The University of Virginia
Focus of study: Curriculum & Instruction
To develop a rewarding, systematic, strategic and progressive soccer program that meets the demands of the four primary components of sport: tactical, technical, physical and psychosocial; all the while creating a safe, structured and competitive environment to elicit the best out of players both on and off the pitch; and in the process create champions, while developing a life-long passion for the sport of soccer.
Focus of study: Curriculum & Instruction
Major: Communication Studies
Through support received from the grant, adopted CLC as their framework for an extensive school improvement effort focused on improving literacy skills of all students. Teachers received professional development tailored to their roles and classroom needs as well as follow-up support in Strategic Instruction Model Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines. Developed and instructed new classes to meet students’ literacy needs, partnering with a speech-language pathologist, joined the team to collaborate with all teachers at multiple schools and provide therapeutic intervention for students with the most severe language deficits. Literacy Leadership Teams formed to guide the schools’ efforts, and collaboration across content areas, grade levels, and schools became the norm. In addition to the CLC and SIM focus on literacy, the schools also introduced block scheduling and encouraged integrating effective use of technology into instruction, resulting in many significant changes to school structure and culture in a short time. That the schools were able to juggle the changes and at the same time see dramatic increases in test scores and student achievement is a credit to the dedication of teachers and administrators alike.
Highlights: Hired, managed and provide professional and personal development for a staff of 16+ Coaches; Balanced budgetary deficit while minimizing economic effect on paying constituents; Developed financial structure that allowed for lowest costs per player (in the region) yet still maximized profit margins to increase club profits; Doubled the number of teams and players within club in first year as Director; provided and established player development curriculum and programming; provided the club's initial plan for providing coaching education and licensure opportunities per USYS and USSF criteria; led the club to most competitive season of league play in club history; led the club to multiple tournament finals and championships; assisted coaches with assessment and adjustment of individual team developmental needs to ensure player growth and development; provided and facilitated college recruitment workshops and seminars, assisted multiple players with the college recruitment process and their transition to playing at the next level, etc.
Highlights: Assisted in leading the team to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament Finals in 2015; the 2015 squad is the first team in ODAC history to face each of the three top-seeds in the ODAC tournament, earning results against each; tied regionally ranked and No. 3 conference seed, Washington & Lee in the quarterfinal round (advancing on penalty kicks), defeating No. 2 Shenandoah and adding another draw with regionally ranked, defending NCAA DIII National Champions and ODAC No. 1 seeded, Lynchburg College. Consecutive ODAC Tournament Appearances in 2013, ’14, ’15; Consecutive 10+ win seasons going 2013,’14 and ’15 with a combined record of 32-21-6 and win or draw percentage of 64% the past three seasons; guided the team defense to program high defensive ranking of #38 out of 438 NCAA DIII teams nationwide. Individually coached four players to honors ranging from ODAC Conference Player of the Week to ODAC All-Tournament Team, etc.; Goalkeepers earned All-Conference honors in each year; 2013 starting goalkeeper’s goals against average of 0.68% was substantially improved from the 1.12% earned the season before joining staff; Starting Goalkeeper possessed save percentage above 90% in 2014 season and averaged a save percentage above 88% since joining staff. All goalkeepers combined for an average save percentage above 80% throughout the past three seasons.
Highlights: Winningest head coach in program history; Continually finish in top 3 of Conference 31; Led the program to its first Conference 31 Tournament match wins since 2009; First Region 3A West Tournament Appearance since 2009; First Ever Region 3A West Tournament Win; First ever Region 3A West semifinal appearance; Finished 2014-2015 season as one of the final 16 teams in the State; Led the program to the most wins in a single season in 2014-2015; obtained the program's first winning season since 2009; Led players to obtain the most goals in a single season in program history; Ended 2014-2015 season ranked #16 in Max Preps Top 25 (of all classifications) for Virginia; ranked a program high #416 out of 1,387 Teams in Max Preps National Ranking; 7 players earned All – District, Conference and Region Honors; 2 players continuing their playing careers at the collegiate level.
Premier Select Goalkeeping (PSG) is a revolutionary goalkeeper specific training program that is delivered through a seasonal series of clinics, training, film and testing sessions. . PSG provides an inspired environment where goalkeepers receive the most recent, challenging, innovative and detailed education, training and experiences, specific to the goalkeeper position. While most training offers sporadic, redundant, and overpopulated age based training environments, the goalkeepers in PSG receive results proven, differentiated training based upon their individual abilities and specific technical, tactical or physiological needs. Additionally, goalkeepers participate in evaluative testing to move through a series of tiered program levels (Levels I - V); obtaining incentives along their way to earning Level V or “Complete Keeper” status.
Served as camp staff and most recently, the lead goalkeeping expert and instructor for multiple D.C. United Academy Summer Camps.
Assisted the camp director with all aspects of planning, advertising, facilitating and executing a summer youth soccer camp; also served during the camp as a lead coach.
Served as a member of the camp staff for Former Women's National Team, World Cup and Olympic Championship Coach, Tony Dicicco's SoccerPlus goalkeeper school.
NCAA DIII Assistant Coach, Head Goalkeeping Coach; Also served as the Associate Camp Director for the SVU Soccer Camp for Kids in 2011.
NCAA DI Volunteer Assistant Coach, Volunteer Goalkeeper Coach
NCAA DIII Assistant Coach, Head Goalkeeping Coach; Also served as the lead goalkeeping expert and a lead coach for head coach, Carrie (Moore) O'Keeffe's, Championship Soccer Camp for Girls from 2008 - 2012.
|Provided individualized and group goalkeeper training to high level players throughout the west district of Virginia. Developed an environment where goalkeepers are playing with and against the best players in their respective district. Also provided recommendations and allowed the state ODP staff a chance to work with, train and gather additional information on the players before state team selections were made.|
To date, have earned a coaching record of 127 Wins, 64 Losses and 20 Draws as a head coach; winning over 60% of the time and earning a result in over 70% of all matches.
A 36 - 40 hour course where the focus is to improve a coach's ability to positively influence individual players and teams. More specifically, developing the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach athletes and a team; To understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Intermediate Stage of U.S. Soccer's Athlete Development Model; To build on the foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses. Acheived through teaching the Principles of Play in a training environment. (7v7 to 9v9); Applying the Principles of Play to functional group roles in a full team system; And planning a sequence of training and weekly cycles to complete a season plan.
An 18-hour course, which covers the elementary principles of coaching. More specifically, developing the core coaching competencies necessary to effectively teach athletes and a team; To understand the characteristics and needs of an athlete in the Basic Stage of U.S. Soccer's Long Term Athlete Development Model; And to establish a foundation of knowledge and experience in order to proceed through the sequence of coaching development courses. Additionally, the E license assists in the ability to understand and effectively apply the principles of Long Term Athlete Development; Demonstrate competency in planning an age-appropriate training session; Demonstrate the essential competencies to execute a team training session that is focused on a technical function of the game; Understand concepts and recognize the principles of attacking and defending in a small-sided game environment (3v3 to 9v9 adaptable to local competition structure).
A 45-hour course designed to meet the needs of the more experienced coach, particularly those coaching at the high school level and above, or youth coaches with previous certification and a number of years working with the developing player. The overall objective of the National Diploma is to acquaint the coach with the needs of the soccer player and provide an organized and progressive methodology of coaching those needs. Basic technical and tactical knowledge is the central theme of the course in a 6 vs. 6 model. The course includes sessions on the teaching process, psychological skills training and Laws of the Game. Testing includes oral, written and practical (coaching) evaluations.
A 21-hour course, where one third of the course is dedicated to candidates presenting on assigned topics and enjoying feedback on their performance in both methods and content. This course includes a session on reading the game as well as coaching technique and tactics within 4 vs.4 and 6 vs. 6 models of play.
The emphasis of this 18-hour course is on the tactical role of the goalkeeper within the team framework. It explores the tactical components of goalkeeping and the specifics of training and developing goalkeepers.
A 12-hour course, geared towards the specialist goalkeeping coach and the team coach looking for in-depth information surrounding the coaching of goalkeepers.
A six-hour course is directed towards the team coach - not the specialist goalkeeper coach. The object is to empower the coach with knowledge and practice methods that will enable the coach to evaluate a goalkeeper in game situations and then design an appropriate practice program for goalkeepers in and outside of team practices.
This course establishes a solid foundation of coaching knowledge. The course teaches essential soccer coaching techniques and methods by providing a unique student-centered curriculum for interscholastic teacher/coaches. This course also shares practical methods for increasing student participation through effective feedback and stress reduction.
A national professional credential offered to individuals who are currently coaching or aspire to coach at the interscholastic level. The attainment of this national certification demonstrates the completion of a series of courses offered by the NFHS that will enhance the ability of the coach to better serve the student, the school, the community and the profession of coaching.
A series of expert-developed and designed courses to help coaches ensure that winning happens both on and off the field in youth sports.
Mr. Phil Benne
Head Coach, Roanoke College Women’s Soccer Program
Mr. Dave Sanford
Academy Operations Coordinator, D.C. United
Mrs. Carrie (Moore) O’Keeffe
Former WUSA All-Star & Defensive Standout, Washington Freedom
Former Head Coach, Hollins University Women’s Soccer Program
Mr. Scott Dawson
Director of Operations, Smith Mountain Lake Soccer Club
Mr. Russell Dishman
Head Coach, West District, Olympic Development Program
Virginia Youth Soccer Association