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Q-and-A: Youth soccer coach Paul Currie shares experiences, insight
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Paul Currie, a highly respected and dedicated youth soccer coach and former pro soccer player, well-known for his Barcelona style of coaching, but his experiences as an English player also influenced his coaching style. In this interview with SoccerNation, Currie discusses youth soccer in America, the critical age for skill development and what makes an amazing player. More

Crew coach Warzycha earns new contract
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The Crew signed coach Robert Warzycha to a new multi-year contract. The club rewarded him with a two-year deal that includes a team option for a third and fourth season. The former Crew player and assistant coach has compiled a 45-29-28 record in the MLS and a 55-41-33 mark in all competitions. His .578 winning percentage is a franchise best. More

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Screach app to offer interactive experience with College Game of the Week
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Fans of the NSCAA College Game of the Week on FOX Soccer now have the ability to play an active role in the 2011 broadcast through Screenreach's Screach application on their smartphones. Screach will be used to allow two-way real-time interaction between fans and the content they will be viewing, either on screen or in the game venue. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store (for iPhone) and the Market (for Android phones). More

Learn the Fundamentals of Coaching Soccer online from the NSCAA and NFHS
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The NSCAA and NFHS offer an online course ideal for both high school and youth coaches. Take it now! More

Off the Pitch Episode 14: Dr. Ralph Tarter, Protecting Athletes from High Risk Behaviors
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Dr. Ralph Tarter brings us Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll: Protecting Athletes from High Risk Behaviors. Tarter is professor of pharmaceutical sciences, psychiatry, and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. He directs the Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research funded in collaboration with the US National Institute of Health aimed at longitudinal prediction of outcomes from childhood to adulthood. More

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Former star Keri Sarver is Ohio Hall of Famer, coach
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Stepping onto a soccer field always means something special for Keri Sarver. It did when she was a goal-scoring machine at Jackson High School in Jackson Township, Ohio, in the mid-1990s and later when she starred at the University of Maryland and professionally in the WUSA. It does now when she coaches youth soccer for the Internationals Soccer Club of Cleveland. More

Q-and-A: Former pro Pauly Dolinsky coaching future stars in San Diego
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As a youth player, Pauly Dolinsky was scouted and signed as a teen by the Dutch team Feyenoord Rotterdam. After Playing with Feyenoord and later SC Heerenveen in the Netherlands, Dolinsky returned to the USA. SoccerNation interviewed Dolinsky on his views on youth soccer, player development and what it was like to be identified as a 14 year old, signed to play pro so young and to play against Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Schneider. More

Games, activities to create fun soccer environment
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Sam Snow, coaching director for U.S. Youth Soccer, writes that players learn more when they are having fun and are engrossed with the challenges of a proper training session. Snow says a training session can be organized, purposeful and still be fun. Many practices are either a bore or drudging work because the coach believes some myths about how players learn. In this post, he sheds light on and debunks some of those popular notions. More

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'Accidental' coach takes reins at Connecticut academ
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Evan Luster accidentally got himself into coaching, and now he is making it his profession. Luster recently ran his first practice as head coach of the varsity boys soccer team at Bacon Academy in Colchester, Conn. "I found this and it's my first chance to become a head coach and make my own team," Luster said. More

Temple women's soccer team rallies around new coach
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Matt Gwilliam, former assistant coach of Virginia Tech women's soccer, is hoping to lead Temple University's women's soccer team to the postseason for the first time since 1995. While a member of the Hokies' staff for three seasons, he has accumulated eight total years of experience coaching at the Division 1 level. Previously at Citadel and Marshall, he was primarily responsible for coaching the defense and training the goalkeepers. More

Former HPU coach Woody Gibson elected to NAIA Hall of Fame
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Former High Point University athletic director and coach Marion "Woody" Gibson has been elected to the NAIA Hall of Fame. Gibson earned the NAIA Hall of Fame honor primarily for his time as High Point University men's soccer coach from 1978-97. HPU won North State Conference/CVAC regular season men's soccer championships in 1976, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1987 and 1992. More
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