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An indispensable tool for anyone coaching youth players. This manual contains a gold mine of information for novice as well as experienced youth coaches. Using an educational and sport science foundation rather than a simple collection of drills allows the youth coach a better understanding of the player. A few of the topics covered include: The Art of Coaching, Learning Through Game Activities, Characteristics of Effective Coaching, Successful Player Development, Tactical Awareness and Team Concepts, Correcting Technique, Competition and Player Development.
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Dr. Thomas Fleck
Dr. Fleck is recognized as the leading authority on youth soccer development and education. In 1997 he was awarded the first National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Bill Jeffery Award for dedication and commitment to youth soccer. Dr. Fleck holds a doctor of education from Lehigh University and is a certified elementary education educator.
Dr. Fleck is currently the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Idaho Youth Soccer Association. Dr. Fleck was the Director of Coaching for the Florida State Youth Association for 13 years. He was the first United States Youth Soccer Coordinator, the General Manager of the Philadelphia Fury of the North American Soccer League (NASL), and Head Soccer Coach and Principal of the Centennial School at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Fleck is a past president of the NSCAA, a senior member of the United States Soccer National Coaching Staff, a technical advisor to F.I.F.A. (soccer's world governing body) and a member of the US Youth Soccer Coaching Committee. However, he is best known as the co-author of the US Youth Soccer Parent/Coach Series, an age-appropriate series of coaching booklets.
Dr. Ronald W. Quinn
Dr. Quinn holds the position of Associate Professor, Director of Health, Physical Education and Sport Studies, and Head Women's Soccer Coach at Xavier University, in Cincinnati, Ohio. A member of the US Youth Soccer Coaching Committee and a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National Teaching Staff, Dr. Quinn is considered one of the leading youth development experts in the country.
As the head coach of the Xavier Women’s Soccer Team since 1993, Dr. Quinn has more than twice the number of wins as any former XU Coach at 98-58-9. Xavier has earned a spot in the four-team A-10 Conference Tournament five out of six years, winning the title in 1998 and 2000 and losing in the finals in 1999. He was selected as the Division I Ohio Collegiate Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2000. Dr. Quinn possesses a career record of 259-140-26 (.639 winning percentage) in 21 years of coaching.
He is author of The Peak Performance: Soccer Games for Player Development (1991), considered one of the top youth soccer activity books on the market. Dr. Quinn has been a contributing author in Attacking Soccer (1999) Human Kinetics Pub., How to Improve the 7 Speeds of Soccer, (1998) Performance & Conditioning for Soccer Pub., and Coaching Soccer (1996) Master Press Pub. In addition, Dr. Quinn is the author of over 20 articles on youth soccer development and is often quoted in stories dealing with youth soccer.
Dr. Quinn earned a B.S. degree from East Stroudsburg University in Health and Physical Education, a M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Temple University in Physical Education and Sport Administration..
Dr. David B. Carr
Dr. Carr has over forty years of involvement in soccer as a player, coach, administrator and educator. He is a member of the United States Soccer Federation National Teaching Staff and is recognized as an expert in coaching education and youth sports. He received a B.S. degree in physical education from the University of Maine, a M.S. in physical education from Marshall University and an Ed.D. in curriculum development and instructional design from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Carr began his coaching career as a youth and high school coach in Vermont and continued in West Virginia. He coached the University of Charleston to four straight post-season tournament appearances and was named NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1988. In 1990, Carr was named Head Coach and General Manager of the New Mexico Chiles Professional Soccer Club that competed in the American Professional Soccer League’s Western Conference.
Dr. Carr is currently the Coordinator of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at Ohio University and directs a graduate program in Coaching Education. He is the author of Soccer: Mastering the Basics, a
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