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SIMA Hosts Myriad of Guest Speakers During Virtual Training

By SIMA, 05/03/20, 6:15PM EDT


The Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy, like many athletics program around the world, has been impacted by recent events. With this, SIMA has embraced a full online 360 training program to continue the hard work that was taking place on the fields at Montverde Academy, to student-athlete’s homes, wherever they are in the world. 

To keep moral high during these uncertain times, the SIMA coaching staff continues to deliver top training experiences. Coach Walker Dawkins has spearheaded the online training initiative to keep our student-athletes moving with live Zoom sessions several times a week. This is partnered with daily training sessions including video analysis, nutrition and more. 

The latest addition to this virtual structure includes regular installments of guest speakers with diverse backgrounds in both professional soccer and sports psychology. Nico Estevez - US National Team Assistant Coach, Unai Alba - Goalkeeper Coach for Valencia’s Second Team, Antonio Gomez - FC Barcelona Physical Trainer, Maria Jose Ramirez – Performance/Sports Psychologist and Pablo Jara - Professional Goalkeeper for Tormenta FC all answered questions from our SIMA student-athletes about their experiences and what it means to pursue soccer at the next level.

While this guest speaker group of incredibly knowledgeable career professionals mark uncharted territory for the SIMA program, the coaching staff does not look to slow their progress in their pursuit of providing top experiences to SIMA student-athletes. Before the end of the school year, SIMA looks to host several more engaging guest speakers from around the world. 

Guest Speaker Nico Estevez - USMNT Assistant Coach

Guest Speaker Unai Alba - Goalkeeper Coach Valencia's Second Team

Guest Speaker Antonio Gomez - FC Barcelona Physical Trainer

Guest Speaker Pablo Jara - Professional Goalkeeper with Tormenta FC

Guest Speaker Maria Jose Ramirez - Performer/Sports Psychologist