Coaches' meeting to draw nearly 3,000 this week

January 13, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

To appreciate the scope of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America gathering at the Convention Center this week, imagine Johnny Oates or Joe Gibbs getting together with your local 10-and-under coach.

The NSCAA's 46th annual convention opened for business last night, and by the time the final clinic is concluded Sunday, more than 2,100 members are expected to come to Baltimore. Others associated with the sport -- a good number are exhibitors hawking their lines of soccer equipment -- will put convention attendance at nearly 3,000.

Virginia sophomore Claudio Reyna is expected to win the Hermann Trophy that will be given by Reebok tomorrow to the nation's top male collegiate player. On Friday, former Towson State coach Doc Minnegan, 90, will be one of seven coaches inducted into the NSCAA's Hall of Fame, and Coaches of the Year at various levels will be recognized.

On Saturday, the NSCAA/Umbro All-America teams will be feted, and Reyna's name heads a roster of 423 honored players from college to under-17 teams. Essex Community College's Zach Thorton and Nicole Reabe are on the junior college first team. Fallston's Shane Dougherty and Hammond's Samantha Andersch made the high school squads.

Amid all the honors and sales talks, however, the main focus of the convention is a lengthy list of clinics that start tomorrow.

"First and foremost, we're about education," said Jim Sheldon, the executive director of the NSCAA, which has more than 9,400 members. "About a third of our members are youth coaches and another third high school coaches, and throughout the year we run academies that certify our members to coach at various levels.

"This week we've got over 30 clinicians making presentations, and they include some of the top people in the game."

Two national coaches, Brazil's Carlos Alberto Parreira and Scotland's Andy Roxborough, are among the headliners, but with the World Cup being played for the first time in the United States next year, the U.S. national staff will be in the spotlight.

Talks by Bora Milutonovic, coach of the national team that began working out at its new Mission Viejo, Calif., home Monday, and Olympic coach Lothar Osiander are expected to draw crowds. Anson Dorrance, who built North Carolina into the undisputed queen of collegiate women's soccer and coached the United States to victory in the first women's World Cup, will also do a clinic.

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