Convention Session Presenters and Coaching Clinicians

Special Guest Reception Master of Ceremonies

Richard Smith
  • Travel Commissioner, VYSA Board of Directors
  • President, NCSL
  • Experienced trial litigator, including sports cases
  • Admitted to Supreme Court of the United States

General Workshop Presenters

Lula Bauer

  • President, Lee-Mt. Vernon Soccer Association
  • Vice President - Virginia, WAGS

Jim Bonfils

  • VYSA Treasurer
  • VYSA Insurance Chair and Investment Chair
  • 20+ years' experience with non-profit  and youth organizations
  • Former President and Treasurer, Loudoun Youth Soccer

Michelle Dolansky

  • Accountant, US Youth Soccer Region I
  • Program Administrator, Braddock Road Youth Club Travel Soccer
  • Member-at-Large, Braddock Road Youth Club
  • Former Senior Auditor at Pannel, Kerr, Forster

Eileen Deery

  • Virginia Youth Soccer Association Office Staff

Dr. Dan Freigang

  • Member, US Soccer National Coaching Staff
  • Ph.D, Sport Science
  • US Soccer Staff Sports Psychologist
  • Works with Olympic athletes, soccer players and coaches, and NHL athletes and coaches
  • Consultant for Bayern Munich
  • Internationally ranked athlete

Marcelo Gangotena

  • VYSA Soccer Across America Chair
  • Region I Soccer Across America Sub-Committee Member
  • US Soccer "A" License Coach, US Soccer National Youth License
  • VYSA Coaching Education Staff Instructor

David Glass

  • Founder and President, First Touch Sports
  • Soccer Across America instructor
  • Owner of Dynamic Sports

Tom Gross

  • VYSA DC Recreational Commissioner
  • DC Stoddert Soccer League Administrator

Debi Honaker

  • VYSA Secretary
  • FPYC Administrator

Diane Oden

  • Finance Manager, Arlington Soccer Association
  • Manages operating activities and travel team funds/accounts for over 65 ASA teams
  • Oversees annual audit and budgeting process

Joe Posey

  • Owner of Terrapin Financial Services
  • Many years' experience working for large banks and card processing companies

Paul J. Powers

  • Associate Commonwealth's Attorney, Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

Sean Rose

  • Works with hundreds of youth organizations
  • Builds custom marketing for different types of organizations
  • Expert in social media online messaging

Dawn Miller Sander

  • Ambassador and Certified Facilitator, Protecting All Children Program
  • Masters Degree in Conflict Transformation

Sharon Coleman Staier

  • Registered Dietician
  • Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics
  • Soccer coach and former Virginia Tech player

Holly Tallent

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Sport and spine rehabilitation specialist
  • Soccer coach

 Lisa Wilson

  • VYSA Administrative Assistant for Registration, Tournaments, and KidSafe
  • US Youth Soccer Region I Registrar
  • VYSA Regional Registrar
  • League Registrar, NCSL, ODSL, and WAGS  
  • 2006 VYSA Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer referee assignor, team manager, club board and committee member

Justin Wilt

  • Executive Director, Arlington Soccer Association

Mike Yeatts

  • Executive Director, Prince William Soccer, Inc.

Coaching Clinicians

Matt Badiee

  • VYSA Assistant Technical Director
  • VYSA ODP Head Coach, '99 Boys
  • VYSA Coaching Education Instructor
  • US Soccer "A" License
  • US Soccer National Youth License
  • US Soccer National Youth License Instructor

Karen Kelser

  • VYSA Coaching Education Staff Instructor
  • Director of Player Development Programs, DC Stoddert Soccer
  • US Soccer "A" License, US Soccer National Youth License

Brian Kuk

  • VYSA Coaching Education Staff Instructor
  • ODP Head Coach, West-Central District
  • US Soccer "A" License, US Soccer National Youth License

 Gordon Miller

  • VYSA Technical Director
  • US Soccer National Head of Coaching School
  • US Soccer "A" License
  • US Soccer National Youth License
  • VYSA ODP Head Coach, '00 Boys
  • US Youth Soccer Region I ODP Head Coach, U17 Boys
  • Former NASL and MISL professional player
  • Former U17 Canadian National Team assistant coach

Mark Parsons

  • Head Coach, Washington Spirit
  • Former Head Coach, D. C. United Women's U-20 team
  • UEFA "B" License
  • US Soccer National Youth License
  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma

Briana Scurry

  • US Women's National Team goalkeeper, 1993-2008
  • Played 173 matches, the most-ever by a US goalkeeper
  • Won gold medals at the 1996 and the 2004 Olympics and a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics
  • Member of 1999 World Cup Champion team

Paul Shaw

  • VYSA Coaching Education Director 
  • US Soccer "A" License
  • US Soccer Coaching School, Regional Instructor
  • US Soccer National Youth License
  • US Soccer National Youth License Instructor
  • VYSA ODP Coach, ’98 Girls 
  • NCI National Coaching Diploma  

 Sharon Wells

  • VYSA Board Member
  • VYSA TOPSoccer Chair
  • Loudoun Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Coach

Auke Wiersma

  • Former US Youth Soccer Region I TOPSoccer Chair
  • US Soccer "A" License
  • US Soccer National Youth License

Referee Presenters

Jimmy Brooks

  • 1999 New Hampshire Young Male Referee of the Year
  • US National Referee
  • Has officiated at USL matches, the US Youth Soccer National Championships, US Open Cup, US Adult Soccer National Finals, MLS Preseason, and Nike International Friendlies








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