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George Crampton

COACHING POSITION:

Head Men's Soccer Coach, DeSales University (Pa.)

NSCAA State Director, Northeast Pennsylvania

NSCAA Academy Staff Coach

George Crampton is the NSCAA State Director in northeast Pennsylvania and a National Academy staff coach.

George W. Crampton enters his 16th season with a 162-121-18 (.568) overall record and as the all-time leader in wins in men's soccer history at DeSales University. He has guided the Bulldogs to four Freedom Conference Championships (2005, ‘06, ‘07, and ‘10) as well as five appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2005, ‘06, ‘07, ‘10, and ‘11). In addition, DSU has made eight appearances in the Freedom Conference playoffs and four appearances in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament and Crampton has been named Freedom Conference Coach of the Year four times (2004, ‘05, ‘07, and ‘11).

Crampton's stellar playing career started at Mercer County Community College where he led the team to the NJCAA National Championship in 1991 and was named an All-American in 1992. He was honored for his achievements at MCCC when he is inducted into the Mercer County Community College Hall of Fame in 2009. Crampton then transferred to Elizabethtown College and won two MAC Championships. He was named the MAC MVP and was named to the All-American team in 1994.

Additionally, Crampton holds NSCAA National, Advanced, and Premier coaching diplomas, passing all three with distinction. He is also an UEFA "A" licensed coach.

Follow George on Twitter: @DSUcoach

Interview

How did you first get involved with the NSCAA?

Through Jeff Tipping, the former DOCE of the NSCAA, and when I was an All-American in college, I went to the Convention in Washington, D.C. in 1995.

Tell us about your favorite (or pivotal) NSCAA memory.

I love the annual Convention and I have gotten to meet many of my soccer heroes and chat with them. Pele, Rinus Michels, and Aime Jacquet are just a few. 

What is your favorite NSCAA course to teach and why?

The National Diploma course. I feel I really can have a positive impact on a young inexperienced coach which would make him/her go onto the advanced course.

What was your favorite NSCAA course to take and why?

The Premier. I had Anson Dorrance as my evaluator and loved how he made me open my mind to the game.

What is your favorite part about working as an NSCAA Academy Staff coach?

I love the coaching education part and having young coaches look up to you as a mentor. It’s always great meeting them again at the Convention.

What does the NSCAA mean to you?

It means providing coaching education to coaches in a fun positive way. It also means interacting with your peers at various events to chat and learn.

Why is it important for a coach to advance their education?

This should always be an ongoing thing because the game is ever-changing. There are new methods and ideas being introduced. It is always good to stay on top of things.

Why is it important for a coach to get involved with the NSCAA?

As the biggest coaching organization in the world, the resources available to a member are priceless. 

In your opinion, what are 3-5 key characteristics of a “good coach?”

Belief in what you are teaching and your philosophy

Honesty with your players and coaches

Being able to listen to your players and coaches

Change--always willing to be open to new ideas and methods

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger coach self?

Don’t think you know everything after taking one coaching course!