Todd Beane

Playing Between the Lines of Coerver & Wein

Todd Beane
Playing Between the Lines of Coerver & Wein

Where do we go without Horst? A little over a year ago, Horst Wein died here in Barcelona and left a remarkable trail of game intelligence training in his visionary wake.

How do we process the analytics of Wiel? Almost six years ago, Wiel Coerver passed away in Kerkrade, Holland. On a pitch somewhere today, the lads will be faithfully following his powerful lead.

The whole and the sum of its parts.

How best do we train young players to become intelligent and technically proficient?  Where do we place our faith?

Each new mind we approach seems to require an abdication of all our past and present possessions. A new doctrine seems, at first, a subversion of all our opinions, tastes, and manners of living.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It has traveled with me from California to Catalonia a book I purchased to pass the time. And indeed time has passed. Three days ago as I was wrestling with the details of my own methodology, I stumbled across my copy of  “The Wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson as Inspiration for Daily Living.” And as the sunlight reflected off the Mediterranean Sea, so too did I. I took a break from the X’s and O’s of youth development to retreat into the philosophy of human development. Far too often we can get lost pacing on the boardwalk without glancing to the sea.

Truth is our element of life; yet if a man fasten his attention on a single aspect of truth, and apply himself to that alone for a long time, the truth becomes distorted, and not itself, but falsehood.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I am honest, TOVO Training is just my journey through and around two schools of thought. I was teaching “The Cruyff Move” many suns, and many sons, ago. I was lining up four goals for Funiño before I fully understood the value of game intelligence.

In the end, it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who helped me through my dilemma.

The intellect is a whole, and demands integrity in every work. This is resisted equally by a man’s devotion to a single thought, and by his ambition to combine too many.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do not have to choose between the wisdom of my mentors. I may choose my own voice. And like yours, my voice will be a cacophony of chaos at times. But it will mature into a personal philosophy as to how best to take to the pitch. 

He in whom the love of truth dominates will keep himself aloof from all moorings and afloat.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

So, as the sun beams above and we battle over ideologies below, Emerson interjects. 

Take thankfully and heartily all they can give. Exhaust them, wrestle with them, let them not go until their blessing be won.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanks to Ralph Waldo Emerson and the salty air of Spain, I now see two truths marching toward the same objective. Thank you Horst and dank je Wiel. May you both rest in peace as we continue on the path of our perfect intentions yet imperfect practices.