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Published on April 23rd, 2012 | by Staples Soccer


Mike Noonan ’79, Brian Quinn Join Soccer Forum Panel

The final 2 panelists have been added to the May 17 forum “Choices and Challenges: The Changing Face of High School Soccer.”

Mike Noonan ’79 (head coach at Clemson University; former head coach at Brown University; an All-American at Middlebury College, and former professional player indoors and in Sweden) and Brian Quinn (South Central Academy U-18 coach; head coach at the University of Bridgeport, and former Connecticut Junior Soccer Association boys ODP director) round out a superb 10-man panel.

“There’s a lot of buzz all over the state about this already,” said Staples High School head coach Dan Woog. “It’s a very important topic, and we look forward to presenting and hearing many different views.”

Panelists and audience members will discuss issues including what college coaches look for as they identify and recruit players the aims of the Development Academy; the goals of a high school soccer program, and the questions to consider when deciding which level of soccer is most appropriate for each individual player.

Other panelists include Kevin Anderson (head coach, Columbia University); Dan Woog (head coach, Staples High School); Steve Waters (head coach, Farmington High School); Kevin Bacher (Oakwood Soccer Club U-15 pre-Academy coach); Mickey Kydes (founder, Beachside Soccer Club), Alex Cunliffe (boys director of coaching, Everton America), Steve Baumann ’70 (former UPenn and high school coach, director of inner-city program) and Matt Lamb ’07 (former college, premier and high school player).

The event will be moderated by Mark Noonan ’83, former high school All-American and national champion with Duke University, former MLS executive vice president, now founder of Focal Sport marketing.

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