Daouda Kante

Technical Director / Executive Director

Kansas Rush

Current and previous involvement with the NSCAA

During my time with the NSCAA I have been involved in various programs including earning an NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, being appointed as an NSCAA Coaching Education Instructor (3 years) and assisting at the annual NSCAA Convention as a manager of Operations and Diplomat for special guest speakers.

Coaching experience

I have been coaching for the past 13-14 years with the previous ten years being at Kansas Rush Soccer Club serving as the Technical Director. During that time, I have had the honor of being presented with several awards for coaching including:

  • Kansas State Soccer Association Girls Coach of the Year (2012)

  • Baker University Conference Assistant Coach of the Year (NAIA)

  • ODP Coach for Kansas Soccer Association 

  • Staff Coach at Sporting KC Academy for 3-4 years 

  • NSCAA 2015 Boys Youth Soccer Coach of the Year 

  • Rush Select National Team (6 years and current coach of the 2001 Select girls) 

  • Led U18 Kansas Rush boys to USYS National Championships after earning State Cup and Region II Championships (2015)

What other experiences in soccer, other sports and/or organizations would be important to your work as an NSCAA Board member?

Soccer has provided me with so many opportunities in life. I have served as the Executive Board member at Kansas Rush the past several years and run a foundation to help poor people in Africa called the Daouda Kante Soccer Foundation since 2008, which helps bring clean water, soccer equipment, and school supplies to Africa. Kansas Rush Soccer participates in the REACH program (Rush Equipment Assisting Children) each year; part of the program's work includes shipments of equipment and uniforms to my home country of Mali. I am currently a Board of Director member for Heartland Soccer Association, one of the largest soccer leagues in the USA. I also sit on the Olathe Sport Commission in Olathe, Kansas. 

One area that I would like to focus on as an NSCAA Board member is working with inner city schools to help bring the game of soccer to the urban areas where it is not a common game and opportunities to play are less than in suburban areas. Improving access to the game of soccer for players in the United States and around the world has been an important part of my experience and is a priority for future work, including the work done as an NSCAA Board member.

What do you believe are your strengths that will make you an effective Board member of the NSCAA?

I believe one of the main attributes I can bring to the NSCAA Board is diversity. My past experience as a player with the Mali National Team, along with my time playing in the MLS and coaching and acting as a Director of Coaching/Technical Director in various communities around the country has given me a unique perspective on the game within the United States. An NSCAA Board member needs to have strong leadership qualities. Being a leader involves having great listening skills along with the ability to respect the opinions of others. These are skills I have worked very hard on during my time with Kansas Rush. I try to lead by example being involved in the local community and working hand in hand with our young coaches to help them grow within the game. I hope to bring the same level of commitment and excellence to the NSCAA Board if selected for the position.

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