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Coach Guides RU Grad Carli Lloyd To Top of the World (Cup)

Rutgers grad Carli Lloyd turned to a leadership coach to guide her to the top of the international soccer world.

Carli Lloyd, a 2006 Rutgers graduate, captained the U.S. women’s soccer national team to victory in the 2015 World Cup.  She scored goals in four straight games en route to the championship, including a first-ever championship game “hat trick” (three goals) in a 5-2 victory over defending champion Japan.

But before she reached the top of the sport, Lloyd scraped bottom: She was cut from the under-21 U.S. national team in 2003 amid concerns about her mental toughness and defensive abilities.

“It’s been a long journey,” Lloyd said after winning the World Cup July 6. “I’ve had a lot of people in my corner.”

One of those has been James Galanis, a soccer trainer based near Lloyd’s hometown of Delran, N.J., who guided Lloyd on her climb to the top of the game of women’s international soccer.

“I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to James Galanis, my trainer; my friends; my family; my fiancé Brian. Thank you guys,” said a stunned Lloyd moments after she won the World Cup and was honored with the “Golden Ball” award as the World Cup’s top player.

Galanis, founder of Universal Soccer Academy, started coaching Lloyd months after she was dropped from the national team. During the World Cup run, Galanis took time to answer questions about leadership coaching from Rutgers Continuing Studies:

1) Traditionally, leaders were the single point of information and decision-making. In the knowledge economy, leaders are becoming more like coaches to teach and inspire. What is one lesson from coaching that you'd give to those who want to lead others?

When leading others you need to have a plan that is simply explained and understood by those you are leading. Simplifying the objectives and the path to your objective is key to the success of a leader. Along with the simple and effective wording used, a leader must be on hand to guide and redirect when needed. They should also let failures happen when needed if it means long-term growth for those that are being led.

2) “Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” (Timothy Gallwey) Agree or disagree? And why?

I totally agree with the above statement. Coaching is about teaching your people how to think rather then what to think. It’s about building individuals and or teams that are able to solve problems with their own mind(s).

3) Many business leaders are passionate about sports. What are a couple of key lessons from your experience in athletic coaching that might apply to businesses or other organizations?

When coaching I never talk about winning. I only talk about the process to win. When a team focuses on ‘the glory of a win’ or ‘if we win we will get rewarded,’ they lose sight of what it actually takes to win. Winning is about the executing of the process of winning. My teams focus on outworking and outthinking their opponents on a daily basis. Making sure they are improving and performing every day -- this will bring the wins.

I also have learned that you must only focus on what you can control. Making sure my team and the individuals in my team are not wasting mental energy with things they have no control of. I have seen many players and teams get derailed over the years when a call goes against them or when a field is not what they are used to playing on. Focusing all your energy on what you have absolute control of always builds better teams and better individuals. 

4) You coach a world-famous athlete: Carli Lloyd of the U.S. women’s national team, the only player to score game-winning goals in two Olympic games, who said of you in an ESPN interview: “It was the first time in my career that I felt that someone believed in me to the point where they could actually get me there."

What is one lesson that a non-athlete might take away from what you and Carli have done together as coach and athlete?

Reaching the top is about being consistent. In the case of Carli, we have stayed consistent in terms of consistently working hard at training, consistently making sacrifices, consistently taking care of the body, consistently taking care of the mind, and consistently performing at a high level. If you want your team or individuals in your team to be successful, then they too must show consistency in areas of their field in order to perform at their highest level.


Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance is a Rutgers continuing education program that leads to executive coaching certification, that begins February 14, 2017.

Designed for individuals who want to develop coaching skills and apply them in realistic organizational settings, Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance is an accredited coach training program (ACTP) of the International Coach Federation (ICF). The course is suited for experienced management, human resources and executive professionals; executive coaches without a certification; and midcareer professionals with a strong interest in developing executive coaching as a profession. leadershipcoach.rutgers.edu

About Rutgers Center for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD): CCPD provides lifelong learning opportunities for individuals or organizations in a way that suits their educational needs. CCPD primarily offers noncredit courses for those interested in advancing their career, learning a new skill, changing careers, or maintaining a particular level of competency in their field.

CCPD delivers its training programs in a variety of formats to make learning flexible, effective, and convenient.  Training programs are delivered online, in-person, or in a hybrid format, as well as customized for organizations and delivered on site. CCPD brings the training to you whenever possible so you can enhance your skills or learn new skills at your own pace.

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