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Bobby Howe Steps Down as Director of Coaching Education for U.S. Soccer

CHICAGO (Monday, April 24, 2000) - Bobby Howe, the Director of Coaching Education for the United States Soccer Federation, announced today that he was stepping down from his position to pursue other coaching opportunities.

"While I have enjoyed my four years in this position at the Federation, I feel that the time is right for me to move in a different direction," said the 54-year-old Howe.

In his role as Director of Coaching Education, Howe was responsible for the administration of U.S. Soccer's Coaching Department, which was established in the early 1970s to oversee the education of coaches through six levels of certification.

"We will miss Bobby's experienced input within our coaching education programs," said Bill Sage, U.S. Soccer's Chief Administrative Officer. "We wish him well in his future endeavors."

Prior to his appointment of Director of Coaching education in 1996, Howe coached the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team to a solid eighth place finish at the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia. The team's performance in Australia included an opening 6-0 thumping of European champion Turkey, widely considered to be one of the most surprising results in FIFA world championship history.

Howe established himself as a professional player in England in the 1960s and 1970s, where he played First Division football for West Ham United, before coming to the United States in 1977 as a coach with the NASL's Seattle Sounders. He would eventually take the top coaching position with the Washington State Youth Soccer Association, which prepared him for his position with U.S. Soccer.

U.S. Soccer's Coaching Department structure encompass initial instruction courses (D, E, F) conducted in every state, leading up to three levels of certification held at the national level (A, B, C). Thousands of soccer coaches have completed U.S. Soccer Federation coaching schools since the were first developed in 1971, and current membership numbers stand at 65,000 state-level coaches and 13,000 national-level coaches.


United States Soccer Federation National Director of Coaching Education
Born: December 22, 1945
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Howe assumed the responsibilities of USSF Director of Coaching Education on August 1, 1996, having served as Director of Coaching for Washington State Youth Soccer Association for 12 years.

Howe, 54, a former professional player with West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth of the English Football League, came to the United States in 1977 when he was named assistant coach of the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League. He eventually took on the additional responsibilities of youth development in the seven years he was with the club.

As a player in England, Howe played for manager Ron Greenwood on the first division West Ham from 1962-1972, appearing in more than 100 games for the first team. From 1972- 74, Howe played for manager John Bond with AFC Bournemouth in the third division, making more than 130 appearances.

Howe's coaching qualifications include an English preliminary award in 1964, full qualifying award in 1968, U.S. Soccer "B" license in 1978 and U.S. Soccer "A" license in 1985.

He served as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team from 1989-1993, leading the team to an eight place finish at the 1993 World Youth Championships in Australia. Howe also served as an assistant coach on the U.S. U-17 National Team from 1986-89.

Howe began his coaching career in the London borough of Havering where he coached from 1967-1972, working with school children between the ages of eight and 15. In 1974, he became assistant coach at AFC Bournemouth where he also supervised the coaching program for youth players and handled scouting duties. From 1975-77, Howe was youth coach at English second division Plymouth Argyle.

As Washington State Coaching Director, Howe supervised all aspects of the coaching certification program, coordinated both day and residential camps, trained coaches for the Olympic Development Program, wrote coaching manuals articles and made appearances at the request of various associations.

Howe and his wife, Sheri, have two married children, John, 31, and Kimberly, 28.