Leonardo Cuellar coached the Mexican women’s national team for years. (Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
One way to determine someone’s impact and influence?
Just count the people they have touched.
Ron Newman influenced hundreds of players, perhaps more. The greatest tribute could be the number of his former players who went into coaching.
Newman, a pioneer in American soccer, passed away Monday morning. He was 82.
While it is not the ultimate count, FrontRowSoccer.com has found 20 former players under Ron Newman who decided to coach. And that number probably is low.
“There are loads of them all over the place,” Guy Newman, Roy’s son said in a 2016 interview. “They all come and go so quick, especially in the pro ranks. He was always proud of the guys who continued in the game, I can tell you that. He always wanted to see how they were doing, all his ex-players and stuff.”
Guy Newman then rattled off some names: Roy Turner, John Best. Chris Klein, the LA Galaxy president who play for Ron Newman with the Kansas City Wiz.
“There were so many to keep up with it,” he added. “Every game there seemed to be someone coaching against someone who had played for him.”
Here is a partial list of Newman’s players who went on to coach at various levels over the past several decades:
Kenny Cooper — Baltimore Blast
Roy Turner — Wichita Wings
Mike Renshaw — Dallas Tornado
John Best — Seattle Sounders
Mirko Stojanovic — Oakland Stompers
Kyle Rote, Jr. — Memphis Americans
David Chadwick – Atlanta Chiefs, Georgia Generals, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Minnesota Strikers, Atlanta Datagraphic
San Diego Sockers
Leonardo Cuellar — Mexican women’s national team
Guy Newman — Las Vegas Dust Devils, assistant with San Diego Sockers, Kansas City Wizards, Del Mar Sharks, San Diego United, Encinitas Express
Jean Willrich — Rancho Bernado High School
Julie Veee — La Costa Canyon High School
Kevin Crow — San Diego Spirit (interim)
Hugo Perez – U.S. youth national teams
Brian Quinn — San Diego Sockers, San Jose Clash, San Diego Sockers, University of San Diego (assistant)
Peter Skouras — Buffalo Blizzard
Gary Collier — San Diego Nomads
Jim Gabarra — Washington Spirit
Paul Dougherty — San Diego Flash (assistant), La Jolla Nomads, US San Diego (assistant) San Diego WFC SeaLions)
Wes Wade — James Madison High School, Park University
Tim Wittman — Baltimore Blast (head and assistant coach) — John Hopkins women