Maranatha men’s soccer coach Jeff Pill (front row, center) watched the Summer Olympics with a special interest. Pill had helped develop several stars of the U.S. women’s team while working as a Women’s National Staff Coach for U.S. Soccer from 1994-2007.
Pill’s ties to the national soccer program remain strong. He was invited to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs July 8-12 as part of a committee reviewing curriculum for coaching instruction at the highest level of the national coaching program.
“Our internal goal is to have one of the best coaching education models in the world, and certainly the best in our region,” Pill said. “It is the Cadillac of coaching education. This was one of the most satisfying professional development opportunities I’ve ever had.”
The originator of Pill’s Drills was one of 11 technical coaches on the 16-person committee. The discussion included the program’s rigor, the required experiences to obtain coaching licensure at a particular level, and mentorship instruction.
“There were a number of people on the committee with an education background like myself,” said Pill, who teaches several classes in Maranatha’s Sport Management program. “I will be able to use the information from this meeting in several of my classes.”