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Bob Gansler - Former USMNT CoachBobGansler HS


Gansler has led many teams in his tenure in US Soccer. He started out on the pitch with the US Mens National team from 1963 to 1969. He was named captain of the 1964 and 1968 Olympic teams as well as the 1967 Pan American Team. He also competited on the National Team on their attempt to qualify for the 1970 World Cup. His coaching career includes University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the US Under 20 and Under 19 Mens National teams, Milwaukee Rampage, and Kansas City Wizzards(Sporting KC). In 2000 Gansler received the Walt Chyzowych Award, recognizing achiivements and dedication to the growth of soccer in America. 




Gordon Henderson - Ohio Youth Soccer Director of Coaching 


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Born in Hamilton, Scotland, Gordon Henderson spent his youth playing soccer with East Fife FC and participated in the National Program both as a youth and college player. Henderson transitioned to a coaching position with Raith Rovers after the manager learned of his teaching and physical education background as an advisory role. He found himself running pre-season physical and physiological developmental program, while working toward SFA National coaching badges. In 1991 Henderson made the move to the United States and settled in as a teacher while working on USSF National Coaching Licenses, receiving his A badge in 1994 and a MA in Education.

Then Henderson took to the college ranks and started programs at North Dakota State University, Idaho State University and reinvigorated the program at the University of Arkansas. As a successful college coach he experienced six NCAA appearances while tallying the most wins at each university.

While bolstering collegiate programs he was also Educating youth soccer teams and assisting license courses in MN, ND, ID and AR. Henderson was then hired by Ohio South Youth Soccer where he is the Director of coaching, the position he holds today. 



Mike Dickey - US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Region II Head Coach  Mike Dickey HS


US Youth Soccer Region II announces Mike Dickey will present at the symposium in August. Dickey is former US Soccer National Staff Coach and Technical Advisor, and was recently appointed as the ODP Girls Head Regional Coach. In his role with US Soccer, Dickey was responsible for scouting and training elite players throughout the country, and as a National Staff Instructor for the USSF National A, B, and C Coaching License Courses. Over the past 7 years Dickey served as Head Coach for the USSF U-14 Girls National Team (2005-2007), Head Coach for the USSF U-15 Girls National Team and Head Coach (2006-2008) of the USSF U-17 Women’s National Team (2010) as well as Assistant Coach for the USSF U-17 WNT that took the silver medal in the U-17 World Cup in New Zealand (2008).


Prior to his job with U S Soccer Dickey was a collegiate coach, club Technical Director, Region I ODP Senior Staff member and Head Coach of a professional Team. Dickey holds a USSF ‘A’ license and a German Soccer Federation ‘B’ license in addition to a B.A. in Human Development and Performance from the University of Oregon.


Mike Lapper - Columbus Crew Assistant CoachMikeLapper_WEBSITE


Former Crew defender Mike Lapper is in his sixth year as a member of the club’s coaching staff.

Upon his retirement in July 2002, Lapper joined the Crew front office as Director of Soccer Business Development, a role he held through 2007 in which he ran the organization’s camp and clinic business. He joined the coaching staff concurrently in 2005.

A U.S. World Cup and Olympic Team veteran, Lapper earned his USSF "A" coaching license in January 2006. He has also coached in the national team program, serving as an assistant with the U.S. Under-20 National Team that competed at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland.

A hard-nosed defender during his playing days, Lapper appeared in 110 games for the Crew from 1997-2002, following stints in Europe with VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) and Southend (England). He played in college at perennial power UCLA, where he was a member of the Bruins’ 1990 NCAA championship team and earned first-team All-America accolades in 1991.


Steve Franklin- Director of Education Indiana Soccer  Steve_Franklin_PictureHS

Coaching Licensing and Coaching Education Courses
Parent Education Program 
State Liaison to ISL Advisory Board
Coaching/Education Committee Chair
Recreational Committee Chair
Staff Liaison to TOPSoccer & Soccer Across America Committees