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Erin Chastain (@ChastainErin) has served as DePaul University Women's Soccer Head Coach since 2007. Earlier, she spent five seasons at national soccer power Santa Clara University as an assistant coach. During her tenure with the Broncos, the program reached the championship game of the 2002 NCAA Championship, the semifinals in 2004 and the quarterfinals in 2005. She also helped the program to West Coast Conference titles in four of her five seasons. Erin also spent time during her first three seasons at Santa Clara working with several youth teams in the Bay Area, including the DeAnza Strykers and the North Valley Tornadoes.

In this clip, Chastain explains that giving both negative and positive feedback is a key for player improvement. Honest feedback may be difficult to hear, but it motivates players to become better in the future. Once coaches make it clear where a player stands they won't be consumed by what coaches might think and instead focus on playing their best.