David Carr

David CarrIn March 2009, Dr. Carr received the US Youth Soccer Thomas Fleck Award for Excellence in Coaching Education, honoring a lifetime of dedication and far reaching contributions to the process by which youth soccer coaches are educated in America.  (See attached CV and news release from US Youth Soccer)   Dr. Carr is the Coordinator of Coaching Education in the School of Recreation and Sport Sciences at Ohio University.  He is the co-author of the US Youth Soccer Official Coaching Manual and co-developer of the US Youth Soccer National Youth License Program and Youth Coaching Modules. As well as a National Staff coach for the US Soccer Federation and a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) where serves on the editorial board of Soccer Journal.

Dr. Carr will also play a principal role in the “Coaching the Whole Child”  program initiative that Play Soccer will develop  in Cape Coast, Ghana at the Football for Hope Centre.   (  Play Soccer is designated partner of FIFA and Football for Hope for the Ghana Centre which is part of the 2010 World Cup Campaign “20 Centres for 2010) .  The Centre which is to be one of the first constructed in Africa  by FIFA  will house Play Soccer’s model core program as well as other health and education programs for the Cape Coast community, and as a magnet teaching centre for Ghana and West Africa.)  In Ghana, Dr Carr and Play Soccer will create a program to teach and train Play Soccer volunteer instructors and others in the coaching of young children, specifically inclusive of girls, and with a unique approach to the “whole” child that includes teaching health and social life skills, nutrition, and child development.  This program like all Play Soccer programs will be an outreach to the disadvantaged and non- elite and a holistic approach to development through sport.

Dr. Carr will consult various organizations to identify female coaches who have the proper qualifications and interests to travel to Africa as well as to work in the USA on the ECA grant activities in the USA.   In this process, he will consult with a variety of sources including US Youth Soccer, the NSCAA, collegiate coaches and student.  In addition, Play Soccer on the USA side will also consult with a member of the Board of Directors,  Mary Harvey, a former Olympic Gold Medal goal keep and now an executive at Women’s Professional Soccer, to  contribute to the selection process.  All program candidates can certainly be vetted through the State Department channels in advance as required.

Gerard Akindes

Gerard AkindesMr. Akindes is a native of Benin with French educational language, who is currently the Technology Coordinator for the Ohio University College of Health and Human Services.  He has a Masters degree in Economics and Social Sciences from the Universite de Mons Hainaut in Berlgium, and also received Masters degrees in International Affairs and in Sports Administration from Ohio University. He is the one of the developers and coordinators at OhioU of the Sports in Africa Conferences and the interdisciplinary Journal of African Sports, Impumelelo and is currently a Phd Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on sport management and communication.  He will support and work with Dr. Carr in teaching and delivering all program sessions, in developing the training materials in both French and English, and in following up on monitoring and evaluation. In addition to his technology and communication skills, Mr. Akindes has an extensive sport background of active engagement in both playing and coaching.  He played professional first division baskeball in Benin, Togo and Cote’Ivoire and coached basketball for youth, women and men for more than 10 years in Belgium. He is the essential link in many of the Ohio U activties that include sport in Africa as the major interdisciplinary focus.
Mr. Akindes will also be a principal collaborator with Play Soccer at the Ghana Football for Hope Centre.  He will be responsible to develop the Community Learning Center, another Centre program,  in collaboration with local Ghana leaders,  where his expertise in technology, education, communication, media and particularly sport provide a deep and rich interdisciplinary experience for this program and facility for disadvantaged children, youth and young adults, as well as the Cape Coast community at large.

Michael Raskys

Michael Raskys who on behalf of Play Soccer will serve as budget officer for Play Soccer and liaison with the program , partnership and administrative aspects of the ECA grant for Pay Soccer and OhioU, and as an assistant to Dr. Carr and Mr. Akindes in program planning,, activities and implementation.  Mr. Raskys has a bachelor (2005) and master of arts degree (2007)  from James Madison University and assisted Play Soccer during 2008 with volunteer instructor training workshops in Ghana and South Africa . In addition to helpful background familiarity with the countries, he is keenly interested in development through sport, has taught US history and social studies at public schools in Chesapeake ,Virginia, and served as a soccer coach at the Virginia Rush Soccer Club.  Mike is also expected to assist Play Soccer in the establishment of its first pilot program sites in disadvantaged areas in the USA --- the Ohio Applachia site will be part of the exchange program for the ECA grant. 

Sheri Huckeberry

Sheri at Tembisa - South AfricaMs. Huckleberry is currently the Interim Coordinator for Coaching Education in the School of Recreation and Sport Sciences at Ohio University. She is responsible for advising and teaching the Coaching Workshop and Analysis in Sport classes to 25 graduate students, plus instructing Introduction to Coaching, Youth and Sport, and Human Dynamics of Coaching to undergraduate students.

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 College of Education at Ohio University. Her area of study is in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Coaching Education. She is currently working on the dissertation proposal.

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/athletic scholarship to play soccer at the University of Connecticut. The Husky's we 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 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.

Andy Kreutzer

Dr. Kreutzer is an Associate Professor and the former Coordinator of the Sports Administration and Facility Management Program in the School of Recreation and Sport Sciences at Ohio University. In addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities, he has worked as an athletic director and provided consulting support to college, professional, and community sports organizations

Judy McPherson