Mr. Kodama is the Director of K-sports Soccer Camps and the Director of Admissions and Director of International Admissions at Crespi Carmelite High School. He was the head soccer coach at Crespi Carmelite High School (from 1995-2015). Prior to coaching at Crespi Carmelite High School, Coach Kodama was the head Girls Varsity coach at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA. While at Burroughs he was named the Foothill League Coach of the Year and won the only Foothill league title in the schools history of girls soccer. He has also coached in the Olympic Development Program and was part of the Occidental Womens Coaching Staff. He has been a Certified Gurian Trainer since 2007 and is a member of the Boys Initiative Board of Advisors. He is the Director of Admissions, and the Director of the International Program at Crespi Carmelite High School.
As a coach, he has worked with boys and girls as young as 4, through college. He has been running soccer camps, clinics, and coaching both club and high school soccer for over 20 years throughout the Los Angeles area. Many of his players have gone on to play at the collegiate level, but more importantly most return as contributing adults to our society. As the founder of K-Sports Soccer Camps he has been training young soccer players since 1991. The first camps were conducted in Burbank, CA. Since then the camps have blossomed, creating a fun, family oriented, atmosphere teaching boys and girls to love the game of soccer. He is currently the head coach for the North Valley Soccer Club Breakaway girls 2006 and 2003.
Coach Kodama developed student athletes at Crespi Carmelite High School for 20 years from 1995-2015. There have been numerous players that have been high school Academic All-Americans, All-Americans, and Regional All-Americans. The Varsity Soccer team has received the National Soccer Coaches Association Academic Team award 10 of the last 12 years. Success on and off the field is the key to success in the soccer program. In 2008-09 the Celts were ranked top 50 in the nation by ESPN. He has won more games than any other soccer coach in the history of the program. The Celts are a member of the highly competitive Mission League and compete at the CIF Division I level. Coach Kodama has done a fine job of cultivating the talent in the soccer program over the years.
Several of the recent graduates have gone on to play at the college level: Harry Abraham - UC Santa Cruz, Kyle Berson – Georgia Southern University, Scott Boggs – Johnson and Wales University, Peter Bomar – California State University Northridge, Justin Canel – Santa Clara University, Taylor Canel (drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy) – University of California Los Angeles, Chris Cummings – University of California Los Angeles, Anthony Dapello – Chico State University, Steven Farenbaugh – Claremont McKenna College, Shane Fierst – California State University Northridge, Nicholas Gomez-Garcia – Wake Forrest, Brandon Ibarra – California State University Northridge, Ryan Lannutti – Chestnut Hill, Victor Mercado – Kansas Wesleyan, Chris Munoz - Ottowa University, Craig Nitti – Loyola Marymount University and Vancouver White Caps, Jeff Okerman – California State University Northridge, Mitchell Reyes – United States Air Force Academy, Tyler Pascoe - Cal Lutheran University, Lucas Van Patten – University of California Irvine, Eli Zamora – CSU Monterrey Bay, and Omar Zeenni – UC Davis.
As a certified master trainer and teacher, Mr. Kodama brings a wide variety of experience working with children, parents, students, and athletes. He has been training parents and schools about how boys and girls learn differently and how to help them succeed in school since 2007. He has been a Keynote Speaker at Pierce College in Woodland Hills for the Early Childhood Development program, Live365, and in Washington D.C. for the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). He has presented multiple times at The Gurian Summer Institute in Colorado Springs, and has worked with the following schools and organizations: Albany Schools (NY), Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School (Philadelphia), Deanery 5 (San Fernando Valley), Berkeley School, Crossroads Christian, Serra High School, Encino Presbyterian Children’s Center, St. Mel’s School, Kirk of the Valley School, Laurel Hall, Weekday Preschool, Young Oak Kim Academy, Our Lady of Malibu, Palma High School, St. John Eudes, St. Cyril's, and Army Navy Academy. He has also been part of the panel of experts for Kids in The House.
Crespi Carmelite High School is a prestigious all-boys school located in Encino, CA. In his role as the Director of Admissions he increased enrollment nearly 20% within his first 5 years. He began the international student program that is currently in place, to help Crespi become a leader in the Globalization of high schools. By be connected in many ways he has become an expert in the field of international students studying in the United States from China. Students are coming from China, South Korea, Russia, Bermuda, Japan, and Brazil to study at Crespi. He is working with many different international organizations and schools to make the international student experience the best it can be in the United States.
He has taught a revolutionary course titled ”Becoming a Man” to seniors at the school since 2004. In this innovative class, he challenges his students to look at what it truly means to become a man in our society. He explores what their roles are as sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, and mentors. The course helps teenage boys to define their purpose in life. He has presented the class at the Gurian Institute in Colorado Springs. He has served as the social studies department chair, and taught World Cultural Geography, US History, AP Macroeconomics, Micro Economics, and World History.
He currently coaches NVSC Breakaway teams: Girls born 2006 and Girls born 2003... Contact me if you are interested in trying out.
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