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Winners of Fall 2004 April Heinrichs/Nike Coaching Education Scholarships Announced

Women’s National Team Head Coach and Nike Announce Winners of $1,000 Scholarship

CHICAGO (September 30, 2004) – U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach April Heinrichs and Nike have announced the five recipients of the $1,000 semi annual April Heinrichs/Nike Coaching Education Scholarships. Winners are chosen from a wide range of outstanding candidates from across the country from every level of the sport, from youth clubs to Division I NCAA teams.

Scholarship winners for Fall 2004 are Kim Wyant (NY), Jammi McClead (Utah), Bernard Ryce (Ga.), Brock Thompson (ND) and Daniella Fagan (Penn.). Each coach will receive $1,000 to attend a U.S. Soccer National Coaching School for National A, B and C Licenses.

“It is exciting to see the number of coaches dedicated to their own education and the development of their players,” said Heinrichs, who coached the U.S. Women to a Gold Medal this summer at the Olympics. “The number of quality applications received for this wonderful coaching opportunity continues to impress and challenge the award selection committee. The growth and development of young female athletes depends on proper coaching at all levels and this award demonstrates how dedicated Nike and U.S. Soccer are to that process.”

To be eligible, candidates must coach a women’s and/or girls’ team at the recreational, club, high school, Olympic Development Program (district, state or regions) or college level. All NAIA, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III Head and Assistant Coaches and NCAA Division I Assistant Coaches are eligible. NCAA Division I Head Coaches are not eligible for the scholarship.

April Heinrichs/Nike Coaching Education Scholarships were created in 2000 to honor coaches who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their soccer community. Five scholarships are offered in the Spring and Fall of each year.

Spring scholarships will be awarded on April 15, 2005. The deadline for submitting applications is April 1, 2005. Scholarship hopefuls need to apply only once, as all applications are held for the next award selections. Only those applicants who wish to update their information need to reapply. Awards are restricted to candidates applying for A, B and C USSF coaching licenses.

Information on how to apply will be available on closer to the deadline date. For more information contact the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department at or by calling 312-528-1218.

This year’s winners:
Danielle Fagan (St. Davids, Pennsylvania)

Fagan has coached the U-8 through U-15 girls at Lower Merion Soccer Club for seven years, winning three league championships and earned a national ranking in 2003. As coach of Villanova University’s women’s program from 1993-1995, she led the team to a No. 16 ranking in the country.

Jammi McClead (Logan, Utah)
McClead is currently Director of Coaching for the U-15 girls’ state-level club, Extreme FC. She puts on camps and clinics with college coaches and organizes club training sessions. McClead also assisted with coach and player development in several Tennessee AYSO U-8 through U-12 programs while playing at a local college.

Bernard Ryce (Jonesboro, Georgia)
Ryce is co-founder of COSMOS United Futbol Club, which uses soccer as a means to improve the leaderships skills, self-esteem and empowerment of girls in urban communities in Clayton County.  Ryce is Vice-President elect of the Clayton Soccer Association, Assistant Coach at Mount Zion Christian Academy High school and Head Coach of Georgia Futbol Club U-15 Girls’ select team.

Brock Thompson (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Thompson coaches at the University of Mary (NAIA), Century High School and the Capital City Soccer Club. He was named NAIA Region 3 Coach of the Year twice with the University of Mary, leading the team to two national tournament appearances. Thompson coached Century High School to three State Championships and Capital City Soccer Club to two State Cup titles.

Kim Wyant (East Meadow, New York)
Wyant earned nine caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team as a goalkeeper from 1986-1993. She is currently a U-15 girls’ coach and coaches the Long Island Lady Riders of United Soccer Leagues’ W-League, who were Conference finalists in 2001. Wyant also coached Florida Atlantic University during the soccer program’s transition from Division II to Division I, started the Women’s Soccer program at Dowling College, and as served as goalkeeper coach at Stony Brook University for a year.