TORRANCE, Calif. – Jan. 16, 2018 – American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and AYSO United are pleased to announce that Paul Bright has joined the organization as the National Director of Coaching for AYSO United.
Bright, a UEFA A and USSF B Licensed Coach, brings decades of experience as a soccer coach with an expertise in coaching methods, strategies and tactics accrued by working with professional soccer clubs and organizations.
Bright’s extensive professional experience includes eight years as an Academy Coach at Manchester United, roles with The Football Association as FA Skills Team Manager and Coach Educator, Academy Manager at FC United of Manchester and Youth Development Phase Coach at Oldham Athletic.
Additionally, Bright has a background in education, teaching undergraduate degree programs in Sports Coaching at The Manchester College, where he was Head of Coaching for the men’s and women’s college soccer programs that competed in the England Colleges FA. Currently, he serves as the Technical Director for The Coaching Manual, an industry-leading coaching and educational platform.
As the National Director of Coaching, Bright will support AYSO United’s National Technical Director, Robbie Earle, and AYSO United’s National Director, David Thomas, in developing and improving the club’s coaches to help players maximize their potential across all age groups.
“Becoming the National Director of Coaching with AYSO United is an exciting and challenging role, which I am thoroughly looking forward to,” Bright said. “Connecting with and guiding the club DOC’s and coaches across the organization to provide a positive coaching and playing environment is why I love this opportunity. My ultimate goal is to help develop AYSO United players and create a world-class player development pathway.”
“We are delighted to bring someone with Paul’s experience into our organization,” Thomas said. “Along with Robbie Earle and the technical team at the National Office, we have a staff that is unmatched in the youth game that will allow AYSO United to create the optimum environment for our players, coaches and families.”
About American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
Established in 1964, AYSO is a national nonprofit organization that develops and delivers quality youth soccer programs, which promote a fun, family environment based on AYSO’s Six Philosophies: Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development. Today, AYSO has 1.6 million players, parents, siblings and volunteers. For more information, visit www.AYSO.org.
About AYSO United
AYSO United is AYSO’s official club program, where players are selected through a tryout. Once selected, players are guaranteed 50 percent of playing time. Players will also enjoy a more advanced play, participate in intense competition and receive cutting-edge training while still enjoying the benefits of AYSO and its Six Philosophies. AYSO United models its program under U.S. Soccer’s Zone 1 initiatives that falls directly under our “Development over Winning” approach. For more information, visit http://aysounited.org/.
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