Director of Coaching earns NSCAA Premier

Tuesday February 18th

SA United Soccer Club Director of Coaching, Martin Smith, earns his NSCAA Premier Diploma coaching badge, receiving a Pass with Distinction. 

As coaches it is important that we always work towards making ourselves better coaches and we are constantly evolving and learning about all aspects of the game to ensure we continue to help improve and develop our players. With this in mind, Director of Coaching Martin Smith attended the NSCAA ‘Premier’ Diploma, January 6th-12th in Sunrise, Florida. The ‘Premier’ Diploma is the highest coaching license that the NSCAA has to offer and is an intense and demanding course covering systems of play, tactics, match analysis, methodology and conducting full-sided practices and sessions which include large numbers of players training functionally.

Martin recently received his results and earned a ‘Pass with Distinction’. This is the highest grade a coach can receive and now makes Martin eligible to take the Master Coach badge; which is based on the ‘UEFA’ A license and adapted for the American coach.

Martin had this to say about the course “It was an amazing week of learning and I was grateful to spend the time continuing to further my education and work towards becoming a better coach. I was surrounded by some superb staff instructors and fellow candidates which created a great learning environment. I witnessed some outstanding training sessions led by the instructors including Adolfo Sormani (Gianfranco Zola’s assistant at Championship side Watford Football Club), Schellas Hyndman (Former head coach for MLS side FC Dallas), Tony Dicicco (USA Women’s head coach from 1994 to 1999 – Olympic Gold medal 1996 and FIFA Women’s World Cup winner in 1999) and David Saward (Middlebury College Head Coach and NSCAA Director). Lectures were extremely insightful and covered systems of play, psychology and leadership. I have become a more knowledgeable and better coach for attending the course, which can only have a positive impact on our club as I will look forward to passing on what I have experienced to our coaches and players”. 


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