Coaches & Coffee

Where soccer coaches connect with peers, learn, ask questions, and share insights.

Coaches & Coffee is a new initiative to get local coaches together. Much like how the annual Convention is the world’s largest gathering of coaches, these monthly gatherings are a way to connect locally and more frequently with coaches just as passionate about the game as you.

The event is now underway in the Association’s home town of Kansas City and the plan is to eventually expand nationwide. The format is simple and begins with a presentation on a topic relevant to the current landscape of soccer or to coaches generally. Then the rest of the hour is open for discussion and networking. Members are encouraged to bring guests to grow the circle of community involvement. The event and coffee are free and open for members and non-members alike.

Coaches & Coffee - March 22 “Mental Health In Student-Athletes"
Dr. Shayla Sullilvant
  • Received her undergraduate degree from Creighton University and her medical degree from the University of Kansas where she completed her residency and fellowship.
  • Appointed as site director for psychiatry trainees at Children's Mercy Kansas City.
  • Co-leads the Seld-Directed Violence group, leading suicide prevention efforts at the hospital.
  • Serves as a Board Member for the Body Balance Coalition and previously served as President of the KC Regional American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
Angie Vanderpool
  • Received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at William Jewell College.
  • Obtained her Nurse Practitioner training through the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • Has worked in Orthopedics at Children's Mercy Hospital for many years and helped to develop and grow their Sports Medicine Center.
  • Helped facilitate suicide screenings in all of the Sports Medicine Clinics at Children’s Mercy.


Thursday, March 22nd 9-10:00 am
Children's Mercy Blue Valley
6750 West 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223
Parking Instructions: Parking is directly in front of the building. When you enter, you will take an immediate right and swipe your hand on the wall where indicated to go directly into the gym. We will be meeting right in there so no searching for a meeting room.