PREPARING TO WIN: What it Takes to Create a Winning Mindset


Coach Daniel McKell of North County San Diego is helping his players to create a mentality that look past results on the field in order to focus on competing at the highest level possible — by giving it your all. 

Carina Sammartino sat down with Coach McKell to discuss his influence in the game and his coaching philosophy at the youth level. 

Youth Soccer News: Daniel McKell was named the varsity girl’s soccer coach at San Marcos High School in 2016. In 2016-2017, McKell’s team finished #2 in San Diego County according to Union-Tribune Preps, #48 in California and #109 in the US by — and #12 in California and #31 in the US by TopDrawerSoccer.

Among other accomplishments, they were the SoCal Regional Playoff Division-II Finalist, or in other words, State Championship runner-up.  A coach with a record of big time wins normally is focused on the final score but McKell focuses on helping his players achieve their abilities instead — and, in turn, this helps enable his team to rise to the challenges they face on the field.

Carina Sammartino spoke with Coach Daniel, who is also girl’s DA coach at San Diego Surf Soccer Club and Technical Director at San Elijo Matrix, to ask him about his perspective on winning and what it means to have a winning mindset.

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