U.S. Soccer Hires First Two Women's National Staff Coaches as Dave Simeone and Jeff Pill Help Launch Project Gold
The women's National Staff Coach is one of the key components of Project Gold. The role of these individuals is three-fold: 1) to help develop players, 2) to create a scouting network to find the best youth players in and outside of the Olympic Development Program and 3) assist in coaching education.
In the first year of the Project Gold, four National Competitive Staff Coaches are slated to be hired, one for each region. Simeone and Pill represent Regions 3 and 1, respectively. In years two and three, four more coaches are to be hired. Over the next three years, up to 24 National Competitive Coaches may be hired with the purpose of assisting in the development of the women's game in the United States. The coaches will also be called upon to work with the U-18, U-16 and U-14 women's and girls national team programs.
"Having quality coaches like Jeff and Dave is a tremendous asset to launch us in our quest to remain the best," said former U.S. Head Coach Tony DiCicco, who authored Project Gold along with his assistant coaches.
Simeone comes to U.S. Soccer from his position as Director of Coaching and Player Development for the North Texas Youth Soccer Association. Simeone graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in education and received his Masters degree in physical education from Midwestern State University. He is a U.S. Soccer "A" licensed coach and has served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Under-18 and Under-21 Women's National Teams. He is currently the interim U-18 Women's National Team coach. Someone has also coached girls in the Olympic Development Program on the state and regional level, coached women's state and regional teams and ran both the men's and women's programs at Huntington College in Alabama for two seasons.
Pill comes to U.S. Soccer from his position as Director of Coaching and Player Development with the New Hampshire Soccer Association. He is also the former Under-14 Girl's National Coaching Coordinator for Region I. Pill has coached girls on the numerous age levels for the New Hampshire ODP teams and at the club level. He was also an assistant men's coach for the 1989 New Hampshire Division II national championship team. Pill was the head coach at Derryfield School boys in Manchester, NH, from 1985-93 and won seven state titles. Pill is a U.S. Soccer "A" licensed coach.