MSYSA Coaching Symposium Returns with Special Guests
MSYSA Coaching Symposium Returns with Special Guests avatar

Courtesy of MSYSA

Courtesy of MSYSA

The  Michigan  State  Youth  Soccer  Association  Coaching Symposium returns December 9 to be held at the  High  Velocity  Sports  Center located in Canton,  Michigan.  This educational one-day event will run from 9:00am  to  5:00 pm, and coaches  from  around  the  State  as  well  as  coaches  who  are  participating  in  the  MSYSA  Director’s  Academy  Program  are  welcome to join.

Coaches  will  receive  information  on  various  player  development  topics,  futsal  developmental  topics as  well  as  participate  in  classroom  and  field  sessions. Special guests include  John  O’Sullivan,  Drew  Ducker  and  Erwin  van  Elst who  will  help provide  additional  education  to  our  members. The  cost  to register  for  this  Symposium  is  $75.00 per  candidate.

Read up on the special guests below and for the original press release and registration details please visit the MSYSA website.

John  O’Sullivan

John  founded  the  Changing  the  Game  Project  in  2012  in  order  to  help  parents,  coaches  and  youth  sports  organizations  create  a  more  child-centered  sports  experience  for  our  young  athletes.  John  is  a  former  collegiate  and  professional  soccer  player,  and  worked  for  20  years  on  the   youth,   high   school   and   college   level   as   a   coach   and   club   Technical   Director.   He   holds   a   USSF  ‘A’ License,  NSCAA   Advanced   National  Diploma,  and  a  US  Youth  Soccer  National  License.  His  blog  is  now  one  of  the  most  popular  youth  sports  websites  in  the  US,  and his  writing  has   been   featured   in   the   Huffington Post, The   Soccer Wire, and Soccer   America.  John has been  a presenter  at  TEDx  Bend Oregon, IMG  Academy,  and  the  National  Soccer  Coaches  Association  of  America  Convention.

Drew  Ducker

Drew,  who  still  currently  plays  professionally  for  ABK  in  Major  League  Futsal  and  Detroit  Waza  in  the  Major  Arena  Soccer  League,  started  coaching  in  2000.    He  currently  holds  US  Soccer  ‘A’  License,  the NSCAA  Premier  Diploma, US  Youth  Futsal  Level  3  Certificate and  US  Youth  Soccer   Youth   National   License.  He   currently   coaches   youth   players   at   the   Canton   Soccer   Club,   while  being   the  Executive   Director   of  Michigan  Futsal  Factory  Academy and  a  regional  team  coach  for  US  Youth  Futsal. Most  recently  Drew  has  been  invited  to  join  the  US  Futsal  Team  in  Costa  Rica  in  Nov  to  help  in  their  preparation  for  the  upcoming  Futsal  World  Cup.

Erwin  van  Elst

After  a  brief  playing  career  in  Holland  for  Helmond  Sport in  the Dutch  1st  Division,  coach  van  Elst  graduated  from  CIOS Arnhem  (Central  Institute  for  Athletics  and  Coaching)  in  the  Netherlands  where  he  earned  his  UEFA  ‘B’  License. Upon  moving  to  the  Grand  Rapids  (20  years  ago),  he  has  gained   US   Soccer’s   ‘B’  License   and   the   Meulensteen   International   Instructor   Certificate.  Erwin   presents   the   Meulensteen Method   throughout   the   USA   and   is   a   regular   presenter   at   the   NSCAA   conventions.  Recently   he   presented   the   200   Meulensteen  Certification  course  along  Rene  Meulensteen  at  the  2015  NSCAA  Summer  Symposium,  Orlando,  FL.  He  is  known  for  his  proven  ability  to  instruct   the   technical   elements   necessary   for   young   players   to   improve   the   fundamentals   of   the   game.  His   extensive   background   and  experience   provides   a   wealth   of   knowledge   he   shares with   his   clients. He  also   serves as  the Director   of   Coaching   for   Soccer   Club   of  Rockford  Meulensteen  Academy  (SCORMA).

About Courtney Lambert

A competitive athlete in her college days, Courtney writes on events happening at state and local level. She has previous experience covering news and writing for the Jacksonville Times Union and graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in journalism.
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