In light of current events during these unprecedented times, NLSA wanted to share some awesome news with you. We are beyond excited to announce that we’ve concluded our search and have filled our three NLSA Player Development Leadership roles for the 2020/2021 season. In conjunction with current guidance from US Soccer and the youth soccer landscape, NLSA is moving its Player Development structure to reflect the need for strong leaders in three different age groups. These age groups are known as Zone 1, Zone 2, and Zone 3.
Zone 1 focuses on the U5 – U10 age groups where we look to develop each player’s love for the game and soccer technique. After the success of our Youth Development Program, where we currently oversee technical training for more than 50 players, we felt it was pivotal to realign our club structure to reflect needed leadership and direct oversight in this Zone. We are happy to announce that current staff member Sean Davies has been handpicked as our Zone 1 / Youth Development Director. This role will build upon his current Head Coaching responsibilities for the 2009 boys and 2007 girls. Sean’s extensive and impressive soccer resume speaks for itself and with his current position with Fast Futbol, he is the perfect fit to help guide our U5 – U10 age players as they enter and progress through Zone 1. Having Sean in this position allows us to have a dedicated staff member who concentrates and dedicates their time and energy into developing the next wave of NLSA players who will play for our premier teams at u11 and above.
Zone 2 focuses on the U11 – U14 age groups where we look to further each player’s love for the game and soccer technique, but also introduce and pursue the master of the physical, mental, and tactical skills needed to become a U15 – U19 age NLSA player. This role oversees the majority of our middle school age players and the core of the emerging soccer talent within NLSA. Brian Thomsen, along with his role as our Director of Coaching and Operations and Head Coach of multiple NLSA girls teams, will take on Zone 2 Director responsibilities. Brian added, “I am ecstatic to see NLSA at the forefront of best youth soccer practices by adding Zone 1 and Zone 3 Directors as it will help me run NLSA in a manner where we have strong leadership in all zones and teams. The addition of Sean and Chris is extremely pivotal for us in our growth and I couldn’t be happier to have two high level coaches and leaders assist me in running this great club. I am extremely proud of how far NLSA has come since 2007 and in particular the last several years. With the announcement of our affiliation with the Philadelphia Union, NLSA is destined to become the soccer leader in Mercer County in the years to come.”
Lastly, Zone 3 focuses on the U15-U19 age groups where we look to help continue our players’ love for the game, and further enhance their technical, tactical, physical, and mental skills. In addition, for all our players looking to play collegiate soccer, we now have a dedicated staff member who will help every step of the way. This role will help provide leadership in age groups that are the backbone of this club and on which we were founded. There is no better person for this role, as previously announced last month, than Chris Edelschein. Along with his responsibilities as the 2008 Boys and newt year’s 2005 Boys Head coach, Chris is our the Zone 3 / College Recruitment Director.
Although these are uncertain times in the short-term, NLSA is working as hard as ever to provide a positive soccer experience and engagement for each player. In addition, we have been working hard behind the scenes to prepare our club for better times in the 2020/2021 season and beyond. Look for more announcements in the weeks and months ahead.