Coach Olson discusses the positive effects of including more international athletes on the men’s and women’s soccer teams, and in the CCSJ athletic program in general
Men’s and women’s soccer coach Justin Olson articulates how he believes international athletes can change the dynamic of the team.
After coaching at CCSJ for seven years, Olson added his first international player to the men’s soccer team in 2012. Since then, he has continued to recruit international athletes:
“It’s nice to have a handful of international players as it creates a sense of culture among the team,” Olson said.
Olson said he will continue to recruit players from different countries; however, he believes it is easier for the players to acclimate when they are from Western cultures and can easily adapt to the American lifestyle.
Olson believes that having diversity throughout the team makes the team have a sense of validity and affects the whole teams dynamic in a positive way.
With soccer being a worldwide game, it is only fitting that the Crimson Wave soccer teams have players from around the world.
“International players bring a different level of focus, and a different way of playing the game. It is things like this that help our teams grow and can create a symbiotic relationship between the players and the game,” explains Olson. He views the international players on his teams as making vital contributions, and their presence creates learning opportunities for all involved.
Since Justin Olson sees international athletes as a positive force on the teams, it is likely that more and more international players will be recruited to CCSJ. This which will help the university grow and add new dimensions to its already rich cultural diversity.
International athletes do bring a sense of diversity and culture to sporting teams and can only be an asset in that respect.
As long as CCSJ continues to offer international scholarships, coaches like Justin Olson will continue to provide them to international players and give them the opportunity to play, live, and study abroad.
These opportunities are very important to players and are often seen as a chance of a lifetime.
If the team is growing from the international athletes then the only logical thing to do is to continue to recruit and train international athletes.
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