Ryan James Keali’imahi’ai Kreps
Coach Ryan was born in Hilo, Hawaii and raised in Pukalani, Maui. He has been coaching for over 10 years in San Diego and Hawai'i. Read below to find out what he loves about coaching!
What made you want to become a coach?
I’ve had numerous youth coaches that made a huge impact on my life. Tim Hall, my college coach, inspired me not only to be the best player I could be but the best version of myself in all circumstances for future success in life. To this day he’s still a good friend and mentor.
What is your favorite part about coaching?
I love being able to impact young people of all walks of life. Each player has a story. The hour and a half we get to spend with players a few times a week is sometimes the best part of their week. We have the privilege of being a positive influence in their lives no matter what is going on at home.
What is one piece of advice you would give to young soccer players?
To never give up and dream big!
What is your most memorable moment as a coach?
There are so many memorable moments as a coach you wish you bottle up forever. One of the most recent memorable memories was watching a player that was struggling to build confidence all season score the game winning goal in a U12 finals match. The smile and confidence he display after that moment was priceless.
Who was your soccer coach/player role model? Why?
My dad was my earliest and most supportive soccer coach. He didn’t know the game much but gave everything he had to see my development as a player and person. Love ya dad!
What does success look like to you as a coach?
As a coach, success is found when a player learns from a teachable moment. The teachable moment could be as simple as winning a tackle, making a simple pass or as complex as a bicycle kick goal. Wins and loses come and go, but seeing players develop and have fun in the process equates to success for me as a coach.
What do you hope players will take away from playing on your team?
I hope that any player that’s played on a team of mine will love and respect the beautiful game of soccer, be humble in victory and defeat, and treat their opponents and the referees with the utmost respect.
What is a fun fact about yourself that you’d like to share with the Crush community!
I love all sports, playing guitar, and eating sushi!
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."