Karen Hoppa has been named the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Region III Head Coach, replacing Tracy Leone, it was announced by the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.
"I am honored and excited to accept this position," Hoppa said. "I have worked ODP at every level and believe in the ODP process as both a developmental tool and an avenue to make the national teams. I look forward to the challenge of leading Region III."
Hoppa worked as the Assistant Head Coach for Leone in Region III since September 2008 before being elevated to the Head Coaching position at the US Youth Soccer Region III meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, at the end of February.
Hoppa has been heavily involved with state and regional US Youth Soccer ODP staffs and has also been a part of the U.S. Women's National Team staff. In August of 2007, she took seven US Youth Soccer ODP Alabama players to play in the Dana Cup in Hjorring, Denmark, with the Fortuna Club. She had previously spent time coaching the US Youth Soccer ODP Alabama team for the 1990 birth year and had four players selected to the regional pool and two to the national pool. She was also the head goalkeeping coach and regional staff coach for Region II from 1990 to 2001.
Hoppa just returned from a trip to La Manga, Spain, with the U.S. U-18 Women's National Team after going to the U-18 WNT training camp in Carson, Calif., in January. She previously worked as the goalkeeping coach for the April 2009 U-18 WNT camp and was the U.S. National Youth Goalkeeper Coordinator from 2001-04. She has also coached the 2004 U-17 Team, the U-10 team from 2001-03, which won the 2002 World Cup Championship, the 2000 U-18 National Team and the U-16 National Team from 1999-00.
The 2010 soccer season will be Hoppa's 12th at Auburn and her 18th as a Division I Head Coach after spending six years at Central Florida, her alma mater. In 11 seasons at Auburn, she has guided the program to 125 wins, eight NCAA Tournament appearances, six SEC West Championships and one overall conference championship. Her 189 career wins are tied for 43rd most in NCAA Division I history.
US Youth Soccer ODP, established in 1977, is the original Olympic development program in the United States. Formed to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team could be selected for international competition, selected players are exposed to the nation's top coaches from collegiate institutions, U.S. Soccer and the professional leagues. Programs exist in each state and with competitions such as the US Youth Soccer ODP National Championships, Interregional Training/Competition, Regional Camps and International play. US Youth Soccer ODP continues to lead the way in elite player identification and development. US Youth Soccer ODP is an approved program of the U.S. Soccer Federation.