Dr. Lew Atkinson
Dr. David Carr
Dr. Sheri Huckleberry
Dr. Don Kirkendall
Dr. Jay Martin
Dr. Bill Steffen
Dr. Tom Turner
Dr. Jay Williams
Dr. Carr has over 40 years of involvement in soccer as a player, coach, administrator and educator. He is a National Staff Coach for US Youth Soccer and was honored with the 2009 Thomas B. Fleck Award for Excellence in Coaching Education. He has been a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for 40 years and currently serves as a member of the editorial board for Soccer Journal. He is being honored with the 2014 Charlotte Moran Long Term Service Award for his work in youth soccer. He received his B.S. degree in physical education from the University of Maine, a M.S. in physical education from Marshall University and an Ed.D. in curriculum development and instructional design from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Carr began his coaching career as a youth and high school coach in Vermont and continued in West Virginia. He coached the University of Charleston (WV) to four straight post-season tournament appearances and was named NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1988. In 1989, Carr was named Head Coach and General Manager of the New Mexico Chiles Professional Soccer Club in Albuquerque that competed in the American Professional Soccer League’s Western Conference. He also served as an Assistant Coach at Virginia Tech, coached in the West Virginia Olympic Development Program (ODP) and serves as a consultant to numerous youth soccer programs. He is currently coaching the Ohio Men's club Soccer Team.
Dr. Carr is currently an Associate Professor, Graduate Chair and Coordinator of a master’s degree program in Coaching Education at Ohio University. This program has both campus- based and online components and actively has over 200 students enrolled. He has also designed the new online track in soccer coaching that will begin in August 2012. He is the author of Soccer: Mastering the Basics: A Personalized Sport Instruction Program, is a co- author of the US Youth Soccer Official Coaching Manual, a co- developer of the US Youth Soccer National Youth License and the Youth Coaching Modules, and has written a number of articles dealing with effective coaching and developmentally appropriate youth sports programs.
In 2009, Dr. Carr and two Ohio University colleagues received an Education and Cultural Affairs Grant from the US Dept. of State to develop a soccer coaching program for youth coaches in Senegal, Ghana and South Africa. After touring South Africa in December 2009 and working with 75 coaches and over 1000 players, Dr. Carr developed a “Coaching the Whole Child” curriculum and hosted 40 African Soccer Coaches on the campus of Ohio University in June 2011. The program utilizes a guided discovery approach within a Teaching Games for Understanding Philosophy (small-sided games). Additionally, elements of the US Youth Soccer National Youth License and Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) are included. Health related concepts, nutrition, diversity, women’s empowerment and first aid/CPR were also components of the program. Dr. Carr has also conducted clinic sessions in Mexico and in the Caribbean.
Michael is a current Graduate Student at Ohio University in the Ph. D. program for Curriculum and Instruction. As an on-campus student, Michael was awarded a Graduate Assistant position with the Patton College of Education serving as the Assistant Coordinator for the Online Master’s Degree in Soccer Coaching. He returns to Ohio University from New York City having been the Travel Club Coordinator for Manhattan based club, NY Stars Premier and Super Soccer Stars.
Dr. Huckleberry is an integral faculty member for both the residential and online Coaching Education master’s programs in the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy in the Patton College of Education. Residentially, she is responsible for advising and teaching the Coaching Workshop and Analysis in Sport classes to graduate students, plus instructing Introduction to Coaching, Youth and Sport, and Human Dynamics of Coaching classes to undergraduate students. Online she will develop the Analysis of Sport class and working closely with other faculty members with their online delivery.
Athens, Ohio became home (for a second time, she earned an MSPE-Athletic Administration in 1999) in the fall of 2007 as she began to pursue a terminal degree from the Patton College of Education at Ohio University. Her area of study is in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Studies and emphasis in Coaching Education. As a doctoral candidate, Her research focuses on the commitment and self-efficacy of youth sport coaches. She also has interest in the impact of deliberate play on the retention of youth sport participants, and the evaluation and assessment of coaching education programs. She is also involved with the Soccer for Education and Cultural Exchange program, a partnership program between Ohio University and PLAY SOCCER. The two-way educational exchange program provides coaching education and training to youth sport coaches in South Africa, Ghana, and Senegal. In exchange, the coaches travel to Ohio University to take part in Kids on Campus activities and PLAY SOCCER program initiatives.
Athletically, Sheri was blessed with many talents which lead to many accolades such as: Scholar Athlete for Frederick County, three indoor state high school (Middletown, MD) shot-put titles and three outdoor state high school discus titles, a high school (Middletown, MD) state soccer title, many club soccer championships and a combined athletic scholarship to play soccer at the University of Connecticut. The Husky’s were nationally ranked in the top 5, competed in one final four appearance, three final eight appearances, and won a Big East Championship title. After college, she played in the FA (English) premiership league for a team called Wembly FC that competed in the FA Cup Final in the spring of 1997. Semi-professional soccer in the United States was also part of her life as she played for the Connecticut Wolves, Columbus Ziggx and Indiana Blaze.
Her coaching career began here at Ohio University back in 1997 as she helped develop the women’s soccer program. During their second season the Bobcats were crowned MAC champions (1998). Over the next ten years, Sheri continued coaching as an assistant at Ball State University and the University of Iowa before coming the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Marist College. She has earned a USSF A license, Youth National license and NSCAA Premier Diploma which are the highest levels of coaching certification in the United States.
Her desire to educate coaches arose from witnessing poor coaching and being given opportunity to be the NSCAA State Technical Coordinator for Iowa in the early 90s. Currently, she is the NSCAA State Technical Coordinator for Ohio, which means she is responsible for instructing and staffing all the coaching education opportunities in the state. As a social constructivist and humanistic coach, she supports student (athlete)- centered learning.
Dr. Bill Steffen serves as the Coordinator of the Online Coaching Education program at Ohio University. Previous to this, he was Chair of Sport Coaching at the US Sports Academy. Dr. Steffen has an extensive background in coaching, having served as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Oregon and the Assistant Soccer Coach at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, Furman University, Greensboro College, and most recently the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Steffen received his doctorate from UNCG in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Dr. Steffen’s publications have addressed coaching education, team cohesion, and mental toughness. His research has been published in journals aimed at coaching and professional populations. Dr. Steffen has presented research to many groups and learned societies including the Association for the Advancement of Sport Psychology.
Don is a lifelong player and licensed coach with a Ph. D. in Exercise Science who continued his love of 'The Beautiful Game' by studying soccer on multiple levels. With over 80 published peer-reviewed publications, many focused on soccer, Don bring a broad perspective on training, nutrition, and specific topics in football medicine. He is a member of F-MARC and sits on the US Soccer Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
Dr. Lew Atkinson has been a member of the NSCAA since 1971 and has been one of the nation’s foremost youth soccer coaches and educators. In addition, he is currently coaching at the high school level in Delaware. He was the head coach of the Region 1, U13 Boys for seven cycles. He has coached in the WPSL and his U23 Kirkwood Classic were Region 1 finalists in 2008.
In addition to earning a doctorate in education and previously serving as the Assistant Secretary of Education for the State of Delaware, Atkinson is presently an Associate Professor for Doctoral Studies in the College of Education at Wilmington University. Currently, he is leading the committee that is revising the “D” course for U.S. Soccer. He is only 1 of 30 coaches invited by U.S. Soccer to take part in the FIFA Futuro Course as well. He holds an ‘A’ License from the United States Soccer Federation and a “B” License from the Scottish Football Association.
He has served as a National Academy Staff member for the NSCAA and as a mentor in the Association’s Master Coach program. He is the past director of coaching for the Delaware Youth Soccer Association, having served for 19 years. He is serving his 13th year as a U.S. Soccer national instructor and recently worked with the group that revised the National D license.
Atkinson received the Charlotte Moran Award from the NSCAA and the prestigious Thomas Fleck Award from US Youth Soccer in January 2015.
Jay Martin is the Men's Head Coach of Ohio Wesleyan University. Martin is the winningest coach in college men's soccer history with a total of 640 wins. He has guided his 37 Battling Bishop soccer teams to a 640-119-57 record. In 37 seasons, Martin's teams have compiled a 234-23-14 record in conference play, a winning percentage of .889, and have won 25 conference crowns. In 2011, Martin guided Ohio Wesleyan to its second NCAA Division III national championship.
Ron McEachen recently completed a 33-year career as a college soccer coach after a distinguished playing career. A 1969 graduate of West Virginia University, McEachen was a first-team All-America before going on to a professional career (1971-78) with the New York Cosmos and Miami Toros of the NASL and the Connecticut Wildcats, Pittsburgh Miners, and Rhode Island Oceaneers of the ASL.
George Purgavie served as men’s head soccer coach at Bates since 1983 through 2011, the majority of the program’s 50-year existence. Purgavie led the Bobcats to four appearances in the ECAC Championship (prior to the advent of the postseason NESCAC Championship in 2001). Between 2001 and 2011, he led the Bobcats to six postseason appearances in the NESCAC Championship, including a three-year span from 2004 to 2006 that included an appearance in the tournament semifinals and a 27-14-5 record. A multitude of Purgavie’s players have achieved NESCAC All- Conference and All-New England awards of the years, including First Team All-America selection Andy Apstein ’99 in 2000.
Purgavie holds an “A” coaching license from the U.S. Soccer Federation and serves on the National Academy Staff of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He spent the spring of 1999 on sabbatical studying youth soccer development for the NSCAA, working closely with the Royal Dutch Soccer Federation. He has also developed an academic course in Human Rights and Ethics in Sport.
Robin Russell was born in Denmark of Scottish parents, qualified as a teacher and played semi- professional before joining the English FA in 1978 as a Regional Coach, then Assistant Director of Coaching in 1989. In the 1980’s, he was involved in the FA National School, established the FA’s Grassroots Program and introduced the UEFA Coach Education Courses in England in 1996. From 1997, he was Technical Coordinator responsible for the creation of the FA Coaches Association, the introduction of Mini- Soccer, FA Learning Ltd. and with the FA’s Technical Director, Howard Wilkinson the creation of the Academy System.
Robin left full-time employment with the FA in 2005 to become UEFA Football Development Consultant and start his own business in e-learning in football (www.SportsPath.com). For UEFA, he has advised on Grassroots Football, developed e- learning courses and contributed to the www.uefa.com/trainingground website. He has also acted as a consultant on e-learning, coach education and football development projects with FIFA, CONCACAF, AFC, for a numbers National Associations and clubs including Southampton FC and Shakhtar Donetsk. With Howard Wilkinson, he founded the LMA School of Football Management online courses to which over 2,000 coaches have enrolled from over 50 countries.
The US Youth Soccer Technical Department expanded when Sam Snow joined the team in 2003 as the Assistant Director of Coaching Education. His experience and knowledge are grossed from years spent in national, collegiate and youth education. In October 2004, Snow acquired a greater level of responsibility when he was promoted to his current position as Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sports organization in America.
Tom Turner lives in Cleveland and has been the Director of Coaching for the Ohio Youth Soccer Association North since 1993. He has coached at the youth, high school, college, amateur, and youth national team levels. He has been a member of the US Soccer National Instructional Staff since 1993 and a member of the US Youth Soccer National Instructional Staff since 2002. He earned a Ph.D., from Kent State University in 2001. He is currently involved with the development of the US Soccer coaching school curriculum.
Dr. Williams is a Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech. At Virginia Tech, he teaches courses on Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology. In 2009 Dr. Williams was named the Virginia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s inaugural Professor of the Year.
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Associate Professor & Soccer Program Coordinator
Department of Recreation & Sport Pedagogy
The Patton College of Education
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Assistant Coordinator - Soccer Coaching Program
Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy
The Patton College of Education
Lindley Hall N292
Athens, OH 45701