Q & A with our director, Tracy Chao
- Head Women’s Soccer Coach at MSU Denver
- Former Associate Head Coach, College of Charleston
- Former Assistant Coach at the University of Colorado and University of Northern Colorado
- Holds the USSF “B” coaching license, NSCAA State diploma and the State Goalkeeping Diploma
Do you have any nicknames?
If you can eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is the latest show, series, podcast or book that you binged on?
Narcos and Ozark
What is the one or more things that you take with you or do every day before you greet the team at practice? This can be something tangible or non-tangible.
Clipboard with day’s training session as well as all training sessions
Do you have a quote, phrase or motto that you use on a daily basis or during tough times? or maybe something you think of often or live your life by.
What advice would you give a smart, driven 14 year old athlete about to enter high school and what advice should they ignore on the other hand?
Be comfortable being uncomfortable when pursuing your dreams. It’s never going to be easy if it’s something you really want to achieve and be the best, but if you take ownership over your decisions, actions and game plan, then you’ll find success.
What advice or realizations, do you have for people in the coaching field who are trying to achieve their team's potential?
It’s all about doing your due diligence in recruiting the right people, first and foremost, and players that understand and believe in what type of culture and environment you’re creating as well as establishing your standards and expectations that you do not stray from.
Is there a moment from your youth that set you up for career in coaching?
I was fortunate to have some of the best youth and collegiate coaches in the nation as a part of my youth journey who I feel instilled their values and qualities into me without me realizing it until I realized what kind of coach I wanted to be.