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“We are loving our class…”
“We are loving our class on Wednesdays at 10am in Playa Vista!!”
– Elizabeth Witt (and Mathis Walters)
“They loved every minute of it!”
“Everything was fabulous!!! It was a huge success! Everyone had a great time – they didn’t want to stop playing. They loved every minute of it!”
– Mercedes, Manhattan Beach
“Thanks Coach Derek!”
“My son missed two weeks of school and Coach Derek classes due to a bad cold and cough. This made him withdraw on all social gatherings. My wife was extremely sad to see this behavior from our child when she took him to rejoin the class. Coach Derek did a great job getting my son back to the swing of things and making my wife feel better and positive of the situation. He also gave us comfort by his great advice to focus on moving forward and have fun.
He did a wonderful job making it a positive day of fun and play for both my son and my wife. My son is now back to the full swing of things. Thanks Coach Derek!”
– Joey Tamayo
“Coach Derek nailed it. I would give him a perfect 10 score.”
“He engaged the children and the parents. He also put in a little comedy here and there which kept the parents laughing. The parachute race game was unique and blew everyone’s minds.I thought i would need to prod the event along or give tips here and there, but he took total control from beginning to end: rallying kids and parents, getting the kids going, giving water breaks as needed, changing tactics as the adult/kids moods changed. It allowed me to focus on making sure the guests were comfortable.
I got nothing but positive feedback from other parents. They liked the sports theme (a pleasant divergence from the Frozen themes 🙂 ) and how he ran it. About 4 parents recognized coach Derek from previous/current classes their kids were taking. The little details like megaphone (to project voices), the parent/kid races (extra competition), male vs female races (to bring out the girl/boy power rivalry) were great.
Most importantly, the birthday girl had a lot of fun and she felt special, as Coach Derek kept giving her the ‘special treatment’. We’ll be signing up for a couple of coach Derek’s classes. Thank you!”
“When I’m with Coach Derek I feel happy because he is very fun!”
“We asked Miles to let us know how he feels when he is with Coach Derek and here is what he said: “When I’m with Coach Derek I feel happy because he is very fun!”
I believe that Coach Derek makes Miles feel good about himself and gives him the self-confidence to play without judgment. Sometimes Miles doesn’t always use the right words when referring to his feelings, I interpret FUN as He makes me feel special or I can do things right. We are so thankful for Coach Derek and feel very fortunate to be a part of his program.”
– Christina Rojas
“Coach Mike is AWESOME with the kids.”
“This was our first session with the Coach Derek program. We were lucky enough to have Coach Mike teaching our son the multi sport class. Preston loved it. He just turned two but really enjoyed the class. Coach Mike is AWESOME with the kids (and parents, lol). He is so great and you are lucky to have him on your team! thank you so much! – The Poulos Family”
– Kristen Poulos
“Wow! I cannot tell you how blown away I was by your call yesterday.”
“Wow! I cannot tell you how blown away I was by your call yesterday. We live in such a cut throat world these days, that when people go out of their way and show extraordinary kindness, it is astonishing. it is a sad state of things, and I was just overwhelmed by your generous and amazing invitation. Everyone I have told has also expressed such amazement!!! Thank you to both you and Coach Derek. WE will see you Tuesday!”
“We cannot say enough good things about the Coach Derek program.”
“We cannot say enough good things about the Coach Derek program. Our daughter has been with Coach Derek for about 2 years since age 3, and it has been wonderful to watch her develop. Coach Derek has been a great way for our daughter to learn sports fundamentals in a fun way, and more.
She also learned how to interact with other children her age, and the kids all support each other in learning new things. All of the Coach Derek staff are terrific with kids, and make it very enjoyable to watch our daughter. My husband and I think that Coach Derek has been phenomenal, and we will absolutely be signing up our son once he is old enough!”
– Liz Walters, Redondo Beach, CA
“I’m so glad I signed my son up.”
“I signed up with Coach Derek initially with a friend and knew nothing about him. And I’m so glad I signed my son up. (We are on our third session). He really gets kids – he adapts to each child’s pace and needs and makes sports so much fun for them. He’s incredibly patient and in-tuned to kids. My 3-year-old son was unwilling to play any ball sports before he started Coach Derek’s class, and now, he looks forward to it each week. In my experience, he’s always professional to the parents.”
– Julie S., Manhattan Beach, CA
“We are very pleased…”
“Our children are our most precious treasure and it is very important to know that that they are in good hands. ”
– Alejandra and Scott Stern, Stefano’s parents
“Coach Mike was awesome…”
“My son Nathan Georgy signed up for a couple of 6 week classes with Coach Mike @ Polliwog Park on Saturdays. My son is a shy 4 year old and we wanted him to get active and get out of his shell, plus the park was down the street from us. I can tell you, from the beginning, Coach Mike was awesome and immediately brought Nathan out to the point that he was loving it and looking forward to it. We loved the class and Coach Mike so much, we actually brought more people to the class – multiple parents and their children as well, to the point that the majority of the 2nd class we attended were our referrals! ”
– Emad Georgy
“Nathan was incredibly happy…”
“Dear Coach Derek – I cannot tell you how wonderful you and your team were to work with, and how perfectly you ran the basketball games. Nathan was incredibly happy and so many people told me, “Best bar mitzvah evah!” Quite a few of the adults were apprehensive before-hand and suddenly thrilled during and after! Anyway – Bravo, spot on, and we wish you the best luck.
Again, it was a magical evening. Bryan, the kid who won the ‘championship’ with the free throw will never forget! AND everyone was completely invigorated. It created a sense of community spirit in addition to a fun party.
PS: And Bravo to your other coaches, they were wonderful!”
– Cynthia Sikes
Coach Derek is one of the best coaches I have seen in a long time.
“If you plan to enroll your child in an athletic class, make sure to do it with Coach Derek. I have played high school and collegiate sports and Coach Derek is one of the best coaches I have seen in a long time. He teaches great fundamental skills while the kids play soccer, baseball and basketball and does it in an energetic, positive and caring way. Since my son has enrolled in Coach Derek’s classes, I have noticed an improvement in motor skills, coordination, responsibility, following directions and excitement. While I cannot say enough about Coach Derek’s sports classes, it is watching my son walk out of his way to give Derek a hug and kiss after class, which makes this coach, head and shoulders above the rest.”
– Rob Burdett
“Coach Derek and Big Mike were instrumental in Austin’s development.”
“Coach Derek and Big Mike were instrumental in Austin’s development- Austin is now attending Rolling Hills Country Day in Palos Verdes. Derek is outstanding, he and Big Mike worked with Austin- they are terrific, loving, attentive warm coaches that know how to build and foster teamwork, skills and fun- I really enjoyed having them train Austin in sports!”
– Zamir Siddiqi
“My son looks forward to Coach Derek’s class every week.”
“I can only say good things about Coach Derek, ever since we joined his practice my 3 year old son has learned a lot and had lots of fun. I believe his profession requires a lot of patience and I give him a lot of credit for always being willing to work with the kids. More importantly, my son looks forward to Coach Derek’s class every week and that says it all to me!”
– Nina H., Manhattan Beach, CA
“Coach Derek has an amazing approach with the kids…”
“I was so excited when my friend recommended Coach Derek to us, then even more excited when we actually met him! Coach has an amazing approach with the kids and I love his style with my son. He encourages involvement with each child in the program. His focus is on learning team spirit and understanding of sports, not winning or competition. I think he is amazing + would recommend him to anyone with young kids! GO COACH GO!!”
– Carlie C.,Redondo Beach, CA
“My son looks forward to his weekly class with glee!”
“My son started with Coach Derek about a month or so after his second birthday, that was about 6 months ago and it has been and continues to be a great experience. Coach Derek is spirited, patient, fun-loving, professional and he really knows how to teach toddlers the basics of soccer, basketball and tee-ball. Compared to what’s out there for toddlers, Coach Derek’s prices are reasonable.
I especially like the classes he offers at Playa Vista Park because there’s a great playground adjacent to the playing field that’s perfect for a little before class or after class playtime. My son looks forward to his weekly class with glee! And the big bonus is that after all of that running around, he takes a great nap!”
– Monikka B., Los Angeles, CA