Head Development Coach - Youth Women's National Teams
April Kater was named the Head Development Coach for the U.S. Youth Women’s National Teams on Jan. 25, 2013.
In the newly created position, Kater will work closely with Women’s Development Director Jill Ellis and be responsible for developing and maintaining a national database, tracking elite youth players to serve all of U.S. Soccer’s girls’ Youth National Teams. She will also coach and assist in U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center initiatives, serve as the head coach for the U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team program and also work with the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team. Kater will also be heavily involved in educating and developing coaches across the nation to work with younger age groups.
Kater comes to U.S. Soccer after seven seasons as the assistant coach at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo. She joined the staff as an assistant coach in March 2006 and the following fall proceeded to help guide CC to its best showing in 15 years. Overall, the Tigers were 82-44-20 in Kater’s seven seasons with the program.
Kater is a 1991 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where she earned an extensive collection of prestigious national awards during her college career including the 1990 Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year awards as the best player in college soccer. Kater was the third recipient of the Hermann and MAC Awards after Michelle Akers (1988) and Shannon Higgins (1989).
She was a three-time First-Team All-American, a two-time First-Team Academic All-American and was named Freshman of the Year by Soccer America in 1987.
Kater went on to serve as head coach of the women’s program at Syracuse University for eight seasons (1996-2003). During her tenure, Syracuse enjoyed seven winning campaigns, qualified for the Big East conference tournament three times and reached the second round of the NCAA playoffs on two occasions.
Kater has served on the U.S. Soccer staff with various youth national teams since 2004, and worked with the Region I Olympic Development Program from 1998 through 2010. She was an assistant coach at her alma mater for two seasons (1993 and 1994), helping UMass reach the NCAA tournament both years, including a national semifinal appearance in 1993.
Co-author of a book on techniques, tactics and teamwork in women’s soccer, published in the spring of 2001, Kater also has worked as a volunteer with Soccer Without Borders since spring of 2008. She and several Colorado College players were directly involved with projects in Granada and Nicaragua, as well as collecting equipment and funds to support the organization, which focuses on using soccer as a vehicle for youth development around the world.
Kater currently holds a USSF A License and an NSCAA Premiere Certification.