As I talked about in my last post, finding the right goalkeeping coach is imperative to your development as a player! A GK coach is very different than your team coach because you will work with them one on one and build a much stronger relationship. The goalkeeping coaches I have had in my career have been some of the most influential people in my life to this day and have shaped me both as a player and as a person. Most of the team coaches I have had since I was younger knew very little about the technical side of goalkeeping and were not qualified to train a GK one on one. Team coaches are much more helpful in your tactical development in a team environment.
Often, goalkeeping coaches advertise or are established in your area. They are usually club coaches or local college coaches who do private trainings on the side. Ask around your area and in your soccer club about GK coaches. Your team coach can be very helpful in this respect because they should know personally or at least know of many coaches locally. They can recommend a few people they think would be beneficial coaches for you. You can also use your club director and other goalkeepers in the club as resources to help you find a coach.
One you have chosen a coach, it's important that you contact them (via email, phone call etc), not your parents. You should start directing your soccer career as soon as possible. It’s important to start talking to your coaches directly. Don't be scared! You can do it. :) Coaches will respect you more as a player and you will build better relationships with them. Give your prospective coach a call or send them an email and ask about their background and credentials. Your coach should be a goalkeeper who played club growing up and played at a very high level (college, semi-pro, National Team). Ask them what they think are key things a goalkeeper should know. They should mention things like technique, proper catching, collapse diving vs. extension diving, distribution, and footwork. Get a feel for their philosophy, coaching style, and attitude over the phone. Don't forget to ask about their hourly rate and where they prefer to practice. Your parents should also talk to the coach and accompany you to the private trainings, but you should make the initial contact. If you are happy with your conversation and would like to schedule a session, you should do that ASAP! Attend a session or two and see if their coaching style clicks with you. If you're not satisfied, try calling another coach. Keep looking until you find the right fit for you. It may take a few tries before you find the right coach for you individually, but it will pay dividends for your game once you do.