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Age Groups, Teams and Coaches

USA Teams 

Teams are formed through open, age and gender-specific tryouts in mid-June. Our trained and licensed coaches evaluate participants based primarily on individual skill-level and coachability. Secondarily, recognition may be paid to more subjective factors (e.g., team continuity/balance, advanced skill, player attitude/effort, etc.).  We historically field at least one team at each age group for each gender.  We strive to ensure that our first teams are comprised of players of the strongest skill and like age/development.  We often will form multiple teams at a given age group and, as such, are able to support the developmental needs of all players.

We have two separate tryouts.  One set is for our Premier Teams.  The second set is for our Select/Elite Teams. Information about joining USA and our tryouts navigate to our Joining USA Page.

Our Select Teams compete in the Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA) within the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA).  Within this level of competition, they play teams that are generally within an hour of our area.  They also participate in tournaments that best suited to their level of development.

The Elite Teams are also within the GVSA league but are those teams that compete at the top division in the U12 and older age groups.  These teams compete at a higher level of competition.  They play locally as well as as well as teams in other leagues across the state.  These teams participate in tournaments that will provide higher levels of competition and may be further away from the area.

The Premier Teams compete in the Michigan State Premier Soccer Program (MSPSP) with MSYSA.  These teams play state-wide at an even higher levels of competition with their results earning rankings across the state to support promotion (or relegation) to higher levels of competition.  These teams participate in high-level, college showcase tournaments.

Our Elite and Premier teams also participate in the MSYSA State Cup Tournament.  This is an in-season tournament with games that are played throughout the season (vs a single weekend) agains other high-level teams that must be accepted for participation.  These games take our teams across the state to gain further high-level competition.

Current USA Coaches & Teams for the 2021/22 Competition Year

Based on tryouts, USA further strengthened its foundation of teams.  The matrix below shows the teams and coaches that we currently have for the past competition year.  This grid will be updated in late May 2022 with the coaches that will be leading our 2022/23 teams.

Premier Boys



2009 [u13] Boys Premier Head Coach Kurt Borgman
2008 [u14] BoysPremierHead CoachCoryWilliams
 2006 [u16] BoysPremier Head CoachWade Schuemann
 2005-03 [u17-19] BoysPremierHead CoachConnorFowler
 Premier Girls    
2008 [u14] GirlsPremierHead CoachKelly Wernette-Leff
2007 [u15] Girls Premier Head Coach Jim Theis
2006 [u16] Girls Premier Head Coach Kirk Sautter
2005-03 [u17-19] Girls Premier Head Coach Juan Gonzalez





Boys Select and Elite


2014/15 [u7/8] BoysRedHead CoachKellyWernette-Leff
2014/15 [u7/8] BoysWhiteHead CoachesJess
Jess
Barz
Bonzelaar
2013 [u9] Boys
RedHead CoachMatNguyen
2013 [u9] BoysWhiteHead CoachJamesLunga
2012 [u10] Boys Red Head Coach Bob Bishop
2012 [u10] Boys
WhiteHead CoachConnorFowler
2012 [u10] BoysByron Center RedHead CoachLancePellow
2012 [u10] Boys
Byron Cntr WhiteHead CoachLancePellow
2011 [u11] Boys Red Head Coach Kevin Pike
2010 [u12] Boys Red Head Coach Wade Schuemann
2010 [u12] Boys White Head Coach Cory Williams
2009/08 [u13/14] Boys Red Head Coach Travis Saylor
2007 [u15] Boys Red Head Coach Paul Dobb
2007 [u15] Boys Byron Center Red Head Coach Lance Pellow
2006 [u16] Boys Red Head Coach James
Lunga
2005-03 [u17-19] Boys Red Head Coach Kevin  McConnell





Girls Select and Elite


2013 [u9] Girls Red Head Coach Crystal Falik
2013 [u9] Girls
WhiteHead CoachJohnWhaley
2012 [u10] Girls Red Head Coach Rogelio Meza
2012 [u10] Girls
WhiteHead CoachNickArnold
2011 [u11] Girls Red Head Coach Rachel Goudie
2011 [u11] Girls
WhiteHead CoachYosiHernandez
2010 [u12] Girls Red Head Coach Rogelio Meza
2010 [u12] GirlsWhiteHead CoachSteveAshworth
2010 [u12] Girls
BlueHead CoachAlexaMiller
2009 [u13] Girls Red Head Coach Travis
Saylor
2009 [u13] Girls White Head Coach Anna Heintzelman
2008 [u14] Girls Red Head Coach MattMargaron
2007 [u15] Girls Red Head Coach Sergio Reyes
 2007/08 [u14/15] Girls (spring)WhiteHead CoachesJim
Sergio
Theis
Reyes
2006 [u16] Girls Red Head Coach Raquel Pena
2004-03 [u18-19] Girls RedHead CoachMollyCurrens
2004-03 [u18-19] Girls White Head Coach Bruce Lane



Important points when considering the coaching at USA:

Each USA team has a licensed, experienced head coach dedicated to that team (i.e., our coaches generally do not coach multiple teams so your player's team receives 100% of the coach's focus).

Each team generally has a staff of 2-3 individuals (head coach plus assistant coaches) to ensure an optimal coach:player ratio and the ability to focus on individual and team development.  Many of our teams have a dedicated Technical Coach to further bolster the coaching ranks and aid the Head Coach with technical development.

Each team has a team manager who supports the coaching staff, players, and families throughout the season.

The Club provides our coaches with continual training opportunities throughout the year to ensure ongoing development.

USA has a dedicated Director of Coaching and a Player Development Technical Director to help guide the placement and development of our coaches and players.

USA has a functional Board of Directors that is dedicated to providing open, effective communication to the Club families.


WANT TO JOIN THE USA COACHING STAFF?

USA is ALWAYS looking for talented, dedicated coaches.  Whether to serve as a head coach or an assistant, openly embrace individuals that want to get involved. Through out coach development approach we install coaches on teams the in a manner the best supports both the team and the coach.  The depth and breadth of our coaching resources have proven to provide stability, competence, and nurturing to our teams through their coaches.  Our coaches receive compensation for their time, energy, skill, and dedication.

If you are interested in joining the USA Coaching Team, contact Wade Schuemann, the USA Director of Coaching at [email protected] or Bruce Lane, the USA Director of Operations at [email protected]

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