Meet the Staff: Bloomsburg University, National, Advanced National and Premier Diplomas!
Each summer the NSCAA features 6-8 college campuses where we offer the residential National, Advanced National and Premier Diploma courses of our Coaching Academy. We have already previewed courses at Methodist University, Regis University and Curry College. This week we are focusing on our largest Coaching Academy venue of the summer. The National, Advanced National and Premier Diploma courses will be held the week of July 9-15 at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa. Traditionally, more than 200 candidates show up on the scenic “Mount Olympus” portion of the Bloomsburg campus, ready to immerse themselves in a week of coaching education.
Bloomsburg University is not only a beautiful campus with excellent facilities; everything is centrally located so course candidates can stay on one part of campus for the week. Those features combined with excellent meals, individual sleeping rooms in townhouse residences and temperatures ranging from lows in the 60s to highs in the mid-80s provide for an exceptional environment for learning.
Each of the courses we offer is staffed by NSCAA National Staff Coaches who are superlative coaching educators. The course Directors this summer at Bloomsburg University are Peter Gooding, Jim Lennox and David Saward. Peter will be directing the National Diploma while Jim will serve as the Director for the Advanced National Diploma and David will serve as the Director for the Premier Diploma. Joining Peter as staff coaches for the National Diploma will be Chico Borja, Richard Butler, Roy Dunshee, Mike Seigfried, Theresa Echtermeyer and George Crampton. Jim will be joined by George Perry, Barry Gorman, Lang Wedemeyer and Gary Book for the Advanced National Diploma. For the Premier Diploma, David will have a staff that includes Dave Gregson, Paul Marco, Mike Noonan and Bob Gansler. Paul Payne, our host at Bloomsburg, will be spending time in each of the courses throughout the week. Each of these coaches earned their spots on our National Staff by virtue of their outstanding ability to help other coaches become more capable teachers of the game and they all have built their own coaching careers in addition to serving as NSCAA National Staff coaches.
Peter Gooding, a successful coach at Amherst College for more than 30 years, was a founder and principal architect of our Coaching Academy and served a term as Director of Coaching Education. He is an NSCAA Past President, Honor Award winner, Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education award winner and currently serves as the Chair of the NSCAA Education Committee.
With more than 14 years of service on the NSCAA Coaching Academy Staff, Chico Borja brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the coaching academy. Chico is currently a coach with Coral Springs United in Coral Springs, FL. Before coaching, Chico spent time in the North American Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League and the American Soccer League. He also earned eleven caps with the U.S. National Team and had a stint on the fabled New York Cosmos roster.
Richard Butler, Director of the US Development Academy at the Charlotte Soccer Club, has been on the NSCAA Coaching Academy Staff for several years now. Prior to his current position, Richard was the Director of Coaching for the Williamsburg Soccer Club, during which time he also played a major role in the creation of the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.
Recently named the new Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Washington College, Roy Dunshee has a very diverse background in soccer. He has spent time as a successful high school coach, serves the NSCAA as the State Director for Maryland and Delaware and has spent 16 years operating a soccer skills teaching company.
Mike Seigfried, longtime boys’ soccer coach at Elco High School in Pa., has been a very successful coach. In 26 seasons at the school, Mike has compiled a record of 412-192-34, which includes three state championships in addition to various district and league titles. Mike has served the NSCAA as a State Director in Pennsylvania for several years. He has scheduled and taught numerous courses for the NSCAA in this position, including previously teaching the National Diploma course.
Theresa Echtermeyer brings a wealth of experience to this course through her experience in different levels of coaching. Theresa is currently both the Boys’ and Girls’ Head Soccer Coach at Mt. Vista High School and the Director of Coaching for Highlands Ranch Soccer Association and Colorado United Soccer Club.
George Crampton, another NSCAA State Director in Pennsylvania, has had a very successful coaching career at DeSales University. His teams have won Conference Championships and appeared in the NCAA tournament four times. Furthermore, George has been named Freedom Conference Coach of the Year three times.
One of the NSCAA’s three Directors of Coaching Emeritus, Jim Lennox has a long history with the NSCAA Coaching Academy, including serving as its founding Director. A coach for more than 35 years, Jim has spent time at both the college and youth levels. He was the Men’s Head Coach at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY for 26 years where he compiled a 318-163-43 record, which included the 1977 NCAA National Championship and the only undefeated season in Hartwick soccer history. In addition to his time spent at Connecticut Junior Soccer Association, Jim has also been a Staff Coach for US Soccer and a past chairman of the coaching committee for US Youth Soccer.
George Perry currently serves on the NSCAA Executive Committee as the Vice President for Education. George will assume the role of NSCAA President in January 2014. When not dealing with NSCAA “stuff”, George is the Head Men’s Coach at Monmouth College in Illinois.
A Past President of the NSCAA, Barry Gorman brings a wealth of experience to the NSCAA Coaching Academy. Barry served as Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Penn State University for 22 years before resigning to become the Technical Director for FC Dallas. Barry’s Penn State teams won three Big Ten titles and made 13 NCAA national tournament appearances. When asked what he thought was the best thing about the NSCAA Coaching Academy, Barry noted the interaction of coaches at all levels of the game and the good people who cared about the development of the game.
Lang Wedemeyer was named the first, and has been the only, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at South Dakota State University. In 10 years, he has taken the program from ground level all the way to an NCAA Division I tournament appearance. Lang currently serves the NSCAA as State Director for both North and South Dakota and has both the NSCAA Premier Diploma and the USSF ‘A’ License.
Gary Book has been involved with college soccer for more than 20 years as an assistant coach with Hofstra and St. John’s universities. He serves as the top assistant at Hofstra where the team most recently, in 2010, advanced to the CAA championship game. Gary was an assistant at St. John’s when the 1996 squad captured the first National Championship in school history. Gary also owns a player development and soccer skills teaching company.
A successful college coach with 27 years and more than 300 wins under his belt, David Saward, is deeply rooted in soccer. The Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Middlebury College, David has led his teams to 23 post-season appearances including nine overall NCAA Tournament appearances and a National Championship. David is the Director of Coaching for the state of Vermont and the chair of the NCAA tournament committee for New England. In addition to being an NSCAA instructor, David is also a certified soccer coach of the British and Canadian Soccer Associations.
Dave Gregson, Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Embry-Riddle University, has served in that capacity for the last 18 years (and won 234 games!). Throughout his years on the NSCAA Coaching Academy Staff, Dave served as the Region 5 Director and has taught numerous non-residential diploma and residential diploma courses.
Paul Marco, Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Binghamton University, serves the NSCAA in many capacities. Paul is a member of the NSCAA Senior Coaching Academy staff, has presented many times at the NSCAA Convention and is the Chair of the Education Committee’s International Sub-Committee. Paul’s Bearcats have won two America East Conference titles, two America East regular season titles and hold a conference record six consecutive appearances in the America East championship game.
The current Head Men’s Coach at Clemson University, Mike Noonan is a longtime member of the NSCAA Coaching Staff. Mike’s history as both a player and coach make him a valuable member of our staff. As a player, Mike played at Middlebury College before joining the Louisville Thunder of the American Indoor Soccer Association. He finished his playing career with the Fort Wayne Flames before becoming the Head Coach at Wheaton College in 1989. Before arriving at Clemson in 2010, Mike spent time coaching at the University of New Hampshire and at Brown University, where he guided the Brown Bears to ten NCAA national tournament appearances in fifteen seasons.
Bob Gansler became a member of the NSCAA Hall of Fame in January 2011, in addition to his many other honors. Currently a retired coach, Bob has served as the Head Coach of the US Men’s National Team and the Kansas City Wizards and Toronto FC, both MLS teams, and he led the Wizards to the MLS title in 2000. Bob is widely regarded as one of the finest clinicians in the history of American soccer, and his wisdom and insight have been deeply appreciated by scores of participants in our Coaching Academy.
Last, but certainly not least, Paul Payne, the Immediate Past President of the NSCAA, is also slated to instruct at Bloomsburg University this summer. Paul is the Head Men’s Coach at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. He has spent the last 5 ½ years serving on the NSCAA Executive Committee.
As is always the case at our Coaching Academy, the NSCAA National Staff Coaches listed here are scheduled to teach at this venue. This list is subject to change. The course Director will assign, on site and at random, all course registrants to a squad to be led and evaluated by one of the Staff Coaches listed here.
We are excited to get our summer courses under way. If the Bloomsburg University dates or location don’t work for you, please visit our course information page for a full list of coaching course opportunities.
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