Sean Muldoon on How a “Non-Soccer Guy” Became Successful in Soccer

Sean Muldoon is currently in his 3rd season as the Seattle Sounders’ Head Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Before joining the Sounders staff in 2016, Sean—a “non-soccer guy”—coached at the collegiate level, serving as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for UNC Charlotte and as the Interim Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the University of Miami.

Despite never having played soccer before, Sean has found his success with the Seattle Sounders, where he supports the high-performance manager, leads all gym-based activities, and works in conjunction with the medical department on athletic development and rehabilitation programs.

Sean joins me today to discuss how he built his success coaching in professional soccer despite not having any experience playing the sport.

He shares his journey from coaching at the collegiate level to coaching professional sports and reveals the most important lessons he learned from working with high-level performance managers and athletes.

And he also discusses the value of persistently building connections with other coaches and underscores the importance of paying attention to the messages coaches give to their athletes.


Be clear about your strengths as a coach and make them your superpowers. – Sean Muldoon


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • Why Sean switched majors from speech communication to kinesiology, and how he got started in the world of physical preparation
  • How Sean realized that he wanted to specialize in one sport
  • How Sean got into professional soccer without experience playing the sport
  • Transitioning from track athlete to coaching professional soccer
  • The role of self-awareness in becoming a successful coach
  • Coaching a sport you’re not well-experienced in and how asking questions can lead to success in any field
  • Investing in relationships and networks without expecting any returns
  • Learning about the true meaning of leadership from a high-performance manager
  • The value of getting perspectives from people with diverse backgrounds
  • Relationships as a coaching currency and avoiding preferential treatment with athletes
  • Why there’s no shortcut to analyzing the needs of athletes and meticulously planning for them
  • Organizing sports science seminars and the realities of working in sports during COVID-19


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