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Mike O'Neill
New Brunswick, NJ
Women's Varsity Soccer Head Coach
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1.2
Total Average
1.7
Knowledge
1.3
Character
1
Communication
1.5
Individual Focus
1
Team Building
1.2
Training
1
Competition
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Ratings for Coach O'Neill
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10-02-12
Knowledge
Character
Communication
Individual Focus
Team Building
Training
Competition
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06-05-12
Knowledge
Character
Communication
Individual Focus
Team Building
Training
Competition
My opinion-and it is not personal-is that the Rutgers team suffers from both poor play and poor coaching. Lack of finishing has been a problem for Rutgers for years. Is it the players that the coach is recruiting or is it the system and style of play the coaches have implemented. To me I think it is a bit of both. The 4-3-3 system with 3 central midfielders was a poor choice. Given the fact that the team could not score (even breakaways), then possibly moving to a 4-4-2 and holding possession would have been a better choice. On the recruiting side, Rutgers continues to recruit kids who have no scoring touch. Scoring is 50% preparation and 50% inbred talent. They fail to prepare and they fail to recruit finishers. What was most sticking to me watching Rutgers play was their complete lack of technical abilities. The don't strike balls well, they don't move off the ball, they don't defend and space properly and lastly the lack the basic soccer fundamentals to truly compete with the bigger programs. What a shame, Rutgers is located in one of the hottest girls soccer areas in the country, yet the current coaching staff fails to recruit the best players because of the coaches reputation. My daughter graduated 2011 and from all prior graduates and current graduates, the concensus is they would never have chosen Rutgers, not because the school because institution is super; it's just too painful to be on this team if you genuinely love soccer. Several of the players have commented privately their personal battles with depression from what they feel is an unnecessary emotional and mental beating, and the major lack of trust the coaches seem to foment among them. The school is otherwise a fantastic school and the rest of the athletics are awesome; it's just this silly Women's Soccer Program that falls too short of acceptable. The players feel harrassed and attacked even behind their backs. What goes on is unprofessional and seems unethical. A coaching change needs to be made if Rutgers wants to get back on track. Nothing personal, of course. This is an opinion and should be seen only as such. Your daughter's opinion may turn out to be a different one, hopefully--the sooner the department makes up its mind to turn this program around.
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