Lutheran High School Girl’s Soccer All-American and Team Sportsmanship Awards

June 30th, 2016Posted by BJ Pheasant

The Lutheran All American Association presents the following awards for the 2015-16 high school season. Nominations were due via e-mail by May 30, 2016. Information and nomination forms can be found on www.LutheranAllAmerican.org. The Lutheran High School Girl’s Soccer All-American Award is a unified Lutheran Girl’s Soccer All-American program that brings together the student-athletes from all Lutheran denominations [...]

Comparing U18 Boys Soccer Rosters in each State to Freshman Mens College Roster Availability: States with Excess Soccer Players

April 18th, 2016Posted by BJ Pheasant

Sports Geographer BJ Pheasant has calculated the ratios of needed incoming male college freshman soccer players versus the number of 12th grade boys soccer players in each state. The ratio shows the number of players from each U18 club team needed to play in college soccer to fill the incoming freshman class in each state. [...]

Comparing U18 Girls Soccer Rosters in each State to Freshman Womens College Roster Availability: States with Excess Soccer Players

March 10th, 2016Posted by BJ Pheasant

Sports Geographer BJ Pheasant has calculated the ratios of needed incoming female college freshman soccer players versus the number of 12th grade girls soccer players in each state. The ratio shows the number of players from each U18 club team needed to play in college soccer to fill the incoming freshman class in each state. [...]

Factors in Managing a Successful College Athletic Program—NCAA D3 80% RECRUITING 10% ACADEMICS 10% COACHING

October 25th, 2015Posted by BJ Pheasant

Is coaching the most important factor in developing a winning athletic program? Research says no. Recruiting is a significantly more important factor to a team’s success. Factors in Managing a Successful College Athletic Program—NCAA D3 80% RECRUITING 10% ACADEMICS 10% COACHING

Lutheran High School Girl’s Soccer All-American and Team Sportsmanship Awards

June 30th, 2015Posted by BJ Pheasant

The Lutheran All American Association presents the following awards for the 2014-15 high school season. Nominations are due via e-mail by May 30, 2015. Information and nomination forms can be found on www.LutheranAllAmerican.org. The Lutheran High School Girl’s Soccer All-American Award is a unified Lutheran Girl’s Soccer All-American program that brings together the student-athletes from all Lutheran denominations [...]

2015 Women’s World Cup – How are my favorites doing?

June 21st, 2015Posted by BJ Pheasant

Before the Women’s World Cup in Canada I talked about the four teams I thought had the best chance to win the Cup. They are USA, Japan, Germany, and France. So far, two of those teams have played poorly (USA and Japan) and two have played well (Germany and France). USA is not playing well [...]

Dennis Bergkamp: It’s About the First Touch

May 5th, 2015Posted by BJ Pheasant

Dennis Bergkamp is one of the great soccer players in history. He is involved with Ajax as coach and it is where he played as youth. He is also interested in returning to Arsenal as a coach where he was part of many memorable moments, including the undefeated Invincibles. The number one skill on the [...]

Moneyball comes to Dutch soccer

March 28th, 2015Posted by BJ Pheasant

Moneyball, by author Michael Lewis, is a famous book, and now movie, about the statistical revolution in professional baseball in the United States. The real life protagonist is Billy Beane who is the general manager of a small market team the Oakland Athletics, which must be more efficient to win regularly in comparison to well-funded [...]

Director of Soccer Operations gaining a place in College Soccer

December 22nd, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

The Director of Soccer Operations position allows coaches to focus on coaching. The position of Director of “Sport” Operations is a relatively young one outside the revenue sports in college athletics and is now being added around the country. Using my business degree from Purdue University and my work background in strategic consulting I analyzed [...]

The Moneyball era in soccer is not quite here

November 28th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are a number of books that outline how countries and clubs are not guaranteed to win in soccer because of processes beyond control and the nature of the game allowing for variance in expected outcomes. To win consistently a club or country needs a consistent source of players. To develop those players they need [...]

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