I have just returned from the summer meeting of the NSCAA Board of Directors. In another six months I will advance to the presidency of the Association after almost 40 years of membership, some 20 years of various committee work, and the last 3-1/2 years on the Executive Committee of the Board, the route to the presidency.
The NSCAA is primarily a volunteer organization, begun in 1941, “…for the purpose of fostering the sport of soccer by promoting interest in, and education relating to, the game of soccer.” (By-law 2.01) Among those who have preceded me in leadership are some of the most revered names in soccer in the United States, including legendary U.S. World Cup coach Bill Jeffrey, who served as president in 1948.
Icons of the sport in college who I humbly follow include John Brock and Irv Schmid of Springfield College, Glenn Warner of the U.S. Naval Academy, Charlie Scott of the University of Pennsylvania, and Joe Morrone of Middlebury College and the University of Connecticut, also a founder of the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association.
The NSCAA is the group of college coaches who organized National Championship games in the 50s, and were members of the NCAA(National Collegiate Athletic Association) and NAIA(National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) committee the organized the first championships in 1959.
The Association is not just about college coaches, as several leaders have come from the high school ranks. Among them are Miller Bugliari, an icon of school boy soccer in New Jersey, Bill Holleman, a pioneer in the Southeast, and Rob Robinson, a founder of the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.
All of these individuals have provided visionary leadership to the Association and to the game as it developed in the United States. They and many others have earned recognition. I am honored, humbled and challenged to follow in their footsteps.
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Jack is a member of the International Sports Heritage Association and is also a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Board of Directors’ Executive Committee. He will become president of the NSCAA in January of 2013.
Note from Bobby – For anyone who isn’t a member I would recommend joining. What’s more everyone should attend the annual convention at least once in their life. It is a great experience – solid football.
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