NSCAA honors Bill Steffen and Marcia McDermott with awards

Kansas City, Mo. (November 17, 2016) – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced on Thursday the recipients for two of the organization’s major annual awards. NSCAA Senior National Staff coach Bill Steffen was named the Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award winner and Army West Point head coach Marcia McDermott was chosen for the Women’s Soccer Award of Excellence.

Both awards will be presented at the 2017 NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles to recognize the recipients for their outstanding accomplishments on and off the field. Steffen will accept his award at the NSCAA Awards Banquet on Jan. 13. McDermott will be honored at the NSCAA Women’s Coaches Breakfast on Jan. 14.

Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award 
Dr. Bill Steffen, NSCAA Senior National Staff coach

The Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award is presented to a member of the NSCAA Academy staff in recognition of positive contributions to the game of soccer and excellence in coaching education. Click here for past winners.

“This is an important honor within the NSCAA Coaching Academy because the honoree is selected by his or her peers for their ongoing commitment to the experience of coaches accessing NSCAA education,” said Ian Barker, NSCAA Director of Coaching Education. “Bill is always professional and detailed in his presentation of classroom and field sessions. More impactful, however, is that he is always available to coaches outside of the presentations to discuss the game and how we, as coaches, might continue to elevate it and elevate the experience of players. Bill is a more than deserving honoree and his work with the NSCAA Coaching Academy continues to be of the highest order.”

Steffen is a faculty member in Ohio University’s Master’s in Coaching Education program in addition to volunteering as a coach with the school’s women’s soccer team and men’s soccer club program. He also serves as the Chair of Sport Coaching for the United States Sports Academy. His academic work has been published in numerous journals and he has presented at symposiums and conferences across the United States.

Steffen has served as a head women’s soccer coach at Lyndon State College (1982), Greensboro College (1991-1992) and University of Oregon (1996-2005), in addition to success as an assistant women’s coach at the University of North Carolina (1993-1996) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2006-2012). On the men’s side, Steffen was an assistant at Skidmore College (1987-1988), Furman University (1989-1990), Duke University (1993) and the University of North Carolina (1994).

Steffen has also been active at the youth level, coaching with Greensboro Soccer Club and Piedmont Triad Football Club within the last decade. Earlier in his career, he coached high school soccer at Holy Cross H.S. (Flushing, NY), Christian Brothers Academy (Albany, NY) and Queensbury H.S. (Queensbury, NY).

Since becoming an NSCAA member in 1989 and joining the NSCAA coaching staff in 1996, Steffen has instructed coaches at more than 100 courses and spoken at seven national conventions. His contributions to the association also include developing curriculum for sport psychology sessions and acting as chair of the NSCAA Division I Women’s Programs and NSCAA Division I Women’s Rankings committees.

Women's Soccer Award of Excellence
Marcia McDermott, Army West Point head coach

Sponsored by the Washington Area Girls Soccer League, the Women's Soccer Award of Excellence was established in 1999 to recognize those who have brought honor and distinction to women's soccer. Click here for past winners.

“Marcia’s contributions to the advancement of women's soccer in this country are truly remarkable,” said NSCAA Chief Executive Officer Lynn Berling-Manuel. “She is one of the most respected members of her profession and she is held in such high regard because of the tremendous amount of integrity, pride and dedication that is embodied in her service to the sport. This award is a testament to the profound impact her career continues to have on the game itself and so many others in the women's soccer community.”

McDermott, currently the head coach of the Army West Point women’s soccer team, has coached at the college and professional levels for more than 25 years following a decorated playing career. After leading the University of North Carolina to three national championships as a student-athlete and All-American midfielder, McDermott scored four goals in seven appearances for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Her first coaching opportunity came as an assistant at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1988 before becoming the head coach at the University of Maryland (1989), University of Arkansas (1990-1992) and Northwestern University (1994-2000). McDermott then moved to the professional ranks as head coach of the Carolina Courage in the Women’s United Soccer Association for two seasons. In 2002, the Courage were WUSA’s top team in the regular season and went on to win the Founders Cup championship under McDermott’s leadership.

McDermott, who helped the University of Illinois reach the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2007 as an assistant, continued to be involved at the highest levels of women’s soccer. From 2008-2010, she was General Manager of the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League. She then became an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team under Pia Sundhage and, more recently, coached the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team in 2015.

An NSCAA member since 1990, McDermott has been active in advancing the association’s mission and was NSCAA President in 2010 after sitting on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Women’s Committee. Among many coaching accolades, she is a two-time NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year and was inducted into the Virginia-D.C. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2009.