Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I have been very passionate about football ever since I could remember. I had dreams of one day becoming a top professional player playing for the biggest clubs in football and also representing my country in the World Cup. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up becoming the footballing star I had wanted but that didn’t stop me from pursuing the game I love. At the age of 23, I had started doing my coaching licensing in the United States. Now at the age of 31, I am the youngest coach to ever lead the Somali national football team and I want to create the best team our country has ever had.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Being around football my whole life has given me an opportunity to make life long friendships and memories I will never forget. One of those unforgettable moments was my first year of working with the Columbus Crew SC of MLS under Gregg Berhalter who’s the current US men’s national team coach. We had one of the greatest seasons in the club’s history-making it all the way to MLS cup final of 2015. Unfortunately, we had lost the final game to the Portland Timbers but I will always remember that season for many reasons. The biggest of them being that Gregg Berhalter who at the time was Sporting Director and Head coach of the Crew SC, took a chance on a young man who had no previous experience at that level and trusted me to be his performance analyst. I have learned so much from my 2 years of working with that coaching staff. Although I am considered a young coach now at 31 years of age, I believe that whatever good that may come in my career will always be because of the fundamentals I’ve learned from Gregg and his fantastic coaching staff.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Being a professional football coach can be demanding. It is not a job where you can work for a few hours and completely disconnect because your mind is constantly thinking of how to make something better. Having said that you always have to try and find moments away from football. If you don’t find small distractions you will burn out and have no energy mentally and physically.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Gregg Berhalter gave me my first opportunity to work with a professional football team when he hired me as the Columbus Crew SC’s performance analyst. I was young and inexperienced but he saw my passion and commitment to the game. I remember our first conversation about football went on for a very long time and what interested me the most was his deep knowledge about the game. That year we had a great season and made it all the way to the MLS cup final of 2015. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity Gregg has given me and I hope to continue making him proud.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
My home country of Somalia has been recovering from 30 years of struggles and wars. The majority of the Somali people love football and follow the top leagues of Europe.
What they need the most now is to see a Somali national football team playing at the highest level of international football and my goal is to give them just that. I personally believe in the power of sports and how it can unite people. I want to use football to bring joy and excitement to the football-loving people of Somalia.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. It is true that my home country of Somalia has Struggled for almost all of my lifetime. So neither I nor anyone can go back and fix the past but I believe we can influence the future. We can each give a little good and create a brighter future for the next generations.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
I can be followed on Facebook “@Abdihamid Moallin” and on Instagram “@Ahamidmoallin”.