Soccer coach's greatest goal puts the players first

A victory against the Bellevue Bulldogs on Nov. 4 moved the Shoreline women’s soccer team
into the second round of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) playoffs. Post­season glory
is in sight for those on the field, but first year SCC head coach Matt Dorman knows that what is
happening on the field is the result of many smaller battles and the collective purpose of those
battles is worth more than just a win or a loss.

“You can't impact the result but you can impact your effort level. That’s what you can control,”
Dorman said about the mindset of the women’s soccer program. “That is our philosophy here,
100 percent effort. 100 percent of the time.”

Last season Dorman led the Bellevue high school girls’ varsity team to the 3A state semifinals with an 18­2­0 record.
Dorman brings a love and knowledge for the game tempered both on the field, having played
since he was a young boy, and on the sidelines, coaching at various levels of competition for
the past ten years.

Supplementing his experience in what he puts simply as “the greatest sport in the world” is the
curriculum of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), which seeks to
ignite coaching passion for the betterment of players and the soccer community. Founded in
1941 the NSCAA has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization.

Dorman has been selected from more than 500 applicants, as one of NCAA's “30 under 30,” a
year long educational and mentorship opportunity awarded to 30 soccer coaches younger than
30 years of age across all levels coaching in the United States.

Last year Dorman received the NSCAA North West Region High School Coach of the Year award.
Dorman met soccer as a child in England, the same way many children around the world do, “I
just grew up in it. We didn’t have paid coaches, and didn’t have set fields. We would just go, get
a ball out and play.” He played soccer all the way through county level, the United Kingdom
equivalent of ‘state,’ until playing Rugby at the University of Birmingham.

“Some people think that ex­players make great coaches. I don’t exactly agree with that.”
Dorman said about the difference between the roles. “When I was playing, I turned up, played,
and went home. I didn’t take any notice of the preparation,” continued Dorman, “When coaching
there is game preparation, post game analysis, preparing training sessions. As a coach you are
concerned with the overall package and experience.”

The overall package at the college level entails supporting players while they strive for success
in the classroom and on the field. “Winning on the field, that’s great, but wins and losses come
and go. Can we go 15­0? If none of our players graduate what would be the point?” he said.
Dorman has seen and learned many things in his time coaching at all levels of the game. He
says he has coached everything from “two year­olds to players in the Olympic Development
Program,” where players throughout the youth levels are selected and groomed for international
play. Two things are consistent and necessary at every level according to Dorman: “Enjoy what
you are doing, and do it to the best of your ability.”

As the lady dolphins take the field Nov. 7, against the Lane CC Titans, the aim is to make the
NWAC Final Four, but simply winning is not what the coaching role is about for Matt Dorman.
“As a coach you really are a big player in people's lives. The college players probably see more
of me than anybody else,” said Dorman about what he sees in his coaching future, “if I can
continue to be a positive role model and help people achieve what they want to do, then I am happy.”

_Troy Atkinson

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