KANSAS CITY, MO (Via United Soccer Coaches) – LA Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid is the newest member of the United Soccer Coaches Advocacy Council, representing the association’s professional and international coaches.
Schmid, a United Soccer Coaches member since his coaching career began in 1980, leads all MLS coaches with 255 victories and has led teams to 14 major titles. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2015 and is a two-time MLS Coach of the Year recipient. He is the first professional coach to fill this role.
Chaired by Sue Ryan, Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University, the six-member Advocacy Council includes representatives for:
- Youth, Erik Imler (DOC, Waxhaw Soccer Club)
- College, Carlo Acquista (Head Coach, Adelphi University)
- High School, Rusty Oglesby (Head Coach, John Paul II High School)
- Diversity Groups, Daouda Kante (DOC, Kansas Rush SC)
- Professional/International, Sigi Schmid (Head Coach, LA Galaxy)
“Earlier this year, United Soccer Coaches outlined a new vision statement to reflect the importance of advocacy within the association,” said United Soccer Coaches President Charlie Slagle. “United Soccer Coaches is the trusted and unifying voice, advocate, and partner for coaches of all levels of the game. Our Advocacy Council and Member Groups are an integral part of fulfilling that vision to its fullest potential.”
Supporting the Advocacy Council are Member Groups representing the association’s many coaching constituencies. They include Boys Youth, Girls Youth, College Men, College Women, Boys High School, Girls High School, Women, Black, Hispanic, LGBT, Faith-Based and Native American Coaches. Additional Member Groups may be added over time.
The United Soccer Coaches Advocacy Council was formed in 2015 to advise on the important issues and initiatives the association should address for its members. Representatives serve three-year terms and the Advocacy Council chair also serves as an ex officio member of the United Soccer Coaches Board of Directors.