Women's National Soccer Team
THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN FRANCE HELPS
CONVENE WOMEN'S SPORTS CONFERENCE
(L-R) Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Former President of Women's Sports Foundation, Dr. Mombi Thairu, President, International Multicultural Society for Sport & Entertainment (IMSSE) and Dr. Margaret Talbot, President, International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
June 1, 2011
The United States Embassy in Paris, France in conjunction with the French Ministry of Sports and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently sponsored a women’s conference on sports and education hosted by Diambars as part of the Global Campaign for Education.
Among the women leaders invited to speak at the conference were Dr. Mombi Thairu, President of the International Multicultural Society for Sport & Entertainment (IMSSE) and Black Soccer Association (BSA) Advisory Team Member, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Former President of Women's Sports Foundation and Dr. Margaret Talbot, President of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE).
Diambars was founded ten years ago by ex - French international football (soccer) players Patrick Vieira, Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, Bernard Lama and Saer Saek. The goal of Diambars is to combine sport and education (general, technical, and professional) to instill work ethic, discipline, and confidence in the youth.
(L-R) Patrick Vieira, Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, Saer Saek and Bernard Lama
Roderick K. Underwood
Full Name: Roderick K. Underwood
Date of Birth: 03/19/1967
Nationality: US Citizen
Head Coach Northeast Stars – Trinidad & Tobago (2010)
TT Pro league League Position: 4th
Managed a playing budget of $100,000 US, ($600,000TT) which in the lower half of budges in the TT Pro league.
Responsible for recruitment of coaches and playing squad. Notable players signed included:
Gary Glasgow from Trinidad and Tobago National team
Errol Mcfarlane from the Rochester Rhinos
Sean Frasier from the Miami FC Jamaican National team
Tiger Fitzpatrick from the Rochester Rhinos Trinidad and Tobago National team
Developed and took lead with first team training and match day preparations.
Developed scouting system designed to find new talent and assess opposition.
Club spokesman with regard to pre and post-match media interviews.
Pro-active role in the development of the reserve team, and promoted two players into the first team squad.
Developed the Youth Soccer school program and played an active role in organization and delivery.
Head Coach Cleveland City Stars (2009)
Managed a playing budget of $200,000 - smallest budget in USL 1
Responsible for the recruitment of first team players. Notable players signed included:
Pato Aguilera from Montreal Impact moved him to the Thailand Premier league
Signed Troy Roberts from the MLS LA Galaxy
Teteh Bagangura from the Sierra Leon National Team
Evan Bush from University of Akron (now playing with the Montreal Impact NASL)
Ricardo Pierre Louie from the Columbus Crew
Recruited first team coaching staff and devised scouting system to assess opposition.
Planned and took first team training sessions and match preparation.
Co-ordinated team travel arrangements to away games.
Team folded due to financial constraints (2010).
1st Assistant Coach Portland Timbers (2007 - 2009)
USL 1 League Position: 2nd
Key role in managing a playing budget of $400,000 ($500,000 2nd year)
Assisted in the recruitment of first team player, alongside the head coach. Notable players signed included:
Recommended Keita Mandjou (USL1 – All League First Team 2009)
Involved in the signing of Chris Brown from Real Salt Lake, MLS
Worked on the season long loan of Ray Burse from FC Dallas
Negotiated signing of Jamil Walker from DC United
Responsible for holding daily coaching sessions with the first team
Scouting role – assessing new players and forthcoming opposition
Developed and managed youth camp program
Assistant Coach Georgia State University (2005)
Key role in arranging the try-out process and player recruitment decisions
Planned and implemented daily training sessions
Managed elements of team administration including budget, team schedules, travel and match day preparation
Head Coach South Carolina Shamrocks (1999)
USL Pro-Division National Champions (1997)
Led team to the USL National Championship
Guided club through their inaugural A-league season
Evaluated, selected and negotiated contract for first team squad
Developed and managed youth camps and community relations program
Hired coaching and backroom staff
Led team to USISL Championship Series
Selected and recruited first team squad
Responsible for youth camps and community relations
Professional Scout SC Cambuur (2006-10)
Jupiler League (Netherlands)
Evaluation and scouting of potential players for Cambuur in the United States
Travel to Holland with selected player to train with Cambuur,
Assist Cambuur’s youth teams with travel and tournaments in the United States
Construct scouting network throughout the United States
Develop international exchange program between Cambuur and US Clubs
Director of Recreation Program Eastside United Soccer Club (2007-09)
Selection and recruitment of coaches
Conduct coaching education and seasonal review
Development and management of annual budget
Conduct parent education meetings,
Organize and direct 3V3 soccer tournament
Design youth development for advance players
Technical Director/ Director of Coaching Cherokee Impact (2003-07)
Selected 100 coaches and trainers for the club
Development of new coaching programs and three-year growth plan
Developed tryout process
Provided coach and player evaluations,
Direct college program and club camp program,
Soccer facility development
Regional Staff Coach United States Federation Region IV (1994-2002)
Selected and trained players for the regional teams
Developed training sessions for individual teams
Reported to regional head coach on matters of players and assessment and evaluation
1998 Albuquerque Geckos, A-league (Professional) Forward
1993-1994 New Mexico Chiles, USL (Professional) Forward and Midfield
1992 New Orleans Gamblers, (Professional) Forward
1990-1991 New Mexico Chiles, APSL and USISL (Professional) Forward and Midfield
1989-1990 Atlanta Attack, NPSL reserve team (Professional) Forward
1985-1989 Furman University, NCAA Division 1 (Amateur) Forward
LICENCES & ACCREDITATIONS
United States Soccer Federation National Youth License - November 2006
Royal Netherlands Football Association Advance License - July 2005
United States Soccer Federation “A” License - January 1995
Welsh Preliminary Badge - June 1994
Co-author of Understanding soccer
References upon request
Arizona Youth Soccer Association
A coach of six All-Americans at Hartford and 5 Youth and Senior National Team players, Daniels was named the NSCAA National Women's Soccer Division I Coach of the Year in 1989. In addition, he was awarded the NSCAA New England Division I Coach of the Year honors in 1989 and 1992.
Following his stint at Hartford, Daniels started the University of Colorado women's soccer program in 1996. He left Colorado in 2001 and took over as the Technical Director of Connecticut Academica FC of the American Indoor Soccer League before beginning a three-year reign as Head Coach for the New England Mutiny, a Women's Premier Soccer League team. He was named WPSL Coach of the Year in 2004 after leading the Mutiny to the national finals.
Daniels holds a United States Soccer Federation `A' License and a
United States Soccer Federation National Youth License and is a member of the
NSCAA,. He also held the post of Director of Coaching for the Connecticut
Junior Soccer Association, Northern Kentucky United Soccer Club, the Martin
Luther King League in Hartford and the Colorado Springs Chargers Soccer Club.
March 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CA
BSA: Hello Mr. Overton, thank you so much for taking your time to talk to us
BSA: When and how did you become involved in soccer?
Mr. Overton: I was first introduced to soccer in Durango, Mexico (a long time ago), while making the movie Matar por Matar. The crew heard that I was a former football player/athlete and so they had me play with them during lunch. I was intrigued with the required foot skills and agility. When I had my first daughter, Cheyenne, soccer became a way to get her involved with a sport and from that the following three as well as Jayne became soccer fans. I coached girls in AYSO for over 10 years in LA.
BSA: What do you think African American soccer professionals could do to make the game more attractive to African American youth?
Mr. Overton: Talk about the impact that African Americans have made in all the other sports. We tend to put some hot sauce in the mix, so challenge the youth community to bring some "soul" to the game. Encourage young families to involve their kids in soccer early for it's a great affordable way to have some fun, get some fresh air and get our youth in shape. Can you imagine if President Obama was shown kicking a soccer ball into the net for therapy and exercise? I just saw NFL player, Chad Johnson, tonight, while trying out for some professional team and speaking about how he would be in better shape when the NFL season starts.
BSA: What would you suggest we (BSA) do to promote soccer within the African American adult population?
Mr. Overton: I think soccer is easier to include both sexes at the adult level. If you can move, you can play. Men tend to not want to play with females in most sports, if their skill level is questionable. With soccer, whoever has the foot skills and the speed, rules. Add some music on the sideline and show some commercials with adults having fun just at the park. Can't beat the price :)
BSA: Churches play a very important role within the African American community; how do you think we could reach out to the churches for support?
Mr. Overton: Get the church choirs to play against each other or church vs. church, including the pastors. Not only would this be fun to watch, this would be major news. Some of these pastors and church folk could stand to drop a few pounds. uh oh
BSA: Your wife Jayne Kennedy Overton is very involved in soccer, could you tell us more on her involvement?
Mr. Overton: Jayne manages our youngest daughter's club soccer team and has been for several years. I think she is reliving her life through our daughter which is crazy but kind of fun to see her enjoy the experience.
BSA: We plan to organize events in the African American community and we would be honored to have you participate in any way you would like to. Would that be possible if your schedule allows?
Mr. Overton: Sure, I can start a water balloon fight at a soccerfest or carnival faster than anyone in LA.
BSA: Thank you so much again Mr. Overton for taking your time to talk to us. We wish you and your family a happy 2011
South African Soccer Association Appoints the First Female CEO
South African Soccer Association (SAFA) appointed Pinky Lehoko as the association’s CEO. She becomes the first woman to hold the position.
Ms. Pinky Lehoko, was born in Soweto and was involved in the student uprising during the apartheid students uprisings that helped bring independence to South Africa.
She lost her mother at birth and was raised by her grandmother. After completing High School, she got a job at a church in Soweto. A South African Football Association official came by, saw her, and offered her a job at SAFA. She started as a runner in the Head Office of SAFA. After a few years as a goofer, she got a more stable position in that office. After the Office manager resigned Pinky was offered the position, which she gladly took.
She has been with SAFA for close to two decades. When SAFA won the bid for the 2010 World Cup, Jordaan became the Head of the World Cup Organizing Committee, and he took Pinky to assist him. He became the face of South Africa's 2010 World Cup and Ms. Lehoko, became the engine running the organization. The World Cup, is a billion dollar operation. Ms. Lehoko managed it to great success.
After the world cup, she returned to her old job, as office manager. Soon there after, the CEO of SAFA resigned and Ms. Lehoko was appointed CEO , making her the first female in the world to run a professional football association.
Women world wide should be proud of her achievement and recognition, and South Africa, should be congratulated for having the guts to appoint a woman on the basis of merit. It is a great achievement not just for her, but for women in general.