KANSAS CITY, Mo. — United Soccer Coaches will start broadcasting the first episode of “Coaching Through COVID”, a free web series that looks at the challenges coaches and clubs are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The association will broadcast its first episode on Tuesday, April 14 at 3 p.m. ET.
Each episode will be hosted by Dean Linke, longtime soccer broadcaster and host of the United Soccer Coaches Podcast, and will feature panels of coaches and industry professionals as they cover a variety of issues and challenges that face all of us during these unprecedented times.
The six-episode series kicks off on Tuesday, April 14 at 3 p.m. ET with “Your Youth Soccer Organization Can Survive COVID-19.” Linke will lead the discussion that features Steve Danbusky, executive director of Beach FC (Va.) and Club Champions League President; Andy Haile, Associate Law Professor, Elon University School of Law and United Soccer Coaches Board Member; Skip Gilbert, US Youth Soccer CEO; Paul Ellis, technical director for Southwestern Youth Association (Va.); and Bo Eskay, FC Frederick (Md.) executive director.
The second episode will take place two days later on Thursday, April 16 at 3 p.m. ET with a pair of United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame members, former USWNT Mental Skills Coach Dr. Colleen Hacker and North Carolina Women’s Head Coach Anson Dorrance, speaking on “Keeping it Positive in an Unpredictable World.”
The remaining four episodes will occur on subsequent Tuesdays starting on April 21 at 2 p.m. ET with Chelsea FC women’s manager Emma Hayes and United Soccer Coaches Past President and current FIFPRO Chief Women’s Football Officer Amanda Vandervort on “Effective Leadership Through Tough Times.”
The complete schedule for the webinar series is below. To register for one of the free webinars, click on the title of each session or go to
Tuesday, April 14 – 3 p.m. ET – Your Youth Soccer Organization Can Survive COVID-19
Steve Danbusky, Executive Director, Beach FC (Va.), Club Champions League President
Andy Haile, Associate Law Professor, Elon University
Skip Gilbert, CEO, US Youth Soccer
Paul Ellis, Technical Director, Southwestern Youth Association (Va.)
Bo Eskay, Executive Director, FC Frederick (Md.)
Thursday, April 16 – 3 p.m. ET – Keeping it Positive in an Unpredictable World
Dr. Colleen Hacker, Former USWNT Mental Skills Coach; Former Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Pacific Lutheran University
Anson Dorrance, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of North Carolina
Tues., April 21 – 2 p.m. ET – Effective Leadership Through Tough Times
Emma Hayes, Manager, Chelsea FC Women
Amanda Vandervort, Chief Women’s Football Officer, FIFPRO
Tues., April 28 – 2 p.m. ET – The Coach as a Successful Small Business
Matt Robinson, Professor of Sport Management, University of Delaware
Andrew Donnery, CEO, Elk Grove Soccer & Co-Founder of EDSPORA eLearning
Jim Cosgrove, Certified Financial Planner; Former Executive Director, US Youth Soccer
Tues., May 5 – 2 p.m. ET – How Adversity Builds a Stronger Coach
Eric Wynalda, Head Coach, Las Vegas Lights FC
Dave Sarachan, Head Coach, North Carolina FC
Tues., May 12 – 2 p.m. ET – Club and High School: Working Together Through COVID-19
Christian Lavers, President, ECNL
Haroot Hakopian, Head Girls’ Coach, Churchill High School (Md.) & Head Coach U18/U19 Bethesda Soccer Club and United Soccer Coaches Board Member
Rusty Oglesby, Head Boys’ Coach, John Paul II High School (Texas) and United Soccer Coaches Vice President