2021 PRESENTERS

United Soccer Coaches is excited to unveil a wide variety of presenters you will get to experience within the Digital Convention. This event gives attendees access to 50+ educational sessions and workshops presented by some of the top talent in the World.  You will hear from coaches in MLS, NWSL, national federations, top European clubs, and NCAA soccer programs. The presenters and organizations listed below are just some of the names and faces you will see delivering 2021 Digital Convention sessions.

^The full Digital Convention schedule is available under the ‘Schedule” tab in the top navigation menu. 

José Mourinho

Manager, Tottenham Hotspur FC

Presenting Topic: 1 on 1 with José Mourinho

Jesse Marsch

Head Coach, Red Bull Salzburg

Presenting Topic Coming Soon: Leadership. My Way. An Interview with Red Bull Salzburg Head Coach Jesse Marsch, Sponsored by Beyond Pulse

Carrie Taylor

Technical Consultant, Jamaica Women's National Team

Presenting Topic: Everyone Loves Feedback… Even You Coach

Hubert Busby Jr.

Head Coach, Jamaica Women's National Team

Presenting Topic: The Role of the Modern Day Coach: Creating a Culture of Excellence

Staci Wilson

USWNT Olympic Gold Medalist; Founder, In Balance Training

Presenting Topic: Nutritional Considerations for Optimal Performance in Soccer Players from Youth to Elite

Carlos Somoano

Head Men's Soccer Coach, University of North Carolina

 Presenting Topic: Coach and Captain Journey to a Championship – Panelist
Amanda Cromwell

Head Women's Soccer Coach, UCLA

Presenting Topic: Creating Goal Scoring Opportunities

Anson Dorrance

Head Women's Soccer Coach, University of North Carolina

Presenting Topic: Coaching Mentally Tough Athletes:  Are They Born or Made?

Dr. Colleen Hacker

Pacific Lutheran University Professor, Certified Mental Performance Consultant

Presenting Topic: Coaching Mentally Tough Athletes:  Are They Born or Made?
Keidane McAlpine

Head Women's Soccer Coach, University of Southern California

Presenting Topic: Cultivating Player Driven Culture

Donna Fishter

Leadership Coach & Team Architect, Donna Fishter Consulting

 Presenting Topic: How to Train Your Captains and Team Leaders – Moderator
John O'Sullivan

Founder, Changing the Game Project

Presenting Topic: To be a Better Coach, Be a Better You: How Self Awareness Drives Coaching Excellence
Emma Hayes

Head Coach, Chelsea FC Women

Presenting Topic: Leadership. My Way. An Interview with Red Bull Salzburg Head Coach Jesse Marsch, Sponsored by Beyond Pulse

Ray Reid

Head Men's Soccer Coach, University of Connecticut

Presenting Topic: Coach and Captain Journey to a Championship

Yael Averbuch West

Founder, Techne Futbol

Presenting Topic: Building a Culture of Self Training

Giovanni Savarese

Head Coach, Portland Timbers

Presenting Topic: The Portland Timbers Way

Carlos Llamosa

Assistant Coach, Portland Timbers

Presenting Topic: The Portland Timbers Way

Guillermo "Memo" Valencia

Goalkeeping Coach, Portland Timbers

Presenting Topic: The Portland Timbers Way

Willie McNab

Head of Children’s Program, Celtic FC

Presenting Topic: Match Situation: 1v1 To Dominate and Destroy

Chris Gbandi

Head Men's Soccer Coach, Northeastern University

Presenting Topic: Coach and Captain Journey to a Championship – Panelist

Dan Abrahams

Sports Psychologist

Presenting Topic: Performance with Wellbeing in Mind: Developing a Psychologically Informed Environment

Ian Barker

Director of Coaching Education, United Soccer Coaches

Presenting Topic: Preparation, Execution, Reflection in the Coaching Process

Kia McNeill

Head Women's Soccer Coach, Brown University

Presenting Topic: Embracing Challenges and Developing Resilience – Panelist

Women and Diversity: A Lack of Minority and Females in Coaching, Refereeing and Leadership – Panelist

Theresa Hirschauer

HS Girls Soccer Coach and Middle School Head, Cincinnati Country Day School

Presenting Topic: Communications and Feedback – Panelist

Amy Griffin

Technical Director, OL Reign Academy

Presenting Topic: Embracing Challenges and Developing Resilience – Moderator

Samantha Snow

Executive Director, Liberty Soccer Club and Bluesprings Youth Soccer Association

Presenting Topic: Embracing Challenges and Developing Resilience – Panelist

Lesle Gallimore

Commissioner, The Girls Academy

Presenting Topic: Creating a Positive Team and Playing Culture – Panelist

How Youth Coaches Can Assist Players Through The Recruiting Process – Moderator

Oguchi Onyewu

Onyx Elite

Presenting Topic: How To Be An Ally – Panelist

Becky Burleigh

Head Women's Soccer Coach, University of Florida

Presenting Topic: Communication and Feedback – Panelist

Kelly Kratz

National Lead Trainer, Positive Coaches Alliance

Presenting Topic: Creating a Positive Team and Playing Culture – Moderator

Peter Vermes

Manager and Sporting Director, Sporting Kansas City

Presenting Topic: 1 on 1 with Peter Vermes

Jon Parry

Academy Director, Sporting Kansas City

Presenting Topic: The Sporting KC Academy Way

Bo Oshoniyi

Head Men's Soccer Coach, Dartmouth University

Presenting Topic: Coach and Captain Journey to a Championship – Panelist

Ben Speas

Director of Men's Soccer Operations, University of North Carolina

Presenting Topic: Coach and Captain Journey to a Championship – Panelist

Sean McCafferty

Academy Director, New York Red Bulls

Presenting Topic: Accelerating the Individual Development of Top Talents

A.J. Barnold

Performance Analyst, United States Women's National Team

Presenting Topic: Performance Analysis in the Women’s National Team Environment

Graeme Murty

Head of Elite Academy Development, Rangers FC

Presenting Topic: The Rangers FC Academy Game Model Development

Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak

Head Women's Soccer Coach, University of Central Florida

Presenting Topic: Creating a Positive Team and Playing Culture – Panelist

Jim Curtin

Head Coach, Philadelphia Union

Presenting Topic: Transitions in the Modern Game, Presented by Kwik Goal

Charlie Inverso

Head Men's Soccer Coach, Rider University

Presenting Topic: Coach and Captain Journey to a Championship – Moderator

Sammy Castellanos

Academy Coach, New York Red Bulls

Presenting Topic: Accelerating the Individual Development of Top Talents

Kevin Thelwell

Head of Sport, New York Red Bulls

Presenting Topic: The Role of the Sporting Director

Karla Thompson

Coach Educator, U.S. Soccer Federation

Presenting Topic: Women and Diversity: A Lack of Minority and Females in Coaching, Refereeing and Leadership – Moderator

Coaching Education, Development and Mentorship for Female Coaches, Presented by VW – Panelist

Kristine Lilly

Co-Owner and Coach, TeamFirst Soccer Academy

Presenting Topic: Embracing Challenges and Developing Resilience – Panelist

Bryan Maxwell Turner

Head Boys and Girls Soccer Coach, Blue Valley North

Presenting Topic: Creating a Positive Team and Playing Culture – Panelist

Brandi Chastain

Coach/VP Partner Acquisitions, DeAnza Force

Presenting Topic: Communication and Feedback – Panelist

Julie Foudy

In-Studio Analyst, ESPN

Presenting Topic: Communication and Feedback – Moderator

Kaig Lightner

Founding Executive Director, Portland Community Football Club

Presenting Topic: How To Create Truly Inclusive Teams – Moderator

Susan Barr

Head Varsity Boys Soccer Coach, Malvern Prep

Presenting Topic: Communication and Feedback – Panelist

Eva Havaris

Executive Vice President, York9

Presenting Topic: How To Create Truly Inclusive Teams – Panelist

Freya Coombe

Head Coach, Sky Blue FC

 Presenting Topic: FC Sky Blue Favorite Four Training Activities

Marsha Harper

Head Women's Soccer Coach, American University

Presenting Topic: How Youth Coaches Can Assist Players Through The Recruiting Process – Panelist

David Copeland-Smith

Founder, Beast Mode Soccer

Presenting Topic: The Simple Individual Development Plan

Denise Reddy

Assistant Coach, Chelsea FC Women

Presenting Topic: Chelsea FC Way

Steve Hoffman

Director of Coaching & Player Development, Cal South

Presenting Topic: Scouting Players in Their Natural Environment

Laura Harvey

U-20 Youth National Team Coach, US Soccer Federation

Presenting Topic: Playing Through the Middle Third

Matt Busch

Executive Director, Inter Atlanta FC

Presenting Topic: Navigating Return to Play Protocols Across State Lines and Political Subdivisions – Panelist

Michelle Lenard

Head Women's Soccer Coach, Dallas Baptist University

Presenting Topic: How to Train Your Captains and Team Leaders – Panelist

Aaron Baggish

Director of Cardiovascular Performance Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

Presenting Topic: COVID-19. What have we learned? Where do we go? The health and medical best practices in a safe return to soccer. – Panelist

Shalom Kimble

Head Girls Coach, Girls Unite San Francisco

Presenting Topic: How To Create Truly Inclusive Teams – Panelist

Mayowa Owolabi

Florida President, CCL

Presenting Topic: Navigating Return to Play Protocols Across State Lines and Political Subdivisions – Panelist

Ashlee Fontes-Comber

Commercial Lead, Board of Directors - The Girls Academy

Presenting Topic: Dynamic Investment in Women’s Football – Panelist

Collin Martin

Midfielder, San Diego Loyal

Presenting Topic: How To Create Truly Inclusive Teams – Panelist

Mike Lynch

Head Women's Soccer Coach, Belmont Abbey College

Presenting Topic: World Religions and Soccer: Educating Coaches To Better Serve Their Players – Moderator

John Barata

CEO and Director of Coaching, Legacy Soccer Club

Presenting Topic: Navigating Return to Play Protocols Across State Lines and Political Subdivisions – Panelist

Jochen Sauer

Academy Director, Bayern Munich

Presenting Topic: FC Bayern Campus – Optimizing Youth Player Development

Brett Jacobs

Assistant Coach, Nashville SC

Presenting Topic: The Nashville SC Academy Way

Carles Martín

Academy Director, Barcelona

Presenting Topic: Introduction to the BARÇA Playing Way and its Transmission Worldwide

Isaac Guerrero

Deputy Director of Methodology, Barcelona

Presenting Topic: Introduction to the BARÇA Playing Way and its Transmission Worldwide

Josh Walters

Head Women's Soccer Coach, James Madison University

Presenting Topic: How to Train Your Captains and Team Leaders – Panelist

Matt Cosinuke

Head Women's Soccer Coach, Eastern Kentucky University

Presenting Topic: How to Train Your Captains and Team Leaders – Panelist

Mark Wilson

Co-Founder, Beyond Pulse

Presenting Topic: Winter Training – “What Are You Doing With The Time That You Do Have?”

Tom Shields

Global Director of Club Development and Coach Education, Beyond Pulse

Presenting Topic: Winter Training – “What Are You Doing With The Time That You Do Have?”

Bobby Puppione

Academy Director, TSJ FC Virginia

Presenting Topic: How Youth Coaches Can Assist Players Through The Recruiting Process – Panelist

Anthony Capotosto

Academy Director, Toronto FC

Presenting Topic: An In-Depth Look at Set Pieces

David Robertson

Academy Director, Nationals

Presenting Topic: How Youth Coaches Can Assist Players Through The Recruiting Process – Panelist

Salma Tarik

CEO, ST10

Presenting Topic: World Religions and Soccer: Educating Coaches To Better Serve Their Players – Panelist

Kelvin Jones

Academy Director, Columbus Crew

Presenting Topic: Developing a Principle of Play: Columbus Crew Methodology

Holly Benjamin

Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine, University of Chicago

Presenting Topic: COVID-19. What have we learned? Where do we go? The health and medical best practices in a safe return to soccer. – Panelist

George Chiampas

Chief Medical Officer, US Soccer

Presenting Topic: COVID-19. What have we learned? Where do we go? The health and medical best practices in a safe return to soccer. – Panelist

Abe Tizaf

Head Coach, Saint Mary of the Woods College

Presenting Topic: World Religions and Soccer: Educating Coaches To Better Serve Their Players – Panelist

Nicole Idowu

Director of Referee Operations, US Soccer

Presenting Topic: Women and Diversity: A Lack of Minority and Females in Coaching, Refereeing and Leadership – Panelist

Magnus Alford

Managing Director, Sport Session Planner

Presenting Topic: Developing Attacking Creativity The Liverpool FC Way

Margot Putukian

Chief Medical Officer, MLS

Presenting Topic: COVID-19. What have we learned? Where do we go? The health and medical best practices in a safe return to soccer. – Panelist

Paul Gizzi

Director of Development & Japan Ministries, So. Cal Seahorses

Presenting Topic: World Religions and Soccer: Educating Coaches To Better Serve Their Players – Panelist

Angela Hucles Mangano

2-Time Olympic Gold-Medalist, Founding Owner, Angel City FC

Presenting Topic: Dynamic Investment in Women’s Football – Panelist

Steven Gillepsie

Program Manager, Liverpool FC

Presenting Topic: Developing Attacking Creativity The Liverpool FC Way

Nicole Hercules

Chair, United Soccer Coaches Black Soccer Coaches Membership Group

Presenting Topic: Women and Diversity: A Lack of Minority and Females in Coaching, Refereeing and Leadership – Panelist

Mabricio Wilson

Owner, Futbolr Clothing Brand

Presenting Topic: 1 on 1 with Robin Fraser – Moderator

Hank Steinbrecher

Former Secretary General, US Soccer

Presenting Topic: 1 on 1 with Hank Steinbrecher

German Peri

Director of Coaching, Arlington Soccer Association

Presenting Topic: Navigating Return to Play Protocols Across State Lines and Political Subdivisions – Panelist

Jill ellis

2-time World Cup Champion, Former USWNT Head Coach, US Soccer

Presenting Topic: Coaching Education, Development and Mentorship for Female Coaches, Presented by VW – Panelist

Gregg Berhalter

USMNT Head Coach, US Soccer

Presenting Topic: Interview with Gregg Berhalter, Presented by Volkswagen 

Crystal Dunn

Midfielder/Defender, Portland Thorns FC, USWNT

Presenting Topic: Team VW Ambassadors Panel, Presented by Volkswagen – Panelist 

Jordan Morris

Forward, Seattle Sounders FC, USMNT

Presenting Topic: Team VW Ambassadors Panel, Presented by Volkswagen – Panelist 

Emma Thomson

Youth Coach, North Carolina FC / ECNL

Presenting Topic: Coaching Education, Development and Mentorship for Female Coaches, Presented by VW – Panelist

Tyler Adams

Midfielder, RB Leipzig, USMNT

Presenting Topic: Team VW Ambassadors Panel, Presented by Volkswagen – Panelist 

Kelley O’Hara

Defender, Washington Spirit, USWNT

Presenting Topic: Team VW Ambassadors Panel, Presented by Volkswagen -Panelist 

Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine, University of Chicago

Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine, University of Chicago

Chief Medical Officer, US Soccer

Chief Medical Officer, US Soccer

2021 PRESENTING ORGANIZATIONS

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