This is your September 2022 Coaches Community Newsletter. Below you will find updates from our Coaches Communities and how you can get involved. We hope you’ll take the time to read through the following newsletter and reach out to the Communities you are interested in.  Thank you, United Soccer Coaches

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Visit our additional Coaches Communities webpages using the links below:

The Asian-Pacific Islander Coaches Community continues to celebrate, educate, and enumerate….

Virtual guests at monthly meetings (all are welcome so please feel free to join us in future meetings):

  • 5/23 Anson Dorrance
  • 6/27 Amy Huchthausen (4AAPI)
  • 7/25 Dave Tenney (Austin FC High Performance Director)
  • 8/29 Vince Ganzberg (United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching Education)

United Soccer Coaches activities:

We encourage member to check out United Soccer Coaches Foundation and 30 Under 30 pages (we have several former/current members and mentors). After checking out the pages, take action to engage, and as our saying goes, “give it a try and go apply!”

A few articles shared pertinent to API culture and beyond: How Costco Became a Staple for Asian American Families; It’s Sweltering, Asians from Places Where Extreme Heat is Typical Share How to Cope ; US Soccer Mental Health Resources for Athletes.

We have a presence on social media (we are most active on Twitter and on Facebook) so please engage with us on those platforms. We continue to learn about all our members and grow membership—it’s all about the people when it comes down to United Soccer Coaches. We love the connection with our members and the levels we represent under the umbrella of the association. We love the fact that allies regularly attend our meetings, as connecting with other Coaches Communities and levels makes all of us stronger. We look forward to an eventful rest of the year and seeing YOU at Philly CV23! Complete the form on the association website, send us a message or reach out via social media. Looking forward to connecting with you soon!

Written by Ashu Saxena, API Coaches Community Chair

This past summer, my sons and I had an incredible opportunity to visit, coach, play, and serve in Honduras. As I reflect on our experience and work there, I want to highlight what I feel is the key summary component from the trip. Partnerships are critical if we want to serve well in our current times. Often, a common thread of hope and light shines through challenging situations in many communities and I believe this is because of those that have committed to working together for a common cause. The Christian New Testament presents this critical core value as Unity and this is exactly what Jesus of Nazareth asks God to provide for his followers. “Make them one.” John 17:1

My hope is that reading this newsletter will give you some ideas of how you can build partnerships and strive for unity with others around you to bring light to world that you live in. When we link together and work towards bringing hope and support to others in a unified way, we can reach the full potential of our ability to serve. Committed partnerships provide motivation, support, and encouragement to teams set to achieve a common goal.

Written by Shaun Smithson, Faith-Based Coaches Community Chair 


The Latino Coaches Community will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 to October 15. Keep an eye out for multiple podcasts discussing the beautiful game at all levels of the game (youth, high school and college). We are going to hear from Latino and Latina coaches on how their experiences have shaped their coaching styles, the importance of coaching education, and some advice on how to become better coaches. As always, if you would like to get involved with Latino Coaches Community, please reach out! 
Don’t forget that the application window for the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 program is opened! We encourage all young coaches to apply. If you have any questions or would like some advice let us know. 

We’re busy preparing for Play With Pride Week, scheduled for September 18-24, 2022. Rainbow laces will soon be shipped out and we’re looking forward to everyone sharing their pride on social media. Make sure to tag us and United Soccer Coaches in all your posts! We will be sharing more stories and resources throughout Play With Pride Week and as always, please reach out if you’d like your story shared. 

Additionally, now is the time to apply for United Soccer Coaches Foundation grant and scholarships! Own own Dan Woog has an endowed fund that will be awarded this year. The Dan Woog Staples High School/LGBTQ Fund provides convention opportunities for high school coaches who are members of, or have shown support and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community.