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US Youth Soccer and Florida State University Launching Program to Help Soccer Education
University’s FSU COACH focuses on coaching development for USYS members
FRISCO, Texas (February 22, 2022) – US Youth Soccer (USYS) is forging a partnership with Florida State University (FSU) to have its FSU COACH program serve as a coach education provider. USYS Director of Sport and Member Development Tom Condone made the announcement Tuesday.
FSU COACH -- Florida State University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Athletic Coaching -- will provide a collection of resources designed to train USYS members in a variety of areas to improve their performance on and off the field. US Youth Soccer, the largest sports organization in the world, features NEARLY three million registered players and thousands of coaches among its 54 state associations.
“Our mission at USYS is to provide world-class support, resources and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play,” said USYS CEO Skip Gilbert. “Our partnership with FSU COACH is a terrific opportunity to educate our constituents through our USYS University platform on a wide variety of subjects. FSU COACH will help us elevate and enhance coaching development through a dynamic learning environment and we’re excited to get this relationship moving forward.”
FSU COACH and USYS will develop a USYS-University Coaching Clinic together with the goal of providing training for USYS coaches on a broad array of topics related to coaching and athlete development. A virtual clinic is scheduled tentatively for next month.
“USYS has a long history of prioritizing education and development of their coaches,” said Tim Baghurst, professor and director of FSU COACH. “We are thrilled to be part of that process and look forward to working with them on a variety of initiatives that support their coaches.”
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer)
US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to provide world-class support, resources and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of play. US Youth Soccer registers nearly 3 million players annually. Through its programming, resources and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 54 Member State Associations, 10,000 clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches and volunteers. US Youth Soccer connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. We Are Youth Soccer
About FSU COACH
FSU COACH, which was launched in the fall of 2019, is designed to meet the growing demand for well-trained athletic coaches at all levels of competition, from school and amateur leagues all the way to professional organizations. Housed in the FSU College of Education, the center currently offers an online master’s degree in athletic coaching, as well as an online graduate certificate program in athletic coaching, which is available to degree-seeking students at FSU and the larger community.
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