Find out the background information and qualifications of some of the prominent presenters who will lead education sessions at the 2014 US Youth Soccer Workshop in Philadelphia.
Mike Barr, Director of Coaching – Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer
Mike has been the full-time Director of Coaching for Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer for the past four years. Prior to taking the Director of Coaching position, Mike was a special education teacher in the Wallingford Swarthmore School District.
Mike played collegiate soccer at Millersville University, where he is a member of the Millersville Sports Hall of Fame. He has coached at the professional level, collegiate level and club, but is best known for his success coaching at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, Pa. In his 22 years at Strath Haven, Mike’s teams won an unprecedented 409 games, as well as five State Championships, six District Championships and 15 Central League Titles.
Mike holds a USSF 'A' License, NSCAA Premier License and a UEFA 'B' License, as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. He and Assistant Director of Coaching Gary Stephenson publish a monthly electronic magazine for coaches called The Evolving Game for Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer. The Evolving Game is read in more 60 countries. He is well known for his strong opinions in numerous articles regarding youth soccer and player development in this country.
Alex Chiet, Chief Technical Officer – The Ontario Soccer Association
As Ontario Soccer Association's Chief Technical Officer, Alex is responsible for leading the implementation of the Canadian Soccer Association's Long-term Player Development in Ontario. This has seen Ontario putting the players needs first and foremost in making significant changes to competitive structures, coaching programs and developing a new holistic pathway for players, coaches and referees.
Prior to this role, Alex was the High Performance Manager at New Zealand Football overseeing all National Programs, including the New Zealand Men's 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa — where the team went unbeaten with three draws against Italy, Slovakia and Paraguay.
Alex played in the National League in New Zealand for eight years and was a member of New Zealand age-group squads, in addition to playing semi-professional soccer in Australia.
Dan Gaspar, Assistant Coach – Iran National Team
For more than 25 years, Dan Gaspar has studied and created ideal training methods for goalkeeper and field player development. He has worked with world-class coaches, and his knowledge, expertise and savvy earned him the invitation to join the Portugal National Team coaching staff for the South Africa 2010 World Cup. He’s also worked with the U.S. National Teams, colleges and several professional clubs, including FC Porto, SL Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and the New York Metrostars.
Dan holds a USSF ‘A’ License, as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He’s the author of numerous soccer coaching articles, most recently published in the New York Times and Time Magazine. With his diverse expertise and strong interpersonal skills, Dan has the ability to motivate, train and educate athletes and coaches of all levels, and manage teams at every level.
Lee Hancock, Professor – Cal State Dominguez Hills
Lee Hancock, PhD, is a consultant and professor at California State University Dominguez Hills dedicated to improving the performance of athletes, students, parents and organizations. His applied work, research and professional writing range from maximizing performance and learning of elite athletes to creating and implementing programs for youth sport organizations in order to maximize the youth sport experience. Lee consults with professional, college, and youth athletes and teams, in order to help improve how they learn, develop and perform. Lee also conducts programs for student-athletes; ranging from Wonderlic preparation for prospective NFL players to programs for high school aged student-athletes such as college and professional readiness programs and SAT preparation programs.
Lee played both college and semi-professional soccer. In addition, Lee has coached competitive youth soccer for almost 20 years and has a USSF ‘A’ license. He is a tenured Professor in the Division of Kinesiology at Cal State - Dominguez Hills. His courses include motor development, teacher preparation and sport psychology.
Peter Mellor, National Technical Director – United Soccer Leagues
Peter Mellor, currently a National Technical Director for United Soccer Leagues (USL), compiled 16 years of goalkeeper experience in the English Premier, 1st and 2nd Division Leagues with Manchester City, Burnley, Fulham and Portsmouth. Peter has used his playing experience to instruct players and coaches, as he developed and implemented the United States Soccer Federation’s weeklong National Goalkeeping License for coaches, which is now in its eighth year.
Peter has more than 30 years of coaching experience in the United States at all levels, including in the MLS with Real Salt Lake. He’s also assisted numerous U.S. Men’s National Team coaches and trained the U.S. National Team goalkeepers from the Under-15 age level through the senior team. He has helped guide the U.S. National Teams in several competitions, including six U-17 Men’s World Cups, three U-20 Men’s World Cups and the 2000 Olympic Games.
Some of the notable U.S. goalkeepers that Peter helped develop at the senior and youth levels include Tim Howard, Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller, Nick Rimando and Hope Solo.
Mike Parsons – US Youth Soccer National Instructor
Mike Parsons’ soccer coaching career has been evolving for the past 40 years, including serving as the NSCAA’s first full- time Director of Coaching Education, coaching at the collegiate level for 17 years and working with numerous clubs and teams as a youth coach, clinician or DOC in almost every state in the country. During the past seven years, Parsons has coached at the IMG sports complex in Florida and also lived in South Texas as the state Director of Coaching – overseeing the coaching education program and ODP training and selections.
Internationally, Parsons has studied youth development, coaching education and National Team Programs in Brazil, Holland, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, England and Bermuda. He has been invited to London to attend the Football Association Coaches Association Conference and United European Football Trainers’ Symposium on numerous occasions.
A native of Northampton, Massachusetts, Parsons played soccer at the University of Massachusetts. He holds a Master’s degree in physical education from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro and was an assistant coach as the school earned their first national championship in 1982.
Dr. Ron Quinn, Professor – Xavier University
Dr. Ron Quinn is in his 37th year of teaching and coaching, and has worked at every educational level holding various positions. A member of the US Youth Soccer National Staff, he was one of the primary authors of the US Youth Soccer National Youth License and the State Youth Modules. For his work during the past 30 years in coaching education, he was awarded the 2006 NSCAA Youth Long-Term Achievement Award
and in 2007 received the US Youth Soccer Dr. Thomas Fleck Excellence in Youth Coaching Education Award
Additionally, Quinn served as the Xavier University Women's Soccer Coach from 1993-2004 — holding a 134-95-16 record during the 12 year period, winning two Atlantic-Ten Tournament titles and qualifying for the conference tournament nine of 12 seasons.
Dr. Quinn is considered a leading authority in youth soccer and coaching education, and he has attended prestigious national and international conferences, such as the 1999 XX Annual Union of European Football (Soccer) Trainers Symposium, in London. More recently, he was one of two Americans to present at the International Council for Coaching Education Global Coach Conference at Beijing Sport University in Beijing.
Jenna Sherlock, President – Jenna Communications
After working as a full-time television reporter/anchor for more than eight years, Jenna began her own company – Jenna Communications, LLC – a Public Relations, Event Planning, Media, and Social Media Consulting firm in 2007. She currently continues to spice up the television screen part-time as a freelance reporter and also began PR Tips of the Week, which she posts on her YouTube channel and her website. She shares the tips with the world thanks to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.
A graduate of Villanova, she broke into public relations after interviewing her old boss at a media conference in New York City. He asked her to put him in the spotlight, and she did just that for him several times on national and local TV shows, as well as top business blogs, and mainstream newspapers and magazines.
Her fearless personality helped her pursue her dreams of being an entrepreneur. Jenna Communications, LLC is a dream she created long ago, and her website and her social media pages are proof of her passion for media, social media and events.
Chris Snyder, Director of Coaching Education – U.S. Olympic Committee
Chris Snyder is the Director of Coaching Education for the United States Olympic Committee. His responsibilities include discovering and providing resources to better benefit sport culture and the National Governing Bodies that service sport in our great nation.
In addition, Chris is focused on supporting both the Sport Performance Department and Team USA coaches as they strive to be the best they can be. Snyder has been coaching competitive sports for more than 12 years and currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife, Samantha.
Previously, Chris served as the Manager of Coaching Education and Training for US Lacrosse in Baltimore, Md.
Max Trenerry, Sports Psychologist – Mayo Clinic
Dr. Trenerry is a neuropsychologist and sport psychologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, as well as a licensed psychologist in the State of Minnesota, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.
Dr. Trenerry is the sport psychology consultant to US Youth Soccer Region II ODP Boys and for women’s soccer at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. He lectures on sport psychology for the NSCAA’s Director of Coaching Diploma course.
He holds the National Director of Coaching and Regional Goalkeeping Diplomas from the NSCAA, the USSF ‘C’ License, US Youth Soccer Youth License, and the Psychology for Football Diploma, Level 5, from the English Football Association. He has coached for US Youth Soccer ODP Minnesota, Rochester Youth Soccer Association (Minn.), served as a high school girls soccer assistant coach and served on the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association’s Education Committee. Max was selected as Minnesota Youth Soccer Association’s Boys Competitive Coach of the Year in 2009. He has provided sport psychology consultation for junior college, college and PDL teams in addition to his work with ODP Region II.
BJ Zellers, President – Activation Sports Marketing
Athletic prowess has been at the heart of BJ’s path toward sports marketing. An All-American athlete at the University of Pennsylvania, she continued her love of sport in the classroom by earning her Masters of Education in Temple University’s Sports Marketing program. While attending graduate school she coached field hockey and lacrosse at Drexel University.
Post-graduation, Ms. Zellers took time away from the field to hone her sales and marketing skills, spending 20 years working at Fortune 500 companies, including; Kraft, PepsiCo, Nestle and Anheuser-Busch. It was through this experience BJ had the knowledge and confidence to go back to her roots and launch a sports marketing company. She has been at the helm of Activation Sports Marketing (ASM) for the past five years and has quickly established a prominent list of clients and sport properties ASM represents on a regional and national basis.
Ms. Zellers resides in the Philadelphia area and still finds time to coach and cheer her daughter in her community, scholastic and club sport experiences.