USA Football Introduces Coach, Education And League Leadership Advisory Councils

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Striving to provide the organization with leadership and assistance in its efforts to create, maintain and deliver resources and support to youth football leagues and coaches, USA Football has formed Coach, Education and League Leadership advisory councils with the goal of advancing USA Football’s work across grassroots levels of the sport.

“For the good of young athletes, we are committed to reimagining how our sport is played, taught and experienced,” says USA Football executive director and CEO Scott Hallenbeck. “All of our council members – many of whom are youth sports parents – are united by a selfless commitment to our children and personify an inspired, athlete-focused mission.”

USA Football’s Education Advisory Council will advise on the best methods and strategies to implement education and curriculum spanning early childhood through adult learning. Members of the Coach Advisory and League Leadership Advisory councils will assist in the development of programs, resources and support for coaches and youth league commissioners, providing input on meeting the needs of volunteers across all demographics.

The Council members include:

Coach Advisory Council

  • Jamal Bacon, Youth Coach & Flag Director, Williamsville Jr. Football & Cheerleading, NY
  • Eric Bennett, Head Football Coach & Athletic Director, Saranac Lake, NY, Central School District
  • Mike Canchola, Youth Coach & President, Oregon City, OR, Youth Football Association
  • Chris Coffman, Youth Coach, Zionsville, IN, Youth Football League
  • Kate Decker, Owner & Director, Institute of Athletic Movement, TN
  • Jeremy Frisch, Youth Coach & Owner, Achieve Performance Training, MA
  • Scott Groth, Youth Coach & Board Member, Metro Youth Football Association, IO
  • Cory Moore, Head Football Coach, Lakewood High School, FL
  • Ed Roldan, Youth Coach & Board Member, Southeast Bronx, NY, Youth Coalition
  • Chris Seay, Youth Coach & Board Member, Thomas County, GA, All Stars Academy
  • David Walker, Commissioner & Founder, Wilk-Amite Youth Action Network, MS

Education Advisory Council

  • Donald Davis, Head Coach & Teacher, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.) • Nadine Dubina, Associate Director of Coach Development United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee
  • Carla Garrett, Director of Operations, Southwest Virginia American Youth Football
  • Ken Martel, American Development Model (ADM) Technical Director, USA Hockey
  • Dr. Paul Roetert, Managing Director, United States Tennis Association
  • Ed Roldan, Youth Coach & Board Member, Southeast Bronx, NY, Youth Coalition
  • Audrey Shaw, TrueSport Outreach & Education Program Lead, United States Anti-Doping Agency
  • Dr. Mark Urtel, Dept. of Kinesiology Chair & Associate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

League Leadership Advisory Council

  • Bill Blair, Commissioner, New Mexico Young America Football League
  • Jeremiah Davis, Defensive Coordinator, Westfield High School, VA
  • Toi Debose, Athletic Director, Fort Bend Youth Football League, TX
  • Rich Dixon, Athletics Manager, Greenville County, SC, Rec
  • Terry Donovan, Offensive Coordinator, Kasson-Mantorville, MN, High School
  • Karly Frey, Commissioner, Dane County, WI, Area Youth Football League
  • Carla Garrett, Director of Operations, Southwest Virginia American Youth Football
  • Tom Goodwin, Region Director, Mid-South Pop Warner, NC
  • Karalyn Stott, Program Manager, Move United
  • Russ Yeager, Commissioner, New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League
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