Minnesota to Host Goalkeeper Courses, March through June
Minnesota is fast becoming a soccer Mecca. It is home to the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Academy located in Faribault. The National Sports Center in Blaine remains one of the nation’s best soccer facilities and is home to Major League Soccer’s National Sales Training Center.
The Minnesota Thunder, under the direction of Buzz and Manny Lagos, has long been one of the nation’s most successful professional soccer franchises. And, the NSCAA’s Director of Coaching Education, Ian Barker, spent the majority of his career in Minnesota as the head coach of Macalester College in St. Paul as well as the Director of Coaching for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association.
Minnesota will also be the place to be from March through June if you are interested in getting your NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1, 2 and 3, and Advanced National Goalkeeping diplomas.
“The climate and setting in Minnesota can be ideal during that time of the year,” said John Curtis, the Director of Coaching for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association. As an active NSCAA staff coach, Curtis will serve as the liaison to the NSCAA for all of the Minnesota courses. “The venues we have picked out for all of the courses are first-class and the staff we have assembled for all of the diplomas, including the Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma, is top notch.”
Here’s a snapshot of the NSCAA goalkeeper coaching courses coming to the North Star State:
|March 8-9||Goalkeeping Level 1||Eden Prairie HS||Eden Prairie, Minn.||Register|
|March 8-10||Goalkeeping Level 2||Eden Prairie HS||Eden Prairie, Minn.||Register|
|April 19-21||Goalkeeping Level 3||Woodbury HS||Woodbury, Minn.||Register|
|June 3-9||Advanced National Goalkeeping||Macalester College||St. Paul||Register|
Note: The Level 1 and 2 courses can be combined; however, coaches will need to attend the first day of Level 2. In order to enroll in Level 2, you must have also completed or be enrolled in Level 1.
“Eden Prairie High School is located about 15 minutes west from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and Woodbury High School is about the same time east from the airport,” Curtis said. “Both of the high schools are highly regarded with amazing facilities.”
It gets even better for the Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma, which will be held at Macalester College, where Curtis served as an assistant under Barker for 11 years.
“Macalester College is located right in the heart of St. Paul, so it gives you a college campus atmosphere with a big-city feel. Everything is within a five-minute walk … the dorms, the cafeteria, the classrooms and the field. It’s all updated and new and the dorms have air conditioning. It’s a great venue to spend a week with the NSCAA.”
Curtis pointed out that since most soccer coaches didn’t play goalkeeper, the NSCAA courses provide the ideal platform to learn how to coach and train one of the most important positions on the field.
“The courses really help with the player-coach relationship, and that includes field players … not just goalkeepers … as the courses teach you how to use field players to train the goalkeepers,” Curtis said. “And, as we move to the Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma, as a coach, you can truly become a goalkeeper specialist.”
One of the most recognized goalkeeping coaches in the country, Tony DiCicco, a longtime NSCAA staff coach and former U.S. Women’s National Team coach, will lead the Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma course at Macalester.
“Tony DiCicco is a great instructor,” Curtis said. “He is thorough, he is patient, he listens and he is methodical in teaching coaches how to better coach their goalkeepers.”
DiCicco will be joined at the Advanced National Diploma course by Deb Raber, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts women’s soccer coach, and George Kostelis, head coach of the Western Connecticut State University men’s soccer team. Here are some snapshots of the coaches leading the Advanced National Diploma course:
Tony DiCicco: DiCicco is the CEO and Founder of SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School and SoccerPlus Field Player Academy. He is the former head coach of the U.S. Women's National and Olympic Soccer Teams and the U.S. Under 20 Women's National Team, winning the 1996 Olympic gold medal, the 1999 World Cup and the 2008 U-20 World Cup. DiCicco holds the NSCAA’s Advanced National Diploma.
Deb Raber: Raber has been the head coach at MCLA since 2000, winning the MASCAC Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2009. A graduate of Springfield College, Raber was the head coach of the Castleton State College team from 1993-97. Raber, who has worked with DiCicco in the SoccerPlus program, holds the NSCAA’s Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma and the NSCAA’s Premier Diploma.
George Kostelis: Kostelis took over the head coaching job at Western Connecticut State University in 2011 after 10 seasons as Yale University’s assistant coach and goalkeeper coach. He was also an assistant coach for the University of Connecticut women’s soccer program (1997-2000) and was an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Hartford (1995), where he was a three-time All-North Atlantic goalkeeper. Kostelis, who holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma and DiCicco have coauthored numerous publications on goalkeeping including a four-part series on Advanced Handling for Goalkeepers.