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"D- congrats on your appointment. Very happy for you. Back with Peter! Catch up soon," said current U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Dave Sarachan.
That text message was one of many congratulatory notes Daryl Shore received soon after he was officially named the first Head Coach and Technical Director of Madison Pro Soccer on Sept. 27.
Shore has worked under talented head coaches and executives over the years, including Sarachan, Los Angeles FC Head Coach Bob Bradley and former Mexico Men’s National Team Head Coach Juan Carlos Osorio while with the Chicago Fire.
"Those three are all well-known for what they’ve done throughout their coaching careers," Shore said.
Bob Bradley (left) and Daryl Shore (center) with the Chicago Fire
"I was a young coach at the time I was hired by Bob, and there were many things I learned from him. I think two of the biggest things were his attention to detail and how he communicated with his players and staff. Bob payed attention to every detail both on and off the field and made sure he had a grasp of everything that was going on with the pulse of the team. His communication skills are amazing, and I still think you see that to this day.
Dave Sarachan (left) and Daryl Shore (right) on the sideline with the Chicago Fire
"Dave, too, was a good communicator and had a real knack for working with our younger players, as well as the older players. He came to the Fire after having been an assistant with the national team and also accepted our staff and made us feel a part of the big picture. Juan Carlos brought a different perspective with his coaching style. The one thing that he always said to us that sticks with me today is that, 'football is a game of opinions, everyone has them and not everyone’s is right or wrong.'"
Shore says both Sarachan and Bradley are father figures to him; however, his father, Rick Shore, and Charlotte Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries have had the biggest impact on his personal and professional life.
"My biggest mentor and the reason I got into coaching was my father," Shore said. "My dad was a basketball coach, and as I kid growing up, I always knew that I was going to be a coach – although, I didn’t think it was going to be in soccer. He coached at every level, and I would watch practices as much as I could and saw how hard he worked at his job.
"Another mentor for me is Mike Jeffries. I was a player/assistant for Mike in New Orleans in the mid-90s, and then he had a big part in me joining Bob's staff with the Fire. In my opinion, Mike is one of the smartest soccer people I have ever met. Mike is one of my best friends not only in the coaching circle but outside of coaching as well."
Jeffries has helped Shore become the coach he is today – a tactician who aims to create an exciting style of soccer.
"I've learned so many things from him," Shore said. "How to communicate with players and staff, how to break down film and how important film was to coaching, how to treat people both on and off of the field."
Shore joins a Madison side that has many important announcements ahead of it, and he’s most excited to build the roster and see Breese Stevens Field evolve with its announced renovations. Fans of the professional team can expect to hear about player signings soon, with the team set to unveil its first player signing at Jamerica Restaurant on Wednesday.
"We are in negotiations with a lot of exciting players that I think our fans are going to be excited about," Shore said. "We have one signed and have a few offers out."
While building a team in matter of months may seem like a challenge, Shore has learned that patience is the key to creating a successful product – one that the city of Madison can support and enjoy.
"We aren’t going to build this organization in a matter of weeks," Shore said. "It's a long process, and we have to be patient as we build.
"Making sure we are paying attention to all of the details, not just what happens on the field but in the community as well. Working with Peter Wilt helps with this, as he is a seasoned veteran when it comes to building new organizations."