Locker Room Lingo
Nick Hoover '06, New Head Women's Soccer Coach
What is your coaching style and philosophy?
The first thing I want to establish is trust with my players. If they trust me, then everything else becomes easier. From there, it’s trying to balance being intense without coming across as intimidating. I like to have fun and want them to as well, but I also want them to understand that my job is to make this a winning program, and I need their help and hard work to do so.
The most difficult part of coaching and recruiting is …
Losing, not just on the field but losing a recruit to another school. It’s draining. It really impacts you emotionally when you look at the faces of your players after a tough loss. It’s also incredibly frustrating when you are speaking on the phone with a recruit who has stayed for an overnight, visited the campus three times and you’ve driven countless hours to watch them play live, and then they tell you they’ve decided to go to a rival school.
Who are your favorite coaches? Are there any whose style you try to emulate?
I know it sounds corny since he was my coach and I worked for him the last two seasons, but Jim Findlay is my coaching idol for collegiate soccer. He has such a way with getting the most out of his players, no matter what their personality or strengths, and he is a true student of the game. If I can replicate that sort of trust and understanding with the athletes that come through my program, I truly feel I can be successful.
What advice do you have for a prospective student-athlete on your team?
Enjoy every moment of your playing experience while keeping your eye on the most important goal: graduating and getting a job.
What are your goals for the upcoming season, both individually and as a team?
With the returning players we have and the recruits who will be coming in, there’s no reason not to equal and indeed improve upon last season’s results.
Contributing writers to the Scoreboard section are Katie Meier, director of athletics communications; Ryan Novitsky, assistant director of athletics communications; and Lauren Gilbert ’13, a communications major from Mechanicsburg, Pa.