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Coaches References

"When I coached against Joey in college I really respected him as a player.  I felt as a striker not only did he have special skills, but his focus and concentration levels in the penalty area were outstanding.  His ability to read defenses and take advantage of openings was professional-like.   He was a constant scoring threat.  In his sons, Mark and Domenic, I see many of his characteristics.  They are focused and driven to create scoring opportunities and their skill levels are outstanding.   He has obviously done an outstanding job passing on his strengths to them.


Coach Joe Baum, Legendary Head Coach, Michigan State University and 2008 NCAA Coach of the Year



"I had the unenviable task of both playing and coaching against Joey during my time in the PDL (Professinal League). Joey was the type of player that you always wanted on your team and never to be playing against - a true competitor with a real instinct for scoring goals".


Stu Riddle, Western Michigan University, Men's Head Coach


"Joey Barone is an experienced coach. As a player he was one of those special players that always seemed to find a way to score goals. His ability to coach the techniques of finishing as well as the other facets of the game make him one of the top clinicians in the state".


Dr. Eric Johnson, Western Illinois University, Men's Head Coach

"Joey Barone is the strongest goal scoring player that Hope College has faced in the 20 years that I have been head coach at Hope.  He was a virtual game changer in every match due to his goal scoring ability.  He has produced many great players including his own sons Domenic and Mark who are currently playing at Michigan State University.  I highly recommend Joey and his camps".


Steve Smith, Hope College, Men's Head Coach and Hope Soccer Camps Director

"In my opinion Joey Barone is the best pure goal scorer to come out of West Michigan. His understanding of the angles, body position, anticipation, and outright cunning make him deadly around the box.  Joey’s son’s, Domenic and Mark, are a testament to Joey’s ability to teach fine offensive skills and strategy.  There would be no better skills and goal scoring coach for your child. I intend to have my personal children have the privilege of learning this art from a true craftsmen like Joey".   


Chris Keenan, Kalamazoo Kingdom Soccer Club Director and (Joey's former PDL coach)

"Having played with and against Joey for a number of years I can thoroughly recommend him when it comes to the art of teaching shooting. Not only is he one of the best finishers I have come across but his enthusiasm for the game is second to none. Everything Joey does is delivered with a dedication and passion that can not be matched in the local Grand Rapids area".


Mark Spooner, Director of Coaches, West Michigan Fire Jrs. and Head Coach, Kalamazoo Outrage of PDL (Professional League)

"Having played with Joey Barone, coached his sons and witnessed many of Joey's training sessions, there is no question in my mind that he is the best trainer of shooting/finishing in the West Michigan Area. His knowledge of the technical responsibilities of finishing (goal-scoring) is immense and he has a great ability to teach players the finer points of positional play, and tactical awareness. There is no question in my mind that any player that trains with Joey, over a period of time, will be well-suited to shoot, score goals, and compete at a very high level."


John Conlon Head Coach, East Kentwood High School 2007 NSCAA High School National Coach of the year

“Joey truly has a unique way of finding the back of the net despite what the other defense is trying to do. His record still stands in college as being the leading scorer, even after 20 years.  Being a former teammate in college and  fellow coach, it has been a joy to watch him translate what happens on the field into teaching the next generation.  His passion for teaching  the game(especially goal scoring) to the next generation in unparalleled.  I highly recommend his camps!”


Chris Hughes, Head Coach, Calvin College Mens Soccer, 2009 National Finalist


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