"Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is."
- Vince Lombardi
Any person with patience can teach a player how to dribble and pass. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. But that’s where the similarities end when it comes to DFA. I’ve dedicated my passion to teaching players how to become a better athlete and person. What I do well is pull the inner champion out and show them what can be. I push players to their perceived limit and then push them past it.
The sessions are intense, fast paced, demanding, and challenging. For the sole purpose of showing players what they are capable of achieving.
Who is DFA
BJ Durel - Owner / Head Trainer
BJ began training players in 2008 and created DFA in 2009.
United States Youth Boys National Pool 1998-1999
Repped the US overseas against Spain, Brazil, England, Russia, and more
Shawnee State University 2001-2004
FC Dayton (semi-pro) 2006-2008
Coaching experience: Club - National Premier League
License: National D Coaching License
Years Training: 15+
Training Style: Challenging, Dynamic, Fun, Tactical, Elevated (mental), Technical
I really enjoy creating training sessions that challenge the player beyond the typical mechanical learning style. My sessions are dynamic and require players to be focused not only on the physical nature of the game but also the mental nature. My expectations are high and I accept no less than 100% of effort. Sessions are created based around the players needs - while maintaining their strengths. We train at a high pace than games so that when it comes to game time the play is slowed down allowing the players speed-of-play to be effortless.
"You earn trophies at practice. You just pick them up at competitions." - Unknown
DFA provides top of the line training for players looking to take their game to the next level. DFA provides individual, small group, and team-based training to suit all development needs and goals.
When working with players 1:1 DFA really focuses on the players needs by talking with the player, the parents, and coaches when necessary.
Sessions can include technical training, finishing, defensive tactics, attacking movements, GK training, etc.
Being non-club affiliated allows DFA to work with all organizations in the Cincinnati Tri-State area. DFA works with clubs and coaches to create training sessions to emphasize certain aspects of play.
Film / Game / Highlight Review
One of the best and most underused platforms to help players is film. As players and coaches we understand the importance of seeing for yourself. We work with teams/coaches/players to review game film and provide honest feedback and analysis of the individual and team.
BJ once said to me: "I will always give 100% to help my players reach their goals." I can attest that this has held true. Coach BJ's personal level of commitment to his players is unparalleled. He constantly goes above and beyond. He has attended their games and requested game film to see how his training is translating on the field. He communicates regularly, takes the feedback to continually develop the player and he's always available for the players to contact with any questions/needs they may have. Based upon this he makes adjustments to make sure each session is targeted to the player's needs. DFA players generally come to share a couple common traits: intense, competitive, and DFA players are definitely fit!