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US Youth Soccer Names New Assistant Director of Coaching Education

January 3, 2005 09:00 PM

RICHARDSON, TEXAS (January 4, 2005) – US Youth Soccer, the nation’s largest youth sports association, has named John Thomas as the organization’s Assistant Director of Coaching Education. He comes to the US Youth Soccer Coaching Department National Office in Richardson, Texas to fill the ever-growing desire for education among youth soccer coaches.

He will begin in early-January and is expected to make an immediate impact on US Youth Soccer’s Coaching Education Department.

“John’s extensive experience in coaching, player development, and education showed us that he has the tools to be very successful,” said Jim Cosgrove, the Executive Director of US Youth Soccer. “He will be a valuable addition to the already strong Coaching Education foundation and to its commitment to improve the playing environment our athletes experience regardless of age or abilities, specifically focusing on the needs of our recreational players and coaches.”

Thomas is currently serving as the Head Coach at San Diego Mesa College, a Regional Coordinator of Coaching Education for the California Youth Soccer Association – South, and the Director of Coaching Education for the San Diego Crusader Soccer Club. He presently holds the United States Soccer Federation “A” License and National Youth License. His other accolades include playing at the collegiate (University of Maryland) and professional (San Antonio Heat) levels, as well as coaching on semi-professional and professional teams.

Thomas received his PhD, Business Management from Madison University in 2004.

US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Sam Snow, who will work directly with Thomas, said, “Bringing in someone with John’s experience and insight, allows our program to sustain its high levels of growth and prosperity.”

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