EAST WINDSOR, N.J. – In an effort to further the success of the New Jersey Olympic Development Program, NJ Youth Soccer announced Friday that Denise Reddy, Robert Turner, Scott Baker and Nick LaBrocca have joined its ODP committee.

“Our goal is to provide a pathway for our New Jersey ODP players to the National Youth Teams,” New Jersey ODP technical director James Galanis said. “Having assembled a committee with some of New Jersey’s greatest soccer minds, we are able to meet and continuously improve New Jersey ODP. We are excited because we are putting together all of the right pieces to assure our program is providing first-class training and education for New Jersey’s best players.”

The committee is led by Galanis and Wayne Cordiner, NJ Youth Soccer 1st vice president. The members look to drive the strategic direction of the elite player development pathway by using their vast soccer acumen. The mission of ODP is to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis.

Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach, is a New Jersey native who has coached professionally in Sweden, Denmark and the United States. She has developed an inclusive coaching philosophy that is comprehensive of several cultures and playing styles. Sky Blue FC is the sixth professional team that Reddy has coached across Europe and the U.S. since concluding an 11-year playing career as a center back for Umeå IK and Malmö FF in Sweden. While playing for Malmö FF from 1995-2005, she served as team captain for seven consecutive seasons and helped the team reach the UEFA Champions League semifinals in 2004. She was a two-year captain and National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American at Rutgers University.

Turner, a Pennington, N.J. resident and NJ Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, has a deep-rooted influence in the New Jersey women’s soccer community. He was a two-sport athlete at the University of Miami, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. After finishing his college studies, Turner assisted in the emergence of The College of New Jersey’s women’s soccer program and has served them for the past 28 years as an assistant coach. During his tenure with TCNJ, he has helped lead the team to three national titles, 12 Final Four appearances and 504 wins. Turner has served the past 18 years with the New Jersey ODP Girls while also embracing the role of Girls ODP administrator.

Baker also adds experience to the committee. Hee has served as a teacher, coach, trainer, advisor and director at the high school, club, collegiate and professional levels. Accumulating over 25 years of experience as a coach, Baker has led 14 different programs. He is in his fourth season as the head men’s soccer coach at Rowan University, holding a 43-18-1 record.

After a 10-year career in Major League Soccer, Howell, N.J. native Nick LaBrocca returned home to a role as a New Jersey ODP coach. He appeared in 232 matches, scoring 18 goals. LaBrocca played with the Colorado Rapids, Toronto FC, Chivas USA and Chicago Fire. He was a member of every U.S. Youth National Team from age 14 to 23 before receiving the call to participate in a U.S. Men’s national team camp in 2008. LaBrocca played at Rutgers University, where he recorded 10 goals and eight assists over a four-year span. He also was a three-time All-Big East selection while helping the Scarlet Knights to a pair of NCAA Division I Tournament appearances.

“This group of professionals will be an invaluable resource as we look to refine the program’s success with player development,” Cordiner said. “Our goal is to provide quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches and exposure to regional and national team coaches, while also presenting the opportunity to represent the state, region or country in competition.”