Derrek Falor

Mental Skills Coach

Phone: 216.577.3637




  • Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • USSF "A" License
  • NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma

Coaching Experience: 

  • 2017-present, Emerald City FC, Mental Skills Coach
  • 2014-present, Assistant Coach/Mental Skills Coach Seattle Sounders U23
  • 2014-present, Girls Soccer Program Head and Varsity Coach, Lakeside School
  • 2003-2013, Head Women’s Coach, Cleveland State University
  • 2001-2003, Assistant Women’s & Men’s Coach, DePaul University
  • 1995-2000, Head Women’s Coach, Western Washington University

Education & Qualifications:

  • M.Ed. Sport Psychology
  • BS Exercise Science/Sport Psychology
  • Metro League Coach of the Year 2016
  • Seattle Times Coach of the Year 2016

Coaching Philosophy:

I believe that for a player to make continued improvement in her/his game it is vital to pursue a technical, and/or position specific goal during every field session.  Playing with a focus on controllable variables drives this approach.  I encourage players to figure out what the game needs on the day and apply their soccer knowledge toward solving those problems.  Through my varied coaching background, I have learned the value of combining technical and tactical skills with an applied sport psychology and mental skills approach works best for on-going player growth and enjoyment of the game.

Emerald City FC exists to develop each of our players to his or her fullest potential, competing at the highest possible level while demonstrating exemplary teamwork, sportsmanship, and a passion for the game.