Meet the 2014-15 North Texas Soccer ODP Head Coaches

The North Texas Staff is a collection of coaches with varying levels of experience in the game as a player and/or as a coach. All are first-class people who are excellent role models for the elite youth players in the program. As professional educators, the staff is child-centered. The development of the individual player within the framework of the team is the focus.

The NTX ODP Staff Coaches are selected based on the following four criteria: Integrity, Character, Experience and Qualifications. We have a mix of backgrounds and professional experience including collegiate coaches, high school coaches, and club coaches. None of the staff are coaching the same age group that they work with on a daily basis. To avoid any conflicts of interest, club coaches work with a different age group and gender, so no preferential treatment is given to any players they may coach.

The ODP coaching philosophy is player-centered, using a soft approach, few words, and, “One ounce of theory to a ton of practice," with lots of praise; clear, concise, simple, and honest feedback; and without shouting. Young players are given opportunities to make decisions and solve problems — we give them cues/clues, not answers.

ODP provides an efficient yet relaxed developmental training environment where the truly gifted players will excel. The program is oriented towards player development, not results. Practice is deliberate and progresses from simple to complex. Games are high level. We have found, over the years, that this developmental approach speeds up learning to create the best all-around experience for the elite youth soccer player.

The purpose of the NTX Olympic Development Program is to identify and develop the top players in the state, in partnership with the competitive clubs and teams statewide. Working together with our competitive leagues, clubs and teams, we complement each other and, through this process, the level of play within the state is impacted in a positive manner.

We welcome new recruits to the ODP staff with a solid track record of success in coaching. Interested coaches may email me Gary Williamson gary@ntxsoccer.org, with a current coaching resume. Please go to the following link to complete a background check with the NTSSA office via Shawn Morgan shawnmorgan@ntxsoccer.org, ODP Administrator: http://www.ntxsoccer.org/odpforms.aspx.

North Texas ODP Staff

1998 BODP HEAD COACH: Kevin White

Education

Bachelors of American Studies from University of Texas at Dallas

Coaching Licenses

Holds USSF “B” Coaching License

Coaching Experience

Assistant Coach at UT Dallas with men's program for four years
Aces Club Coach - 01 Boys and 00 Girls
Aces Club Coach - 98 Boys, 01 Red Boys, 04 Boys, 00 Girls
North Texas Staff Coach for four year
PDL for four years with DFW Tornados

Soccer Experience

UT-Dallas four-year player - twice Conference Offensive Player of the Year
Texas Premier and Eclipse as youth player



1998 GODP HEAD COACH: Angelina Pane

Education

Master of Arts in Education with At-Risk Intervention emphasis from Ottawa University
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Concordia University Wisconsin

Coaching Licenses

Holds USSF “C” Coaching License

Coaching Experience

Head Women’s Soccer Coach at University of Dallas (two years)
2002's Dallas Texans Soccer Coach (two years)

Soccer Experience

Kansas State ODP Staff Coach
University of Wisconsin Women's Soccer four-year player (named captain in 2008)



1999 BODP HEAD COACH: Sean Worley

Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration San Diego State University in San Diego, Calif
Master’s Degree in Health, Kinesiology and Sports Studies from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, Tex.

Coaching Licenses

Holds a USSF National “A” License

Coaching Experience

Head Coach at Richland College, Dallas, Tex.: 1996-present
Coached for Storm Soccer Club and Dallas Inter
North Texas ODP Coach
De Anza College, Assistant Coach, Cupertino, Calif.
Del Mar High School, Head Coach, San Jose, Calif.

Soccer Experience

Collegiate: West Valley College, Saratoga, Calif.



1999 GODP HEAD COACH: Cassidy Acuff

Education

B.S. in Business Administration from UT-Dallas, Dallas, Tex
MS in Kinesiology with a Sports Psychology concentration – UNT, Denton, Tex

Coaching Licenses

Holds USSF “A” License

Coaching Experience

Head Soccer coach at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Fort Worth
Three years as assistant coach for the University of North Texas
Won the regular season Sun Belt Championship 2011, 2012
Won Sun Belt Conference Tournament 2012
NCAA 1st round game vs Texas Tech
State Coach since 2006
Former Assistant Soccer Coach at Dallas Hockaday School, 2005-10
Won the Southwest Preparatory Conference in 2007 and 2008

Soccer Experience

Collegiate:
Purdue University and played in the Big Ten
Transferred back home to finish her college career at the University of Texas at Dallas
Led the Comets to the regional finals of the NCAA Division III tournament that same year
Was named team captain in 2003 and 2004
Defensive Player of the Year in 2003
Youth:
Club - Texans played in North Texas, winning the State Cup twice
High School - SPC for Hockaday in 2000



2000 BODP HEAD COACH: John (JT) Thomas

Education

Certified Core Adjunct Professor for National University, San Diego, Calif.
PhD, Business Management, Madison University
Masters of Art, Business Management, Weber’s University
B.S. Sociology, University of Maryland, Frostburg, Md.

Coaching Licenses

Holds US Youth National License
Holds USSF "A" License
Holds NSCAA Premier Coaching License
Holds NSCAA levels I and II

Coaching Experience

John has spent time coaching in California, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, and Italy
1996/1997, the assistant coach for the professional league team, the Hawaii Tsunami
Cal-South’s Olympic Development Program
1985 -2002 while serving his country in the Unites States military, John coached the United States' All-Navy, All-Army and All-Marine teams, winning gold and silver medals in the Armed Forces Soccer tournaments
Former US Youth Soccer Assistant Director of Coaching Education
94 GODP North Texas Head Coach

Soccer Experience

Collegiate: Davis and Elkins College, one year
Collegiate: University of Maryland, Frostburg State, three years
Semi-Pro: San Antonio Heat, Indoor Pro Soccer



2000 GODP HEAD COACH: Kim Hemmig

Education

Doctor of Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
B.S. of Exercise Science with emphasis in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.

Coaching Licenses

Holds a National "E" License

Coaching Experience

North Texas ODP Staff

Soccer Experience

Collegiate: Played Soccer for Saint Louis University
Youth: Bishop Lynch High School and Spirit Soccer Club



2001 BODP HEAD COACH: Alex Perez

Education

Masters of Science, Computers Science, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Tex.
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, District University, Bogota, Colombia
Associate of Science, Computer IT – Unix, Brookhaven College, Dallas, Tex.

Coaching Licenses

Holds USSF “C” License
Holds USYS National Youth License

Coaching Experience

2011–Present, ODP Staff/Head Coach, Dallas, Tex.
2011–Present, Youth U6-U10 Coach, Plano, Tex.
2003-06, High School Head Coach, W.T . White High School, Dallas, Tex.

Soccer Experience

2004–Present, Amateur Soccer, Azzurri - Open/O30, Dallas, Tex. (Regional/National/Lamar Hunt)
2003-05, College Soccer, Brookhaven College, Dallas, Tex.
1993-99, College Soccer, District University, Bogota, Colombia
1990-92, ODP Soccer, Bogota Select Team, Bogota, Colombia (Regional)
1984-92, Academy Soccer, Independiente Santa Fe F.C. U8 - U16, Bogota, Colombia
1986-90, Futsal Soccer, U10-U14, Bogota Colombia



2001 GODP HEAD COACH: Jeff Hill

Education

Elementary Principal, Fowler Elementary, Wichita Falls, Tex.
Masters of Education in Education Leadership, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Tex.
B.S. in Kinesiology, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Tex.

Coaching Licenses

Holds USSF “A” License
US Youth Soccer National Youth License
NSCAA National Youth License

Coaching Experience

Currently coaching with the Wichita Falls Xpress Soccer Club
NTSSA ODP State Staff, 2004–Present
NTSSA Coach Education Lead Instructor
Clinician at the North Texas AGM
Presenter at the US Youth Soccer National Convention in 2010
Coach of every level of the 94-99 ODP age groups on both the boys and girls side
Assistant coach of the National Championship-winning North Texas 91 girls
Head Coach 1993 NTX ODP runners up for National Championship 2010

Soccer Experience

Youth: Xpress Soccer Club



2002 BODP HEAD COACH: Vassar Cates

Education

B.A. in General Studies, West Texas A&M
Certificate in Counseling, Tarrant City Community College

Coaching Licenses

Holds USSF “B” License

Coaching Experience

Coached at BRYC club in VA, 2012
Coached at Bishop Oconnell HS in Arlington, Va.
Worked for DC United in their camps and clinics
Head Coach for boys cvarsity at All Saints Episcopal High School
NTSSA Staff Coach, ODP 98 boys

Soccer Experience

Collegiate: Four years at West Texas A&M, Division II. Elite eight appearances in 2000 and 2001.
Semi Pro: Spent two summers training with teams abroad in Chester, England, and Dublin, Ireland, for Shamrock Rovers. 2003-04 played with the Dallas Sidekicks in their last professional year before disbanding. Currently playing for the DFW Tornadoes semi-pro indoor team.
Youth: Tascosa High School, High Plains Drifters Club



2002 GODP HEAD COACH: Fleur Benatar

Education

Master of Science, Kinesiology Exercise Physiology, University of North Texas
B.S. Kinesiology and Health, University of North Texas
Adjunct Faculty Staff at Texas Woman’s University Kinesiology Department

Coaching Licenses

USSF National "A" coaching license
US Youth Soccer National Youth License

Coaching Experience

U.S. Soccer National Training Center Staff Coach
ODP Regional Staff Coach
WPSL Liverpool Assistant Coach
Former Assistant Coach, University of North Texas
Former Head Soccer Coach at Texas Woman's University (established program in 2002-2013)
13 years of NCAA collegiate experience DI & DII in DFW
19 years of coaching club soccer in prestigious North Texas
ODP Staff coach and educator since 1996

Soccer Experience

University of Arkansas 1994-96
University of North Texas 1996-97
Richardson HS, Captain 1992-94
Sting Soccer Club 1993-94
D’ Feeters Soccer Club 1988-93
ODP 1991-94



2003/2004 BODP & GODP HEAD COACH: Gary Williamson

Education

Master of Business Administration, Louisiana State University
Master of Science Sports Psychology and Human Performance, Michigan State University
Post-Graduate Certificate Education, University Of North Wales
B.A. Education with Physical Education, University Of North Wales

Coaching Licenses

Holds USSF “A” License
US Youth Soccer National Youth License
English F.A. Full Qualifying License

Coaching Experience

North Texas State Coach 2000-2011
USSF National Staff Instructor
Director of Coach Education and Player Development, Oklahoma 1996-2000
Technical Director, Baton Rouge United Jaguars,1989-96
Football Development Director, English F.A.
Head Coach Regional Team, Boys 1983 birth year
National Championship Ma Guire Cup runner-up, Jaguars U19
Three National Championships Directing NTSSA ODP 96B,91G,92G

Soccer Experience

National: Wales Universities First XI B.U.S.A.F.
Collegiate: University of North Wales First XI
Semi-Pro: Welsh League
Youth
Blackpool and Fylde U18 First XI
St. Georges High School
Clifton Athletic Club



BOYS GOAL KEEPER HEAD COACH: Jimmy Garcia

Education

Bachelors of Sociology, concentration in Psychology, University of North Texas, Dallas campus
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree, Richland College
Associates Degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Structural Engineering, ITT Technical Institute

Coaching Licenses

National Youth Coaching License
National “D” Coaching License

Coaching Experience

Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Trainer, Texas Woman’s University
FC Dallas Goalkeeper Coordinator, Trainer Southern Region
North Texas Olympic Developmental Program Coaching Staff/Goalkeeper Trainer
Mountain View Community College (Dallas, Tex.) — Head Coach, Men/Women Soccer
FC Dallas Youth Soccer Club (Formerly Duncanville Revolution Soccer Club) — Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Trainer
El Paso Patriots, El Paso, Tex. — Trained youth goalkeepers

Soccer Experience

PASL-Premier Arena Soccer League: Indoor Semi-Professional, Dallas, National Champions
Bolivia Professional First Division
La Paz Futbol Club, La Paz, Bolivia — Played and trained professionally Goalkeeper
PASL-Premier Arena Soccer League: Indoor Semi-Professional, Arlington Magic
PASL-Premier Arena Soccer League: Duncanville Revolution
USL – United Soccer Leagues: DFW Tornados
USL – United Soccer Leagues: El Paso Patriots, Conference Champions, National Title Runner-Up
Duncanville Revolution: PASL-Indoor Semi Pro, Goalkeeper, Division Runner-Ups
Richland Community College: NJCAA National Champions, First Team All-Tournament



GIRLS GOAL KEEPER HEAD COACH: Nick Bogdan

Education

MBA - Case Western Reserve University ( Case), Cleveland, Ohio
BA- Malone University, Canton, Ohio

Coaching Experience

Olympic Development Program (ODP), North Texas
Olympic Development Program (ODP), Ohio
Liverpool F.C America Goalkeeper Coach
Director of Coaching (Goalkeepers) Pickerington Amateur Soccer Association (PASA), Ohio
Coach Strongsville H.S (Ohio) Varsity Soccer Team
Coach Lake Ridge H.S (Ohio) Varsity Soccer Team

Soccer Experience

2009-11 Franchise Owner, “Ohio Vortex” Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL)
1985-92 Canton Invaders, National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) Goalkeeper
West Texas ODP Staff



WTX BODP/GODP HEAD COACH: Warren Cottle

Education

BS Kinesiology and Math, Angelo State University
MS Kinesiology, University of Texas at the Permian Basin

Coaching Licenses

Holds USSF “A” Coaching License

Coaching Experience

Head Coach, Midland High School
Head Coach, West Texas Sockers, PDL
Director of Player and Coaching Development, Midland Soccer Association
Past President, Texas Association of Soccer Coaches

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