SPECIAL Research in football - An Investigation into the Coaching Approach of a Successful World Class Soccer Coach: Anson Dorrance

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This might be a predominantly special topic for US coaches, as I presume (with all respect) that not many (European, Asian etc.) coaches will know Anson Dorrance.


So why is that worth a special "research in football" topic? To quote Wikipedia: "He is currently the head coach of the women's soccer program at the University of North Carolina with one of the most successful coaching records in the history of athletics. His team won 21 of the 31 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships. The Tar Heels' record under Dorrance is 719-39-24 (equals an impressive .935 winning percentage) over 33 seasons as of September 9, 2011. He has led his team to a 101-game unbeaten streak and coached 13 different women to a total of 20 National Player of the Year awards. The NCAA has recognized Dorrance as the Women's Soccer Coach of the Year seven times (1982, 1986, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006) and as the Men's Soccer Coach of the Year in 1987. On March 10, 2008 Dorrance was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

The International Sport Science and Coaching Journal published an article about his coaching approach and can be downloaded HERE.


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