CHICAGO (Aug. 25, 2017) - As part of its ongoing effort to develop world class players, coaches, and referees, U.S. Soccer has added Marguerite Ferrell, Vicki Linton and Megan McCormick to complete the first team of Technical Advisors for the U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy.
The first group of TA’s were appointed in May and former U.S. WNT midfielder Jen Lalor was added in June. The nine TA’s have been assigned to geographical regions around the country and will support the clubs in their assigned markets by providing consistent, meaningful feedback while helping identify players who deserve consideration for inclusion in U.S. Soccer Training Centers and the Youth National Teams.
Girls’ Development Academy Technical Advisors:
Morgan Church (Southeast Division)
Katie Cole (Frontier Division)
Diane Drake (Atlantic Division)
Marieke Laurens-van Tienhoven (Southwest Division)
Zahra Lechak (Northwest Division)
Jen Lalor (Southwest Division)
Megan McCormick – (Northwest Division)
Marguerite Ferrell – (Northeast Division)
Vicki Linton – (Mid-America Division)
“With the hiring of the final three Girls’ Development Academy Technical Advisors, the team has been completed to assure that support can be provided to all Academy clubs across the nation,” U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy Director Miriam Hickey said. “We are fortunate to have assembled a dedicated team with soccer expertise who will assist the leadership of the 69 Girls’ Academy clubs in establishing better environments for player development. With the kick-off of the Girls’ Development Academy just days away, these TA’s have hit the ground running, assembling their scouting network, planning U.S. Soccer Training Centers for identification of players with the most potential, and are already observing Academy training sessions and games.”
“We are excited to welcome three additional Technical Advisors to complete our team of passionate and committed staff,” U.S. Soccer Development Academy Director Jared Micklos said. “These hires add experience working at the highest levels of the game domestically and internationally, and will provide meaningful insight and support to Academy clubs as we strive to develop world class players.”
Marguerite Ferrell joins U.S. Soccer after most recently serving as Senior Manager of Coach Recruitment and Education at New York Red Bulls, where she managed 171 part-time coaches. Before Red Bulls, Ferrell worked as an assistant Women’s Soccer coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Seton Hall University. After completing her All-Conference career at FDU, Ferrell went on to play semi-professional women’s soccer for the New Jersey Wildcats of the USL W-League. Ferrell holds a United States Soccer Federation A License and Instructors License.
“It's an exciting time for the Women's game with the launch of the Girls’ Development Academy,” Ferrell said. “U.S. Soccer has set a clear vision to impact everyday club environments to develop world class players. I look forward to my involvement with the Northeast Region and the opportunity to work with outstanding coaches and players to achieve this goal.”
Megan McCormick comes to U.S. Soccer after serving as the head coach for DePauw University Women’s Soccer. Since 2015, McCormick has worked as a U.S. Soccer Training Center staff coach and as a coaching education instructor for the Indiana Soccer State Association. McCormick’s semi-professional career included a stint at Indiana United of the WPSL from 2009-2012.
“It's an absolute honor to work for U.S. Soccer and have the opportunity to be involved from the start of the Girls’ Academy,” McCormick said. “I'm incredibly excited about the work ahead and the chance to work with so many passionately invested coaches and players.”
Relocating from Pennant Hills, Australia, Vicki Linton brings a diverse background with significant international experience. Most recently, as an assistant with the Australia Women’s National Team. Linton helped lead the Matilda’s to quarterfinal appearances at the 2016 Olympic Games and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Before assisting the senior Women’s National Team, Linton took on head and assistant coaching positions with Australia’s U-17 and U-20 Women’s National Teams. Since 2009, Linton also worked as a FIFA Women’s Football Instructor, conducting numerous FIFA Women’s Football Development Courses in Asia and Oceania Federation countries.
“I am excited to be part of the Girls' Development Academy Program as it commences,” Linton said. “I am looking forward to working with the DA Club directors and coaches and sharing my experience of the international game to help create the best possible training environments that will develop players to be the best they can be.”
About the Academy
Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on standards of increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition. The Academy has recently expanded programming to include the Girls' Development Academy that will begin in Fall 2017. The Academy has 197 total clubs, comprised of teams across six age groups in the Boys’ program: U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19 and four age groups in the Girls’ program: U-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19.