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Workshop 2020 Speakers and Topics


Kelly Lawrence - Boston University Women's Soccer

Field Session 9:00am-10:00am : Topic TBD

Kelly Lawrence, who owns seven years of DI coaching experience as well as seven years of National Team experience, joined the Boston University women's soccer staff as an associate head coach in March, 2019.
Lawrence comes to Boston after spending four years at Syracuse, including serving as the interim head coach since October. 

The Chigwell, Essex, England native enjoyed a stellar playing career as she spent seven years with the English Youth National Teams (U15-U23's) and Great Britain. 

She passed her UEFA B Coaching Assessment through the Welsh Football Association in July, 2018 and received her UEFA B License in November, 2018. She holds the United Soccer Coaches Premier, Advanced and National coaching licenses, in addition to Goalkeeper level I and II Diplomas.


Vince Ganzberg - United Soccer Coaches 

4v4 Diploma

Classroom Session 1: 8:30am-9:30am IMAGINE
Field Session: 9:45am-10:45am
Classroom Session 2: 11:00am-12:00pm IMAGINE

Ganzberg has more than 25 years of youth soccer coaching experience, including a decade as the director of coaching education for Indiana Soccer. He has been a member of the U.S. Soccer National Staff, United Soccer Coaches Academy Staff and a presenter at the United Soccer Coaches Convention since 1999. He was a high school coach for both boys and girls teams for 15 years, and also coached the women’s team at his alma mater, Bethel College (Ind.). Ganzberg also spent 10 years as the state director of coaching for Indiana Soccer.


Julie Hubbard - Athletic Evolution / Just4Kicks

Field Session: 11:00am-12:00pm: Evidence-Based ACL Prevention Strategies for Youth Soccer Players

Julie is an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist currently serving the Greater Boston area. Before completing her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Northeastern University, she earned her respective Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Allied Health Science and Sport Management from the University of Connecticut.

Due to extensive injury, she was able to compete in six seasons of NCAA Division I women's soccer for both the Penn State Nittany Lions and University of Connecticut Huskies. Through injury and athletics, Julie has learned to embody qualities of cooperation, coachability leadership, resilience, and empathy. She aims to help people of all ages and abilities reach their rehabilitation and/or sport performance goals, but is particularly passionate about helping injured soccer players return to sport after ACL reconstruction.

This has ultimately lead her to found Just4Kicks Boston, an organization aimed at providing soccer-specific ACL prevention and performance enhancement to players who wish to mitigate their own risk of injury. 


Gary Hall - New England Revolution Academy

Field Session: 1:00pm-2:00pm: Combination play to progress and destabilize

Gary Hall is currently in his 10th season with the coaching staff of the New England Revolution's Youth Development Program, and his fourth year as Director of the U-12 Alliance, as well as the Director of Scouting. As of 2019, he is now the Director of the newly introduced Revolution Development League, structured to promote high-level localized competition, professional training, and game day experience from the leading clubs in the area while strengthening the connection with the local MLS Academy through coaching education.

He is also the Program Development Manager for the Revolution Academy, the team's commercial training and development program, where he is responsible for implementing a variety of programs, including the Regional Development Schools and summer residential program. Hall serves as an assistant coach to the Under-14 and Under-13 teams. Prior to 2016, Hall spent four years as the head coach of the Under-14 team.


Rusty Earnshaw - The Magic Academy

Classroom Session: 1:00pm-2:00pm: Breaking the rules of coaching

Field Session 2:15pm-3:15pm: Looking without seeing... the craft of coaching

"I liked Russell Earnshaw, although I am concerned that he is on a fine-line between genius and nutcase" My favourite feedback ever...

'Rusty' has coached England Rugby at International 7's, U18's and U20's levels. He also led GB Students to the World Championship in 2012. Since leaving the RFU, he works across a variety of sports including football (English FA, Scottish FA, Rangers and Birmingham City) and Hockey (GB Hockey) and with a wide range of businesses such as Google supporting coaches and leaders in becoming ore effective.

From Kirk Vallis (Global Head of Creative Development at Google)
“The CARDS model, which Russell originally co-created for rugby player development, has helped me to explore the full potential of leaders, teams and individuals at Google and beyond, which again, is down to the focus on skills and capability that can be adapted and transferred.


Gary Curneen - Modern Soccer Coach / Chicago Red Stars

Classroom Session: 2:15pm-3:15pm: Engaging and Inspiring Young Players in Development

Field Session: 3:30pm-4:30pm: Designing a Session Around Your Center Forward

Gary Curneen will be entering his second season with the Chicago Red Stars as an assistant coach.

Originally from Omagh, Northern Ireland, Curneen played collegiately at Wingate University in North Carolina, helping lead the men’s soccer team to their first-ever NCAA Division II playoff berth.


In addition to his vast coaching experience, Curneen is the author of ‘The Modern Soccer Coach’ series, helping educate and provide tools for coaches to learn and grow. Curneen holds a UEFA ‘A’ License from the Irish FA and a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA.


Skye Eddy Bruce - Soccer Parenting Association

Classroom Session: 9:45am-10:45am: Establishing a Stronger Sense of Community within Club and Team to
Increase Player Retention and Inspiration

Skye is the founder of the Soccer Parenting Association (, with a mission of elevating the game by engaging, educating, supporting and advocating for youth soccer parents. Skye is a sought after speaker for parents, coaches, clubs and players. A former professional player, Skye was a collegiate and youth All-American goalkeeper, Defensive MVP of the Final Four (1993) and State Champion track athlete.  Skye has coached extensively in the youth and collegiate games. A MBA graduate of the University of Richmond, Skye has earned her USSF “B” License, the National Goalkeeper License and is a Coach Educator for United Soccer Coaches.


John Cunningham - Positive Coaching Alliance 

Classroom Session: 11:00am-12:00pm: Managing the Parent/Coach Partnership

John has been involved in coaching & player development for over 25 years, working with teams at the youth, club, high school, and college levels. He holds licences with US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, NSCAA/United Soccer Coaches, US Lacrosse, and USA Hockey but has always learned his best lessons from players.

John has also worked in sport/event management & operations with multiple teams, leagues, and federations (WUSA, MLS, WPS, MLL, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL) across North & South America.


Mark Altman - MindSet Go

Classroom Session: 8:30am-9:30am: Conflict Mangement - Recognize the Root
Cause & Effectively Resolving Conflicts

Classroom Session: 11:00am-12:00pm: Can You See What I Am Saying - Body

An accomplished and dynamic Sales Executive and leader with over two decades of experience, Mark has been recognized as an Inc. 500 entrepreneur. He has had the privilege to coach and mentor Fortune 500 executives and work with some of the world’s most recognizable brands to develop the next generation of business and sales leaders.

In 2015, Mark launched MindsetGo, an innovative training organization that excites individuals to apply their new skills, knowledge, and behaviors to improve both individually and as part of a team. Centered on Multi-Generational, Conversational and Emotional Intelligence, MindsetGo improves leaders, mid-level managers and teams by developing internal and external communication strategies, and facilitating sustainable mindset, attitude, and habit change.


Stu Singer - WellPerformance

Diploma: 1:00pm - 3:15pm: The Development of Psychological Performance
in Youth Soccer Players*

Stu Singer has worked as the sports psychology and performance consultant for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, University of Maryland Women’s Basketball team, Fordham University Women’s Basketball team, and the Connecticut Sun among others. His approach focuses on teaching and providing mental performance skills for athletes that have the pressures of competing at elite levels in high school, collegiate, and professional sports.

Stu completed his Doctor of Psychology coursework at the University of the Rockies specializing in sport and performance psychology, and is a professional member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Additionally, he received his M.Ed. in Counseling from Shippensburg University.