United Soccer Coaches is the coaches’ voice and will advocate for issues that affect the membership at every level of the game. Connect with a Member Group, add your voice to the conversation and advocate for issues that are important to you. The networking, sharing of knowledge, and leadership roles are great opportunities for personal development and career growth. These communities within the association will activate a network of coaches, and others, involved in the sport who will take responsibility for advancing soccer in the greater community. Together we will continue to unite all coaches for the love of the game.
COACHING LEVEL-BASED GROUPS:
Professional/International Advocacy Group
The Professional/International Member Group represents coaches in the professional and international game. This group works to promote coaches and the game at these levels, while also creating best practices and setting standards for all in the game.
College Coaches Advocacy Group
The College Coaches Member Group promotes and serves coaches in all divisions within the college game. The group is committed to the integration of its members into the association’s soccer community and to the promotion of the college game at all levels.
High School Coaches Advocacy Group
The High School Coaches Member Group addresses the issues in and around the High School game and supports the coaches involved at this level.
Youth Coaches Advocacy Group
The Youth Coaches Member Group addresses the issues in the Youth game and supports the coaches involved at this level.
IDENTITY-BASED COACHING GROUPS
Black Coaches Advocacy Group
Chair: Kendall Reyes, EMAIL
The Black Coaches Member Group began as a Diversity Group within the association to bring about changes in the African-American Community, and to support the work of its members. One main focus of the group is to educate its members, which will eventually bring about an increase in membership. The investment made today, will bring about more success in the future of all coaches of color throughout the United States. The Black Coaches Member Group is not exclusive to only coaches of color; all races are welcome.
Faith-Based Coaches Advocacy Group
Chair: Michael Lynch, EMAIL
Many coaches in faith-based schools, in public schools, and in club soccer, endeavor to use soccer for personal development of their players, as well for faith-inspired service to their local communities. The Faith-Based Coaches Member Group provides a space where coaches from any faith tradition can exchange ideas about how their faith informs their coaching and their soccer program.
Disabilities Allies Advocacy Group
Chair: Kate Ward, EMAIL
The group was established in 2016 with the intention of advocating for and raising awareness for coaches with disabilities and coaches of players with disabilities. The group aims to provide information and resources for the coaching community, specifically group members. Disability Allies looks to promote conversations between coaches with disabilities and those without disabilities, as well as coaches of players with disabilities. It also aims to benefit coaches and members who are curious about various disabilities and how to best coach players with disabilities.
Latin American Coaches Advocacy Group
Chair: Jose Carbone Guerrero, EMAIL
The Latin American Coaches Member Group was created with the purpose of promoting and developing Latin American coaches. Providing opportunities for coaching education in Latin American communities at all levels and in Spanish. To provide opportunities for top Latin American coaches to share experiences and grow the game.
La Entrenadores Latinoamericana Fútbol Grupo de Defensa (LASCMG) fue creado con el propósito de promover y desarrollar entrenadores latinoamericanos. Proporcionar oportunidades para entrenar la educación en las comunidades latinoamericanas en todos los niveles y en español. Proporcionar oportunidades para los mejores entrenadores de América Latina para compartir experiencias y hacer crecer el juego.
LGBT and Allies Advocacy Group
Chair: Dan Woog, EMAIL
The LGBT and Allies Member Group was formed to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in soccer for coaches and players of all sexual orientations; to educate members about these issues; to provide help and support around LGBT issues for all Association members, and to provide a safe, supportive environment for LGBT coaches and players.
Native American Coaches Advocacy Group
Chair: Chris Behler, EMAIL
The Native American Coaches Member Group serves Native American communities throughout the United States by providing positive youth development leaders, coaching education opportunities, using soccer as a means to promote health and wellness, youth leadership and life skills in Native American communities.
Our goal is to use soccer as a vehicle to promote character, integrity, leadership, respect and teamwork. We believe that by expanding coaching education to reservations and pueblos throughout the U.S. we will be able to move in a concerted effort to increase the level of coaching we provide and serve as positive role models for the children we serve.
Women Coaches Advocacy Group
Chair: Samantha Snow, EMAIL
The Women Coaches Member Group (formerly the Women’s Committee) was established in 1991 to be a powerful voice in the association, to promote the women’s game and to represent all levels of women in coaching. In 2008 the committee shifted direction to be dedicated to all coaches of women, to educate, recognize, develop and serve as advocates for the women’s game. In 2014 the committee went through a restructuring process in order to be clear about its purpose and to organize in a way to get more members involved.