COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. (Friday, April 4, 2003) – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, has named Jay Hoffman to lead the U.S. Paralympics soccer program in preparation for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Hoffman most recently coached the Boston Breakers in the WUSA for two seasons, and was a National Staff Coach at U.S. Soccer for eight years from 1992 to 2000. In addition to serving as an assistant coach with the U.S. Women's National Team from 1997 to 1999, Hoffman also has Olympic experience having worked with the 2000 Men's Olympic Team and leading the U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team at the 1999 Pan American Games.
“Preparing the team for Paralympic qualification and competition will be our most important challenge,” Hoffman said. “I’m looking forward to the continued development of this program and helping to expand the player pool.”
Hoffman is the most recent addition to the cadre of elite-level coaches being hired by U.S. Paralympics to prepare its athletes for Paralympic competition. The U.S. Paralympics cycling team is overseen by Carmichael Training Systems, the same coaching team that works with Lance Armstrong, while the swimming team is directed by Mike Troy, former national team coach for USA Swimming and coach of three Olympic gold medalists.
With U.S. Paralympics, Hoffman’s responsibilities will include recruitment of new players and preparation of the U.S. Paralympics national team for the Paralympic Soccer World Championship this October in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The team will then focus on final preparations for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece from Sept. 17-28, 2004.
Paralympic soccer uses FIFA seven-a-side rules and is played by athletes who have either cerebral palsy or a traumatic brain injury or else have survived a stroke. National team members are selected throughout the year at recruitment and training camps held throughout the country. U.S. Paralympics is a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee and is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of all persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics Web site at www.usparalympics.org.