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Workshop 2024 Speakers and Topics


Unknown_copy10 Days of Preparation for the 2023 Women’s World Cup
Classroom Session 1-2 p.m.
Presentation Objectives:
1. Discuss the adversity faced prior to and during the preparations of the World Cup
2. To present the two primary topics we addressed to prepare for the Group of Death – Defensive Block, and Counterattacking
3. Lastly to discuss the objectives for each game in the tournament including games against the Olympic Gold Medalist, the host nation, Ireland, and the European Champions.
Bio: Randy Waldrum serves currently as the Head Coach for the University of Pittsburgh and the Nigerian Women’s National Team. He received his BS in Education from Midwestern State University. He was a 3rd Round Draft pick for the Los Angeles Skyhawks of the American Soccer League and played for the Indianapolis Daredevils. Coach Waldrum holds a US Soccer A License, an UEFA A License, and has been an instructor for both US Soccer and United Soccer Coaches for over 15 years. He has won 2 NCAA National Championships while coaching at the University of Notre Dame, played in 8 College Cups, and 5 NCAA National Championship games. He coached the Houston Dash in the NWSL, as well as both Trinidad & Tobago Senior Women and the Nigerian Senior Women’s National teams. He has coached all levels including youth, high school, college, pro, and internationally. He is a member of the Irving Sports Hall of Fame, the Irving School District Athletic Hall of Fame, the Midwestern State University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the University of Tulsa Team of 1991 Hall of Fame.
The Art of Successful Defending
Field Session 4-5 p.m.
Presentation Objectives:
1. Break down the individual principles and sub-principles of 1v1 defending
2. Connect individual defending principles to collective defensive organization
3. Create a detailed learning environment with outcomes of improving individual and collective defending within a team
4. Emphasize what is successful defending
Bio: After making lasting impacts on the Boston University women’s soccer team as both a student-athlete and an assistant coach, Casey Brown ’10 returned to her alma mater in the summer of 2022 to become just the second head coach in program history. The 2023 season will be her second at the helm. Brown’s first head-coaching job was at Holy Cross, where she turned the Crusaders’ program around during a four-year stint that culminated with her being named the 2019 Patriot League Coach of the Year. A three-time America East Defender of the Year, Brown earned All-America honors as a senior at BU and was on Feldman’s staff from 2013-16, receiving the Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015 while serving as the program’s associate head coach. During her decorated playing days, Brown led the Terriers to four straight NCAA appearances and three league titles. A four-time all-conference selection and three-time all-region pick, Brown was the America East Championship's Most Outstanding Player in 2007. She is the only woman in America East soccer history to be named the top player at her position three times. Brown was drafted by the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League in 2010 and was later inducted into the Natick High School Hall of Fame.
Rob_Herringer1-3-5-2 System of Play
Classroom Session 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Presentation Objectives: This presentation will introduce the strengths, weaknesses, flexibility and functional roles of the 1-3-5-2 system of play.
1-3-5-2 System of Play: Attacking Tactics and Principles of Play
Field Session 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Presentation Objectives:​ This field session will show how to begin teaching the attacking side of the 1-3-5-2 system of play with your team.
BioA United Soccer Coaches Member since 2000, Herringer holds the United Soccer Coaches Master Coach Diploma, U.S. Soccer A License, and professional development certificates from clubs and federations in Scotland, England, and the United States. Herringer’s coaching experience began as the head coach for boys and girls at Leavenworth High School (Leavenworth, KS) in 2000. Since his first coaching position, Herringer has held positions as a staff coach for Kansas Girls’ Olympic Development Program, Kansas Boys’ ODP and USYSA Region II Boys’ ODP. In addition to multiple youth coaching positions, he has been the Director of Coaching for Leavenworth Soccer Association and Kansas Youth Soccer. In 2004, Herringer was named the head men’s soccer coach at Benedictine College (Kansas), the institution he played at from 1996-2000. He held this coaching position for 11 years before becoming the Executive Director at Elkhorn Soccer Club in Omaha, Nebraska. In his time coaching, Herringer has been awarded Coach of the Year recognition from the Heart of America Athletic Conference (2009, 2012, 2013), Kansas Sunflower League (2005), and Kansas Youth Soccer Association Girls’ Olympic Development Program (2004). He will receive the United Soccer Coaches Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award at the 2024 Convention in Anaheim.
Keeping the “Human” in Student-Athlete: Learning to Maintain Balance Optimal Performance
Classroom Session 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Presentation Objectives:
1. Explore the dual-role demands of being a student-athlete
2. Consider the difference between productive and unproductive stress
3. Discuss mental skills strategies to maintain balance and optimal performance as a “human athlete”
BioKelsey Griffith, MS serves as the Mental Skills Specialist at The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, an affiliate of Boston Children’s Hospital—Division of Sports Medicine. She received her BA in Dance from Muhlenberg College, and MS in Exercise Science & Sport Studies–Sport and Exercise Psychology from Springfield College. A former gymnast-turned-dancer, Kelsey understands that training the mental game is essential in unlocking the athlete’s full potential. She has experience working with individuals of all ages and sports, including collegiate teams, Team USA athletes, and Broadway performers. Her work aims to help navigate the maze of mental challenges associated with sport to better reach self-determined goals and optimal performance.
Scaffolding your training session towards success
Field Session 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Presentation Objectives:
Demonstrate how the Cognitive Load theory impacts player learning. How adopting a less is more approach really does lead to more successful outcomes. Why involving your players in the learning process creates better problem solvers.


Cognitive Load Theory into Application.
Classroom Session 4pm-5pm
Presentation Objectives: Gain an understanding of how reducing extraneous load, simplifying Intrinsic load and maximizing Germane Load your players learn more effectively. An interactive session to help you understand how learning happens.

Bio: Serves as the Educator Developer for US Soccer Coaching Education Department based out of Chicago Illinois. After 20+ years in the role of Technical Director with Illinois and Massachusetts Youth Soccer, earned the role of Educator Developer to Lead the Educator Pathway. Received the A License in 1998, have since gone on to achieve coach education awards with USSF Educator Licenses at Grassroots, D, C and Leadership Level, FIFA Futuro III. A former amateur player who recognized early on that coaching education was the driver for player development. Dedicated to helping coaches provide the optimum learning environments for their players to thrive in.

amyDreaming Big: How sleep can help optimize performance
Classroom Session  9-10 a.m.
Presentation Objectives:
1.Explore the science of sleep including 3 keys of quantity, quality, and timing
  • 2. Learn about reasons why athletes should care about sleep for better health and performance
  • 3. Discuss practical strategies to help you sleep better
BioDr. Amy Bender is Founder and Principal Sleep Strategist at Sleep In To Win and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary which is the #1 sport science school in North America. She received her PhD and Master of Science degrees in Experimental Psychology from Washington State University specializing in sleep EEG. Her current research focuses on how to empower executives, athletes, and everyday people to sleep better with personalized sleep strategies. Dr. Bender has been interviewed on over 80 podcasts, given over 150 presentations, and written 24 peer-reviewed publications including papers on NHL and NBA schedule and performance data. Dr. Bender helped develop the only validated sleep screening tool for athletes and implemented sleep optimization strategies for numerous professional, Olympic, and recently for the FIFA Women’s World Cup teams. Her athletic accomplishments include Ironman finisher, mountaineer, and being inducted into the SFCC basketball Hall of Fame.
Winning Football Matches & Developing PlayersBB_Photo
Classroom Session 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Presentation Objectives: Strategies and tactics to combine competitive teams with exciting players
Learning through tactical practices
Field Session 1-2 p.m.
Presentation Objectives:​ Designing practices to enable teams and players to learn strategies & tactics for football
Bio: Experienced UEFA Pro-Licence & MSc qualified coach & developer. Currently guiding and supporting the playing & coaching approach at Houston Dynamo Football Club in Major League Soccer. Previously spent 4 years leading the integration of coach and player development at Fulham Football Club in The Premier League. This was prefaced by 12 years at The FA establishing, guiding and developing English football as a World leading nation in player & coach development. Previous experience leading youth development & senior programs in both The Premier & Football Leagues to support the sustainable success of Premier League teams and the development of Champions League & International footballers.
TraceyCulture as a Functional Tool for Development
Classroom Session 1-2 p.m.
Presentation Objectives:
1. Understanding around what it takes to build the culture within your club / team
2. Discussion around key principals and tools
3. How to make this focus on culture sustainable, and how your program will benefit from your efforts around this
DEIB Panel
Classroom Session 2:30-3:30 p.m.
BioTracy Jones is a lifelong athlete, and sport-based youth development professional living in the Boston area. Growing up in Connecticut, Tracy played all kinds of sports, going on to play soccer and lacrosse for Brown University. After graduation, she began a coaching career that would span more than 25 years, and include coaching both soccer and lacrosse at all levels, including youth, club, high school, Olympic Development and college. She has also held management positions at various sport-based non-profits and served as Director of Athletics for two independent secondary schools in Massachusetts. Tracy holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a US Soccer national coaching license. She now focuses much of her work on mentoring coaches and athletics administrators in providing high quality, positive sport experiences for youth, while ensuring equity and inclusion for youth and adults alike.
Finishing the Attack, emphasis on finishing from flank serviceScreenshot_2023-09-28_at_12.15.44_PM
Field Session 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Presentation Objectives: How to utilize a whole, part, whole method to a build a training session. Outcome: can we use an exploratory game at the beginning of the session to bring out the football actions and player behaviors desired to finish attacks from wide areas, prior to utilizing an exercise that emphasizes the execution of the football technique of crossing and types of finishing. Then bring it all together in a conditioned game to continue to bring out the desired football actions, player behaviors before ending with free play and incentivize them with different scoring rules.
Bio: Michael Milazzo is currently serving as the Head Coach of the U15 New England Revolution MLS Next Academy. With an impressive coaching career spanning over 25 years, Milazzo brings a wealth of experience across various levels, including MLS, USL, ECNL, and USYS youth divisions. His coaching prowess extends to the professional arena, with eight years of valuable experience at the USL Championship and League 1 levels. Milazzo's qualifications are a testament to his dedication and expertise, as he holds a US Soccer Senior A License, a US Soccer Academy Director License, and a UEFA B License. His commitment to developing young talent and his extensive coaching background make him a highly respected figure in the world of soccer coaching.
jana_chaudhuri_head_shotDEIB Panel
Classroom Session 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Bio: Jana has been a volunteer coach for six years at ASC, coaching both in-town and BAYS select teams, and enjoyed playing competitive soccer in her youth. Jana has a professional background in developmental psychology and social work, focusing on youth and families and with a particular interest in minority and immigrant communities. The DEI Director oversees the implementation of ASC’s DEI work plan and helps deepen the club’s connections with the Arlington community and beyond. ASC’s work plan identifies action steps to improve gender diversity among coaches, increase the racial and socioeconomic diversity of ASC participants, provide adaptive soccer programming for participants with intellectual, emotional, and/or physical differences, foster community engagement, and establish a culture of DEI.

The evolving role of the goalkeeper in possessionScreenshot_2023-10-02_at_12.12.05_PM
Field Session 9-10 a.m.
Presentation Objectives:​ 
1. Training scenarios that involve game-realistic variables including perception, movement and cognitive processing skills related to position.
2. Recognize and understand pressure versus fear.
  • 3. Identify the benefits and disadvantages of playing with a modern goalkeeper.
  • 4. Demonstrate ability to initiate attacks and maintain possession.
Bio: Jasir Charris is currently the Goalkeeper coach and assistant coach at the New England Revolution Academy, where he boasts an impressive 13-season tenure. Holding a US Soccer A License, along with prestigious certifications including the NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeper Diploma, Charris is well-equipped with the knowledge and expertise to excel in his role. In 2019, he further enriched his coaching skills by participating in a week-long Goalkeeper education program in collaboration with the German Football Association (DFB), Major League Soccer, and Adidas. Charris also holds a certification in technical and tactical education from the esteemed Real Madrid. His dedication to his craft is underscored by his certification from R.C.D. ESPANYOL OF BARCELONA S.A.D. Furthermore, Charris brings a wealth of professional playing experience from his time in Colombia, where he represented various clubs, including Toto Rubio, Real Barranquilla, Junior De Barranquilla, Deportivo Medellin, and Deporbello Futbol Club.
6 Steps to Effective Parent Engagement and Improved Sidelines - for Coaches and Club Leaders
Classroom Session 4-5 p.m.
Presentation Objectives: Coaches and Club Leaders will walk away with actionable steps they can take to improve club culture, sideline behavior and player experience.
Bio: Skye is the founder of Soccer Parenting and The Sideline Project, aimed at engaging parents to make youth sports better. 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 NCAA Final Four (1993) and State Champion track athlete. Skye has coached extensively at the grassroots, youth, and collegiate levels. An MBA graduate of the University of Richmond, Skye has earned her USSF “B” License, the National Goalkeeper License and is a Coach Educator for U.S. Soccer and United Soccer Coaches.
6 Steps to Effective Parent Engagement and Improved Sidelines - for Coaches and Club Leaders
Classroom Session 4-5 p.m.
Presentation Objectives: Coaches and Club Leaders will walk away with actionable steps they can take to improve club culture, sideline behavior and player experience.
BioOriginally from Wethersfield, Connecticut, for the past several years Anthony has resided in Park City, Utah where he currently serves as the Head Coach of the Park City High School boys’ and girls’ varsity teams and as a Staff Coach and the College Advisory Program Director with Park City Soccer Club. Anthony believes in the mission of empowering parents because of the benefits he has and continues to see first-hand that come with having engaged and educated parents. Formerly the CEO of the SoccerPlus companies, Director of Soccer for AstroTurf and as collegiate and U20 World Cup Team Assistant Coach with Papua New Guinea in 2016, Anthony has worked in many facets of the game around the country and around the world. In addition to holding his USSF "C" License, he is also a Licensed US Soccer Grassroots Referee. At Soccer Parenting, he is responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with leagues, State Associations, NGB's, and our various strategic partners.
SARIThe Administrator’s Role in Soccer Organization Development
Classroom Session 4-5 p.m.
Presentation Objectives: A soccer organization will require a significant number of people to oversee the wide range of duties to fulfill the club’s mission. This presentation will look at how administrators can review their systems to organize a soccer organization's management and how to best develop and support the people under them.
Dr. Rose has been with USYS since June 2022 and serves as the Senior Manager for Grassroots. Prior to USYS, she served as the Director of the NC Fusion in Greensboro, NC. She has a diverse background at various levels of soccer having worked as the Assistant Technical Director for NC Youth Soccer and as a  Division I college assistant coach for seven years.
Dr. Rose has her “B” license and National Goalkeeper license from the US Soccer Federation. She is also a US Soccer grassroots instructor and a Coach Educator Developer for the D license. An avid learner, Dr. Rose completed her PhD in Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  Her research interests are based in pedagogy and positive youth development.
The Administrator’s Role in Soccer Organization Development
Classroom Session 4-5 p.m.
Presentation Objectives: A soccer organization will require a significant number of people to oversee the wide range of duties to fulfill the club’s mission. This presentation will look at how administrators can review their systems to organize a soccer organization's management and how to best develop and support the people under them.

Condone has been with US Youth Soccer (USYS) since 2017. Prior to USYS, Condone served as the Executive Director for the Alabama Soccer Association (2012-2017) and Technical Director for the Tennessee State Soccer Association (2005-2012). He has also been a Head Coach at Spring Hill College, Rutgers University –Newark, and Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Along with receiving his ‘A’ License, and National ‘Youth’ License, Condone is a Coach Educator and Coach Educator Developer for US Soccer and has co-authored a book, ‘Developing a Model Soccer Club: Understanding and Implementing Best Practices for Club Wellness.’
Condone holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science from Monmouth University and a Master’s Degree in the Liberal Arts from Spring Hill College. He is currently pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Athletic Coaching from Florida State University and slated to graduate December, 2023.
thumbnail_lily-boston-womens-soccer-2022-08-15-t-12-21-53-569-zDEIB Panel
Classroom Session 2:30-3:30 p.m.

BioLily Matthews is a senior captain on the Boston University Women’s Soccer team. She grew up in Cambridge and navigated her way through the Mass Youth Soccer system, playing for Cambridge, Valeo FC, and NEFC. Throughout her years as a soccer player, Lily has dedicated countless hours and invested a significant part of herself into the sport, gaining invaluable experiences in return. Soccer has not only introduced her to lifelong friends but has also granted her the privilege to study at a world-class institution.

For Lily, soccer has been a platform where she felt most confident in embracing her true self. Excitedly, she looks forward to participating in the DEIB panel at Mass Youth Soccer’s 50th Anniversary, with the hope of inspiring and empowering the next generation of youth soccer players to embrace their authentic selves.



Omni percipient Players: Scanning - helping players see the future starts with what they see today
Classroom Session 9-10 a.m.
Presentation Objectives: 
1. Why players need to scan the field 
2. Understand what the action of scanning is and its importance in player decision making 
3. How to teach players to scan. 
4. Tips, tricks and steps when teaching scanning from U8 to U19 players 
Bio Peter Motzenbecker serves as Assistant Technical Director at Massachusetts Youth Soccer, having worked with various soccer programs in Massachusetts over the last decade, in the club, high school, and college environments. He is a coach educator, delivering US Soccer courses in Massachusetts and looks to grow interest in the game across the state and beyond. Peter has delivered coaches education talks in various environments on a range of topics and actively pushes out educational content. 





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Classroom Session 9-10 a.m.
Presentation Objectives: 
1. Why players need to scan the field 
2. Understand what the action of scanning is and its importance in player decision making 
3. How to teach players to scan. 
4. Tips, tricks and steps when teaching scanning from U8 to U19 players 
BioMichael Ndoumbe serves as Assistant Technical Director at Massachusetts Youth Soccer. He spent 25 years in California with various youth clubs as a director and coaching in the MLS NEXT and Development Academy, as well as working as a US Soccer Talent ID scout, an MLS Professional Match Evaluator, and working at the collegiate level as well as ODP Region West. Michael is also a former professional player and was capped by the Cameroon National Team during this career. Michael is fluent in French, German, and English. 


Soccer - More Than Just a Game...
Classroom Session 1-2 p.m.
Presentation Objectives: 

Throughout this classroom session, Doc will share the story of United Kidz Sports Development and how the organization has evolved over the past 13 years. In addition to this, he will discuss one of the main philosophies of the program which is to use soccer as a vehicle to teach youth about social issues, community engagement, and local and global development. Another key factor to this education has been the implementation of the UN Sustainable Goals and the creation of curriculum which can be used both on a soccer field and in a classroom, in order to connect student-athletes of all backgrounds and abilities. 

Participants in the session will have the opportunity to learn about how this work has been done here in the United States as well as overseas. This hour-long workshop will be a mixture of discussion, hands-on application, and we will leave time for individuals to inquire about how these concepts could be adapted for their own communities. 


BioDoc is the founder and CEO of United Kidz Sports Development and works within the Barnstable school district, as the youth development and dropout prevention specialists. Prior to the creation of UKSD, he served in the British Army and later as a sports development coach with at-risk youth in inner cities throughout the UK. Upon moving to the states to coach soccer, he also worked as a program coordinator for DYS. After witnessing how sports can be used to develop life skills, build relationships to overcome social barriers, and create social change within vulnerable young people in multiple settings, Doc founded United Kidz Sports Development. UKSD focuses on using sports and movement to increase youth engagement and educate participants about social issues on a local and global level. With a strong focus on developing leadership traits through civic action in high school aged students, UKSD uses  sports to engage the next generation of educators, coaches, and leaders in several countries across the world. 


thumbnail_Chris_Sharman_BW_Edit_FULLCracking the Code: Social Media Content Strategies for Soccer Clubs and Organizations
Classroom Session 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Presentation Objectives:
1. Differentiating Content
2. Content Strategy Tailoring
3. Analyzing Successful Content
4. Content Creation Tips
5. Leveraging User-Generated Content
6. Measuring Success
7. Interactive Q&A
Bio: Chris has been working in the leisure industry since 1995 and his experience to-date has seen him progress from delivering parties and holiday camps at his local sports centre to high profile national roles for both public and private leisure operators.

Children’s activities, sport (particularly football) and fitness have always been at the core of Chris’ work and since his move from General Management in 2004 he has been responsible for developing innovative products and cutting edge brands for various high profile national and international organizations; such as Disney, Virgin Active, Thomas Cook, Challenger Sports, David Lloyd and global children's TV show LazyTown.


Chris has a flair for creating financially profitable products that truly engage children of all ages, increasing participation whilst at the same time re-energising staff and coaches set the task of bringing his products to life and using them to drive successful businesses.


Chris co-founded Topodium Group in 2020 with a single mission; to transform the sports, health and wellbeing industries. By leveraging a powerful set of collaborative solutions and industry expertise, from sports marketing and technology, to youth consultancy and business growth, Topodium Group is able to effectively and efficiently address change, achieving better outcomes and inspiring new possibilities for partners across the globe. 

Effective Fundraising for Coaches
Classroom Session 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Presentation Objectives:
1. Share best practices and fundraising methods
2. Enable coaches and administrators to generate revenue
3. Help coaches avoid self-funding their teams and programs
Bio: Ted Priestly has built a track record of success in coaching, management, fundraising, marketing and strategic partnerships in a variety of industries. From his first two decades as an award-winning college soccer coach (at the Division I, II and III level), then into the past decade-plus in the world of fundraising, marketing and strategic partnerships, he has built a diverse and multicultural career with a deep and fundamental understanding of how to build relationships, develop, lead and motivate individuals and teams, and deliver sustainable results.
He is currently the Founder and CEO at, offering athletic fundraising solutions to coaches and organizations in need of fundraising revenue. Ted combines nearly two decades’ worth of college coaching experience with over a decade as a fundraiser to create a winning combination for coaches in need of difference-making revenue. In addition, he has served as Founding Partner and Advisor for the ThinkTaylor Foundation since 2015, where he has worked alongside co-founders Taylor and Chelsea Twellman, to create ThinkTaylor Concussion Awareness Week (and the #TTpledge), a public health initiative designed to promote concussion awareness, recognition and education. His role with ThinkTaylor has ranged from providing strategic vision to assisting with corporate partnerships, logistics, program development and event management. A 1994 graduate of UMass Amherst, Ted currently resides in Chelmsford, MA with his wife, Melanie and their two children, Luke and Maddie.
Nolan_PicInjuries in the Youth Soccer Athlete: Can we reduce the risk? 
Presented by Bay State Physical Therapy and MCR Chiropractic
Classroom Session 9-10 a.m.
Presentation Objectives:
1. Review common injuries in the soccer athlete
2. Develop effective programs to reduce the risk of injury
3. Assess the soccer athlete to identify potential risk of injury
Bio: Dr. Nolan is an Associate Clinical Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences as well as a Graduate Lecturer in the College of Professional Studies in the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Northeastern University. David is also a Clinical Specialist at the Mass General Sports Physical Therapy Service and the Director of the MGH / Northeastern University Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. David is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Sports Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a past recipient of the “Excellence in Clinical Teaching” award from the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education as well as the award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Practice by the Massachusetts Chapter of the APTA. In 2022, Dr. Nolan received the Richard Kessler Memorial Award from the APTA of Massachusetts. Dr. Nolan was also presented with the APTA Academy of Physical Therapy Education Distinguished Mentor in Residency/Fellowship Education Award in 2022. In 2019 Dr. Nolan was the recipient of the Lynn Wallace Clinical Educator award from the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy. 
DEIB Panel
Classroom Session 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Bio: Nico has been the captain of the US Amputee Soccer Team since 2011 including the 2014, 2018, and 2022 World Cups. Nico is the all-time leading goal scorer for Team USA. Off the field, Nico is a board member and volunteer for the American Amputee Soccer Association, whose mission is to provide grassroots opportunities for any person living with limb-loss or limb-difference across the country. Nico has also been the head coach of the CCHS JV Soccer Team since 2018.






DEIB Panel
Classroom Session 2:30-3:30 p.m.

BioAs a longtime sports-based development professional, Sean has diverse experience working in roles in men’s and women’s sport. He founded Phambili to support leaders and organizations in their efforts to make a positive impact on society through sport.

He has worked at various levels of the industry, including professional sports, collegiate athletics, recreational sports, and the non-profit space. His experience includes roles with entities in the WNBA, Big Ten, MLS, and NHL. Furthermore, Sean also worked for leading global social impact agency, thinkBeyond, where he worked with major corporations on varios social projects. 

His strategic and innovative mindset has helped lead elite organisations and athletes in developing and executing a wide range of functions such as: organisational social impact strategies, program development, non-profit management, community engagement, and fundraising.

Sean is a fervent proponent of the power of sport and has a demonstrated history of intersecting sport and philanthropy to leverage it as a social impact tool through a worldview perspective. He has been able to combine his passion for sport and charity to conduct initiatives that support social justice, gender equity, education, sustainability, health/wellness, and other altruistic causes. Sean holds a master’s degree in Professional Sports Administration from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in Sport Communication from Indiana University.