Shot Happens Podcast
Hosted by: Robert Hay and Coach Reed
“Shot Happens, but it doesn’t have to ruin all the fun.”
Shot Happens is a podcast all about the trials and tribulations of youth soccer in America. Show hosts Coach Reed (the Cranky Veteran) and Robert Hay (the Thoughtful Rookie) discuss the hot topics all soccer parents face. No shots are held as they tell all and help you navigate the wild world of competitive soccer.
Robert Hay is the perfect example of if you cant do it, write about it. His soccer career peaked in first grade as the false nine on his local CYO team where he scored zero goals but he definitely out thought his opponents. Robert is a contributor for a number of prestigious soccer sites including SoccerNation, http://BorussiaDortmund.co.uk, and his own site SoccerMinnows.com. He fell madly in love with the beautiful game in 2006 when Italy defended their way to a title and began writing for WorldSoccerTalk.com in 2009. In addition to this podcast, he is writing a book on leadership skills in the soccer world and can be heard making guest appearances on a wide range of soccer podcast. He is a USSF F licensed coach, and serves as his daughter’s travel team manager as well as assistant coach for his son’s 5U team.
With nearly 30 years of experience as an educator/coach and two masters degrees (one in sport psychology and one in Early Childhood Education), Coach Reed has a wealth of practical experience and scientific research that he draws on to help athletes, coaches, and parents find more effective ways to navigate and succeed in the youth sport environment.
Since the release of his 2015 TEDx talk “Echoes Beyond the Game”, he has become a trusted educator, advisor, and speaker to sports organizations all over the globe.
He’s had the honor to work with sports organizations ranging from grassroots to elite level helping them become more effective at performance-based communication, building Champion cultures, and creating Warrior mindsets to succeed in and beyond the game. He is a firm believer that success in sport can indicate success in life, but how we measure success needs to change. Youth sport’s role is to develop excellent people with valuable life skills and strong values and to do that coaches need to be equipped with more than the ability to show X’s and O’s.