Former Real Salt Lake coach John Ellinger has a new gig.
The United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) announced today that the organization has named John Ellinger to the newly created position of Technical Director. The new position will head the US Youth Soccer Technical and Coaching Education Department and will be responsible for designing and systematically implementing player development and coaching education programs to improve the overall standard of play within the United States. Ellinger will be responsible for all aspects of the association's coaching initiatives, including a renewed focus on player development with consistent themes and coaching education. The department will collaborate with technical and coaching education experts at the state and club levels, ensuring that US Youth Soccer maintains the relevancy of its programs and events, and the association's storied player development and identification programs. Said Jim Cosgrove, Executive Director, US Youth Soccer, said: "John's experience in developing young soccer talent throughout the country, combined with his years of experience both on and off the field, makes him a perfect fit for our more than 3 million youth players and 300,000 youth coaches."
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