Jordan Santiago – Goalkeeper Academy Coach
Jordan is a former Canadian U20 International who played as a Professional Goalkeeper for Cardiff City FC and SC Veendam. Jordan’s goalkeeping coaching roles have included Lead Academy Goalkeeper Coach in the Youth Development Phase for West Ham United. His duties at West Ham United involved developing U8-U21 goalkeepers on a daily basis and coaching First Team Goalkeepers Jussi Jääskeläinen and Adrián a number of times throughout the 2013-2014 Premier League season. Jordan was instrumental in developing two young goalkeepers into England Youth Internationals at the U15 and U18 age groups during his time at West Ham United.
Since moving back to Calgary in 2014, Jordan has helped develop USA Youth International Goalkeeper, Chituru Odunze, and has sent over 20 goalkeepers to Universities across Canada & the United States. He is currently the First Team Goalkeeper Coach with Cavalry FC in the Canadian Premier League, and recently saw Marco Carducci get called into the Canadian Men’s National Team.
Calgary Blizzard Goalkeeper Building Blocks
Blizzard follows a researched approach to player development. The following information introduces our philosophy, player development rationale, and the methods that are used to deliver The Orange Way of Playing.
Blizzard operates a building block approach to player development. Players follow an initial path heavily focused on technique and skill development and as competency increases tactical elements are introduced.
Within each building block is an extensive curriculum designed to focus on the necessary skill set. Proficiency with each block is important to ensure that the player has acquired the required skills to support their development at the next stage of the curriculum.
Each building block is tied closely together. As a player progresses through the Blizzard Pathway they will continue to work on elements of preceding stages to ensure they are consistently and simultaneously challenged on both fundamental and advanced levels.
For more details on the Goalkeeper building blocks, please see The Orange Way Approach to Development