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Dave Kaval: Failure Is An Opportunity

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Listen in as Positive Coaching Alliance goes 1-on-1 in interviews with top pro and college players, coaches, executives and other major sports figures who provide tips, tools, information and inspiration for youth and high school sports coaches, parents and student-athletes.

This 1-on-1 interview features Dave Kaval (@QuakesPrez), PCA National Advisory Board Member and President of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes and Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics. Kaval, a graduate of Stanford Business School, has transformed the Earthquakes into a team that leads MLS in corporate sponsorship dollars. His leadership has fueled the Quakes’ plans to open their new venue, Avaya Stadium, in March of 2015.

PCA Founder Jim Thompson (@JimThompson18) begins his talk with Kaval about his founding of a grassroots baseball league. Kaval explains that not fearing failure allowed him to succeed in the foundations of that league and has been instrumental to his success in the MLS, as well. Kaval is a strong proponent of seeing failure as an opportunity, rather than as something negative.

Kaval and Thompson discuss how a U.S. culture with a prevailing win-at-all-cost mentality impacts youth soccer in our country. Determined to foster development of youth through sports, Kaval also discusses how character-education deserves greater emphasis in youth soccer clubs and how Quakes’ star and U.S. Men’s National Team Member Chris Wondolowski (@ChrisWondo) is a Triple-Impact Competitor® who helps improve his community.

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