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At SoccerSpecific.com we aim to provide the latest and best in coaching education to all our members regardless of their coaching ability or background.  Our Advisory Panel has been created with this goal in mind.  Each member of our panel has reached the pinnacle in their respective fields ranging from the highest professional and international levels, to college and the youth game.   

Advisory Panel Members may, within their respective fields, provide recommendations on soccer specific topics including:

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  • Fitness Education
  • Nutrition Education
  • Sports Injury Education
  • Psychology
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Coaching Education - Goalkeeper Education - Fitness - Nutrition - Sports Injury - Psychology - Refereeing

Jack Gallagher
FIFA  Instructor
Jack has traveled the globe over the past thirty years undertaking coaching assignments on behalf of FIFA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Adidas and various private organizations..

Gary Crompton
Harvard Assistant Coach
Gary Crompton is in his 11th season as a Harvard assistant coach. Crompton was an Academic All-American at the University of Maine before embarking on a successful professional playing career.  He currently holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma as well as a USSF Pro ´B´ license.
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Brett Jacobs
Technical Director of the Michigan Youth Soccer Association.
Entering his first year as the Director of Coaching for the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association, Brett Jacobs is considered by many to be among the nation’s promising next generation of young coaches.

Greg Maas
Technical Director of the Utah Youth Soccer Association (UYSA)
Coach Greg Maas currently serves as the State Technical Director of the Utah Youth Soccer Association (UYSA), where he is responsible for player development, coaching education, and the technical direction of the state association.
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Dana Taylor
Oregon State University
Dana Taylor has built Oregon State into a nationally ranked Division I collegiate program.  Prior to OSU, he helped guide Creighton to two Final-Four NCAA College Cup appearances.  He is a National Staff instructor for the US Soccer Federation as well the NSCAA Director for the State of Oregon.


Dan Gaspar
FC Porto
Dan Gaspar is currently the Head Coach at the University of Hartford, CT.  Prior to joining UHartford he was the goalkeeper coach at FC Porto, the ´04 UEFA Champions League Champions.  He has been employed by several of the worlds top clubs including S.L Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Grampus Eight, as well as the South African and Portuguese National teams.  He is arguably  the most experienced and qualified American-born coach.

Anthony Latronica
Harvard University
Latronica is a former goalkeeper for the US Under 20, Under 21, and Under 23 National Team. In addition, he has played professionally in England, the USA and Italy.  He currently holds a USSF ´A´ License and is considered one of the top young coaches in the United States at this time.


Phil Wheddon
US National Team
Phil is currently Goalkeeper Coach for the Men’s US National Team.  He was a member of the US National Team Coaching Staff during the World Cup, Germany 2006.  He is an Olympic gold medalist (Athens, 2004) and a semi-finalist at the 2003 Women’s World Cup.  Phil is a nationwide clinician and member of the USSF National Instructional Staff.


Dan Freigang, Ph.D.
Dan is a well published author with over 100 scientific articles on periodization of mental training, self-confidence and game preparation.  His seminal research integrating technical training with psychological elements have become a standard for many professional teams.  Dan is also prolific clinician and his contributions to player development are seen in the USSF, USYSA, NSCAA and numerous other sport organizations.
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Mick McDermott
Al Ain FC
Mick McDermott is currently the fitness / strength coach at Al Ain Football Club of the United Arab Emirates.  Al Ain are considered to be one of the biggest Clubs in Asia having won the Asian Champions League in ´03 and reaching at least the quarter-final stage in each of the past five competitions.  Mick played and coached professionally in the US prior to joing the Al Ain Club.  He currenly holds UEFA ´A´ USSF ´A´ and CSCS (NSCA)


Pierre Barrieu MS
US Soccer Federation
Pierre is currently Head Fitness and Conditioning Coach for the US Soccer Federation. He has worked with the US Men´s National Team since 2001 including World Cups 2002, 2006.  He is also responsible for designing and implementing programs for the US Olympic, U20 and U18 teams.
Pierre has also been responsible for the development and implementation the USSF "Fitness for Soccer" course currently offered as part of the USSF Coaching Schools Curriculum.


Mark Williams
Williams Soccer Performance Systems LLC
Mark Williams is the former Head Strength and Conditioning coach for the New York MetroStars (MLS), a position he held for three seasons.  He has recently been named the strength and conditioning coach for the Sky Blue women´s professional team.  He now owns and operates a very successful "soccer conditioning" company based in New Jersey, USA.  He has trained multiple US internationals and professional players during his career.

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Nancy Clark, MS, RD
Nancy Clark, MS, RD, an internationally known spors nutritionist, nutrition author, is a registered dietitian (RD). 


Marc Bernier
Sports Injury Specialist
Marc holds a Masters degree in Physical Therapy and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He is a past member of Major League Soccer’s Athletic Training Advisory Board as well as a consultant to Galatasaray Football Club (2000 UEFA Cup Winners)…..


Mike Walden
Sports Injury Therapist
Mike graduated from Loughborough University, UK with degrees in Physical Education, Sports Science and Physics.  He is the founder and President of the world renowned Sports Injury Clinic.


Tom Fregoso
Sports Injury Therapist

Tom´s 20-year career as a sports injuries specialist has taken him to the highest levels of the game.  He is a trainer for the US Soccer Federation as well as a consultant on diet planning and holds a masters degree in Sports Psychology.





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