Wyoming Youth Soccer, a proud member of US Youth Soccer, has hired the first female director of coaching (DOC) for a State Association. Anne B. Moore recently joined the paid staff at Wyoming Youth Soccer.
"Anne has experienced many of the places soccer can take someone – from playing at the local level to coaching a Division I soccer team," said Sandy Jenkin, State Registrar/Director of Member Services for Wyoming Youth Soccer. "She is very enthusiastic about the game and I know she will spread that around the state. Anne also understands the importance of well-trained coaches and the need for continued coaching education."
Moore served as University of Wyoming's Head Women's Soccer Coach from 1999 to 2007. She directed recruiting, training, evaluation and academic success of her Division I team. During that time, she also owned and directed the Anne Moore Soccer camps and designed the curriculum.
Her US Youth Soccer experience includes coaching in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) in Virginia, Tennessee and Wyoming. As a player, Moore advanced to the US Youth Soccer National Championships with her club team, the Braddock Road Cyclones from the Braddock Road Youth Soccer Club, Fairfax, Va.
Moore plans to increase Wyoming's involvement with US Youth Soccer ODP. ""This year my plan is to put the word development back into our program by providing our players with four winter training sessions using local and regional college level coaches. We also plan on taking the teams to more showcases and friendlies this year to expose them to players and teams from other parts of the country, as well as to additional college coaches,"" Moore said.
Another part of her plan is to organize events and open an avenue for coaches and players to grow and learn within Wyoming. For coaching development, Wyoming has scheduled a ""D"" License course for this month and will hold biannual youth coaching seminars at the beginning of each season.
"I have recently coached several youth teams, one of them being my son's Under-10 team, and I have seen the passion for the game in this state," said Moore. " I was fortunate to grow up in the soccer rich Washington, D.C., area with very talented coaches and an equally talented pool of players and was able to go on to a successful college career. I would like to provide the same opportunity for success I had growing up to the players in Wyoming by creating a learning environment and developing the talent we have to its fullest."
A four year letter winner at North Carolina State University, she earned her bachelors in communication and was cum laude. Moore continued her education at Virginia Tech were she received her masters in education, health and physical education.
All 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations have DOCs on staff. In most states, this is a paid position. DOC positions are charged with education and development of players and coaches within the state.
The first female state DOC was Sharon O'Connor in Oklahoma. O'Connor was a volunteer for Oklahoma Soccer Association.
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