Dr. Ron Quinn
Associate Professor, Coordinator of the graduate online Coaching Education & Athlete Development program
Current and previous involvement with the NSCAA
I have been an NSCAA member since 1976 when I began my teaching and coaching career, and my very first article was published in the Soccer Journal on choosing a soccer camp in 1979, thanks to the urging of Dr. Tom Fleck. I was a member of the NSCAA Coaching Academy from 1985 – 1993, during which time I helped design the NSCAA’s National Youth Diploma, served as the administrator for the Academy’s non-residential programs. I’ve been a member of the Soccer Journal editorial board since 2006, and in 2008 received the NSCAA Youth Long-Term Achievement Award.
I’ve just completed my 34th season as a head soccer coach, 17 at the collegiate level (12 women, 5 men) and 17 at the high school level (7 girls, 10 boys), currently the head girls’ soccer coach at Seton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a result of my high school and collegiate coaching, I was selected as the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Girls Division I
Private/Parochial School Coach of the Year in 2013, the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2000, and in 1988 and 1989 NAIA Regional Coach of the Year. Additionally, I severed as an assistant coach for the Pennsylvania Stoners in the ASL in 1979-1980; quite an experience.
As a result of a lifetime involvement in coaching and coaching education, I have been fortunate to have received the NSCAA Youth Long-Term Achievement award in 2006; the US Youth Soccer, Dr. Thomas Fleck Excellence in Youth Coaching Education in 2007, and a 2008 induction into the Lehigh Valley, PA Soccer Hall of Fame.
What other experiences in soccer, other sports and/or organizations would be important to your work as an NSCAA Board member?
I have been very fortunate to have had many wonderful opportunities to give back to the game largely due to NSCAA Past Presidents, Honor Award and NSCAA Hall of Famers, Dr. John McKeon (former NSCAA Executive Director and my college coach), and Dr. Tom Fleck.
As previously mentioned I coordinated the non-residential courses for the Academy which included curriculum development, staff training and selection, and program administration. In 1996 under the leadership of Dr. Tom Fleck, I was one of four others to develop the National Youth License for US Youth Soccer. This was one of the first child-centered coaching education programs in the world, and many of our concepts have become common-place within coaching and coaching education programs. I have also been a member of the Soccer Journal Editorial Board since 2006, and a USSF “A” Licensed coach since 1978.
From an administrative perspective, I have been a high school athletic director and physical education department chair, and a collegiate sports information director. Additionally, I’ve designed undergraduate curriculums in sport management at DeSales University and Xavier University, as well as graduate programs in sport administration, and the online coaching education and athlete development program both at Xavier.
Outside of my university responsibilities, I’ve served two terms (2005-2012) as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education Programs. Additionally, in the Spring of 2016, I was recognized along with several others, as a founder and board member of the Urban Soccer Collaborative and Symposium at their 10-year anniversary.
What do you believe are your strengths that will make you an effective Board member of the NSCAA?
I believe my strengths come from 40 years of personal experience with the NSCAA, which has provided me an historical perspective of where we have been, while also allowing me to have a vision of where we need to go, and my graduate degree in Sport Administration provides the academic foundation to serve as an organization leader. I believe my experiences as a teacher, administrator, coaching educator, program developer, and researcher will contribute to my ability to work within the diversity of the organization and its many stakeholders.
Finally, my entire career has been dedicated to helping grow the game through publications, books and countless presentations and clinics. I am a product of this organization, and believe that, at this time, it is my responsibility to carry on the NSCAA legacy of Dr. John McKeon and Dr. Tom Fleck to whom I owe a great deal of gratitude.