A familiar face will be leading skills and drills for Breakers F.C. when the fields open back up as the club announced the signing of alumni David Kamau as a first-year coach.
After playing for Ilocos United F.C. in the Philippine Football Federation, Kamau retired as a professional play and went to work for Impect Scouting, a German sports analytics company, earning a new insight into the future of the game.
“It is exciting to come back onto the field physically and work with the youth again,” Kamau said. “I see the game as being free-flowing so I encourage players to be spontaneous and creative. As I player I never liked being put in a box, so I look forward to empowering the next era of student-athletes to grow and change naturally.”
This is Breakers F.C.’s second coach signing with overseas professional playing experience since all field activities were halted due to the pandemic back in March. The move is part of a series of conscious decisions by the club’s board to mold Breakers F.C. in the European club model.
“It is always special when you can have a former player come back home and share their knowledge,” Breakers F.C. Executive Director Paolo Carbone said. “(Kamau) has earned an education and a living, seeing the world, from football and it all started right here.”
As a player with Breakers F.C., Kamau developed a passion for innovation and creativity under coach Mike Martin, learning how to control the ball and game tempo with both feet. sports analytics
“Our players are getting access to a brilliant mind who understands the physical, psychological, academic and analytical demands of our evolving game,” Director of Coach Niša Saveljić said. “Our players must be steeped in the fusion of art and science on the pitch.”
Kamau made his mark regionally as a 1st Team All-League midfielder at San Lorenzo Valley High school as a senior than as a captain for Cabrillo College from 2011-2012 before transferring to play for Norte Dame De Namur.
After a season-ending injury in 2013 limited Kamau to just three appearances, the tactically minded midfielder started in 11 of 13 games in his senior campaign earning Defender of the Week honors for his showing against Sonoma State on September 22, 2014.
An accomplished multi-sport high school athlete, Kamau always knew his heart lay with ‘the world’s game.’ After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Notre Dame De Namur, Kamau knew the time had come to test his skills overseas.
“I wanted to experience football outside of the U.S.,” Kamau said. “My mother is from (the Philipines) and playing for Illocs United F.C. was a great opportunity to not only turn pro, but to travel as well.”