Kokou played at Springbrook High School from 2002-2006 and earned his Varsity letter as a freshmen. He was named team captain in 2006. Kokou was also named in the Gazette as Springbrook High School player to watch out for in 2006.
From there he was awarded both academic and athletic scholarship to Columbia Union college now known as Washington Adventist University. As a freshmen he started 15 of 16 games at defense and recorded two assist to help the Pioneers posted a record of 12-7, falling just short to Robert Morris College – Lake County 2-1 in overtime during the 2007 USCAA National Tournament Championship Game. The defender scored his lone collegiate goal, a game-winner, in a 3-1 win at Gallaudet during the 2008 campaign in which he, once again, started 16 of 19 games and was an USCAA championship finalist.
He played for UMBC from 2009-2011 and was an America East conference champion 2011 advancing to the NCAA tournament 2nd round.
To be successful in the modern game, every player needs to hone in on the basic skills of the game. The player has to be able to pass, dribble, shoot and control the ball well. Whether he’s coaching one of his teams or doing a private personal training, Coach Kokou focuses on developing each player’s basic technical skills in order for them to be successful wherever they play. Coach Kokou designs every drill to fit each player’s specific needs. No one player is the same. Not only does the modern game demand a high level of technical skills, but players also need to have the speed, agility and quickness to keep up physically.
Coach Kokou focuses on the basic skills and technique because he believes that ball skills and technique are essential to inspire creativity and excitement. Skills can help make soccer fun, help you improve as a player and help you beat your opponent. Coach Kokou encourages players to be inventive with the ball, use both feet to work on the basic skills such as control, passing, dribbling and shooting.
Coach Kokou really enjoys doing private individual trainings because it gives him an opportunity to really help the player develop by giving him/her his undivided attention to answer questions, go over things as many times as needed and working on specific things the players need. Private trainings are also an opportunity to build the player’s confidence and the player’s individual game. Most importantly, Coach Kokou loves the relationship he gets to build with his personal clients.
Coach Kokou believes every player needs to be as positive and dedicated as possible to fully master the skills needed to be cool and composed when under pressure to keep control of the moments they find themselves in. The top players train to meet the challenges.
While coaching or training his teams, Coach Kokou encourages possession and movement style of play. He believes, as much as each player can work on their own development, soccer is a team game. The more you work with your team mates, the better you will become as a player and a team. Due to the love he has for Arsenal and their playing style, Coach Kokou enjoys coaching his teams to replicate the same style. Coach Kokou enjoys the tactical challenge it poses to coach a team, also putting a team of different skills level to play together and play well. Coaching a team is not only about soccer, it’s about being a role model and influencing the younger generation.