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More than 350 applicants vied for a position as the next great soccer coach, submitting their credentials for the NSCAA 30 Under 30 program. The Association announced today the 15 men and 15 women who will participate in inaugural edition of the program.

Launched earlier this summer, 30 Under 30 is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. This program was created to support fledgling coaches and foster their growth at a crucial point in their vocation.

The NSCAA would like to congratulate the participants on their selection into the program and thank everyone who applied! Visit the 30 Under 30 program homepage for more information.

Male Participants  |   Female Participants

Female Participants

Casey Brown

 

  • Organization: Boston University Women's Soccer
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing Background: Represented Massachusetts in the ODP program for five years. Played collegiately for Boston University, leading her team to four NCAA tournaments and three conference championships. Played in the WPS for the Boston Breakers.
  • Quote: "I am constantly trying to soak up as much information as possible and simply learn. Learn from everyday experiences. Learn from players. Learn from colleagues and mentors.
  • [+] More about Casey

Jamie Meshew

 

  • Organization: Southwestern University
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing Background: Played soccer since age 5. Played Select Youth Club Soccer, High School soccer, and was part of the Olympic Development Program. Played one season for the varsity women's team at Vanderbilt University and three more for the Vanderbilt University club team. Participated in the United World Games.
  • Quote: "For as long as I can remember I have had one true love in my life, and that has always been soccer."
  • [+] More about Jamie

Christina Estrada

 

  • Organization: DePaul University
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing Background: Played youth soccer for the Cal-North State Team from age 14-18, Region IV team from 14-18, McDonald's All-America Team 2004, U14-U17 National Team. Played collegiately at Santa Clara University.
  • Quote: "Coaching women's soccer is my career of choice without hesitation."
  • [+] More about Christina

Samantha Larson

 

  • Organization: Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing Background: Played high school soccer at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, California. Club soccer for South San Jose, Santa Clara Sporting, and USA Seventeen Soccer Academy. Played collegiately for Laramie County Community College, where she earned the NSCAA/Adidas All America Award, and later at American International College. Also spent time with WPSL team New England Mutiny.  
  • Quote: "We all know there is not one way to coach soccer; the more ideas and discussions one can participate in can further broaden your horizon as well as knowledge base... I never want to stop learning about the game."
  • [+] More about Samantha

Angela Snider

 

  • Organization: Chicago Fire Juniors South
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing Background: Played collegiately at Parkland College, captaining the team for two years. Also played for the Chicago Magic and U.S.S.A.
  • Quote: "What I love most about the culture of coaching education is that is very much a tightly knit community, despite being made up of so many individuals."
  • [+] More about Angela

Tiffany Hansen

 

  • Organization: University of Dayton
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundBeen playing since age 7. ODP throughout Middle School and High School. Goalkeeper for the University of Louisville and Bowling Green University.
  • Quote: "I learned some very invaluable life lessons and 'big picture' concepts through playing [soccer]..."
  • [+] More about Tiffany

Debs Brereton

 

  • Organization: East Tennessee State University
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed collegiately at Middle Tennessee State University, where she was named the Sun Belt Conference 'Player of the Year' in 2004. Played in the W-League and WPSL with the San Diego Sunwaves, Nashville Lady Blues, Hampton Road Piranhas, and Fort Wayne Fever.
  • Quote: "I am confident that this program [will] challenge me to become a stronger female coach, equipped with the knowledge and tools to encourage and support other females to continue making an impact from the youth to collegiate level."
  • [+] More about Debs

Jessica Smith

 

  • Organization: University of Kansas Athletics
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed soccer since age 7. Named an NSCAA High School All American in 2002 and played collegiately for the University of Kansas, leading them to the 'Sweet Sixteen' in 2003 and a 2004 Big 12 Championship. 
  • Quote: "I believe my path in life was meant to help teach the game, but also the tremendous life lessons the game offers."
  • [+] More about Jessica

Amanda Paschall

 

  • Organization: Millsaps College
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed club and school soccer growing up. Played collegiately for four years at Millsaps College.
  • Quote: "No matter your profession a person should always strive to be the best at their job."
  • [+] More about Amanda

Laura Corrado

 

  • Organization: Evergreen Valley College
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed four years of varsity high school soccer, earning first team all-league honors. Played two years at Evergreen Community College, leading the State of California in goals scored during her sophomore season. Finished her collegiate career at the Division-I level with San Jose State University.
  • Quote: "I am motivated to bring my knowledge of the game to the next level and share my understanding of the game..."
  • [+] More about Laura

Mayra Luis Juan

 

  • Organization: North Hollywood High School & Monarch Day Camp
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed high school soccer for North Hollywood High. Played for one semester at Los Angeles Valley College and three more for the California State University Northridge Women's Club Soccer Team. Also spent time with the WLA Alliance Women's Soccer Club.
  • Quote: "There are many good coaches out there, but I want to go beyond and be a great coach."
  • [+] More about Mayra

Carly Gettler

 

  • Organization: Husson University
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed club and high school soccer growing up. Played collegiately at the University of Richmond.
  • Quote: "I have found the career that I am passionate about and have devoted myself to learning as much as possible to better myself..."
  • [+] More about Carly

Carrie Hill

 

  • Organization: East Hamilton High School & Chattanooga Futbol Club
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed club soccer in Chattanooga throughout school. Played two years of collegiate soccer at East Tennessee State University before transferring to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
  • Quote: "There is no point in learning and growing in the game and not sharing with others the resources that helped facilitate that change."
  • [+] More about Carrie

Carolyn Warhaftig

 

  • Organization: Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association
  • Coaching Role: Director of Coaching
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed collegiate soccer at Colgate University where she was a three-time First Team All-Patriot League Player. After Colgate, she played professionally for Fjolnir FC in Reykjavik, Iceland. 
  • Quote: "Soccer consumes my life – and I wouldn't have it any other way."
  • [+] More about Carolyn

Aline Reis

 

  • Organization: UCLA
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed four years as the starting goalkeeper for the University of Central Florida. Played professionaly in Finland with Seinajoen Mimmiliiga. Member of the full Brazilian National Team player pool.
  • Quote: "Coaching is the perfect avenue to influence the lives of many young people in the same way other coaches have done for me. I’m so thankful for what soccer has brought to my life and for how much my coaches have helped me become a better person and my intention is to keep paying it forward."
  • [+] More about Aline

 

 

Male Participants  

Troy Lesesne

 

  • Organization: College of Charleston Men's Soccer
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed collegiate soccer at the College of Charleston from 2001-2004 and with the Charleston Battery from 2005-2006.
  • Quote: "Being a part of this program would be humbling and I would maximize the opportunity at every turn."
  • [+] More about Troy

Nic Rossi

 

  • Organization: Binghamton University
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundNic played in college and in USL D2. 
  • Quote: "Coaching is about sharing and teaching the game. It's about finding moments to educate players and help give them all the tools needed to succeed."
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Trevor Singer

 

  • Organization: George Mason University
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed at Rider University for two years, where he was an All-Conference selection. Finished his collegiate career at UMass, where he led his team to the A10 Conference Championship and to the national semifinals of the College Cup.
  • Quote: "I had some great mentors that helped guide and direct me to become a college coach. I know how hard it can be and I'd like to help future aspiring coaches in their path to getting where they want in the coaching profession."
  • [+] More about Trevor

Logan Hoffman

 

  • Organization: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed goalkeeper for Drury University, Colorado Sporting Soccer Club and Real Colorado of the USASA, as well as Springfield Demize of the USL.
  • Quote: "I crave new knowledge about the game, so I am always asking questions, trying new things, and looking for new opportunities."
  • [+] More about Logan

Brandon Bianco

 

  • Organization: Case Western Reserve University
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed collegiate soccer at Ohio Wesleyan University, reaching the NCAA tournament three years and making it to the Final Four in 2006. 
  • Quote: "I am always looking to grow and the NSCAA 30 Under 30 [will] allow me to do just that."
  • [+] More about Brandon

Andrew Richardson

 

  • Organization: Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed club soccer growing up, high school soccer at Brookland-Cayce High School and collegiate soccer at the University of South Carolina-Sumter.
  • Quote: "As a player, I was always blessed enough to work with and play for coaches who shared their passion for the game with me... Without them, I wouldn't have grown to be the man I am, much less the player or coach, so each day I work to provide that same impact to players I interact with."
  • [+] More about Andrew

Wesley Lomnicki

 

  • Organization: Elmhurst College Men's Soccer & Oak Brook Soccer Club 
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach / Technical Director
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed four years at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, reaching the NCAA tournament every year. Also played for National Champion Club team Sockers FC Chicago from 2001-2003. 
  • Quote: "My ultimate goal as a college coach is to develop successful individuals both on and off the field, and I feel that if I can relay my passion for learning and success on to my players, then ultimately, it may aid them in their quest to be successful in whatever their career choice may be."
  • [+] More about Wesley

Chris Cahill

 

  • Organization: Middle Tennessee State University 
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundGrew up in Atlanta playing for Concorde Fire and went on to play collegiately at Georgia Southern University.
  • Quote: "I am a firm believer that a game in which has given me so many different avenues to walk down, I now owe it to the game and American soccer to help it improve and leave it better than when I played."
  • [+] More about Chris

Jamie Hutchison

 

  • Organization: Otero Junior College
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed semi-professional soccer in the United Kingdom before playing NAIA collegiate soccer at Southwestern Christian University. 
  • Quote: "I have been fortunate enough to play with athletes from many cultures and backgrounds, and this has provided me with a very unique understanding of the beautiful game, something that I now pass on to my players through coaching."
  • [+] More about Jamie

Rahim Mohamed

 

  • Organization: University at Buffalo Men's Soccer
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed in the Men's Premier Soccer League in Ontario, in addition to Premier Club Soccer in Vancouver, BC and Rosslyn Academy Varsity High School in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Quote: "I believe this program will act as a platform to connect with other young motivated coaches who share similar passion for the game as well as the desire to further their coaching education."
  • [+] More about Rahim

Brian Barnett

 

  • Organization: Bradley University
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed at Peoria Notre Dame High School, winning the 2004 IHSA State Championship. Played collegiate soccer at Aurora University.
  • Quote: "Essentially it is my belief that a soccer coach must recognize that his/her impact is greater than the lessons of the training ground and that each coach accepts his/her responsibility to positively affect the overall character development of young people."
  • [+] More about Brian

Sammy Boateng

 

  • Organization: West Virginia Soccer Club
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed club soccer for Blast F.C. in Columbus from U9-U19. Played collegiate soccer at Marshall University for four years.
  • Quote: "Being a part of this program will help me become a better coach so that I can be a better mentor and teacher to my players. I’ve realized that coaches are not just there for the sport. We are mentors, life coaches, and advisers to these players."
  • [+] More about Sammy

Simeon Steward

 

  • Organization: Palm Beach Soccer Academy
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundBegan playing AYSO at a young age and played club soccer for Mission Viejo Pateadores. Spent time at Saint Louis University but, ultimately, transferred to play for Ken Lolla at the University of Louisville.
  • Quote: "Since I was first introduced to soccer it has played a dominant role in my life. It would be impossible to determine the numerous friends, experiences and life lessons the sport has given me."
  • [+] More about Simeon *(not current position)

Alex Dixon

 

  • Organization: Seattle United
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed for the Dallas Texans and Dallas Inter, in addition to playing four years at University of the Incarnate Word.
  • Quote: "Coaching is not about what you know, it's what you can get your players to understand."
  • [+] More about Alex

Brad Binns

 

  • Organization: Hutchison High School
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed club soccer for Azzurri Soccer Club, high school soccer for Hutchinson High School, where he led his team to a state championship game. 
  • Quote: "The game of soccer addresses so many respected morals and values, while offering skills which [we] rely on when progressing through various life-stages."
  • [+] More about Brad

 

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