Welcome Ross!

Director of Coaching

Welcome Ross Taggart, ASA’s New Director of Coaching (DOC)!

ASA is very pleased to introduce our new Director of Coaching, Ross Taggart. You may have seen DOC Taggart at training sessions or games throughout the spring. He was hired before the spring season with the goal of evaluating the program from top to bottom throughout the season, so that he could properly develop a curriculum to meet the needs of players, coaches, parents, and our community at large. DOC Taggart comes to ASA with the highest of recommendations and expectations, having played and coached in English Premier League youth programs. Best of all, the players LOVE training with him! Below is a quick Q&A with Ross:

Q: Please tell us a bit about your background and what brought you to Pittsburgh:
A: I am originally from London England, this is where I spent all of my youth soccer career and earned my coaching badges with Fulham F.C over 15 years ago. I have resided in Pittsburgh for 5 years and have been coaching across Allegheny county with highlights including North Allegheny middle School, Northstars, Pittsburgh Soccer School and the Mars Community Program.

Q: What is your coaching philosophy?:
A: My outlook for youth soccer first and foremost is that it should be fun. My passion for the game is what I wish to pass on more than anything else. I hold a high regard for skill/technique but also a solid understanding of the game. Good decisions lead to positive outcomes and this is something I hope to instill in the teams from a young age.

Q: What are your thoughts about the ASA community?
A: If you see me on the fields or watching a game and have any questions, please feel free to come and chat - I value your input. I am very excited about the potential with the Avonworth Soccer Association and can't wait to see the development at this special club.

Education
September 2004 – June 2007: BSc Physiotherapy – Kings College London

Coaching Qualifications
Football Association Level One Coaching Badge (2002)
Football Association Level Two Coaching Badge (2003)
Ross Taggart - ASA Director of Coaching headshot



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