US Youth Soccer
Director of Coaching
|The US Youth Soccer Technical Department expanded when Sam Snow joined the team in 2003 as the Assistant Director of Coaching Education. His experience and knowledge are grossed from years spent in national, collegiate and youth education. In October 2004, Snow acquired a greater level of responsibility when he was promoted to his current position as Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sports organization in America.
His reputation for teaching both players and coaches in a manner that is professional, non-threatening and enjoyable is widely acknowledged and respected throughout the nation. Snow's accolades are impressively stacked, including the United States Soccer Federation "A" License and National Youth License, a Premier Diploma and National Goalkeeping Coaching License. Coaching is a second nature for him, as he has coached at the high school (Norfolk Catholic High School), collegiate (Florida Southern College, University of South Florida, Virginia Wesleyan College), state (Florida Youth Soccer Association) and regional (US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Region III) levels.
Prior to joining the US Youth Soccer Technical Department, Snow held positions as a U.S. Soccer National Staff Instructor and as a Director of Coaching for Louisiana Soccer Association. In 1977, Snow received his bachelor's degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and his Master of Arts – Physical Education from the University of South Florida in 1979.
Director of Coaching Education
Ian Barker joined the NSCAA staff after serving as the men’s soccer coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., a position he assumed in 2003 after four years as an assistant coach for the squad. He also has collegiate coaching experience at the University of Wisconsin, where he was an assistant coach for the men’s team from 1989-97, helping the Badgers to four NCAA tournament appearances in a five-year span. The 1995 team won the Big 10 title and claimed the NCAA national championship.
Barker’s coaching education credentials are impressive. He has served as a staff instructor for US Soccer’s coaching education program since 1999, teaching both state and nationally hosted residential licenses. He has also instructed the National Youth License for US Youth Soccer. From 1997 through 2007, he also served as Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). Responsibilities included development and coordination of programs for 140 youth soccer clubs throughout the state, management of between 45 and 60 full- and part-time employees and working collaboratively with the MYSA’s board of directors. During his tenure he co-developed and advocated Parents and Coaches Together (PACT), a training program designed to create a more positive soccer experience for players, coaches and parents.
As the assistant head coach for US Youth Soccer’s Region II Boys Olympic Development Program, he has led teams on international tours in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Costa Rica, England, Germany, Italy, Scotland and Switzerland.
In May of each of the last two years, Barker has been Technical Director for International Sports Connection, serving as part of a team funded by the U.S. State Department to assist in the creation of a youth soccer system in Uganda. Through this program he educated nearly 400 Ugandan male and female coaches.
Barker holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and literature from the University of Warwick in Coventry, U.K., graduating with honors in 1987. He received his postgraduate certificate of education a year later.
Barker earned his first coaching badge while in college with the English FA’s Preliminary Award in 1986, before moving to the US in 1987. He earned his USSF A License in 1995. He holds the NSCAA’s Premier Diploma and was part of the inaugural class to receive the NSCAA Master Coach Diploma in 2006.
- UEFA Pro License Diploma
- UEFA Advanced License Diploma
- UEFA Basic License Diploma
- Scottish FA Youth Director’s Award
- Scottish FA Advanced Youth License
- Scottish FA Advanced Children’s License
- 2006 – 2013, Academy Technical Director and Reserve Team Manager for Rangers FC (Scotland)
- From 2004 to 2006, Head of Coaching and Education for the Scottish Football Association (SFA)
- Scottish National Team Coach from 2004 to 2007 and as the Head of SFA's Youth Development from 2000 to 2004
- Led the U19 National Team to the European Championship Finals in Poland, 2006 (lost to Spain 2-1 in the final)
- Led the U20 National Team to the FIFA World Cup Finals in Canada, 2007
- Developed and implemented the much acclaimed Scottish FA UEFA Pro License Diploma