Head Coach - Stuart Sharp
Born: July 2, 1978
Stuart Sharp is in his second year at the helm of the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team. He joined U.S. Soccer from his position as Director of International Development for BlazeSports America (the legacy organization of the 1996 Paralympic Games) where he worked with Paralympic committees and coaches across the globe to support the development of sport overseas.
Sharp previously held the position of National Development Manager (Disability) for the Scottish Football Association in addition to being head coach of the Scottish National CP Team from 2005-11. Under his stewardship, the team climbed from 32nd in the world to hold a steady sixth-place ranking and earn a qualifying position for the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. His work with the Scottish National CP Team saw him named Scottish Disability Sport National Coach of the Year in 2007, and the team was named the Scottish Sports Awards Team of the Year in 2008.
During his time with the Scottish FA, Sharp developed a player pathway for those with disabilities that included National Teams, regional squads, regional school leagues, a coaching education course and multiple clubs that serviced six different disability categories. He was also a key member of the successful Bid Team and Local Organizing Committee for the 2010 CPISRA European Championships.
Sharp also has worked as a US Youth Olympic Development Program coach from 2012-13, was the University of Strathclyde’s Men’s First Team head coach from 2006-10, and was a professional youth team coach for Queens Park FC, Stirling Albion FC and the Scottish FA.
In addition to his coaching credentials, Sharp serves as the Head of Technical Development for the Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association, the world’s soccer governing body for athletes with cerebral palsy. He has worked with CPISRA since 2007.
To learn more about this program, please contact U.S. Paralympic National Team head coach Stuart Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org or Team Manager Sam Zapatka at email@example.com. Additionally, feel free to connect with the team on Twitter @ussoccer_PNT or Facebook if you would like to discuss any element of the program.