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More Than 260 Coaches Attend Region I Coaching Symposium in Delaware

CHICAGO (Wednesday, March 20, 2002) - With discussions focused on player development issues and the qualities that allow a player to compete on a national and international level, USYSA Region I hosted their annual boys and girls ODP joint coaching symposium at the Kirkwood Soccer Complex in New Castle, Delaware, from March 16-17. More than 260 coaches attended the symposiums, which were split up into separate sessions for the boys coaches and the girls coaches.

The boys and girls coaches attended separate meetings and training sessions all weekend, with Bob Jenkins, Region I Men’s National Staff coach, assisting in leading the boys coaches, and Jeff Pill, Region I Women’s National Staff Coach, helping direct the girls coaches.

“Regional symposiums like this are an opportunity for coaches and administrators to open the lines of communication,” said Manny Schellscheidt, U.S. Soccer’s Under-14 Boy’s Program Director and Region I Head ODP Coach.  “The symposium acts as an open forum for the coaches to discuss ideas and present problems to one another.  The dialogue that occurs between the coaches on different levels, mainly between regional and state coaches, is one of the biggest benefits of the weekend.”

The 265 coaches in attendance included Directors of Coaching, state team coaches, district team coaches and select club coaches.  In addition, more than 40 administrators from Region I attended the weekend sessions, and a class of coaches taking the “C” License Coaching course in Eastern Pennsylvania sat in on one of Pill’s sessions and watched one of the girl’s regional teams play a match Saturday night.

“What is the most valuable aspect for us is being able to get all the coaches together to discuss the game at the Regional level,” said Lew Atkinson, Delaware’s Director of Coaching.  “This year we were able to watch the regional teams train and play, which allowed everyone to get a better understanding of the standard of play at the regional level.”

The theme for the boys symposium was “When to Coach and When Not to Coach”, while the girls coaches focused on “The Needs of the Women’s Game.”  Both symposiums proved to be an unqualified success.

The ’87 boys and girls regional teams trained and played matches at the Kirkwood Soccer Complex to provide a forum for discussion at the symposium. Seeing regional teams train and play helped many of the club and state coaches understand the level of play needed for players to advance to the regional level and beyond.  The coaches broke up into small groups, where they discussed the state of the game at the regional level.

“The symposium gives the state coaches an insight into the type of player that the regional and national coaches are looking for,” said Charlotte Moran, Region I girls ODP administrator.  “The regional coaches’ sessions are based on the skills they feel our players need to acquire to get to the next level.  It is also a great opportunity to meet the regional and national staff and discuss the future of girls' and women's soccer in the United States.”

Following is a list of coaches who presented and instructed at the weekend symposium:

Girls Sessions
Jeff Pill (Region I Women's National Staff Coach)
John Daley (Region I Age Group Coach)
Joe Perreira (Region I Age Group Coach)
Terry Underkoffler (Region I GK Coach)
Tom Hayes (Region I Age Group Coach)
Jay Entlich (Region IV Women's National Staff Coach)

Boys Sessions
Bob Jenkins (Region I Men’s National Staff Coach)
Manny Schellscheidt  (U.S. Soccer’s Under-14 Boy’s Program Director and Region I Head ODP Coach)
Bob Montgomery (Associate Head Coach Region I)
Gene Klein (Region I Coaching Staff)
Dean Foti   (Region I Coaching Staff)
George O'Neill  (Region I Boys ODP Coaching Staff)
Tim O'Sullivan  (Under-14 Region I Head Coach)
Tony LePore  (Region I Coaching Staff)
George Nazario  (Region I Coaching Staff)
Charlie Inverso  (Region I Goalkeeping Staff)
Mark Schnell  (Region I Coaching Staff)