Who are you?
My name is Hermen van Nijen. I am 23 years old and I live in Rijssen, the Netherlands. I am an applied psychology student (fourth year) and I also have a part-time job in a supermarket. In addition to my work as an assistant coach at the FootballEquals Academy U13 I also coach the U11 and U19 teams at ‘De Zweef’ in Nijverdal. I personally stopped playing football since this year.
What are your ambitions?
I have been a youth coach for seven years now at ‘De Zweef’. I would really like to develop myself as a coach. This is something I am happy to do at Holland Football University. At the moment I am in possession of my TC3-certificate. Next year I would like to follow a TC2 (youth) course. Eventually I would like to become a coach at a professional football club. You cannot achieve anything without a goal, perseverance and confidence.
What do you learn at Holland Football University / FootballEquals Academy?
I am learning a lot from the staff that I am working with here. Not only on but also off the pitch. For instance I learn a lot from the experience that the other coaches have had during their time at FC Twente. Off the pitch we also communicate about everything that has to do with football, which I find very interesting. We talk about everything from medical items to tactical discussions. It is nice to work in such an ambitious organisation.
What is your football vision?
It would be easy to say that I would like to play attacking football and press very high up but in reality this is not always possible. There are levels of skill that you have to deal with, from your own team and from the opponent. The most important factors for development as a football player in my vision are technique, tactics, physical and mental. These factors can be divided into more components. I try to make my players aim higher every time.
What would you like to teach your players?
I would like to teach them some independence and I also think that it is important that the players are aware of what is happening around them so that they can find solutions in different situations. Fun is important when it comes to development but you should always give a 100%!
What is your advice for other ‘young’ coaches?
I would like to point out the developments in Germany to the other young coaches. My role model is Julian Nagelsmann, coach of TSG Hoffenheim. Young coaches in Germany get the opportunity to work at the highest level earlier. This stimulates young ambitious coaches. Always try to develop yourself because you can never stop learning!