Clinic at NSCAA Convention Features
Tahuichi Soccer Academy (January 2004)

Ciro Medrano, Director of
Coaching at Tahuichi Academy

Another outstanding roster of clinicians and the return of the MLS SuperDraft highlighted the schedule for the 2004 NSCAA Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where we celebrated "The Family of Soccer." Among the top names in the game who conducted sessions were such international notables as Erich Rutemoeller, Director of Coaching for the German Soccer Federation; Ciro Medrano, Director of Coaching for Bolivia's Tahuichi Academy; and Sam Okpodu, coach of the Nigerian Women's National Team. They were joined by a stellar group of U.S. coaches, including 1999 Women's World Cup coaches Tony DiCicco and Lauren Gregg; 1991 Women's World Cup coach and multiple NCAA champion Anson Dorrance from the University of North Carolina; WUSA Coach of the Year Pia Sundhage, coach of the Boston Breakers and Randy Waldrum, women's coach at the University of Notre Dame and coach of 2000 Hermann Trophy winner Anne Makinen.

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Each January, the NSCAA plays host to the largest annual gathering of soccer coaches in the world. At the NSCAA Convention, soccer coaches from across the United States and around the world gather to enjoy the educational experiences of classroom and field instruction by some of the top national and international names in the sport. In addition, one of the largest soccer trade shows in the world is held in the Exhibit Hall. And of course, the opportunities for social interaction in a soccer environment are endless.

But don't take our word for it - look what was written in the Spring 2002 issue of Insight, the F.A. Coaches Association Journal, England's counterpart to the NSCAA's Soccer Journal:

Over a very wintry weekend in January 2002, Philadelphia played host to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Annual Convention. The fact that this was the organization's 55th annual gathering is an impressive statistic in itself. A record number of coaches attended the event and appearance by such international soccer dignitaries as Aime Jacquet, Craig Brown and Jurgen Klinnsmann, as well as home grown legends like Anson Dorrance (head coach of the women's soccer program at the University of North Carolina) and Greg Andrulis (head coach of the Columbus Crew franchise from the Major League Soccer), certainly support the notion that this event highlights another giant stride by the soccer authorities in the U.S. towards recognition as a major soccer force.

The NSCAA Convention also played host to one of the largest soccer trade shows in the world, and one need look no further than the A through Z of over 300 vendors who paid up to several thousand dollars for the privilege of holding booth space in the impressive Exhibit Hall to become aware that soccer in the U.S. is indeed undertaking somewhat of a revolution and now represents very big business. From the multinational sportswear and soccer equipment manufacturers, through to the local entrepreneurs, all are aware of the huge market that youth soccer provides.

Presentations by The Tahuichi Way Soccer Academy at the Convention

Thursday, January 15
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
The Tahuichi Way (Ciro Medrano, Technical Director, Tahuichi Academy, Bolivia)

Friday, January 16
10:30 AM - 11:45 PM
The Tahuichi Way (Ciro Medrano, Technical Director, Tahuichi Academy, Bolivia)