NSCAA Master Coach Diploma / UD Master Coach Certificate
Develop the Skills and Strategy to Become a Leader in Soccer Coaching
The NSCAA Master Coach Diploma / University of Delaware Master Coach Certificate is the educational pinnacle of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Focusing on evidence-based management principles and player development, the course is designed to prepare and educate experienced and qualified coaches and soccer organizational leaders to achieve mastery in six key areas:
- Developing the philosophy, vision, culture and strategy for the sport
- Shaping environments
- Building relationships
- Structuring training and competition schedules
- Preparing for competition, managing the game and analyzing performance
- Learning and reflecting
Candidates who successfully complete the requirements for the course will receive the NSCAA Master Coach Diploma, a non-credit certificate and 9 continuing education credits from UD.
This program is designed for coaches and soccer organizational leaders (e.g. directors of coaching, club general managers, technical directors, academy directors, college coaches and executive directors) who work or aspire to work at the highest level within their profession.
The NSCAA Master Coach Diploma / University of Delaware Master Coach Certificate consists of five modules to be completed over a seven-month period:
- Module 1: A seven-day residential program at UD, consisting of lectures, projects, guest speakers, participant presentations, group work, field trips and project planning. You will prepare for the residential module by completing an online session and reading assignments.
- Module 2: In addition to a reading assignment and review, you will create either an individual or staff professional development plan with a provided framework.
- Module 3: Twice-a-month online instructional sessions, as well as the implementation of projects that were proposed and approved at the conclusion of Module 1. Each participant will be assigned a mentor to provide guidance and monitor progress.
- Module 4: A three to five day apprenticeship in an approved environment, during which you will shadow staff and complete assignments and reports based upon your observations, interviews and reflections.
- Module 5: Participants will meet at the Annual NSCAA Convention to present the results of their projects for jury review.
In order to successfully complete the course, you must complete all assigned work and your final project must pass professional jury evaluation.
Module 1: June 3 – 9, 2017
Module 2: Summer/Fall 2017
Module 3: August 28, 2017
Module 4: Summer/Fall 2017
Module 5: January 2018
The centerpieces of this program are a one-week residential institute at the University of Delaware and the 2018 NSCAA Convention.
Other important dates include:
March 31: Applications close or until course fills
April 1: Acceptance notifications
May 1: Deposits due, online preparation begins
June: Course placement of interns
August: Online work
January: Project presentations at the 2018 NSCAA Convention
Program tuition of $5,000 includes a one-week residential institute at UD with room and board, all online and in-person instruction and complimentary registration for the 2018 NSCAA Convention.
A full refund, less a $75 processing fee, will be provided to anyone who withdraws from the program if written notice is received by mail or email prior to April 7, 2017. A full refund, less the $1,500 nonrefundable deposit, will be provided to anyone who withdraws from the program if written notice is received by mail or email from April 7, 2017 through May 5, 2017. No refunds will be given after May 5, 2017.
All refund requests must be made in writing to:
Mr. Jeff Schneider
Department of Kinesiology
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Areas of study are grouped by topic area and will include:
Setting the Vision and Strategy
- Establishing and reinforcing program culture
- Coaching philosophy for staff & players
- Developing a strategic plan
Shaping the Competitive Environment
- Establishing program benchmarks
- Talent identification and recruiting players, staff, volunteers
- Implementing Safe Sport policies to safeguard participants
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
- Player performance testing
Sport Science Practices
- Training design and periodization
- Sport psychology
- Sport nutrition
- Career planning
- Interviewing techniques
- Professional image
- Ethical considerations in club soccer management
- Media relations
- Leadership and communication
Admission to the NSCAA Master Coach Certificate program is by application. Candidates must hold an NSCAA Premier License, a U.S. Soccer “A” license or an equivalent license from an international federation. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with professional or high-level soccer playing and/or coaching.
To apply to the NSCAA Master Coach and Soccer Leader Certificate Program, please submit your resume or curriculum vitae to Jeff Schneider, associate director, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application period for the NSCAA Master Coach Diploma at UD has closed.
Applications will be evaluated for admission as they are received until the deadline, and each applicant will be notified of their status after the faculty reviews their application. Thirty-six participants will be accepted, and upon acceptance into the program a $1,500 nonrefundable deposit is required.
Registration details will be sent to admitted program participants upon acceptance.
We encourage applicants who may need financial support from their clubs to discuss with their clubs the possibility of partial or full funding before completing the program application.
Andrew Donnery, Academic Director
Donnery holds numerous coaching qualifications from the UEFA, USYS and NSCAA. He also authored a book called Let the Kids Play, for which he designed a collection of enjoyable, stimulating and developmentally appropriate exercises for young players.
Donnery has placed players into Division I college programs, State ODP, Region ODP, the U.S National Team and Everton FC of the English Premier League. He serves as a member of California North ODP staff, Region IV ODP Staff and has worked at the National ODP Camp.
He has also instructed the National Youth License for US Youth Soccer. From 1997 through 2007, he served as Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA), where he co-developed Parents and Coaches Together (PACT), a training program designed to create a more positive soccer experience for players, coaches and parents.
Barker has also served as technical director for International Sports Connection, part of a team funded by the U.S. State Department to assist in the creation of a youth soccer system in Uganda. Through this program, he has educated nearly 400 Ugandan coaches.
For his efforts, Henessey was named the South Atlantic Region Head Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2013. He has guided many student-athletes to win prominent awards and earn placements on prestigious teams.
A native of Cork, Ireland, Hennessy earned his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University in 1990 and earned his doctorate in molecular biology from Columbia University in 2001.
Hennessy began his collegiate coaching career at Rutgers University in 2001 before working for Boston College for four seasons.
Hennessy’s 12-year professional career including playing with the Boston Bolts of the American Pro Soccer League and the United States Indoor Soccer League’s New York Fever and New Jersey Stallions. He was a member of the Major League Soccer’s New York/New Jersey MetroStars, and played for the Connecticut Wolves of the A-League and the Reading Rage of the United Soccer League.
Prior to his arrival at Binghamton, Marco served assistant coach and then head coach at West Virginia University. As a Division I player for WVU, Marco led the program to one of its finest seasons in school history in 1990.
Marco holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in physical education/athletic coaching from WVU, and is a teacher certified in grades K-12.
Marco also holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a USSF “B” License, and has been a member of the NSCAA national staff for 20 years and a member of NSCAA Senior Staff since 2005. In that capacity, Marco has taught various levels of the NSCAA academy curriculum courses, and has published numerous articles. He also served as vice president of the Big East Soccer Coaches from 1999-2001.
Robinson serves as the Director of Sport Research for the Center for Applied Business and Economics Research (CABER), consulting with the United States Soccer Federation and the Colonial Athletic Conference. Robinson also serves as director of management education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), where he develops curricula and programs to train soccer club leaders in the United States. The program has seen over 800 coaches receive a Director of Coaching credential from the NSCAA. From that experience, Robinson wrote the text Sport Club Management.
Robinson is also the author of the highly successful sport management text Profiles of Sport Industry Professionals: The People Who Make the Games Happen, has authored over 25 articles and made over 100 national and international scholarly and professional presentations.
Schneider is the assistant director of the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP). He has worked with numerous national, world and Olympic figure skaters. Schneider graduated from UD with a master of science with a concentration in exercise physiology. He holds certifications form both the National Athletic Trainers Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Associations.
Travel and Logistics
Please review these requirements and recommendations pertaining to travel arrangements that individual participants must make for this program.
Foreign national participants are encouraged to consider purchasing travel medical insurance if their current health insurance plan or travel insurance does not provide coverage for medical care while traveling in the U.S.
Participants are responsible for making their travel arrangements for the Delaware portion of the program (Module 1) and for the 2018 NSCAA Conference portion of the program (Module 3).
Travel for Module 1: University of Delaware, Newark, Del.
• The program begins at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the University of Delaware, Newark, Del. All participants should plan on arriving at the hotel by the 3 pm of June 3, 2016.
• The closest airports to the University of Delaware are Philadelphia International Airport, New Castle Airport (five miles south of Wilmington, Del.), and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).
• The program ends at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2017. All participants should depart that afternoon.
Travel for Module 3: 2017 NSCAA Conference
• Participants are required to make their own travel arrangements to the 2018 NSCAA Convention.
The participant fee for this program includes the cost of the hotel room and tax at the Courtyard Newark—University of Delaware. Participants will share a queen guest room with another participant.
Participants do not need to contact the hotel to make a reservation. We will provide the hotel with a rooming list. Check-in is at 3 p.m.; please let us know if you will require an earlier check-in.
Mr. Jeff Schneider