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Indiana Names ODP Director

June 6, 2010 03:25 PM

 Contact: Shannon Stuart
Director of Communications & Marketing
Indianapolis, IN – June 6, 2010 - Indiana Soccer announced today that John Carter has been named the Director of the Indiana Olympic Development Program (ODP).   

Carter holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License and is a long-time member of both the Indiana ODP staff and the Indiana Soccer Coaching Education staff. He is the Region II Girls’ ODP Assistant Head Coach and a member of the Region II camp staff. Carter serves as the NSCAA Division III National Chair of Ranking Committee and is a member of the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional Ranking Committee. He has also served as a club coach in several youth soccer organizations in Central Indiana.
Carter is the Women’s Soccer Coach at DePauw University, Coordinator of the Indoor Tennis and Track Facility and a part-time instructor in the Department of Kinesiology. He was voted the Coach of the Year in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1999 and 2003 and the Coach of the Year in the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1995 and 1996.
“Indiana is fortunate to have someone as experienced and passionate as John Carter to serve as the leader of Indiana’s Olympic Development Program,” said Indiana Soccer Executive Director Dave Guthrie.  “I am confident of John’s ability and commitment to providing a challenging, high-quality experience for every participant.”
Having served as the Director of the Indiana Girls’ Olympic Development Program from 2000-2005, Carter’s knowledge and experience ensures a smooth transition in leadership as Director of Education Vince Ganzberg turns his focus to educational initiatives and developing community soccer in Indiana. Carter will help shape a dynamic and innovative Olympic Development Program where players and coaches can expect to be challenged within developmental environments that are also positive and fun.
“The Olympic Development Program is an "Opportunity to Develop Players" at an elite level but also an opportunity to develop and mentor coaches, and educate parents,” said Carter.
Carter envisions a program focused on creating homogeneous environments to challenge each player to his/her highest ability - by creating training pools for the top players of each age group, providing special training dates for functional training and utilizing more opportunities to play in ODP Friendlies. The program will also offer coaching education opportunities for all members of Indiana Soccer through coaching symposiums held in conjunction with Olympic Development Program training dates. 
"It is with great pleasure and honor that I am accepting this opportunity to lead the Olympic Development Program in the state of Indiana,” said Carter. “I look forward to working with Indiana Soccer, the coaches and players in the continued growth and development of the program.” 
About Indiana Soccer - Indiana Soccer is a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and United States Youth Soccer. It is a not-for-profit Indiana corporation, allowing tax deductible donations and contributions to the fullest extent of the law. Indiana Soccer has a current membership base of over 56,000 youth players, 8,000 active coaches, 3,800 referees and thousands of volunteers through its network of over 140 local member clubs across the state of Indiana.