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 - August 2 Women's Soccer: The Process of Transitioning from High School to Collegiate Level
Chris Cissell, University of Missouri - Kansas City Head Women's Soccer Coach
  • Head coach for the UMKC Women's team, Chris Cissell wrapped up the 2017 season with a perfect 7-0 conference record in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and earned the WAC Coach of the Year Award.
  • Known for recruiting locally and winning with local talent, Coach Cissell instills a sense of family in the teams he coaches. He has had success on the field and takes pride in the performance his players show both on and off the pitch, coaching a total of 37 All-Americans and 45 Academic All-Americans throughout his career.
  • Recently inducted into the William Jewell College Athletics Hall of Fame for his time there as a men's and women's soccer coach and also as a player in the 90's.
  • United Soccer Coaches National Diploma.
Sarah Gonzalez, Shawnee Mission West High School Lady Vikings Head Coach
  • Former player and current head coach of Shawnee Mission West High School Lady Vikings
  • College soccer career at the University of Kansas.
  • Coached the Lady Vikings to a 2016 6A State Championship
  • Sarah has been named on multiple occasions as the Coach of the Year in the Sunflower league, in the state of Kansas and with United Soccer Coaches along with a nod as the National Honors Society Teacher of the Year.


Thursday, August 2nd 9-10:00 am
University of Missouri - Kansas City
Bloch Executive Hall - Room 212
5108 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
Parking Instructions: Park in Cherry Street Parking Garage across the street from UMKC Durwood Soccer Stadium.
Parking is $1/hour, COINS only!
*Stay after for an open training session from 10-11:30 am*