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Board of Advisors

At Soccer Trainers of America and, our goal is to ensure that everyone has the finest soccer experience possible. That ability is enhanced by our Board of Advisors. With many regarded as America's coaching elite, our Board of Advisors assists in many facets of the business, such as the review of training exercises, training program content and STA network trainers. We are very proud to be associated with such an accomplished group of individuals.
Jim Lennox

Jim is the former Men's Head Coach at Division I, Hartwick College and NSCAA Director of Coaching Emeritus. He has served as the Head Coach to the United states Men's National 'B' Team. Hartwick College won the NCAA Division I National Championship under Jim's direction in 1977. He holds both the NSCAA Premier National Diploma and USSF National 'A' License.
Jeff Tipping

Jeff Tipping is the former Men's Head Coach at Division III, Muhlenberg College and NSCAA Director of Coaching Emeritus. He was the most winning soccer coach in Muhlenberg school history with a 213-65-21 (.747) record in 16 seasons. Jeff has led the Mules to multiple NCAA Tournament appearances. Jeff has been named Regional Coach of the Year three times. In 2002, Jeff was appointed the Director of Education for the NSCAA. He is a USSF National Staff Coach and former professional all-star.


Peter Gooding

Peter is the Men's Head Coach at Division III, Amherst College. He is an NSCAA Director of Coaching Emeritus. He has been a member of the NCAA Soccer Rules Committee and past President of the NSCAA. Gooding has coached soccer in both his native England and in the United states prior to joining the Amherst staff in 1968. Peter was the 2001 recipient of the Honor Award presented by the NSCAA. The Honor Award is the NSCAA's highest distinction, which Peter has now received a total of three times during his career.
Ron McEachen

Ron is the current head coach at Skidmore where he recently he won his 200th game as a collegiate coach. He is the former Head Coach at Division I, University of Vermont for 11 seasons with a record of 114-76-26. Ron led UVM to the NCAA Final Eight in 1989. Ron also served as assistant coach for the MLS, New England Revolution in 1994-1995. Ron played professionally for the New York Cosmos and other professional organizations and has been an NSCAA Associate Director of Coaching.
Carl Rees

Carl is in his eighth year as Men's Head Coach at Division I, Fairfield University. Prior to his tenure at Fairfield, Carl was a men's assistant coach at Hartwick College. He holds the USSF National 'A' License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. Carl was also a Technical Advisor for the 1994 World Cup held in the United states.

Sam Okpodu

Sam is the current chief coach of the Nigerian Women's Soccer Team headed to the 2003 World Cup. He was head Women's soccer coach at Virginia Tech University from 1993-2002. Prior to that, he played on various professional squads and previously held the position of assistant coach of the women's soccer team at North Carolina State from 1990-1992, posting an overall record of 47-17-2 and gaining three consecutive NCAA tournament bids. Sam is also the ACC's all-time Men's leading scorer, having recorded a startling total of 193 points for goals and assists in four seasons at North Carolina State University. Sam has also been a National Staff member of the NSCAA.
Tom Duffy

Tom is currently an assistant coach for the perennially powerful William and Mary Mens' Division I soccer team. Prior to that he was an assistant coach for the Hartwick Mens' Division I soccer team for six years and the Head Mens' Division I soccer coach at Oneonta State University for four years. Tom has played and coached soccer in England and holds a USSF National 'A' License.

Mike Noonan 

Mike is entering his ninth year as Head Mens' Coach at Division I Brown University where he has compiled an impressive record along with several successful NCAA tournament appearances. He has coached at other successful Mens' programs and played professionally both overseas and domestically. Noonan holds an "A" license from the United states Soccer Federation and is a National Staff Coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America


Rudolf Damberger  

Rudolf "Rudi" Damberger is the head soccer trainer for SV Hutthurm in Germany's Bezirksoberliga, the highest league of Lower Bavarian. He has formerly coached SV Perlesreut from 1990 to 1995, SV Rohnrnbach from 1995 to 1998, TV Freyung from 1999 to 1993. A graduate of the soccer school in Kaiserau, Rudi holds his DFB (Deutscher Futball Bund) "A" License.