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Workshop 2017 Speakers and Topics

Confirmed Speakers and Guests

Ian Barker NSCAA Director of Coaching
Ian Barker

Ian Barker has been at the NSCAA since early 2012.  Before accepting the position of Director of Coaching Education for the NSCAA he served as Men’s Soccer Coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. He also has collegiate coaching experience at the University of Wisconsin, serving as an assistant coach from 1989-1996. From 1997-2007 Coach Barker served as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). As state association the MYSA represented over 140 clubs and 75,000 members.

Coach Barker has served on the national instructional staff for the NSCAA, US Soccer and US Youth Soccer. His formal coaching qualifications come from the NSCAA, US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, the English FA and the German DFB.

As a coach and coach educator Coach Barker has traveled extensively in Europe, south and central America, and Africa.

Twitter ID: @barkernscaa


Joe Cummings Manage Your Soccer Club 
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JOE CUMMINGS has been a pioneer of soccer in the United States for over 40 years. His career has encompassed experiences on both the coach and administrative side, covering the youth, high school, college and professional game.

He is the Founder and President of Cummings Management Group, LLC, a results driven cooperative specializing in LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT and PARTNERSHIP and MANAGE YOUR SOCCER CLUB, LLC, providing consulting services for soccer organizations at all levels developing customized solutions that have a positive impact on every aspect of the organization.

Cummings was CEO of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the largest coaches organization in the world, for six years, from 2009-2015. He was honored by the NSCAA in January 2016 with their Presidential Recognition Award.


Rick Spencer Develop Your College Game Plan
Rick Spencer

Rick Spencer is a financial advisor with Concord Wealth Management, and co-founder of Develop Your College Game Plan, a service provider of college financing, admissions and recruiting advice. Rick's practice focuses on helping families manage major financial challenges, such as paying for college and saving for a comfortable retirement.

Rick was an ODP Team Administrator for five years and he has two daughters who have played college soccer on the Divison 1 and 3 levels.


Susan Czajkowski TheCommCoach
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Suzan Czajkowski, M.A., PCC, is an award winning communication coach and digital marketing consultant. She helps small business owners design their own marketing strategies, communicate effectively about their businesses, and make good marketing decisions that generate great results.

Suzan started her business, TheCommCoach, in 2009 after leaving her last corporate job as a Marketing Manager with an international publisher. She has worked in a variety of different industries including fitness, technology, academics, and the military. She has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Montana. Suzan is a Certified Leadership Coach through Georgetown University and is PCC certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She was awarded Business Coach of the Year by ICF’s local New England chapter in 2013. She is a Master Certified Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact


Judy Van Raalte Professor of Psychology - Springfield College
Judy Van Raalte

Judy L. Van Raalte, Ph.D. is professor of psychology at Springfield College, Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Dr. Van Raalte compiled a 51-12 record during her five-year stint as women's tennis coach at Springfield College. She has presented at conferences in 18 countries, published over 95 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and produced more than 20 sport psychology videos. Her research has been funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Institutes of Mental Health, and the United States Tennis Association. Dr. Van Raalte served as President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology (Division 47) and as the Vice President of the International Society of Sport Psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.


Laura Moretti  Dietitian - Division of Sports Medicine Boston Children's Hospital 

Laura Moretti MS RD CSSD LDN is the dietitian for the Division of Sports Medicine and the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. She completed her Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition as well as her didactic program in clinical dietetics at New York University’s Steinhardt School.  Laura is a Board Certified Sports Dietitian specializing in sports performance based nutrition as well as treating low energy availability, disordered eating and eating disorders in athletes. 



Dr Bridget Quinn Sports Medicine Physician - Boston Children's Hospital 
Dr Quinn

Dr. Quinn graduated from the University of Vermont and University of Vermont College of Medicine AOA. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and her primary care sports medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston.  She has a particular interest in dance medicine and collaborates with the Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet school, Boston Conservatory, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts amongst other local dance schools and programs.  She is also actively involved in comprehensive care of the female athlete as a member of the Women's Orthopaedic Initiative at BIDMC and the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children's Hospital.



Eric Eisendrath Positive Coaching Alliance
Eric Eisenberg PCA

Eric brings his experience as a former Division One hockey goalie at Brown University, and coach of soccer, lacrosse and hockey to PCA workshops in the Northeast U.S. and beyond. In addition to his role at PCA, he has worked in sports television for more than 20 years. This experience has allowed him to cover five Olympic Games, as well as every major league in professional sports.


Rachel Wood Positive Coaching Alliance
Rachel Wood

Rachel Wood has played with some of the best players in the women’s game at the University of North Carolina and the Boston Breakers.  Rachel has experienced the joy of earning two national championships and playing in a positive environment, Rachel has also experienced the challenges presented by illness, injury, and less than positive coaching.  She takes very seriously the responsibility to give back and help young players reach their potential.  She is a sought after trainer for female and male soccer players at every level from youth through college athletes boys and girls.  Rachel also coaches in the Weston High School girls varsity program.  A popular speaker who is thoughtful, relatable, and knowledgeable about sports psychology and the power of positivity, Rachel spoke at a Positive Coaching Alliance event at Harvard University in November 2016 and is now a PCA trainer.  A fierce competitor herself, Rachel knows all about how to develop competitors.


Dr Britt Brewer Professor of Psychology - Springfield College
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Britton W. Brewer, Ph.D. is professor of psychology at Springfield College. He is a Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and is a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. His research on psychological aspects of sport injury has been supported by a series of grants from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has been co-executive producer of more than 20 sport psychology videos, was head coach of the Springfield College men’s cross country team for 9 years, and served as president of a premier soccer club in Western Massachusetts.



Ian Donnelly  Performance Innovation
Ian Donnely

Ian Donnelly has been immersed in the area of Performance Analysis (PA) in Soccer for more than 20 years, both as an analyst and in the development of video analysis technology for coaches and educators. He is an integral member of ISPAS (International Society of Performance Analysis in Sport) and has been at the forefront of the growth and development of Player, Team and Coaching Analysis at all levels of the game.

With a background in both education and coaching, Ian was instrumental in the development of the world’s first interactive video analysis software for coaches. He continues to harness the latest computer and video technology to enhance both player development and coaching effectiveness in his current role as Managing Director at Performance Innovation.

In the area of Coach Education, Ian provides analysis expertise and support within UEFA licence courses, and also with the NSCAA here in the US.


Ian Donnelly  Performance Innovation
Cliff Robbins

Cliff Robbins joined the Concussion Legacy Foundation team in 2012. Before joining the foundation, Cliff worked as a Research Coordinator at the Boston University CTE Research Center. While at BU, he authored and co-authored several academic papers on the long term consequences of brain trauma.

Cliff currently serves as program manager for all Foundation educational and research programs. Cliff currently sits as a Foundation representative on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Sports Concussion Policy Working Group, helping the Foundation shape concussion policy at the state level. Cliff also leads the Foundation’s concussion consulting program, working closely with educational, athletic, and municipal groups to help implement best practices to protect athletes. He regularly speaks on behalf of the Foundation to the media and in presentations to a variety of audiences, with over 50 invited programs to date.


Tom Goodman Northeast Soccer League
Tom Goodman

NSL Executive Director                 

USSF ‘A’ License

USSF National Staff

Former TD Mass Youth Soccer

Former DOC PA West Soccer Assn.

Former US Youth Soccer National DOC


David Dube Winchester Hospital 
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David Dubé PT, a graduate of Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences, with his degree in Physical Therapy, as well as The Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.  He now has 25 years clinical experience in Outpatient Orthopedics.  He is directly responsible for the Hands On, rehabilitation of athletes having undergone Anterior Cruciate Ligament repair.  Including vast clinical experience with Orthopedic and Sports related injuries.

Mr. Dubé holds several Soccer Coaching Diplomas and Certificates, through MYSA as well as the NSCAA.  He has coached soccer including age groups from U6-U14, at the Town, Travel and Club Soccer levels. 

The hope of this discussion is to bring together the research, clinical experience along with coaching components, as they relate to Anatomy, Risk Factors and Prevention of ACL Injuries.



Brendan Donahue Lexington United Soccer Club
Brendan Donahue

Brendan arrived in Lexington with an extensive coaching background at both the collegiate, over a decade of coaching at the DI and III levels, and club level (former Boston Blast Technical Director). Brendan, a graduate of Middlebury College, currently serves on the Mass Youth Soccer Instructional Staff on a part time basis as well as being head coach of the GU16 Olympic Development Program Coach Donahue has been instrumental in developing LUSC into a full service soccer club that serves over 1,300 Lexington families and 280 volunteer coaches each year. 

  • US Soccer Federation, USSF “A” License
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • US Youth Soccer, National Youth License


Josh Kempner Medway Youth Soccer
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Josh has been Director of Coaching for Medway Youth Soccer since joining its Board of Directors in 2015, and brought in MA Youth Soccer to work with the club on player and coach development for pre-K through 1st grade teams shortly thereafter. He also coaches his daughter's '04 team and is the town's referee assignor for BAYS teams.

Prior to moving to Medway, he held multiple positions as age group director for Reading United Soccer Club from U6-U10. In Reading, he developed the club's involvement with MA Youth Soccer as part of the Micro (U6/U8) program and grew it through multiple different formats before settling on the successful formula that is used today. This program then also expanded to include U10 teams in RUSC's in-town league, which Josh helped the club to start in 2013, and with selected travel teams up through U14.


Stuart May Reading Youth Soccer
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Micro Coach (U6/U8)

Age Group Coordinator for Micro Program for the town.  Implemented updates and changes to the program (separating genders, larger U8 fields, etc)

Current Age Group Co-Ordinator for GU10 (ITL and Travel) as well as current G10-1 head coach.  Also Team Manager for G11 club team.



John Barata Easton Youth Soccer

John Barata is in his 11th year as the Director of Coach and Player Development for Easton Soccer and his 19th year as a professional coach.  John Barata currently holds the USSF "A" License,  the NSCAA Premier Diploma, the USYS National Youth License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma. Coach John Barata completed his 8th season as Head Coach of the Oliver Ames Boys Soccer and has earned a 103 - 29 - 29 Record. John Barata was inducted into the Immaculate High School "Hall of Fame" Class of 2009 and the Assumption College "Hall of Fame" in October 2011.





Erica Schuling Simmons College

Most coached victories in program history

Named GNAC coach of the year in 2009 and 2014

Guided the sharks to post season in 8 of 10 seasons, including 3 appearances in the GNAC title match

Served as an assistant coach for 2 seasons, helping the sharks to a 28-4-1 record and an NCAA tournament berth in 2004

Played professionally for the bay state select in the WPSL and was a member of the US National “B” team

4 year starter and 2 year captain for Syracuse University


Kelly Lindsey Representing Simmons College
Kelly Lindsey

After an incredibly successful collegiate career at Notre Dame, Kelly represented our country on the U.S. National Team and also has enjoyed an impressive coaching career at the collegiate, professional, and international levels.

Lindsey’s extensive coaching experience includes stops at five collegiate programs and one professional team.  Kelly was an Assistant Coach at University of Chicago in 2014. She was an Assistant Coach and then Interim Head Coach for Sky Blue FC in the Women's Professional Soccer league in 2009. After that stint, Lindsey spent two years coaching at University of California, Berkeley and was Associate Head Coach in 2010. She was also Head Coach at Saint Mary's College of California from 2006-08, as well as an Assistant Coach at the nationally-ranked programs University of Texas (2004-06) and University of Colorado (2003-04).

Kelly has coached amongst the US Women’s Youth National Team Program for both the U-21 and U-14 Girls Youth National Team Programs.  Currently, she is the Head Coach, helping build the Afghanistan Women’s National Team.

Lauren Lukis Bentley College

Graduate of Clark University who began her collegiate career at Bentley, is in her 14th year as head coach of the women's soccer program in 2016. Lukis has led Bentley two berths in the NE-10 playoffs in the 2003 and 2007 seasons. Lukis, a Holliston native, came to Bentley after two years as an assistant coach at Brandeis University (2001-2002) and one at UMass-Lowell (2000). She has earned a national coaching diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Lukis played two seasons at Bentley, starting midfielder both seasons, she amassed 20 points in 39 career games. She also was a two-year letterwinner in track while at Bentley. She finished her collegiate career at Clark, where she was also a two-year starter before receiving her degree in psychology. Post college, Lukis has played with the Azzurri in the Eastern Massachusetts Division I Women’s Soccer League. She also played with the Rhode Island Rays of the W-League for six seasons. 


Nancy Feldman Boston University

Entering her 22nd season at the helm of the Boston University women's soccer team, head coach Nancy Feldman has transformed the program from club-level to a team that is consistently competing against the nation's top squads. After dominating the America East, winning nine conference titles, the Terriers have already made their mark as the top-team in the Patriot League, winning three-straight titles in their first three seasons in the conference.

Following the 2014 season, USA Today named Boston University the third-best Division I women's soccer program in the U.S. based on team success, overall school quality and the academic record of the student athletes. BU ranked behind 2014 NCAA finalist Virginia and ahead of NCAA semifinalists Stanford and Texas A&M and NCAA quarterfinalist UCLA.


Joe Calabrese Endicott College

Head Coach at Endicott (2011-present)
54-37-16 (.579) overall record

24-12-9 (.633) in-conference record at Endicott

2015 CCC Coach of the Year

2015 CCC Regular Season Champions

Coached Gulls to program record in single season wins (16) in 2015

  • Head Coach at Utica (2008-2010)
  • Assistant Coach at Western New England (2005-08)
  • Assistant Coach at Westfield State (2004)
  • Played at Westfield State (2000-03)


Referee Presentations

Russ Wolf MSRC


Laws of the Game Changes for 2017 


In March 2016, the IFAB published a major re-write of the Laws of the Game. There are some significant changes due to be introduced for the Spring season of 2017. Presenter Russ, began his career as a referee in 1990, becoming a National Referee in 2010. He is currently a State Referee Instructor, Assessor and was recently named SYRA for Massachusetts. 


Tom Supple MSRC



Law 11 – Offside, has some very well defined criteria. However, it is the only Law that has one of the officials focused on getting it right. Tom Supple a former FIFA Assistant Referee, working World Cup Qualifiers, MLS and Women’s Professional Leagues will discuss how the decision is made.


Peter Kokolski MSRC


Developing Referees

Like any other skill, becoming a good referee takes time, lots of practice and constructive feedback. The Massachusetts State Referee Committee runs a development program that helps Referees improve. This presentation will describe the process, roles and responsibilities. Peter is the State Director of Referee Assessment, formerly an MLS Referee.


Nigel Bright MSRC


What is a Foul? 

A Foul is one of the most subjective decisions a Referee has to make. Did the player trip or attempt to trip, kick or attempt to kick, strike or attempt to strike? Was the action careless, reckless or using excessive force? This presentation will describe and then illustrate the decision making process. Nigel is State Director of Referee Instruction. Has been refereeing since 1985 mostly in the Adult Amateur Leagues around London, England.