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Brandi Chastain On Coaching Her Son

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Brandi Chastain (@brandichastain), a PCA National Advisory Board Member, is famed for her iconic penalty kick conversion that clinched the 1999 Women's World Cup Soccer title for the U.S. Chastain’s international career spanned two decades and is highlighted by a 1996 Olympic gold medal and 1999 and 2003 World Cup titles. She now serves as a color commentator for both NBC and ABC, is a volunteer assistant coach at Santa Clara University and the developer of ReachUp!, a foundation formed to empower girls through sports and mentorship.

If you’re juggling the dual roles of coach and parent, learn from this video how Chastain meets some of the same challenges you are facing. While Chastain is grateful for the opportunity to influence her son’s life as a coach, she admits it is not always easy or intuitive to separate her roles as parent and coach. She also explains the difficulty of communicating with boys in a way that helps them see her as someone in charge and someone who is compassionate. Despite the emotional and intellectual challenges, Chastain provides encouragement for parents to embrace the experience of coaching your own kids.