GOALKEEPER COACH: EDDIE WILLIAMS
Coach Eddie moved to San Francisco 20 years ago from San Diego by way of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been a goalkeeper coach for 10 years, when started because his son was asked to play keeper at an early age. At the time, plenty trainer/coaches for field players were available, but keepers were the afterthought. Coaches believed they could give keepers minimal training or instructions and they would obtain desired results.
Coach Eddie decided to begin his involvement with soccer by focusing on training keepers. He furthered his knowledge by obtaining US Soccer Licenses F, E along with a Goalkeeping Certificate, and is currently a National D License and National Goalkeeping License.
Around 2006, Soccer in San Francisco was a very divided world. Kids who lived in the Mission or surrounding neighborhoods played for a Latin Team, like Eddie’s son. Those who lived elsewhere in the City played for San Francisco Youth Soccer. Coach Williams was instrumental amongst others in merging two teams from different Youth Soccer Leagues. A team from the Mission District, Chivas, with a team from San Francisco Youth Soccer called The Hook into a two teams. This is how Santos & Santos Academy originated. It became a model in uniting different talent from multiple ethnicities, which was more of a true representation of San Francisco. One team was specifically a development team, and the second was our competitive team, competing at the highest level.
Coach Eddie’s dedication and persistence has been positively showing, but, specifically, this past summer he was able to see how hard work, determination, and dedication to the sport paid off for three players. They are currently playing Division One Soccer. One happens to be his son, who walked on as a sophomore and made the roster as a D1 keeper at University of Pacific. Zander didn’t follow the Academy route, he opted to play for his local team and continued training hard to be where he is today.
Eddie has been married for 30 years, and currently lives in the Mission District, and I have a son named Alexander (Zander). In his free time, Coach continues to work with various teams in San Francisco by training their keepers. “When not on the pitch training, I’m watching football matches, studying training films that help me understand the game more, and give valuable information learned to my players. My favorite National Team is Portugal (força!). I also support West Ham United. I have truly enjoyed the last four years at International and I look forward to more. Go Jags! Believe and Achieve…. COYI!”