Sammy Boateng named Next Generation Coach contest winner
Sammy Boateng of Huntington, W.V. has been selected as the Next Generation Coach contest winner, garnering free entry into the program hosted in conjunction with the 2013 NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis.
Runnners up in the contest were Miranda Durr of St. Joseph, Mo. and Richard Alberto of Clark, N.J.
The Next Generation Coach program is specifically designed to equip budding coaches with the information needed to start their careers. The seminar will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, and will allow attendees to receive information specific to them and also attend the sessions taking place at the NSCAA Convention.
The contest ran from October 28 through November 26 and asked participants to answer one of the following questions:
- Why do you coach?
- Who inspired you to enter the coaching profession?
- What is it about soccer drives you to stay involved with the sport?
Boateng, head boys coach at Huntington High School and assistant for the WVSC Rowdies U-18 girls' team, answered: "What is it about soccer drive you to stay involved with the sport?"
I was born in Accra, Ghana in Africa. As a boy, most kids’ future plans were already decided. People would open up their own business or go to school and try and become a doctor. Luckily, my mom, sister, and I got the opportunity to come to America and start a new life. I started playing soccer in Columbus for Blast F.C. and it showed me a whole new light. The club had great coaches from all over the world and from different levels that thought me many things about the game of soccer, but most importantly a great deal about life. As I learned about playing different formations and shooting; I also learned about winning and losing both on and off the field. I learned about how it’s not just about winning and losing, but about the journey and how I grown from it. Lessons like this are a few things a try and pass on, whether I’m coaching my boys and girls' high school team or my girls' club team. I have come from a difficult background, but I want to keep growing through the game of soccer. Soccer made a difference in my life by helping me grow from middle school to high school to helping pay for my education in college, and coaching is a perfect way for me to help other kids. This is what drives me to stay involved in coaching soccer.
Boateng and other Next Generation Coach attendees will receive a Special Topics diploma, an NSCAA introductory membership, a professional coaching resume, an attendee t-shirt and an unprecedented network of new and seasoned coaches.
Convention clinicians and NSCAA Academy Staff members Gary Cook (Wilbraham & Monson Academy) and Deb Raber (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) have developed the lesson plan to include career advice, coaching techniques, resume building and other aspects of coaching. Additionally, the information has been developed for high school upperclassmen, college students and new coaches, regardless of the level the he or she wants to coach in the future.
Registration for the Next Generation Coach seminar is open and available online. The early registration deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec. 7 and $79. After the deadline, the price goes up to $99.