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Laura Kerrigan


Head Girls Coach, Cary High School



How did you first become involved with the NSCAA?
I took the Advanced National Diploma on the advice of my head coach and was invited on staff a year or so later.

Why do you continue to stay involved with the NSCAA?
Great exchange of information with other coaches.

Why do you like teaching NSCAA courses?
Same as above.

What is your favorite NSCAA course to teach and why?
Advanced National - the teach topics are more tactical - more discussion points.

What is the best thing about the NSCAA Academy?
The other staff members.

Who is your all-time favorite player?
Pele - I was fortunate to see him play in the twilight of his career with the NY Cosmos. What he could do with the ball was amazing to me.

Who are/were your mentors in soccer?
When I was an assistant coach at William & Mary, John Daly became somewhat of a mentor to me. In the NSCAA academy, Schellas Hyndman, Mike Parsons and Jeff Tipping have taught me much about the game.

Who are your mentors in the coaching profession?
Same as above.

What advice would you give to young coaches?
Coach through your own personality. Don't try to emulate others.

What is your favorite book and why?
There are too many to pick one. Regarding soccer, Bill Beswick's book Focused for Soccer is excellent.

What is your favorite movie and why?
The Way we Were - I love the way Barbra Streisand's character, Katie, always stands up for her principles no matter how unpopular they are and no matter what it costs her.

What is the last book you read?
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossein

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
The President of the United States - to effect change.