MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 16, 2006) - Four positions on US Club Soccer’s Board of Directors have been filled following elections for the two-year terms.
Re-elected to the board are Region I’s Peter Bradley (Mass Premier Soccer – Waltham, Mass.), Region II’s Tim Lesiak (Ohio Elite Soccer Academy – West Chester, Ohio) and Region III’s John Rennie (Triangle FC – Hillsborough, N.C.). Joining them out of Region IV is Shawn Blakeman (Sacramento United SC – Sacramento, Calif.) who will be serving his first term on the Board of Directors.
Current members of the Board of Directors, who have one year remaining on their terms, are Region I’s Steve Freeman (Blackwatch Premier SC – Albany, N.Y.), Region II’s Mike Sweeney (Cleveland Whitecaps SC, Independence, Ohio), Region III’s Vicki Sanford (Brentwood SC – Brentwood, Tenn.) and Region IV’s Derek Armstrong (Nomads SC – La Jolla, Calif.) as well as Board Chairman Phil Wright (San Juan SC – Folsom, Calif.). Brief bios for each member of the US Club Soccer Board of Directors follow this release.
Unique to soccer organizations is the fact that US Club Soccer Bylaws require that only individuals with soccer experience can qualify for a board seat. To be elected to the board, directors must have a current relationship with a member club consisting of at least eight teams, at least five years coaching experience at a competitive level, and at least a USSF "B" coaching license or its NSCAA or international equivalent.
US Club Soccer Board of Directors Bios
Phil Wright (Chairman)*
Former President and Director of Coaching at San Juan Soccer Club in Sacramento, Calif.; National Youth Coach of the Year in 1997; Practicing attorney in Sacramento, Calif. Holder of USSF National "A" License.
Peter Bradley, Region 1
Director of Coaching, Mass Premier Soccer, Waltham, Mass.; Head coach of the Y-League's Boston Renegades for the past four years; Spent the previous four years as the head coach of the W-League's Boston Renegades; Holder of USSF National "A" License.
Steve Freeman, Region 1 (Secretary) *
Director and Founder of Black Watch Premier SC, Albany, N.Y., which has grown to 18 teams, both boys and girls. Played soccer at Hartwick and Siena Colleges, and also in the USISL for the Albany Alley Cats. Holder of a USSF National "A" License.
Tim Lesiak, Region 2
Managing Director of Coaching for the entire Ohio Elite Soccer Academy. He was the head coach of the U-16 Ohio Elite Soccer Academy girls' team that captured the 2002 US Club Soccer National Cup in Blaine, Minnesota. Before starting Ohio Elite, Lesiak spent eight years as the Director of Coaching for the Cardinal Soccer Club. He competed collegiately at the University of Cincinnati where he was named All Mid-East Region twice. He also played professionally with the Cincinnati Cheetahs in the USISL. Holder of a USSF "A" license.
Mike Sweeney, Region 2*
President and Director of Cleveland Whitecaps SC, founding the club in 1996. Began professional playing career in the NASL in 1979, and played professionally until 1994. Has over 100 caps for the National Team of Canada, including the '84 Olympic and '86 World Cup Finals.
John Rennie, Region 3
Co-founding the Triangle Soccer Academy in 1998, Rennie is the current president of the Triangle Futbol Club. He is also entering his 28th season as the head coach at Duke University where he has led the Blue Devils to four College Cups and the 1986 NCAA National Championship. A former member of the USSF national coaching staff, Rennie organized and was the first chairman of the NCAA Division I Soccer Coaches Committee.
Vicki Sanford, Region 3
Currently the Director of Coaching for the Brentwood Soccer Club in Brentwood, Tenn., Assistant Coach at Woodland Middle School, and coach of the U12 Brentwood Beat Girls soccer team. She led the Beat to the Tennessee State title in 2003. Sanford is also the National Chairman of the adidas/NSCAA Youth Girls All-America Committee and the local director of the Southern Soccer Academy, an all female soccer camp held in Williamson County each summer. The holder of a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, Sanford led her Brentwood Arsenal Division I girls team to two back to back state titles and was named 1998 “Coach of the Year” by the Tennessee State Soccer Association.
Derek Armstrong, Region 4*
Director of Coaching for the Nomads Soccer Club, La Jolla, Calif.; Head Coach, Men’s Soccer Team, University of California, San Diego; Head Coach, San Diego Flash (A-League professional team); Former USSF National U-20 Coach; Appointed to the USSF National Staff in 1984. Holder of a USSF National "A" License.
Shawn Blakeman, Region 4
Residing Technical Director of Sacramento United in Sacramento, Calif. since 2003. Formerly, an IMG Academy Staff Coach and prior to that the Director of Coaching of the El Dorado United Soccer Club (Shingle Springs, Calif.). Holder of a USSF “A” License. Began an 11-year professional soccer career at 17 with the San Jose Earthquakes, followed by a four-year stint in the German Oberliga. Returned to the States and played in both indoor and outdoor professional leagues until 1999. One of the founding and current Executive Board Members of the NorCal Premier Soccer League.
* - Executive Committee member
About US Club Soccer
US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop competitive club soccer in the United States. It has been a member of the United States Soccer Federation since July 2001, and has grown to over 1,200 member clubs and league teams in 47 states. In addition to sanctioning tournaments, leagues, and other competitions and conducting a range of programs for its members, it annually conducts the US Club Soccer National Cup, for member teams for boys and girls’ U12 to U17. The 2006 National Cup V kicks off Memorial Day weekend. US Club Soccer also began its own player identification and development program in the summer of 2004, termed id2. Over the 2006 Easter Weekend, US Club Soccer, in conjunction with Disney’s Wide World of Sports, will hold the inaugural Champions Cup to determine the nation’s top boy and girl’s clubs. US Club Soccer’s growing list of National Corporate Partners include: Nike, 24 Hour Fitness, American Airlines, Budget Rent A Car, Cendant Hotel Group, Etriptix, Major League Soccer, Slammers® Ultimate Milk and TEKK Athletic; as well as a supplier group of six additional corporations. For more information, visit www.usclubsoccer.org.