Name: Nic Webster
Occupation: Operations manager at Midwest Fiber Recycling
City of residency: Decatur
In addition to your work at Midwest Fiber, you also serve as a coach with MidState Soccer Club. How did you first get introduced to coaching?
I first got involved with MidState playing in a summer adult rec league on MidState fields. My wife and I were approached by the director of coaching, and he asked if we were interested in coaching.
After refusing multiple times, we finally gave in and gave it a try. I’m glad we did, because it’s been a wonderful experience ever since.
What are some of your favorite things about coaching our area's young athletes?
Some of my favorite aspects of coaching young area athletes are getting the opportunity to know them and their families off the field, and being a part of their development on the field as players and as people. It’s unbelievably rewarding to teach them something, to help their struggle to learn it and then watch them succeed when it really matters. It’s more important than wins and losses as you have helped a young person learn something new and apply it on the pitch.
What is the Olympic Development Program and how long have you helped coach its players?
It is the first step in the identification process for the national and Olympic soccer teams. The Illinois Youth Soccer Association conducts the program for US Soccer under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
I have been helping to coach with the Illinois ODP off and on for about four years now. I have met some fantastic coaches and some amazing young male and female players from every corner of Illinois during that time.
Outside of work, how do you like to spend your spare time?
Outside of work, I have many interests and hobbies. They include deer hunting, playing guitar, spending time with my wife and daughter, visiting the great state of Montana, reading about Native American culture and history, hiking, sitting around a campfire and, of course, watching, coaching and playing soccer. Those take up about 100 percent of my time, and then some.
What advice would you give to someone looking to improve their soccer skills?
If a young person came to me looking to improve their soccer skills, I would advise them to join MidState Soccer Club immediately if they haven’t done so already. MidState is full of nationally licensed, respected and experienced coaches that look to develop their skills on the pitch and their skills in life.
It is a competitive environment based on creativity and slow, methodical development. It is without a doubt one of the best soccer clubs anyone could try out for.
If a current MidState player came to me wanting to improve their skills I would say to them, “Get off your phone, get outside and try harder.”