Player and Coach Development (PCD)


Who is responsible for Player and Coach Development?

John Bavota - Technical Director

James Magill - Assistant Technical Director

The PCD committee is comprised of 8 members.

Player and Coaching Development

About the WYSA Player and Coach Development (PCD) Program

WYSA Coaching Philosophy

"WYSA looks to develop skilled, knowledgeable and passionate players and coaches. WYSA will utilize guided discovery and learning through the game as the key tool for player and coach development. WYSA will endeavor to produce soccer that is fun to play, fun to watch and fun to learn by creating an educational and suitably challenging atmosphere for ALL players."

What is the WYSA PCD Program?

The PCD program provides dynamic and progressive support to the membership from the youngest players (currently U6) through the youth program (U14) and High School age teams (U16/U18).

The Player and Coach Development (PCD) program is responsible for player development, coach and parent education as well as providing additional playing opportunities through camps, clinics, and external providers. 

The PCD Mission

The PCD Program is designed to create/foster a fun soccer development environment for our membership (players, coaches, and parents) that provides them the opportunity to be challenged, continuously grow and reach their potential.

The environment should strive to meet the current needs of the organization and evolve over time addressing the future needs of the program. 


About John Bavota

Technical Director



Technical Director John Bavota is a local native to the town of Wilmington, MA,

growing up as a player for the Wilmington Youth Soccer Association. 

Coach John graduated from New England College in 2007 where he was a four-year member and senior captain of the NEC Soccer Team. Since 2008, John honed his coaching skills as Director of Soccer and Sports Performance at the FieldHouse in Sudbury, MA. In 2013, while a player for Mira Mar SC in Sao Miguel, Azores, he became Head Coach of the Mira Mar SC Junior Academy Team. 

Before becoming the Director of Coaching for WYSA, Coach John spent time learning and coaching at the New England Revolution Academy and with Boston Bolts FC.

United Soccer Coaches Diplomas:

  • National D License
  • Foundations of Coaching
  • Director of Coaching


Coaching Philosophy

The WYSA philosophy emphasizes developing complete players and coaches,

technically and tactically, so they can perform in any situation on and off the field. The player development model focuses on building each player’s technical ability within a controlled “pass and move” style of soccer with the objective to maintain possession of the ball. Each player is encouraged to play a controlled game, manipulate the ball, sharp and strong passing, quick decision making, and movement off the ball. WYSA is committed to developing players by allowing them to play, make mistakes, and then learn from those mistakes in a safe environment.

As coaches, we are not concerned with winning and losing games, we want to develop soccer players. We are fully committed to the development of players, everything else is secondary to that objective. We believes that kids should play soccer in a pressure-free environment to develop their soccer skills. 

Developing players should be allowed to express themselves with the ball and without any concern for making mistakes. This is a critical component to the challenging, but fun environment necessary for kids to develop their skill as well as their passion to play.


Soccer Career Highlights

In 2008 John was selected for the USASA National Select Team Pool and Invitational Tryout for the New England Revolution.

From 2009-2011 he played in the National Premier Soccer League with both the Boston Aztecs and as Captain of Mass United FC.

In 2013, John ventured to Sao Miguel, Azores, to represent amateur club NE Rush, which resulted in him staying in the village of Povoacao, playing and coaching for Mira Mar SC.

Since 2014, Coach John has represented local amateur clubs, competing in the Division 1 Bay State Soccer League, as well as the then US Amateur and US Open Cup.

About James Magill

Assistant Technical Director



James Magill is from Northern Ireland and lived in England for most of his life. 

He has had the greatest journey from working with local grassroots teams in England; club teams such as Luton Town FC, Mk Dons FC and Stoke City FC. To coaching his college men's varsity team, Staffordshire University.

James has been developing soccer players professionally in camp programs, coaching development programs with Massachusetts Youth Soccer and more recently as Assistant Technical Director of Wilmington Youth Soccer.