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Logan Pause: Players Can Maintain Creativity Despite Over-Coaching

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Logan Pause is the Head Coach of Orange County Soccer Club (@orangecountysc) of USL, the USL affiliate of LAFC. Pause was formerly Vice President of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, played collegiate soccer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and spent his entire 12 year professional playing career with the Fire. Pause was the 2012 recipient of the MLS Fair Play Award, an award given to the player who presents the best sportsmanlike behavior.

During his own playing career, Pause had coaches who over-coached at times. The natural reaction of players was generally to shut down, as they lost their sense of autonomy and creativity, and were even passive. Pause says that when players lose their creativity, they become a hollow shell and performance levels drop.

Pause encourages athletes to view these over-coaching moments as a chance to rise above adversity, and maintain creativity despite a micro-managing coach. At the same time, Pause encourages coaches to do their best to give players as much freedom and autonomy as possible. Even though it may be hard to do so, it is crucial that players have the freedom to make mistakes and grow as a result.