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Pride FamilyA Note to the Parents:

I chose the name PRIDE because my favorite animal is the lion.  My wife, son, and I love what the animal represents: strength, royalty, courage, and leadership. The lion and the name PRIDE also tie in with our faith as Revelation 5:5 references the triumph of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. PRIDE is also a reference to performing to the best of one’s ability with humility and determination all to the glory of God.

At PRIDE we teach players to take full responsibility for their abilities or lack thereof.  Honesty, hard work, and direction are the keys to success, and once a player is honest about his or her ability, then the true development can take place.  Technical skill, tactical awareness, and understanding of one’s physical ability all improve once a player is honest.  Good coaching, dedication, and strong training combined with realistic goal setting, provide a good progress barometer.  Whether that is scoring 10 goals in a season or leading the team in assists, goals must be set and monitored.

We can help direct your child to success by silencing the excess noise and focusing on one thing, your child’s skill.  Because no matter what, a good soccer player always stands out and at PRIDE we are here to make your child stand out!

 

Biography:

Hello, my name is O’Neil Bent and I am excited about the opportunity of training your child. Throughout my 35 years of playing and 15 years of coaching and personal training, there are few things that bring me more satisfaction than seeing a player accept instruction, dedicate his/her energy to practice, and then blossom into a versatile, technically skillful, and tactically sound player.  That is my goal for your child and every player that comes to PRIDE.

My father signed me up for my first soccer team when I was five years old.  It was one of the best things he ever did for my life.  I can remember going to elementary school and my teacher asking us what we wanted to be when we grew up.  A scientist and a soccer player were the two career paths I had in mind.  The love of the game has remained with me ever since.  Being gifted with the natural ability to dribble, I loved taking on players and at times even scoring goals.  By the time I was eleven however, I realized that there were players much better than I and reality set in even more when I failed to earn a spot on the first competitive team for which I tried out.  For some reason my spirit was not broken.  I understood that I needed to improve so I began learning how to juggle a soccer ball.  At the age of 13 two things happened – 1.) My father said to me, “Either you start watching soccer or I won’t pay for you to play anymore”; 2.) My Aunt got married and her husband became my uncle, close friend, and trainer.  Because of these two situations, I learned to love watching the game and I trained daily with my uncle.  By the time I was 17 I had a tryout for the U-18 National team.

Shortly thereafter, I went to college.  It was a good experience because I saw several players as good if not better than me and I had to work even harder to improve my skill.  During my first year and half at college I became good friends with a Canadian National team player who made the biggest impact on my college career.  During the off-season, or any downtime we had for that matter, we would train.  I can remember that at one point I could hit a player 60 yards away with pinpoint accuracy. This would never have been the case without the hard work that we put in time and time again.

Now as I reflect on my years as a youth and collegiate soccer player, I realized that I had some key components that gave me a chance at being successful:

  1.      God given ability
  2.      Supportive parents and family
  3.      Good Coaches and teammates
  4.      Trainers to provide direction
  5.      Willingness to work hard
  6.      Honest self-evaluation
  7.      75% or more playing time

All these things combined helped me to become a good soccer player and give me an opportunity to pursue my dreams.  Sometimes I had to overcome injuries, bad coaches, negative comments, limited amounts of game time, being blamed for a loss, and the list goes on.  But everything worked together for my good.  I’m a grateful that I learned how to fully apply myself to a dream and even learned how to forgive and forget along the way.

Now, I look forward to helping others who share the same passion I have for soccer.

Credentials:

’93 & ’95 State Champion (TSC ’77)

U-18 US National Pool

ODP Regional Tournament Runner-Up

Varsity Player at both Oral Roberts University and University of Tulsa

WAC Tournament Runner-Up (TU)

Mid-Continent Conference Champion (ORU)

National C License

35 years of Playing experience

15 years of Coaching and Training experience

 

Inspirational Quotes:

“Enthusiasm is everything.  It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.”  -Pele

“Take your victories, whatever they may be.  Cherish them, use them, but don’t settle for them.”  -Mia Hamm

“To see the ball, to run after it, makes me the happiest man in the world.”  -Maradona

“Scoring goals is a great feeling, but the most important thing to me is that the team is successful.  It doesn’t matter who’s scoring the goals as long as we’re winning.”  -Cristiano Ronaldo

“I still look at myself and want to improve.”  -David Beckham

“If you don’t believe in yourself, that you are the real deal, you might as well stay at home.”   -Thierry Henry

“Give me Zidane and 10 pieces of wood, and I’ll win you the Champions League.”  -Sir Alex Ferguson

“Work hard in silence and let your success make the noise.”   -Neymar

“If you do not believe you can do it, then you have no chance at all.”   -Arsene Wenger

“Football is simple, but the hardest thing to do is play simple football.”   -Johan Cruyff

“I’ve never scored a goal without getting a pass from someone else.”   -Abby Wambach

“God gives gifts to everyone.  Some can write, some can dance. He gave me the gift to play football and I am making the most of it.”        -Ronaldinho

“I am a force to be reckoned with.”  -Brandi Chastain

“It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.”  -Lionel Messi

“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.”  -Mia Hamm

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