Monday, May 13, 2013

Welcome to My Blog

 Welcome to my blog. My name is Mike Herlihy and I am from New Jersey, USA, where I am better known locally as 'Coach Mike'- a title I both earn and enjoy! 

Like most people I actively participated in amateur sports during my youth,  veering slightly more into the 'fan' category when I left college.  When my kids came along, however, I decided to take on a whole new sporting role as COACH- and boy is it a different side to sport!  15 years on and I am a veteran of local youth sports, having coached Football, Baseball and Basketball teams (with and without my son and daughter as players!)  I've seen it all and even earned a few trophies along the way. 

I am a strong believer in the power and importance of amateur sports and local youth leagues.  As a parent I can see first hand how participating in sports and clubs has helped my children gain confidence, learn team work, keep fit and healthy, make friends and generally just have some fun!  The sense of community furnished by this coming together impacts far beyond the players themselves with parents, other family members, friends, volunteers and fans all reaching out and networking in support of teams.  

The job of Coach is not always easy, but it sure is rewarding, and I want to share my experience and passion with you. So this blog is all about being a Coach - tips, advice, funny stories and hopefully the start of a goodwill amateur coaching online community.  

Outside of this blog I have also ventured to help local sports communities worldwide by developing a FREE mobile app package called Field A Team.  This includes a special app for Coaches, the COACH app which helps coaches coordinate the business of the game-freeing up time spent on admin so he/she can spend more time on the team itself.  And for those very important people cheering from the sidelines, I have created the FAN app, which allows people to follow the development and success of their local sports teams from their mobile and through social media.  

I hope that this blog, along with these apps, make a positive contribution to you and your team.  Please feel free to comment, share, suggest and contact as you please!  

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