Fred Downey


What do you love most about coaching soccer?

I love working with young players, and teaching them not only soccer skills, but life skills (teamwork, time management, physical fitness, leadership). Seeing these skills blossom on the field, and later in their life, is the absolute best.

Who was your favorite soccer player growing up?

Pele (I am showing my age) was my favorite player growing up. I had the privilege of seeing him play live towards the end of his career when he played for the New York Cosmos in the old NASL.

What club team do you support?

Atletico Madrid. I love the passion that their head coach Diego Simeone brings to his squad, and their attacking style that incorporates their outside defenders, especially Juanfran, who is an attacking threat, though a defender.

What do you look for in a soccer player?

As a coach, I look for effort, positive attitude, willingness to learn, courage to fail, while executing things learned in practice, and strong verbal communication.

What is your philosophy on player development?

I like to use the Socratic method in my coaching style. This style uses asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to draw out ideas and underlying presumptions as it applies towards the beautiful game of soccer.

What is your favorite memory in soccer?

My first goal, which ironically, I don’t remember, as I was knocked unconscious in a run in with opponent’s keeper.

What is it about the San Marcos Revolution that makes you want to coach here?

The family atmosphere, the community feel, the coaching.

Coaching accomplishments

Coerver Youth Soccer Diploma
USC (Formerly NSCAA) National Diploma Candidate
Valley Center Freshman Girls Coach
State Cup Finalist
Memorial Cup Finalist
San Diego Cup Champion.