For nearly 30 years, I have been motivated to introduce our youth to the beautiful game, to education parents to become comfortable and capable as coaches, to utilize the youth soccer experience to enhance our sense of neighborhood, and to weave an ethic of caring and service into our community of programs. As much as anything, I have worked to create environments and experiences that encourage continued participation throughout each player’s youth, and potentially beyond, in recognition of the amazing benefits that such continued participation provides to each individual and our society at large.
My efforts have generally focused on the less glamorous aspects of the game, the ones that don’t attract a lot of attention or volunteers. I have refereed for the past 40 years, while training thousands of youth referees and game leaders over the past 15 years. I coordinated MSI’s TOPSoccer program for 15 of the past 20 years, and led the annual MSYSA TOPSoccer Festival over that time, as well. I have coached teams at all levels of player, while focusing the last 10 years on leading skills development programs for players and coaches in the Recreational and Classic community. I have managed large tournaments for very small clubs, small events for very large clubs, and everything in between.
My passion going forward is to support and facilitate systems to deliver the quality coaching education for which US Youth Soccer is so well known. We will recognize that all coaches are hungry for such opportunities, that coaches at different levels will consume and learn in very different ways, and that our focus will be on achieving success at feeding their desire to learn on behalf of all the kids!
Recent Work Experience:
2001-2018: Executive Director, Montgomery Soccer Inc.
1999-2001: Business Manager, Computer Sciences Corporation
1998-1999: Financial Analyst, Montgomery County Bankers
BA, Davidson College, 1980
Masters (Finance), Johns Hopkins University, 1998
2016-2018: MSYSA Executive Vice President
2001-2018: MSI (every role you could imagine!)
1996-2018: Thomas S. Wootton HS (Boys’ Varsity)
2001-2016: MSYSA TOPSoccer Annual Festival Director (and related activities)
1995-2011: Potomac Memorial Tournament (tournament director, scheduler, etc.)
1995-2001: Potomac Soccer Association (my own kids’ teams)