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Hope Powell


Women's National Soccer Team

July 31, 2011

Hope Powell was appointed as the first ever full-time National Coach of the England Women’s team in June 1998. Her first game in charge was a 1-0 defeat to Sweden at Dagenham & Redbridge FC on 26 July.

An experienced international with 66 caps and 35 goals, she was the youngest ever England coach and the first female England coach.

Hope started out with Millwall Lionesses at the age of eleven and eventually won The FA Women's Cup twice, including the League and Cup double as captain of Croydon in 1996.

In 2003 she became the first woman to achieve the UEFA Pro Licence - the highest coaching award available. Her early achievements include taking the U19s to the semi-finals of the 2002 and 2003 UEFA Women’s Championship and to the quarter-final of the inaugural FIFA U19 World Championship in 2002.

She also coached the senior team to qualification for the 2001 UEFA European Championship Finals, her first major appearance at a major championship as National Coach, and in June 2005 narrowly failed to take the Three Lions into the semi-final of the European Championship on home soil.

In 2002, Hope was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and was again recognised for her work with the award of a CBE in 2010. Hope works to promote the women’s game and is patron of the ‘Kick It Out’ campaign and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

As well as taking charge of the England senior team, she oversees the whole set-up from U15s to the U23s, a coach mentoring scheme and she works closely with The FA Centres of Excellence to align to the international programme.

In 2006, Hope led England to the following years Women's World Cup Finals in China. After coming out of a group with Japan, Argentina and Germany, England reached the quarter-finals, where they lost out to USA.

Hope then masterminded England’s route to the Final of the 2009 European Championship in Finland where they were beaten 6-2 by Germany, catapulting the Three Lions to a then all-time high of eighth in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.

England took this momentum into the 2011 World Cup Qualifying campaign and topped Group 5 with an unbeaten record. This booked them a place in a two-legged play-off where they defeated Switzerland 5-2 on aggregate to qualify for the Finals. In the Finals, they opened with a 1-1 draw against Mexico before defeating New Zealand (2-1) and eventual world champions Japan (2-0). Agonisingly, though, they were eliminated by France at the quarter-final stage, losing 4-3 on penalties.

This run to the last eight, alongside victories over the higher-ranked USA and Sweden, saw England climb to a new record World Ranking of sixth.

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Cobi, Eddie and Earnie 
 Inducted into The National Soccer
Hall of Fame

June 4th, 2011


Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope and Earnie Stewart have been inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

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(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.

Diambars Founders

 (L-R) Patrick Vieira, Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, Saer Saek and Bernard Lama


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Roderick k. underwood

May 30, 2011

Roderick K. Underwood

2948 West Powell Blvd Apt 113 Gresham Oregon 97030

Tel:  770-881-6966            Email:




 I am a coach who will play attacking football with much ball movement that is short and quick waiting for the chance to penetrate to get to goal. I believe in always playing with a winning mentality that will always move players forward so they are playing at the top of their game. The teams I coach must be hard-nosed with desire never being questioned. The expectation is my teams are to create many goal opportunities while limiting opponent’s goal scoring opportunities. My desire as a manger or coach is to develop a team, organization and club that will impact the game for many years to come.  Without a doubt winning as many competitions and trophies will be a major part of the development of my teams.




Full Name:                          Roderick K. Underwood


Date of Birth:                     03/19/1967


Nationality:                        US Citizen

Passport:                             US



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)   

USL 1                                     League Position:  11th


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                                        First round of playoffs


Arranged and co-ordinated tryout process

Selected and recruited first team players

Arranged first team game schedule and travel

Managed club and youth camps and developed a local adult league


 Head Coach                                        Albuquerque Geckos (1997-98)

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


 Head Coach                                       New Mexico Chiles (1994-96)

USL Pro-Division


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



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

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Austin Daniels

Technical Director

 Arizona Youth Soccer Association


April 29, 2011

Daniels began his career as an assistant coach at Colorado College. He took his first head coaching job at the University of Hartford in 1989 and led the Hawks to the NCAA Tournament on six occasions, including a Final Four run in 1992. 

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.

Cobi, Eddie and Earnie 
To Be Inducted into The National Soccer Hall of Fame

Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope and  Earnie Stewart will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame 2011. 

The induction ceremony will be held on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass., prior to the USA-Spain friendly at Gillette Stadium.

Entrepreneur, Author And Soccer Coach

Black Soccer Association 

Bill Overton

March 29, 2011


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. 

Black History Month

Black Soccer Association 
Celebrity Black Soccer supporter and Soccer Fan 

Actor Lou Myers                                                                               


February 25, 2011



 BSA: Hello Mr. Myers, thank you so much for taking your time to talk to us and celebrate with us Black History Month and soccer


Mr. Myers: You are welcome. I'm happy to celebrate with your organization.


 BSA: How did you become a soccer fan?


 Mr. Myers:  I got interested in soccer when Pele was playing soccer for the New York Cosmos in the 70’s.  Also, by watching soccer matches on television.


BSA: What do you think African American soccer professionals could do to make the game more attractive to African American youth?


  Mr. Myers:  I think they could make the game more accessible and offer support to the youth


   BSA: What would you suggest we (BSA) do to promote soccer within the African American adult population?


  Mr. Myers:  The question is more like the earlier question, again I would say, affordability, accessibility and support to the community


  BSA: Churches play a very important role within the African American community; - as a spiritual person, how do you think we could reach out to the churches for support?


Mr. Myers:  I would suggest through church youth groups


 BSA:  You are involved with an non-profit organization called Global Business Incubation (GBI), could you tell us what it is about and how we could have BSA entrepreneurial members involved?

Mr. Myers:  GBI-Global Business Incubation, Inc., is a Non-profit Corporation established in 1991 in partnership with Loyola Marymount University's College of Business Administration. 

 The mission of Global Business Incubation, Inc., or GBI is to promote the development and growth of global enterprises through customized innovative financial programs, business incubation, global banking solutions and other cooperative strategies.

 Your members who are entrepreneurs can get involved by contacting us and learning more about our incubator models which are designed to help urban businesses compete in the global market place. 


BSA: We plan to organize events in the African American community and we would be honored to have you as one of our invited celebrities. Would you be willing to support us if your schedule allows?


  Mr. Myers: Sure, I would be happy to support your organization.


   BSA: Thank you so much again Mr. Myers for taking your time to talk to us.

                  We wish you a happy 2011



Below is a recent featured article on Mr. Myers that appeared in Charleston Gazette


February 23, 2011

Lou Myers: More than just Vernon Gaines

By Douglas Imbrogno

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Lou Myers can't travel too far from his front porch without being ID'd as the feisty Vernon Gaines from the sitcom "A Different World." His Wikipedia entry even kicks off with a line about him being "typically cast as a grumpy old man."

 But a whirlwind tour through the rest of his lively resume is eye-opening if that's the only reference you have for the lad from Cabin Creek, who grew up to become a multi-lingual performer on stages around the world.

"I think of myself as a working actor. I prepare for it like I'm preparing for the Super Bowl," said Myers.

He's back in the state (he has residences here, in New York and Los Angeles) to prepare for Saturday's day-long "Black History Celebration: Mardi Gras Style" at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, a fundraiser for the congregation's community-building projects.

The day begins at 1 p.m. with two seminal films and a documentary ("Cabin in the Sky," "Stormy Weather" and a Ray Charles documentary) starring legendary African-American performers, then moves on to a 5:30 p.m. Cajun feast. At 7:30 p.m., it shifts to music and spoken word by Lady D, Affrilachian<co > poet Crystal Good and Myers at the piano.

Myers is about as comfortable at the keys as he is on stage. He regularly plays piano and does spoken word at Harlem's historic Lennox Lounge and the Sugar Bar on the Upper West Side (owned by singing duo Ashford and Simpson). He has performed his cabaret act in venues from Berlin to Tokyo.

He's also preparing for a sixth Broadway appearance. Past turns have included roles in several of August Wilson's acclaimed plays as well as "Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple."

Myers said he was not at liberty yet to reveal the new play except to note with a laugh: "I'm trying to gain five pounds, get my step a little sharper, get my sexy side a little more developed."

He spoke by phone from his 94-year-old mother's home in Cabin Creek, which he had built seven years ago. Part of the funds for its construction came from the sale of the North Carolina ancestral property of his great-great-great-great grandmother, who was a slave.

Myers has long done work devoted to African-American history and culture and has visited and performed in Africa often. He was founder and director of the Tshaka Ensemble Players, who toured "Shakespeare's Julius Caesar," set in Africa. He also served as a dancer and griot for several dance companies such as the Dinizulu Dancers, Drummers and Singers. 

A griot is an African tribal figure who serves up history as a poet, praise singer and wandering musician. Myers sometimes lists his middle name as Leabengula, the name he was given when he was initiated as a griot in Ghana some years ago.

Might the role of the griot describe the arc of his own career? "We're all storytellers, actors," said Myers. "Basically, the griot is what we really are."

Along the course of his career, he has picked up bits of a couple of African dialects and is also proficient in French, German and Spanish. "If I've got to do a project, I can work in one of those languages," he said.

But Myers isn't just bringing a worldly performer's ease and singing chops to town. Saturday's event is partly sponsored by the Lou Myers Scenario Motion Picture Institute and the Global Business Incubation. For the latter effort, Myers is described as "Chairman and Chief Enlightenment Officer," while his son, Melvin, a North Carolina accountant (and former noted East Bank basketball player), assists in Myers's aim to use the business incubator model to improve life in small-town West Virginia.

"My 11th grade teacher gave me an assignment: 'What are the possibilities for economic security in West Virginia?' And I'm still trying to complete the assignment!" Myers said, laughing.

"I got hooked. I would love to see capital flow through poor communities that would bring them to the level we need them to be in terms of health, communication, education, recreation. A healthy community needs all those outlets. That's what I'd love to see."