Welcoming thousands of delegates, the convention brings together coaches at all levels of the game to discuss key issues and best practice. Also playing host to the MLS SuperDraft and first National Women’s Soccer League [NWSL] Draft, the event has become a major focus for the soccer community since its inauguration in 1988.
Expert Performance Analysis Panel
On the Saturday of the convention Prozone hosted an expert panel session entitled ‘The Role of Performance Analysis in Developing the College Game and Athlete’.
With participation from successful college coaches such as Anson Dorrance, Alan Kirkup, Mike Jacobs and Marlon LeBlanc, the session was moderated by Sports Path’s Robin Russell and attended by over 300 delegates.
Looking at the ways in which performance analysis has influenced the college game and is changing the way coaches operate at that level, the session provided an excellent level of insight and discussion around the topics at hand.
Drawing on their own experience of using performance analysis, the panellists were able to explain how new technologies are being integrated into the coaching process and facilitating a more diligent approach to performance information.
The convention also brought success for several of our North American college clients. Louisville defender Andrew Farrell was selected first overall in the MLS SuperDraft by New England Revolution, while Carlos Alvarez (UConn) and Ryan Finley (Notre Dame) were also taken as top ten picks by Chivas USA and Columbus Crew respectively.
In the NWSL Draft, players were drafted from Florida, Florida State, Penn State, UCLA, Maryland and Michigan – all Prozone clients. Zakiya Bywaters of UCLA was the number one overall pick, being selected by the Chicago Red Stars, with Florida seeing four of their players selected after consulting with Prozone in the lead-up to the draft.
There was also an individual award for Erica Walsh, Head Coach of Penn State University Women. Voted by her peers as the NCAA Division I Women’s Coach of the Year, Walsh was recognised for her 12 years of consistent success at college level as well as her work as an assistant coach for the US Women’s National Team, a position she’s held since December 2007.
Prozone would like to thank the NSCAA for hosting yet another excellent convention and we look forward to returning again next year.