U.S. Soccer conducted an “A” Renewal coaching course from April 2-6 in partnership with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer. U.S. Soccer will host similar “A” Renewal courses this summer in collaboration with F.C. Dallas and the NWSL’s Boston Breakers.
CHICAGO (April 17, 2014) – U.S. Soccer recently concluded a renewal coaching course for current “A” licensed coaches in Portland, Ore. Held in conjunction with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, the course offered coaches an exclusive inside look at the club’s organization from the first team all the way down to the youth level. The course aimed to provide coaches with perspective on how a professional club is run and how they create a unique culture from the top down.
“The coaches got to see the Timbers’ identity from both a macro and a micro perspective. They were informed about the club philosophy and got to see how that was implemented through strategic planning, club communication channels and organizational structure, as well as the vertically integrated Club Performance Plan,” said the Timbers’ Youth Sporting Director Mike Smith.
The Timbers provided course participants with access to staff members of all levels within the club to give coaches a strong overview of the culture within the entire organization. The course kicked off with a presentation by Timbers’ General Manager Gavin Wilkinson. It continued with talks by head coach Caleb Porter, first team assistant coach Sean McAuley as well as Youth Sport Director Mike Smith. Candidates were able to attend several Academy practice sessions and had the chance to observe the first team train. The course peaked when participants attended the Timbers’ thrilling match against Seattle Sounders FC on April 5 and observed four goals per side.
“The Timbers and their staff were outstanding in every aspect, making this renewal a great success. They granted us full access to training sessions, practice and training facilities and their staff, who was very professional and accommodating to our educational needs,” said National Staff Instructor Jay Hoffman.
“The Timbers aim to be leaders and pioneers in the development of soccer across the territory. The Timbers believe that coaching education is a key pillar of that development and have partnered with Oregon Youth Soccer to promote those aims. Having hosted National ‘C’ Licenses in the past, we want to support higher and continuing education in our community and across the region,” said Smith.
U.S. Soccer held a similarly structured renewal course in conjunction with the New England Revolution in September, 2013. Following the successful events in Portland and Foxborough, U.S. Soccer will host additional “A” Renewal courses in this format in August and September to offer coaches a look at two new professional clubs. From Aug. 1-5, U.S. Soccer will host a renewal with the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League. Targeted at coaches of female players, course participants will have an inside look at a professional club on the women’s side. The following month “A” licensed coaches can attend a similar renewal in collaboration with F.C. Dallas from Sept. 21-25. Registration for these two courses will open on ussoccer.com on Thursday, April 24.
“These types of partnerships for renewal courses offer unique benefits for U.S. Soccer, the candidates and the club. The candidate gets an in depth look into a professional club that otherwise might not be open to them. They are exposed to a professional club structure, which as a technical leader they can take back to their respective environments. The club also builds its culture and fan base, and for U.S. Soccer, the game continues to improve,” said Hoffman.