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Black Soccer Coaches Advocacy Group

Black Soccer Coaches Advocacy Group

During the 2021 United Soccer Coaches Digital Convention, Dean Linke sat down with the Black Coaches Advocacy Chair Nicole Hercules to highlight the Group’s work in 2020 and their initiatives for 2021 and beyond. Watch the interview below!

Vision Statement

The United Soccer Coaches Black Soccer Advocacy Group shall be an advocate for coaches of color within United Soccer Coaches. The Committee is dedicated to all coaches of soccer through leadership, education, communication, and cooperation with other organizations. Uniting the global soccer community through United Soccer Coaches.

Now around 1000 members strong, the Black Soccer Coaches Group includes coaches of color representing the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Africa.

Mission Statement

The United Soccer Coaches Black Soccer Coaches Advocacy Group serves as an advocate for coaches of color within the soccer community. This group will promote the awareness of issues and opportunities for improving the participation of Blacks in the game of soccer. They will also help to identify, educate, develop, promote, and support black coaches to leadership positions within the global soccer community.

Are you interested in learning more?

Please contact Chair: Nicole Hercules blackcoaches@unitedsoccercoaches.org

Get Involved

Would you like to see the advancement of Blacks in soccer? We encourage you to sign up to be involved in one of our Strategic task teams:

Project Implementation Task Team

Improve our ability to get things done completely, timely, and consistently

Increase Representation Task Team

Increase representation of Black coaches in leadership roles

Increase Value Task Team

Improve actual and perceived value of the group and it’s members

Increase Engagement Task Team

Increase the participation and engagement of members and partners

Better Communication Task Team

Improve communication frequency, delivery, and impact


The Black Soccer Coaches Committee was founded in 1996 by Lincoln Phillips, former Howard University men’s coach and he served as the first chairman. Mike Curry was the next Chairman, Curry turned the chair over to former U.S. National Soccer Team and MISL player Desmond Armstrong. In 2005, Hylton Dayes, Former University of Cincinnati men’s soccer coach, was appointed chairman by the Board of Directors to fill Armstrong’s unexpired term of office. After Hylton Dayes term, Sam Okpodu, former Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Newberry College and Nigerian Women’s World Cup Head Coach, became BSCC Chair. In January 2012, University School of Nashville head boy’s coach Daniel Gordon was appointed the Chairman of the NSCAA/BSCMG by then President Paul Payne. Gordon also served on the Board of Directors. After Daniel, the NSCAA appointed Kendal Reyes. In 2020 after Reyes, grassroot community soccer leader Nicole Hercules was appointed as the first female Chair of the Black Coaches Advocacy Group.