Coaching During a Pandemic

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COVID-19 has presented unique challenges for coaches across the globe. A year after joining an MLS-affiliated organization at the start of a pandemic, Trevor McGahan gives Rhys Desmond and TheMastermindSite.com an exclusive interview about the challenges he has faced and the experiences he’s had after breaking into the coaching scene. Trevor and Rhys also discuss some of the differences between coaching in the United States to Canada, and the exciting future of young Canadian players progressing into the professional game. 

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Trevor McGahan is a staff coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps affiliated academy – Whitecaps London FC, and a self-made musician. You can find him and his music on Instagram @dj_melo_91

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Rhys Desmond is the creator and owner of TheMastermindSite.com. He is also a staff coach for Whitecaps London FC. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @DesmondRhys.

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The music for this episode was provided by minwbu from Pixabay. “Min-2019”. Be on the lookout in the future for DJ Melo to hopefully be our official music producer! 

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