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About US Coaches Club

US Coaches Club is a first-of-its kind enrollment club for youth soccer coaches.

Founded on the premise that the majority of youth soccer coaches cannot attend most coaching education licenses or diplomas because of the time and travel involved, we have found that bringing education to an area near them, or within a specific organization, on a more flexibile schedule is more appealing. Our "modular" based approach helps coaches of all experiences retain more information and are able to deliever it back to their players in a more efficient way.

Our age specific modules, partnered with the NSCAA align with most clubs curriculums and philosophies. All coaches who attend a specific amount of technical and/or tactical modules will earn a nationally recognized coaching diploma. 

We offer coach education "modules"  that coaches can sign-up in ther own time, at their own pace – essentially workshops for soccer specific topics.  You may choose to attend just one that catches your attention, or commit to all available modules for your team’s age group. 

Indovidual coaches can purchase a 5 or 10 module package that will give you ‘credits’ that are stored securely in your Coach Profile, and then apply them towards any course(s) of your choosing when you are ready. 

For your ease, you can search by

  • Age Group which are color-coded
  • ‘Pillars of the game’ (Technical, Tactical, Physical and Psychological)
  • Location

Our proven coaching methodology has shown that coaches who do not contimue their education, or do not have options available will eventually "plateau" thus being ineffective when developing their players. Figure 1 shows a simple example of how a coach and player develop over a 12 month period. 

As you can see, a soccer player through playing and good coaching will improve continuously. Whereas, the coach without any form of productive continuing education will plataeu, thus not being able to challenge the player.

Figure 1

Player coach relationship 

Our age specific modules have been created through extensive research and development from some of the best known educators in the world. We have developed our proven "modules" through Figure 2 where players and coaches alike must follow a simple yet effective process in order to maximize a players development. As you can see, all coaches at certain ages must build a solid technical foundation for their players before addressing the tactical side of the game. Based on the number of traning sessions per week, following this process will dramatically increase your players game, as well as developing your own professional development. 

Figure 2

Training example tech vs tact

  

 

Ryan Hodgson

DIRECTOR OF COACHING EDUCATION  

         

  • National Director of Coaching Education
  • Former Director of Coaching
  • NSCAA Natonal Staff Coach
  • Former NCAA 1 & semi pro player
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma - Distinguished Pass
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • UEFA 'B' License
  • UEFA 'A' Candidate

 

 

 

 

Born in England, United Kingdom Ryan has a strong history of playing and coaching soccer. As a schoolboy he played for Middlesbrough schoolboys along side some current Premier league and international players. In 1998, Ryan came to the United States with Challenger British Soccer conducting camps nationwide.

In 2000, he attended Harris Stowe State College, St Louis, Missouri on a soccer scholarship and went on to reach the final four in the NAIA National Championships. After a successful year, Ryan transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay a NCAA 1 soccer program.

In 2004, Ryan starred in a movie, the "Miracle Match" based on the 1950 world cup game between the United States and England. Hodgson is currently the Director of Coaching for Pride Soccer Club located in Colorado Springs, CO.

Ryan is married to Erica  and they have 2 beautiful children, Avery Paige and Cayden Jackson. 

 

Gavin Pugh

       

  • Director, Dragon Soccer
  • Director of Coaching, Centennial SC
  • Masters in Coaching Science
  • USSF "A" License
  • UEFA "B" License
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • MYSA Staff, Coach Educator
  • MYSA ODP Staff Coach
  • Kinesiology Teaching Specialist, UMN

 

Born in Wales, United Kingdom, Coach Pugh attended the University of Wales, Cardiff (UWIC) where he graduated with a Masters in Coaching Science. After a National Championship as Director of Coaching for UWIC, Coach Pugh ventured to the US where he coached youth players for MLS clubs Tampa Bay Mutiny and later Chicago Fire.

In 2004 Coach Pugh started Dragon Soccer Inc., a professional soccer training company that operates in multiple states educating over 16,000 players annually. Additionally, Coach Pugh is a Coach Educator for MYSA, is a Teaching Specialist at UMN and is an advisor to several youth soccer Board of Directors state-wide.

Coach Pugh is married to Crisha and they reside is Blaine MN, and have an adorable daughter, Katalina and son Caden.

 

        Andrew Olnhausen

         

       MICHIGAN AND OHIO DIRECTOR 

  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • NSCAA Special Topics Diploma: Soccer Management
  • NSCAA Special Topics Diploma: Game Management
  • NSCAA Special Topics Diploma: The Mental Game
  • USSF National Youth License
 

 

Andrew grew up in southern Michigan and fell in love with coaching at a young age. During his coaching career, he became the President of Northwest Ohio Youth Soccer League serving over 3500 players anually throughout Northern Ohio, Southwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

 

After finishing his undergraduate in Business Administration in 2013, Andrew attended the Ohio University to obtain his masters in coaching education which was held in conjunction with the NSCAA. 

Andrew is currently living in Toledo, OH and is the Executive Director of Coaching at FCA Soccer Club in Adrian, MI.

  

Greg Holker

       

MINNESOTA STAFF COACH        

  • Head Coach, Men's Soccer, Augsburg College
  • Augsburg Overall Record of 107-75-24
  • ODP Staff Coach
  • MYSA Coach Educator
  • USSF "A" License
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • 2006 MIAC Coach of the Year 

 

 

As a player at Gustavus Adolphus College from 1996-99, Holker earned NSCAA All-Region and All-MIAC honors his senior season. He started 61 of his 69 career games in the midfield and earned a spot on the 14-member Gustavus All-History Soccer Team in 2002.

In hs 11 years at Augsburg, Holker has posted an overall record of 108-75-24, including 51-47-12 in MIAC play. Holker is the winningest coach in Augsburg history, passing Rolf Eriksen ('71-'73 and '76-'81, 81-37-16 overall). He and his teams have won more games in 10 years than Augsburg did in the 24 years prior to his arrival. Holker and the Auggies have made four playoff appearances in the past seven years. 

Greg is married to Connie Holker and they reside in Lakeville with their two son's Braden and Landon and  daughter Lydia. Holker completed graduate work in Sports Administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2002.

 

Shea Whelan

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DIRECTOR

  • UEFA “B”
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • NSCAA Advanced National
  • NSCAA National
  • NASM CPT
  • Coerver Youth Diploma
  • UEFA “A” Candidate

 

 

Shea Whelan, a San Francisco native, has a degree from Holy Name University in Business Marketing,  Management & Sports Management. Shea has been coaching soccer for 13 years working with all age groups (ages  2–18). Shea played on the ’87 ODP Development Program for 6 years and had a U.S.  National Team tryout in 2004.  

Shea played four years in PDL for the San Francisco Seals. Shea had some semi-­‐pro experience with  the MLS Earth Quake Reserves along with the Lansdowne Bhoys in NYC who where 2013 Open Cup  Champions.  

Shea has earned the NSCAA  Premier diploma along with the UEFA B license. He is a candidate for the  UEFA  A. Playing soccer his entire life up through college (Div I to NAIA), Shea has a tremendous experience on the field working with both coaches and players. 

Shea Whelan resides in San Francisco at the beautiful Baker Beach.

 

 

David  “Digger”  Hawkins

       

NEBRASKA DIRECTOR 

  • English UEFA 'B' License
  • 
USSF National 'A' License
  • 
USSF National 'D' License
  • 
USSF National Youth License
  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • 
NSCAA Professional Development Certificate
  • NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 & 2
  • Professional Football Scouting Association
  • Talent Identification Level 1 & 2

 

 

 

Soccer has always been in Digger Hawkins' blood as his Great Uncle Reg Flewin was the last Portsmouth Captain in 1950 to hold the English Championship aloft. Digger followed in his Uncles footsteps by playing professionally for his hometown club Portsmouth who play in the English Premier League (EPL), unfortunately a stress fracture to the back ended his career prematurely. Digger played for a professional club since the age of 9 starting at Coventry City who at the time were in the EPL, but now play in the Championship in England. Digger left Coventry City at the age of 11 and a couple of days later moved to Portsmouth.

Digger signed a Youth Training Scheme and professional contract when he was 13 becoming the youngest ever player to do so. Digger progressed through the youth ranks, to the reserve team and into the first team before suffering a stress fracture to his back.

While at Portsmouth, Digger attended England trials on three separate occasions. He also represented his County and captained his District and High School teams. 

Digger is currently the Director of Coaching and player development for Gretna Soccer Club in Nebraksa, recently winning the girls U19 National Championship in 2015.Championship in 2015.

Oliver Twelvetrees

       

FLORIDA DIRECTOR

BIO Coming soon

 

Oliver Twelvetrees is Eastern Florida State College's inaugural men's soccer coach. He also serves as Eastern Florida's strength and conditioning coach. Twelvetrees, a native of Swansea City in Wales, Great Britain came to Eastern Florida from Barton Community College in Great Bend, KS where he was head men's soccer coach for seven seasons.

Twelvetrees, who holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma, led Barton to its highest finish in school history and two straight appearances in the NJCAA National Tournament. Despite not reaching the national tournament in 2011, Twelvetrees led the Cougars to a 16-4 record. His 2010 team finished 21-4-1 with a second straight national tournament appearance, finishing third.

In 2009, the Cougars finished with a 20-4-1 record and a seventh-place finish at the NJCAA Tournament.

Twelvetrees moved to Barton from NCAA Division II Wayne State College in Nebraska where he was the head coach of the women's soccer team. Twelvetrees also served as an assistant at Division II Bemidji State University in Minnesota for two seasons.
He played soccer in Europe and graduated from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom in 1999. Twelvetrees earned his master's degree at Bemidji State in 2004.

Twelvetrees achieved a record of 27-4-4 in his first two seasons at Eastern Florida, taking the Titans to the NJCAA Men's Division I National Championship tournament in his first season and the district final, one step away from the national tournament, in his second season.