WMUSA Goalkeeper Program

Lead by Todd Hoffard

West-Mont United S.A. provides a very unique opportunity for goalkeepers, or those interested in exploring goalkeeping. 

Our program is lead by Todd Hoffard, former Goalkeeper Coach for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer for 4 seasons from 2017-2020. Coach Todd has a vast amount of experience  coaching in both the men’s and women’s game at the youth, collegiate and professional levels, with 3 years as the GK Coach for the United States Girls Youth National Teams at the U14-U20 Levels at various National Team Camps.  During this time, Todd also coordinated the US Soccer Training Centers for Eastern PA.  Prior to that Todd was also the Goalkeeper Coach for the NY Red Bulls (MLS) during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Todd was also the GK Coach for the 2011 MLS All-Stars when they played Manchester United at Red Bull Arena. During Todd's tenure in New York, not only was he part of two MLS playoff seasons, but the team also won the Emirates Cup in London which included: Paris St. Germain, Boca Juniors and Arsenal.  

Todd enjoyed an 8-year professional career after graduating from Division I powerhouse Hartwick College in 1994. Todd was also part of the US Soccer Region I ODP Staff and the PA ODP Staff. Todd finished his playing career with the Charleston Battery of the A-League during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. After being drafted by the Harrisburg Heat in the 1994 NPSL draft, Todd played for them for two seasons before moving on to the Cleveland Crunch and Philadelphia Kixx. Todd also played a season with the Albany (NY) Alleycats and three seasons with Reading Rage of the USL D3 League.

While playing, Todd was also coaching at the college level for Elizabethtown College and St.Bonaventure University.  While at St. Bonaventure, Todd helped them achieve the school’s first Atlantic 10 Tournament berth as well as breaking numerous other school records.   In 1999 Todd became the goalkeeper coach for Oneonta State University and then moved on to be an assistant coach with the College of Charleston Women’s program. In 2003 Todd served as the goalkeeper coach for the UPENN’s Mens/Women’s teams and was the Asst. Coach for Temple University from 2009-2011.  Todd is also the founder of ONE on ONE Goalkeeping and 2010 is the 28th year. This is a program that has conducted training programs for youth, clubs, etc across the US and in 3 countries.  

Our GK Philosophy:  Keep it simple!  Technique is essential to being a quality goalkeeper.  And every goalkeeper will continue to work on it throughout their career.  There are no shortcuts to this position, and we work to find what works for each goalkeeper as every goalkeeper has different physical attributes that we need to be aware of during their development.  Goalkeepers will always have variations of the “textbook” technique that will allow them to be the most efficient goalkeeper that they can be. 

 

Coach Todd's approach breaks goalkeeping down into 3 phases: 

 

"The save is always the easy part.  The difficult phases are the 'bookends' (Phase 1 and Phase 3).  The better a GK is in these phases determines how good they will be or how good they will become…that is the difference of just being a shot-stopper or a Goalkeeper!"

Our GK staff will present young goalkeepers with the tools to succeed.  It is our job to help them nurture their talent and find out what works best for them as individuals.  For no goalkeeper will ever be the same! 


For more information about our goalkeeper program, please contact cthorum@westmontunitedsoccer.org

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