Since 2018, theproplayer.com has established itself as the first performance analysis based individual player development platform for professional players, semi-professional players, and aspiring players across the United States of America. The first www.theproplayer.com athletes were Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign and England Women's National Team) and Yeal Averbuch-West (FC Kansas City and former US Women's National Team).
David Gough, owner of theproplayer.com, lessons from national team high-performance coaching webinar series, May 2020.
Loving husband & devoted father of six.
An experienced student of the game. Travelled the world with Football, worked in 17 different
countries over 3 continents and worked at every level of the game. With over 20 years of experience, David is a current senior women's international team coach with the Jamaican Football Federation. David has held the UEFA A-license for over a decade, when in 2010, aged just 27, David was one of the youngest A-license holders in Europe. Off the field, David is one of a very few elite coaches who also hold an MSc in performance coaching. David's credentials range from professional clubs in England to the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and Power5 coference college soccer in the United States. In 2015, David coached the England National Senior Women's team and brought home a bronze medal from the FIFA Women's World Cup. David is now based in Floirda with his family and is the owner of www.theproplayer.com. Check out David's elite player and coach recommendations below.
Morgan Church brings a rich and diverse background in the sport. Most recently, as a Technical Advisor/Club Development Manager with U.S. Soccer Federation. She worked with Youth National Team and top talent within the Southeast, identifying, coaching, and overseeing development pathway. She also has the ability to provide detailed technical support and analysis to Clubs to enhance the environment and aid in the creation, monitoring and application of individual development plans for players and staff. Her experience also granted her the opportunity to educate and instruct courses throughout the country for various licenses.
Her career prior to U.S. Soccer, spans more than a decade as a coach, technical director, instructor and administrator in the Southeast region. Church served as the Technical Director for the United Soccer Alliance, as well as the Community Programs Director for the Jacksonville Armada. Church also spent seven years as the Associate Head Coach at the University of North Florida, the First Assistant Soccer Coach at Gonzaga University, and Graduate Assistant Coach at Florida State University in 2016.
Jodie Taylor UEFA Euro 2017 Golden Boot Winner
David coaching England's Senior Women's National Team
David worked with the team when I played for FC Kansas City. His expertise was hugely helpful when it came to tactical analysis and individual feedback in particular. David is very knowledgeable about the game in general, but his ability to pinpoint details and help us to implement them on the field is brilliant. He's a pleasure to work with and was a very valuable resource to the club.
Executive Director of the National Women's Soccer League Players Associaation
and former US Women's National team player
It was great to work with Goughy in the lead up to the World Cup, he was a great coach who was great to have around the team & someone who I always felt was really approachable and always filled you with confidence as a player... He was a hard worker & liked to work with players individually to work on their weaknesses. For me, his attention to detail was first class on both myself & the opposition we was coming up against.
Athletico Madrid and
England Senior Women's National Team
UEFA Euro 2017 Qualifying Camp - St. George's Park - England's National Football Centre
It was great to work with a coach who is so passionate about what he does! Never left a stone unturned and his analysis was always top class! Taught me a lot about my game and helped me improve in so many technical and tactical aspects.... any club would be lucky to have him!
Manchester City and
England National Football Team
2 time FIFPRO World XI player
2015 & 2019
England National Women's team training - St. George's Park - England's National Football Centre
I worked closely with David during his post with my national team. I found his technical detail and information delivery perfect for my position on the field and the player I am. I benefited hugely from the belief that David gave me in 1-on-1 video meetings and also on the pitch. I loved his appoach to the game and his passion and appreciation for technical midfield play. I'd highly recommend David because I think his experience is invaluable, especially when working with players on a 1-on-1 basis.
Everton Women's and
England Women's National Team
He really helped me during his time with the National Team, he helped me break down and look at my game in huge detail and improve my confidence at the highest level. I always made time to go and see him to work on my game individually.
Manager Manchester United Women's Team
Match Day -2 England v USA WNT inaugural SHEBelieves Cup 2016 - USA
I worked closely with David throughout the women's World Cup in Canada 2015 where I believed we built a great working relationship. I would like to highlight his qualities as a coach but also as a person; he has a great ability to shine either when working with a team or on an individual basis, along with a very passionate attitude towards his work, an impressive enthusiasm for solving problems with a high level of professionalism. However, the thing that stood out to me most was his love for the game but also the love for making people shine. He is the ultimate confidence builder. A guy that taught me a lot about myself and my game.
Barclays Women's Super League
England Women's National Team
I worked with David a few times with the England Senior women's football team and enjoyed the experience.
He helped me with putting together a video package for my Agent to share with clubs that I was in negotiations with. A very approachable guy who is always willing to help players wherever possible.
W League, Australia
Portland Thorns FC vs. FC Kansas City - Providence Park 2017, ATT 17,500 - National Women's Soccer League
I have coached at the highest level of professional soccer, here in the USA since 2012. It is my professional opinion that Davids' abilities are indeed exceptional, and he will significantly contribute to the scucess and growth of the sport on a national level here in the USA in the coming years.
Head Coach of U.S. Women's National Team
2 time NWSL Champion
Former NWSL Coach of The Year
FC Kansas City vs. Seattle Reign - Swope Park 2017 - National Women's Soccer League
Jamaica vs. Canada CONCACAF 2020 Olympic Qualifying tournament
I've had the privilege of working with David in multiple capacities. He is a true professional in all that he does. David is a great communicator, knowledgeable, and a true educator of the game.
David is uniquely gifted in breaking down all aspects of the game. Is authentic and caring demeanor enables him to establish rapport quickly with players of all ages. He is a fantastic coach and an even better person. It's an honor to work with him and we are grateful to have him involved with our program.
Hubert Busby Jr
Jamaican Women's National Team Coach
Technical Advisor Women's Jamaican Program
Pre-Olympic Qualifying Camp - Jamaica, 2020
I have known David for some five years now having worked with him at Cardiff City Football Club. He has much experience in the game of football. He is an intelligent student of the game. David was reliable, trustworthy and industrious in the professional relationship I had with him, was of a "cheery nature as an individual with a good sense of humour and was good company. He is prepared to state his opinion on matters that are relevant and will discuss differences of opinion if not agreeing, whilst contributing to the eventual course of action that was decided - ideal in a professional environment. He has a passion for the game of football, is industrious in his endeavours to progress and learn and is reliable when required to take on a project of work. In my experience a good worker, reliable, able to lead with ideas and action.
I recommend David to you both as an employee and as a person.
Dick Bate (1946 - 2018)
FIFA Technical Advisor
Former National Youth Team Coach to the Football Association (U17-U20 Age groups)
Former Technical Director for Canadian and Malaysian Football Associations
Former FA Elite Coaching Director
UEFA Professional Licence Holder
Former Technical Consultant to the Asian Football Confederation
I am of the opinion that Mr. Gough is an individual of extraordinary ability in the field of youth soccer performance coaching and he stands out amongst his peers as one of the very few individuals to have reached such a level of expertise. I have known about Mr. Gough given his outstanding reputation in the soccer community for several years. In the years preceding his rise to the top of the game at International level and here at the professional level in the USA. Mr. Gough has had a tremendous career as a soccer coach. I can vouch for his career achievements and qualifications, which include the UEFA A License and a Master's Degree in High Performance Coaching. Furthermore, I have become familiar with his outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence as an elite youth soccer coach. It is my opinion that Mr. Gough, as an individual with extraordinary ability in the field of youth performance coaching, has risen to the very top echelons of his professional A level that only a handful of people in the world have ever reached. His record of success, demonstrated by the tangible improvements of the players, teams, and coaches he works with earned him the well deserved reputation of being an international authority in youth soccer coaching.
Director of Coaching Education
United Soccer Coaches Association
I worked with David very early on in our career and one of the first things that struck me about him was his ability to connect with the players on a personal level. He did this by going the extra mile for the players in their individual development and performance and showing a genuine care for their improvement.
David has a great work ethic and attention to detail which is essential for any top level coach.
Individual Player Development Coach
Sheffield United Football Club
English Premier League
David & Pepijn Lijnders Assisstant manager Liverpool Football Club at Welsh Football Association Coaching Conference 2017
Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City U18's FA Youth Cup - 2014
I worked with David Gough for two years in the Cardiff city youth team. In that period I felt a massive improvement in my game coming from a non professional environment. Which led me to receiving a professional contract. Goughy’s attention to detail is superb in both the physical and tactical aspect of the game. Top 1 on 1 coach and very honest in his work. Great man, top coach!
Barnet Football Club
Vanarama National League
I had the pleasure of working with Goughy at Cardiff city. Goughy brings a lot of knowledge and experience, but his attention to detail was as good as it gets. He invested a lot of time and effort with me 1-on-1. Helping me to develop various aspects of my game, with the use of video analysis of my own game and elite level players who I was aspiring to play like. More importantly than all that, his calmness, honesty and man management was on point every day. Great coach and all round top guy.
Barry Town United
JD Cymru Welsh Premier League
Welsh U19's International PLayer
Cardiff City Professional Player
It was a pleasure working with Goughy at youth team at Cardiff City. He brings a lot of knowledge and wisdom and is exceptional 1-on-1 coaching. He invested a lot of time 1-on-1 with me to develop various aspects of my game, doing drills and even video analysis of elite level players. I owe a lot to David for where I am today as the time he invested into me was priceless. I can remember I went through a phase of hitting the woodwork in games so in the warm ups just before the game he would make me get it out of my system and hit each post and the crossbar. Great man and a great coach.
Fleetwood Town Football Club
Sky Bet English Football League 2
Former Apprentice at Cardiff City FC
More and more clubs are appointing individual player development coaches but why are they doing it and what do these coaches do? Contact us today to get your very own individual developmemnt coach and start dreaming big.
David former D1 Women's College coach, SEC Conference