KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 9, 2020) — Join United Soccer Coaches next Tuesday, April 14 at 2 p.m. CT as the association broadcasts the first episode of “Coaching Through COVID”, a free web series that looks at the challenges coaches and clubs are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each episode will be hosted by Dean Linke, longtime soccer broadcaster and host of the United Soccer Coaches Podcast, and will feature panels of coaches and industry professionals as they cover a variety of issues and challenges that face all of us during these unprecedented times.

The six-episode series kicks off on Tuesday, April 14 at 2 p.m. CT with “Your Youth Soccer Organization Can Survive COVID-19.” Linke will lead the discussion that features Steve Danbusky, Executive Director Beach FC (Va.) and Club Champions League President; Andy Haile, Associate Law Professor, Elon University School of Law and United Soccer Coaches Board Member; Skip Gilbert, US Youth Soccer CEO; Paul Ellis, Technical Director for Southwestern Youth Association (Va.); and Bo Eskay, FC Frederick (Md.) Executive Director.

The second episode will take place two days later on Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. CT with a pair of United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame members, former USWNT Mental Skills Coach Dr. Colleen Hacker and North Carolina Women’s Head Coach Anson Dorrance, speaking on “Keeping it Positive in an Unpredictable World.”

The remaining four episodes will occur on subsequent Tuesdays starting on April 21 at 1 p.m. CT with Chelsea FC Women’s Manager Emma Hayes and United Soccer Coaches Past President and current FIFPRO Chief Women’s Football Officer Amanda Vandervort on “Effective Leadership Through Tough Times.”

The complete schedule for the webinar series is below. To register for one of the free webinars, click on the title of each session or go to UnitedSoccerCoaches.org/Coaching-Through-Covid.

Tuesday, April 14 – 2 p.m. CT – Your Youth Soccer Organization Can Survive COVID-19?

  • Steve Danbusky, Executive Director, Beach FC (Va.), Club Champions League President 
  • Andy Haile, Associate Law Professor, Elon University 
  • Skip Gilbert, CEO, US Youth Soccer 
  • Paul Ellis, Technical Director, Southwestern Youth Association (Va.) 
  • Bo Eskay, Executive Director, FC Frederick (Md.)

Thursday, April 16 – 2 p.m. CT – Keeping it Positive in an Unpredictable World

  • Dr. Colleen Hacker, Former USWNT Mental Skills Coach; Former Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Pacific Lutheran University 
  • Anson Dorrance, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of North Carolina

Tues., April 21 – 1 p.m. CT – Effective Leadership Through Tough Times

  • Emma Hayes, Manager, Chelsea FC Women 
  • Amanda Vandervort, Chief Women’s Football Officer, FIFPRO 

Tues., April 28 – 1 p.m. CT – The Coach as a Successful Small Business

  • Matt Robinson, Professor of Sport Management, University of Delaware
  • Andrew Donnery, CEO, Elk Grove Soccer & Co-Founder of EDSPORA eLearning
  • Jim Cosgrove, Certified Financial Planner; Former Executive Director, US Youth Soccer

Tues., May 5 – 1 p.m. CT – How Adversity Builds a Stronger Coach

  • Eric Wynalda, Head Coach, Las Vegas Lights FC
  • Dave Sarachan, Head Coach, North Carolina FC

Tues., May 12 – 1 p.m. CT – Club and High School: Working Together Through COVID-19

  • Christian Lavers, President, ECNL
  • Haroot Hakopian, Head Girls’ Coach, Churchill High School (Md.) & Head Coach U18/U19 Bethesda Soccer Club and United Soccer Coaches Board Member
  • Rusty Oglesby, Head Boys’ Coach, John Paul II High School (Texas) and United Soccer Coaches Vice President