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Veterans, Active Military & Affiliates Coaches Community

Vision Statement

The United Soccer Coaches Veterans, Active Military, & Affiliates (VAMA) Coaches Community will serve as the central conduit for the Association to engage and support current and prospective members who are either one or more of the following:

  • A Military Veteran;
  • Serving on Active Duty, the Reserves, or the National Guard;
  • Related to someone serving (or who has served) in the Armed Forces;
  • a Friend of someone serving (or who has served) in the Armed Forces;
  • Enrolled in a Military Academy (e.g., USNA) or military school (e.g., VMI);
  • Affiliated with a Military support organization (i.e., ROTC, The Wounded Warrior Project, etc.); 
  • Any Ally of the military or those who serve in it.
*Membership in the VAMA is limited to those with honorable, general, & medical discharges.


Garon Taylor-Tyree

Veterans, Active Military & Affiliates Chair


Interested in getting involved with the Veteran’s Active Military & Affiliates Coaches Community? Let us know!

Mission Statement

VAMA members will use the Servant Leadership style they were taught in the military to further the ethical coaching style embraced by United Soccer Coaches. They will employ the lessons they have learned, are still learning, or will soon learn in the military to be “force multipliers” as communicators, decision makers, creative thinkers, risk assessors, and problem solvers for coaches everywhere.

Strategic Leadership Team

  • Membership & Outreach: Michael Rojas
  • Bases & Installations: Brad Alexander
  • Career Pathways: Daniel Gwyther
  • DoD Branches: Mick Wilson
  • OCONUS Affairs: Mark Lange
  • Activities & Events: Shelley Izuno
  • Teams & Tournaments: Fred Koeller
  • Media & Communications: Lucas Tickner
  • VSOs & Families: Todd Ancktais