EP 61 – Todd Beane – The TOVO Approach to Maximising Talent


Todd Beane (@_ToddBeane) is Founder of TOVO, an educational approach dedicated to improving the cognition, competence and character of young footballers. TOVO runs a live-in training Academy in Barcelona, Spain, as well as offering learning opportunities around the globe .

Todd graduated from Dartmouth College in 1986 with a bachelors in English Literature, and when on to earn a Master’s degree in Education and a Secondary Teaching Credential from Stanford University. Following his formal education, Todd worked with Johan Cruyff for 14 years to create the Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies and to deliver total football training programs to professional clubs worldwide.

As an athlete, Todd played NCAA Division I soccer at Dartmouth College, before playing professionally in the US. He also has his US Soccer Federation “A” License, coaching both collegiately and professionally.

In this episode, we discuss Todd’s coaching philosophy and how it came to be, the TOVO approach and why it’s so unique, Todd’s most challenging transition in his life so far, and much more.

Other highlights include:

  • Todd’s nomadic childhood and the roles his parents played to help him survive it
  • How peer groups shaped Todd’s development
  • What Todd believes sport is for
  • The problem with a technical coaching paradigm and a better alternative
  • How the TOVO approach caters for players of different ages and maturity levels
  • The importance of sleep and nutrition
  • How Todd thinks about the physical development of his players
  • The most important thing a sports parent should focus on
  • Todd’s passion for nature and why every child should climb a mountain

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