumpert receives new soccer coaching license
The Fire FC soccer club coaching staff hit a major milestone in November when Technical Director Nick Gumpert received his United States Soccer Federation “B” license, one of the highest licenses the USSF grants.
Chosen as one of 40 applicants, Gumpert spent nine days in Arizona learning coaching techniques involving both physical and mental aspects of the game, and how develop youth players’ skills.
Gumpert said the idea behind the training and licensing is to improve Fire FC.
“The goal is to create well-rounded coaches, which will, in turn, create well-rounded players,” Gumpert said. “We will share this information with (rec league) coaches as well. We want to empower all of our clubs’ coaching staffs to continue to develop as coaches, which will carry over into improving the level of our players.”
Gumpert said the most important skills he picked up dealt with time management.
“It’s a lot of organizational stuff and just being better about managing time,” Gumpert said. “Just being sure I’m not wasting time and we’re getting the most out of the time we have and making sure the club is creating value for these kids.”
Gumpert also has a National Soccer Coaches Association of America “Premier” license.
Shaun Howe, the executive director of Fire FC, has both the USSF “A” License and the NSCAA “Advanced National” license.
It’s a testament to the quality of coaching within Fire FC, as well as the club itself, Gumpert said.
“It’s good to know that the club has a coach’s back because these things are very expensive to travel to,” Gumpert said. “I think it shows that the club is committed to better its coaches and I think it all comes back to the kids, just making sure they’re getting the best coaching.”
Gumpert has deep roots in soccer in Grand Junction. He played soccer at Grand Junction High School, graduating in 2003. He signed with Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) Community College, then transferred Limestone College (S.C.) for one year before returning to play at Colorado Mesa University his senior year in 2008.