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More than 500 applicants vied for a position as the next great soccer coach, submitting their credentials for the NSCAA 30 Under 30 program. The Association has announced the 15 men and 15 women who will participate in the 2015-16 cohort of the program.

This group of coaches come from every level of the game, from the youth game through the professional ranks. The program is designed to give the participants exposure to the NSCAA membership, and the opportunity to take advantage of educational offerings, such as courses, the NSCAA Convention, and the Summer Symposium.

Launched in 2013, the NSCAA 30 Under 30 program is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. This program was created to support fledgling coaches and foster their growth at a crucial point in their vocation.

Visit the 30 Under 30 program homepage for more information.

Male Participants  |   Female Participants

Female Participants

Amber
de Seriere-Pataki

 

  • Organization: West Los Angeles College
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing Background: Played semi-professionally with the LA Strikers (2011-2012) and collegiately at California State University, Los Angeles (2004-2008).
  • Quote: "I want to hopefully inspire other young female players to pursue a career in teaching, coaching and mentoring young athletes in the beautiful game of soccer."

Christin Brodie

 

  • Organization: United States Air Force Academy
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing Background: Played 4 years collegiately at the United States Air Force Academy and with the United States All Armed Forces Soccer team in two CISM Women's World Football Championships. 
  • Quote: "I've used soccer as a common language throughout my travels and it's helped me connect for my military profession and for recreation, whether it was with military children or with our NATO partners." 

Courtney Sirmans

 

  • Organization:  Rice University
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing Background: Played club soccer with the Dayton Soccer Academy and won four straight Ohio South state championships in high school. Also played collegiately at the University of Dayton and was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team in 2004, 2004 Honorable Mention All American, and 2004 A-10 Regular season and Tournament Champions.
  • Quote: "I would love to become more and more involved in the NSCAA associate staff so I can help mentor new young coaches." 

Elizabeth Shaughnessy

 

  • Organization: North Atlanta Soccer Association
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing Background: Was a four-year starter at Mercer University and helped the team become Atlantic Sun Regular Season Champions in 2008 and Atlantic Sun Tournament Champions in 2010, both program firsts. 
  • Quote: "The education I would receive in the 30 under 30 program would be crucial in growing my knowledge of coaching soccer and growing the game. I view this knowledge of the game to be more than information to improve myself as a coach; it is knowledge and information that I want to pass on to my own players." 

Ellery Gould

 

  • Organization: Bowdoin College
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing Background: Played professionally in Sweden for Ragsveds IF after playing college soccer at Bowdoin College and becoming the school's all-time leader in goals and total scorer and points.
  • Quote: "Observing the power of soccer as a vehicle for positive change first hand in Nicaragua, seeing the awe-inspiring support of USA Women's Soccer in the World Cup and being a part of a women's college program leads me to believe that there is great potential for the strength of soccer."

Jennifer Myhre

 

  • Organization:  Anderson University
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed four years at Messiah College where her team amassed a record of 83-5-4 while going to four NCAA Division III Final Four Championships, wining in 2005. 
  • Quote: "When I look at my life I realize one of my greatest teachers was soccer and some of the greatest role models were those who coached me along the way."

Kate Blankenship

 

  • Organization: Stratford Academy
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed goalkeeper as a four-year starter and two-year captain at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Also played one season in the W-League for the New York Magic Organization. 
  • Quote: "I love coaching because it gives me an opportunity to help young players develop as soccer players and grow up as confident young women."

Lauren Meehan

 

  • Organization: Rush Pikes Peak Soccer Club
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundBegan training at the IMG Academy in Florida at age 16 and played collegiately at Northeastern University in Boston. 
  • Quote: "A stronger and more inclusive coaching community makes player's experiences better everywhere."

Megan Monroig

 

  • Organization: Regis University
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundWon four Big Ten Championships with Penn State University, receiving the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for her team. Also played for the Lancaster Inferno (WPSL) from 2009-2011. 
  • Quote: "The majority of athletes do not become professionals in their sport, so they need something to fall back on, and that's where I want my biggest impact to come from."

Meghan Gill

 

  • Organization: Columbia College
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing Background: Played at Penn State for five years from 2007-2011, helping the team win 5 Consecutive Big Ten Championships, and was named Second-Team All Big Ten in 2008.  Also played on the Lancaster Inferno (WPSL) during the summers of 2008, 2009, and 2011. 
  • Quote: "Not only do I find it important to get our coaches more involved with our youth soccer community, but [it's important to get] our players to give back throughout the year."

Nicole Farley

 

  • Organization: Laguna United Football Club
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundHas played soccer for 22 years, including time with Reading Girls FC and Reading FC Women. 
  • Quote: "I want to serve the youth with the best soccer experiences suitable to the needs of all ages." 

Nicole Hirsch

 

  • Organization: Rush WI West/University of Wisconsin La-Crosse
  • Coaching Role: Director of Coaching/Assistant Coach & Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities
  • Playing BackgroundWon four conference championships in four years of college soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Quote: "Continuing my coaching education would allow me to continue to help soccer grow in my community."

Randi Simmons

 

  • Organization: Chico State University
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundWas part of the inaugural women's soccer team at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received the award for the Hardest Working Player of the Year from her team. 
  • Quote: "I think that education is what separates the great coaches from all the rest."

Rebecca Madison

 

  • Organization: Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls
  • Coaching Role:  Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundServed as a two-year captain at Ohio Wesleyan University and was recently nominated to the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Decade Team. 
  • Quote: "I believe that little growth can be made in players or teams where acceptance and a genuine caring environment are not present."

Samantha Etherington

 

  • Organization: Louisiana College
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed for Newcastle United Women's FC in England before becoming a four-year starter at Nicholls State University.
  • Quote: "I want to immerse myself in as much learning as possible to continue to build on my practice and create a team and culture that the players, university and community can be proud of."

 

 

Male Participants  

Bertin Loyola

 

  • Organization: California State University, Chico
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing Background: Played Division I collegiate soccer at the University of California, Davis and was the first class of players brought in to the program that helped transition the program from Division II to Division I
  • Quote: "As a youth and college coach it is important that we help our players and hope to create good soccer players or, at the very least, good human beings." 

Cailean Bailey

 

  • Organization: Sereno Soccer Club
  • Coaching Role: College Placement Advisor
  • Playing BackgroundServed as a three-year captain at Illinois College and was the first player since the mid-90s to compete all four years under the same coach. 
  • Quote: "I have a responsibility as a coach to educate my colleagues and players the same way that they continuously educate me."

Daniel Tidmarsh

 

  • Organization: Orlando City SC
  • Coaching Role: Director of Coaching
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed on a tour of Germany with Arsenal at age 13 before playing for the Hartpury College Residential Academy in England. 
  • Quote: "I am particularly excited about the conference calls, focus groups and opportunities to network with fellow passionate young coaches nationwide to hear other ideas and philosophies in different communities."

Evan Fuhs

 

  • Organization: Augsburg College/ Minnesota Thunder Academy
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing Background: Played four years at Augsburg College, including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen during his senior season.
  • Quote: "I intend to make my own stamp on the world through educating both players and coaches, and I intend for that education to ignite the innate passion of those individuals."

Grant Findlay

 

  • Organization: New York Red Bulls
  • Coaching Role: Director of Coaching Education
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed professionally for the East Stirlingshire Football Club from 2004-2007 and semi-professionally for the Cumbernauld United Football Club. 
  • Quote: "I aim to share and recreate all the joy and positive experiences that soccer has brought to me throughout my childhood, adolescence and adulthood to thousands of players, coaches and fans of soccer in the United States."

James Garcia-Prats

 

  • Organization: Luther College 
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundWas selected as an ESPN High School All-American before playing at Luther College and becoming a two-time NSCAA All-American and two-time NSCAA Academic All-American. 
  • Quote: "One main goal of mine in this program is to grow individually as a coach and learn from my fellow coaches within the program as well as the mentors and teachers I will meet. The other goal is to bring back all the learning and experiences into my current soccer community and try to keep improving and growing the game there." 

Julian Fernandez

 

  • Organization: Chestnut Hill College
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed one year at Rutgers before transferring to Chestnut Hill College, helping them transition from Division III to Division II before reaching the conference playoffs for the first time in school history. 
  • Quote: "The development of soccer in the United States can only be successful if the individuals tasked with developing players look to develop themselves."

Luke Sanford

 

  • Organization: Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing Background: Graduated high school from perennial NSCAA Top 25 powerhouse, Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC), before playing collegiately at Houghton College. 
  • Quote: "I have the opportunity and responsibility to develop the next great coaches of our game and I want to train them as best as I can."

Matt Dorman

 

  • Organization: Shoreline Community College
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundBegan playing at a very young age in England and played competitively until U19, representing Derbyshire County at district championships along the way. 
  • Quote: "As a coach we spend a large amount of time with athletes and therefore have the opportunity to impact and play a positive role in many areas such as respecting officials and opponents, focusing on mastering the sport/technical skills rather than the results and taking victories modestly and defeat graciously."

Michael Herman

 

  • Organization: University of Hawaii 
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed for St. Mary's College (CA) and Holy Names University while also spending a semester abroad in Mexico playing for a university team there. 
  • Quote: "I hope to be able to mentor other young coaches and encourage them to challenge themselves intellectually, because, at the end of it, that's how we continue to grow the game: by continuing to grow ourselves." 

Michael Sup

 

  • Organization: Ohio University
  • Coaching Role: Program Administrator - Master's Degree in Soccer Coaching
  • Playing BackgroundBegan playing soccer at age 4 and played for the U18's at a semi-professional club, King's Lynn Town FC in England. 
  • Quote: "I do not see any value in coaching if you are not wholly committed to sharing ideas, practices, thoughts and beliefs about the game with others."

Nick Barker

 

  • Organization: Coronado High School
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundNamed the 2005 Arizona High School Player of the year and holds records in single season goals scored (46) and career goals scored (102). 
  • Quote: "Soccer was the tool that helped mold me growing up. It is now my turn to give back to the game that has given me so much." 

Richard Costanzo

 

  • Organization: Army West Point
  • Coaching Role: Assistant Coach
  • Playing BackgroundMember of the U.S. Youth U18 National Team before playing one year at Penn State and three years at Maryland, winning a National Championship in 2008. Also played professionally with the Minnesota Thunder, Rochester Rhinos and Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
  • Quote: "I truly enjoy studying the game and coming up with creative ways to help players improve. I look forward to working with all the other coaches and sharing ideas."

Stefan King

 

  • Organization: FC Peoria
  • Coaching Role: Director of Coaching
  • Playing BackgroundRepresented Barbados at the U17, U20, U21 and U23 levels, including Olympic qualifying campaigns, before playing collegiately at Western Illinois University. 
  • Quote: "My lessons learned [in this program] will be shared among the coaching fraternity, and I will see to inspire others who want to make soccer a part of their lives." 

Stefan Skillman

 

  • Organization: Sheridan College
  • Coaching Role: Head Coach
  • Playing BackgroundPlayed Goalkeeper and center back at Grace Bible College despite facing the challenges associated with having a prosthetic foot. 
  • Quote: "The more information I learn about coaching youth players, the better information and support I can provide to volunteer coaches [at the Sheridan YMCA] with the hopes of making their coaching experience more enjoyable and less stressful."