What players are saying
Aubrey Bledsoe Washington Spirit
"Chris is not only an incredible goalkeeper coach but a trusted mentor and friend. He has a great technical understanding of goalkeeping and his sessions are very specific and purposeful. He is able to break down the position into its fundamentals and teach them in ways that are easy to understand. He cares for each and every kid he coaches and brings an energy that’s contagious. He has a loyal following of keepers he’s trained, including myself, because of his genuine interest in their development as a goalkeeper and a person."
Mandy McGlynn Virginia Tech & US U23 Women's National Team
"Chris became my coach when I was first started goalkeeping at the age of 12. Even at a young age, he emphasized proper form and technical skills, as well as the knowledge of the game from our position. I not only learned technical skills such as handling, diving, and footwork; I also learned tactical skills such as decision-making, organization and positioning. I wouldn’t be the goalkeeper I am today, playing for Virginia Tech and competing in youth national teams, if it weren’t for Chris. I continue to work with him when I have the time to do so because he makes me better. I spent 1 week prior to my last camp preparing with him. He honestly cares about me and my development. Chris called the Orlando Pride coaching staff to get me into their training in my preparation for the u20 Women’s World Cup last year. He will watch my games online and then we chat over the phone about situations that came up in the game. He has always been invested in my development."
Paul Ladwig Stetson University 16'
2016 ASUN Goalkeeper of the Year, 1st -team All-ASUN, ASUN Academic All-Conference, NSCAA All-Region 2nd team
"Coach Jon helped me to become a better goalkeeper, but more importantly a better person. It wasn't easy for me to live thousands of miles away from my home in Germany. Your away from home, friends, family and a familiar environment. In that situation its important that you have someone you can talk to and rely on. I could contact Coach Jon 24/7 and it gives you a good feeling to have that kind of support system. When you feel good, you perform good, and in the end our hard work paid off as I was selected ASUN Goalkeeper of the Year during my senior season. During training or games Coach Jon always found the right balance between compliments and critiques, in Germany we would call this "Zuckerbrot und Peitsche".
I will always be grateful for my time with him as my coach and mentor".
Mason Stadjuhar Orlando City
"It was a pleasure to work with Chris as a goalkeeper coach while with Orlando City B. His attention to detail really helped me to improve my game. Chris also really understands the mental side of the game and always reinforced the mindset needed to succeed in goal. As well as being great on the field Chris was just as great off the field! He was great at developing relationships with all the goalkeepers he worked with at Orlando, and I was fortunate to be one of them. I really trusted him as a mentor, coach, and friend. Even after leaving Orlando we kept in touch. When I was going through cancer treatments he was always checking in on me and making sure I was ok, and that was truly appreciated. As I said before Chris is a great goalkeeper coach, mentor and friend."
Jake Fenlason St. Louis FC
"I had the opportunity to work with Chris at Orlando City during my second professional season. As a young professional, I had much to learn about the intricacies of the goalkeeping position. Under Chris's tutelage, the confidence in my abilities increased immensely as I began to see the game from a different perspective. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge as he's coached at every level on the soccer pyramid. Not only does he have a vast knowledge of the technical and tactical side of the game, but he has a tremendous understanding of the physiology, psychology, and the emotional side, which most coaches neglect. I can't thank Chris enough for everything he has taught me and can easily say I am a better goalkeeper after working with him."
Earl Edwards Jr. DC United
"I was fortunate enough to work with Chris in 2017. His professional attitude and approach to the game made me eager to work with him. Every session was detailed, and allowed me to feel as prepared as possible going into game days. He showed that he has great knowledge of the game, and gave me clear examples of how I could progress. In particular, he provided good insight on how I could improve my distribution with my approach to the ball while playing out of the back. Along with my distribution, his ability to break down film really helped me learn from mistakes and continue to improve. I hope I have the pleasure to work with him again in the future."
Scott Levene Memphis 901 FC
Chris Barocas is one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic coaches I’ve worked with. His attention to detail and his genuine interest in the players he coaches makes him an exceptional coach. Everything Chris does is with a purpose and dedicated to making players better. In addition to his coaching skills, Chris is an outstanding person to know outside of the game. He always makes himself available as a resource and is a true friend.