Adrian Heath's Philosophy Implemented in OCYS
Vision is to see OCYS fully implement pro team style of play
In Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath’s recent resigning with the Lions, one of the important points he made on why he stayed was Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS).
“I know that here, I’ll be able to look over not just the pro team but also the youth side as well,” he told a local news station. “That was an important part of me staying here in Orlando.”
Heath, who holds the highest available coaching qualification in the UEFA Pro License, has been involved with the Youth club since recent merger with CFK and FSA, making sure the broader points set out by Orlando City are being achieved.
“We’ve been implementing a new style,” said Heath. “Our style is different than they are (the Youth side) used to. We’re possession oriented, moving the ball through the field. It will take some time but we’re working on it every day.”
The U15/16s Development Academy team was recently recognized by USSoccer.com after starting 4-0-0 in just their first year in the program. Led by Head Coach Sean Murphy, the success is slowly starting to trickle in for the OCYS program, and is something Heath wants more of in the future.
“My vision is to see every one of our teams playing that same style, from our U10s to the pro team,” said Heath. “The whole pyramid will one day be implementing that same style that the pro team plays in. It has to start somewhere, sometime. And I believe we have had a good start.”