Welcome to Philadelphia and the 2014 NSCAA Convention. It seems like it was only last year we were here. Actually, it was 2010.
The convention returns to Philadelphia this year after being held back-to-back in Kansas City and Indianapolis.
Other than New York City, where the convention was held from 1941 until 1971, Philadelphia has hosted the world’s largest single-sport coaching association more times than any other city. This makes 10 times!
Philadelphia and Baltimore have become the most frequent hosts in recent years. Philadelphia will host back-to-back conventions in 2014 and 2015. The convention will return to Baltimore in 2016 and 2020.
Philadelphia and Baltimore have proven to be well attended, and the NSCAA is anticipating record numbers in 2014.[show_disconnected][show_to accesslevel=’Subscriber’].
In the early days of the association New York City was a convenient host. Most of the membership surrounded the Big Apple. Those members coached college and high school teams from Pennsylvania to Ohio through New York State and New England.
In time, the membership grew nationally and became more diverse. Today that membership of over 30,000 has been enriched by the attraction of various minority coaching groups.
The explosion in soccer for women over the last two decades at all levels in the U.S. has brought women into the coaching ranks in unprecedented numbers.
As Jack Huckel ends his year as NSCAA president at this convention, George Perry becomes the NSCAA’s 66th president, the largest soccer coaches association in the world continues to grow and serve a broader membership.
Perry will assume responsibilities as NSCAA president at Sunday’s association business meeting.
The NSCAA convention is America’s “biggest soccer party,” but it is more than good times and celebrations.
It is also a time for member organizations and associations to do business and plan for the future. For the second year, U.S. Youth Soccer has joined with the NSCAA convention to hold their annual national workshop.
Soccer Association for Youth (SAY) will hold its AGM at the convention this year, and US Club has scheduled meetings that will chart the direction that organiztion takes for the next 12 months.
Major Lague Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League will hold their winter drafts during the convention. Both are open to convention attendees.
High school coaching groups and college coaching committees will meet and honor their respective achievers.
From Thursday night until Saturday afternoon a host of soccer vendors will pitch products and services. Many have been at the convention before and will be familiar vendors. Others will be new.
Friday night the NSCAA will honor achievement at its annual Awards Banquet. Jim Lennox will be inducted into the NSCAA Hall of Fame, and Jim Sheldon will receive the NSCAA’s highest award, the Honor Award.
At the same time, US Youth Soccer will hold its annual Awards Gala, where award winners from USYS’ four regions will be recognized and national winners will be announced.
USYS will also induct its 2014 Hall of Fame class, and former U.S. Men’s National Coach Bob Gansler will receive the Tom Fleck Award.
So if you are in a crowded room and see someone you haven’t seen in awhile, don’t yell out “Hey Coach.” Guaranteed that you’ll turn a lot of heads!

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