October 23, 2012
Oregon Youth Soccer Hires New Technical Director
Beaverton, Oregon – October, 2012 – Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) announced that they have hired John Madding as their full-time Technical Director. Madding’s passion is coach development - providing coaches with the tools they need to make a positive difference in young people’s lives, both on and off the field. Madding served as Technical Director for Portland Youth Soccer Association and has previously been a Technical Director and Director of Operations for Clubs in Colorado and Nevada. He also served as Director of Coaching and Education for New Mexico Youth Soccer Association.
“Coaching is a central activity of every youth soccer club in the state,” said Chuck Keers, OYSA Executive Director. “Every player and ever club needs good coaches. There are thousands of youth soccer coaches in Oregon, the majority of which are volunteer novice recreational coaches; but there are also hundreds of licensed competitive coaches. No matter what your level, there is always something to learn.”
Madding holds an “A” coaching license, a National Youth License, and a Goalkeeping License from the US Soccer Federation and a Director of Coaching License from the NSCAA. He will be responsible for expanding and enhancing OYSA’s coaching education program throughout Oregon.
Madding’s first order of business was forming an agreement with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to be the exclusive provider of their coaching education curriculum. The addition of the NSCAA Diplomas allows OYSA to provide a wide variety of coaching education clinics and courses.
About Oregon Youth Soccer Association
The Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) in 1974 to promote, develop and administer the game of soccer in Oregon. Its mission is, “To foster an environment that promotes the physical, mental and emotional development of Oregon’s youth through the sport of soccer.” It is a member of the US Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States and US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sports organization in the country with over three million members. OYSA has approximately 35,000 members.
OYSA provides a variety of educational and administrative services to players, coaches and affiliated soccer clubs. Its core service program is coaching education, but also oversees TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer); a program for children with disabilities, the Olympic Development Program (in partnership with the Portland Timbers) for the elite soccer players in the state and operates and/or sanctions recreational and competitive leagues and tournaments for players at all levels of play. They provide injury insurance to players, coaches and volunteers; perform annual criminal background checks on coaches and volunteers and provide general liability insurance for member clubs. For more information, go to www.oregonyouthsoccer.org.
About the NSCAA
Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community. The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits. For more information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit www.NSCAA.com
Oregon Youth Soccer Association
Chuck Keers, Executive Director
4840 SW Western Ave., Suite 800
Beaverton, OR 97005
Office: 503-626-4625, ext. 226