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Hot Topic Panel Announced at Summer Symposium

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 in Events 1 Comment

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TopicHow far have we advanced in our development of Coaching Education and Player Development in the United States?

Summary: Is the United States "there yet" when it comes to Coaching Education and Player Development? Have we advanced in recent years and what still needs to be done? 2013 Summer Symposium attendees will hear insights to these questions and have a chance to engage with the panel live via Twitter in August. They will get the perspectives of veterans of the game like Bob Gansler and former US National Team Player, Tony Sanneh in an intimate setting among peers. Don't miss out on this interactive experience, register today!


Becky Burleigh, Head Coach, University of Florida

After helping start up the University of Florida’s soccer program in 1995 Burleigh helped UF claim an NCAA title in 1998. In 17 seasons at the Head Coach position at UF, Burleigh has helped lead the Gators to two NCAA College Cup appearances, 11 Southeastern Conference titles and 15 NCAA Championships berths.  Additionally, Burleigh picked up National (1998) and SEC Coach of the Year (2010, ‘08, ‘00 & '96) honors. Her career winning percentage ranks No. 3 among all Active Coaches in NCAA Division I at 77.0% (382-103-32).

Tony Sanneh, Former U.S. Men's National Team Player
President and Executive Director of The Sanneh Foundation

Toney Sanneh is a highly decorated retired American soccer player. Before Sanneh’s illustrious professional career, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he became the Panthers all-time leading scorer. In his time at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sanneh was named to the NCAA Second-Team All-American team in 1993. After a productive college career Sanneh decided to take his talents to the next level in pursuit of a professional career. In a professional career that spanned 15 years Sanneh would go on to play at the highest level on two different continents. Sanneh’s career included time with D.C. United, Hertha BSC, 1.FC Nuremberg, Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, and the L.A. Galaxy. Additionally Sanneh made 43 appearances with United States Men’s National Team. In his time with the US MNT Sanneh was an integral part of the 2002 World Cup team and also won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2005.

Bob Gansler, Head Coach, U.S. Men's National Team (retired)

Bob Gansler is one of the most successful U.S. National Team coaches in history. Additionally Gansler has enjoyed tremendous success in the MLS. Gansler coached the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1989 to 1991. During his tenure as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National team he coached in the 1990 World Cup. His coaching experience at the professional level includes time at Kansas City of MLS and Milwaukee of the A-League, where he won league titles with both teams. He was also named Major League Soccer’s Coach of the Year in 2000.

Tosh Farrell, Everton FC Youth Academy (former)

Tosh is a former coach of the English Premier League club, Everton F.C. During his career he has helped developed a very impressive list of players including Wayne Rooney, Victor Anichebe, James Vaughan, and several other players. Tosh is the creator of the “Everton Way”, which was the first training program that was made readily available on the internet. Additionally he is responsible for partnerships that Everton have made with Everton F.C. America and the Ontario Soccer Association.

Ian Barker, NSCAA Director of Coaching Education

Ian Barker joined the NSCAA staff after serving as the men’s soccer coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., a position he assumed in 2003 after four years as an assistant coach for the squad. He also has collegiate coaching experience at the University of Wisconsin, where he was an assistant coach for the men’s team from 1989-97, helping the Badgers to four NCAA tournament appearances in a five-year span. The 1995 team won the Big 10 title and claimed the NCAA national championship. Barker’s coaching education credentials are impressive. He has served as a staff instructor for US Soccer’s coaching education program since 1999, teaching both state and nationally hosted residential licenses. He has also instructed the National Youth License for US Youth Soccer.  From 1997 through 2007, he also served as Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA).


Joe Cummings, CEO, National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Cummings has been CEO of the Association since 2009 and is guiding the 30,000-member organization through a period of transition. Since his initial hiring, he has originated several key initiatives, including rebranding the Association, development of a more comprehensive website, the creation and appointment of new national office positions, and a revamp of the NSCAA’s world-renowned coaching education offerings.

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  • 45 minute panel discussion with moderator

  • 15 minute Q&A with audience

  • Questions will be submitted via Twitter to the moderator

About the Summer Symposium:

The 2013 Summer Symposium marks the inaugural edition of this event. Modeled after the highly successful NSCAA Convention, the Summer Symposium will provide coaches with educational sessions, networking opportunities and a sense of belonging as an NSCAA member, aspects which are staples of the Association. Open to all members, the genesis of the event was the desire to provide an option for coaches that are unable to attend the Convention, and deliver awards to coaches and athletes following the winter and spring seasons.

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    • Ian Barker
    • 04/26/2013 03:01pm

    Really hope the local Florida soccer community can make it out as well as folks looking for a end of summer get away with soccer. With Gansler, DiCicco et al you have the chance to get up close and personal with tremendous contributors to the game in the US.