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Gary White to Become Guam National Team Head Coach
Washington Youth Soccer Technical Director to lead National Federation for second time
For the second time in his coaching career, Washington Youth Soccer Technical Director Gary White will be leading a team through the rigors of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup.
White last month returned to the international coaching ranks by accepting a position as head coach of Guam's National Team. The England native had been Washington Youth Soccer's Technical Director since 2009, following an impressive run as the head of the national program for The Bahamas.
Washington Youth Soccer has already begun a national search for a new Technical Director to further build upon the foundational development plans laid during White's tenure. White will remain on as a Technical Advisor to the organization until that search has been completed.
Washington Youth Soccer is honored to have a member of its management team take such a prestigious position. White has guided the player and coach landscape in Washington for the past two years – he will leave behind a strong legacy of an organization that has grown to meet its potential.
In just a few short years, White has brought the organization to the forefront of player and coaching development in the United States. He created the Long-Term Player Development plan — a guide for providing player-centric and age -appropriate training at all ages and levels of the game — implemented the Regional Club League Junior Academy program and created and established the nationally renowned Elite Player Development program.
In addition to establishing Washington Youth Soccer as one of the fastest-rising youth soccer associations in the nation, perhaps White's most significant legacy will be the development and execution of a world-class coaching education program. During his two-plus years at Washington Youth Soccer, the number of coaches participating in coaching education programs in the state has increased by more than 40 percent.
"The contributions of Gary White to Washington Youth Soccer have been instrumental in our success both on the pitch and in the education of our coaches and membership," said Doug Andreassen, Washington Youth Soccer's President. "His commitment to our communities and players was above and beyond the call of duty. Gary's drive for achievement is surpassed only by his vision and determination to create a better environment for every player. His continued desire to serve as a Technical Advisor to our programs is a further testament to his belief in our purpose and organization. I heartily thank Gary for his contributions, leadership and inspiration to the youth of Washington Youth Soccer."
During his time, White also cultivated a strong technical department staff, creating integral staff positions of Technical Administrator, Regional Development Officers and Competition Development Manager. This team works cohesively to ensure that proper player development philosophy is followed and implemented in all aspects of the game – from coaching curriculum to game-day management. With this team and philosophy in place, Washington Youth Soccer is positioned to continue raising the bar and creating better opportunities for youth players.
"The improvements made in the 27 months Gary has been the Technical Director of Washington Youth Soccer have set a new standard of excellence and expectations for our programs and athletes," stated Washington Youth Soccer CEO Terry Fisher. "Gary has instituted an international level of quality and content in our educational programs that will benefit all our members for years to come. Gary White has made a difference and he leaves for his new adventure in Asia with our best wishes and thanks for a job well done."
In his new role as National Team coach and Technical Director, White will seek to qualify the Guam National Teams for elite competitions such as the FIFA World Cup and the AFC Asian Cup, where they will be going head-to-head with international soccer powers such as Japan, South Korea and Australia. White's first challenge will be the East Asian Football Tournament this spring / summer. White will also work closely on technical development matters with the Asian Football Confederation and FIFA.
For more information on the Technical Director position, visit the employment page on WashingtonYouthSoccer.org.
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