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George Perry

Coaching Position:

Commissioner, Indiana Soccer League

Interview

How did you first become involved with the NSCAA?
Attended first convention in 1982 as an assistant at Indiana. Jim Lennox asked me to be on staff in 1984.

Why do you continue to stay involved with the NSCAA?
The friendships, the tremendous learning opportunity and the opportunity to offer something back to the game.

Why do you like teaching NSCAA courses?
I continually learn something new at every course I teach. It is a great sharing opportunity.

What is your favorite NSCAA course to teach and why?
No favorite, any opportunity to help grow the game is fantastic.

What is the best thing about the NSCAA Academy?
The support, the honesty, the continuing challenge to be better and the staff are some of the best friends I have.

Who is your all-time favorite player?
College - Armando Betancourt (IU and Honduras), Pro - Carlos Alberto (Brazil) Both are extremely poised and make the most difficult seem so easy.

Who are/were your mentors in soccer?
Ihor Kutynsky (high school and club coach) and Jerry Yeagley (college coach).

Who are your mentors in the coaching profession?
Ihor, Jerry, Jim Lennox, Mike Berticelli, Peter Gooding, Mike Parsons, Jeff Tipping, Barry Gorman, Schellas Hyndman and most of our Academy Staff. Most important is my wife, Ellen - how to work with children.

What advice would you give to young coaches?
Watch, observe how the best coaches interact with players and fellow coaches. It's not always what they do but how they do it.

What is your favorite book and why?
Not enough of a reader (at least not yet), but it's one of my goals!

What is your favorite movie and why?
Blazing Saddles - I love the humor and the delivery. Any movie with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly - the dancing.

What is the last book you read?
Just re-read Bill Beswick's Focused for Soccer

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
I'm having enough of a challenge being me each day!

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