Nick Hatzke grew up playing youth soccer for Almaden. He attended Bellarmine College Prep and got a scholarship to play soccer at the University of California at Berkeley. He played two years in the MLS for the Houston Dynamo and won an MLS Cup in 2008. Since then he has been coaching youth soccer at Alpine Strikers, Almaden FC, and Los Gatos United. Nick was also a technical advisor for the men’s soccer team at Santa Clara University for two seasons. He has been coaching at Los Gatos United for three years and is now the director of coaching on the competitive side.
“Having coached at several clubs in the area, and have been lucky enough to be involved in soccer my whole life, I have a good understanding of what is the most important thing to keep in mind while participating in youth soccer. Bottom line, the experience should be absolutely fun, so enjoyable that the kids talk about soccer when they get home and want to practice on their own. Los Gatos United has a philosophy that best coincides with how I feel about teaching in general, specifically with the game of soccer. We want to create an environment that helps our players be more successful and prepared for life, for having gone through Los Gatos United youth soccer. First and foremost, we want our players to be good people, treat their teammates, opponents, refs, and everyone with respect. We want them to learn what it means to play for, and work hard for the team. The techniques in soccer are very simple, they require lots and lots of practice to perfect them. Making it fun and exciting is what separates coaches in the end.”
– Certifications –
Coaching license/diploma/education: NSCAA National Diploma, 2012 Positive Alliance Member, 2015 NFHS Coaching Alliance Member
Playing experience: MLS Professional
College/School: University of California at Berkeley, BA in 2006