CHICAGO (June 25, 2015) – Nico Romeijn has joined the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department as the Director of Coaching Education. This newly crested postition will have him focused on developing a Pro license while working with Director of Coaching Development, Dave Chesler, to create new educational opportunities and to make modifications to the current licenses offered.
A native from the Netherlands, Romeijn previously worked as the Head of Education for the KNVB, the Dutch Soccer Association, where he was responsible for the content and the learning philosophy of the UEFA coaching development courses, as well as leading the charge when it came to the instructors of the UEFA Diploma Course at the KNVB Academy.
“It is a big honor for me to join U.S. Soccer and to contribute to the further development of Coach Education and with that, to the level of coaching,” said Romeijn. “In my years as Head of Education in the Netherlands and working for UEFA I gained a lot of experience looking at all levels of Education but especially at the Advanced Courses. To share this experience, and to adapt and implement this in the U.S. Soccer Culture is a challenge that I want to take up because I think the future of soccer in the USA is very promissing.”
Additionally, he was a member of UEFA’s Jira Panel, a group of educational experts, where he presented at several UEFA conferences and co-wrote various vital coaching publications and concepts. He has served as a Technical Instructor for UEFA and as a scout for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
“The addition of Nico (Romeijn) to our educational staff will provide an important global perspective on all components of our licensing and coach development programs,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coach Development Dave Chesler. “He will be a positive catalyst for our future Pro license. His leadership will also lead to continued refinements in all license levels. We are excited to adapt and begin integrating relevant concepts from Nico’s extensive UEFA background.”
Romeijn played semi-professional soccer in the Netherlands while he was working towards completion of his bachelor’s degree in Sport and Physical Education.
Before joining the KNVB, he taught physical education to juniors and seniors in high school, as well as serving as the head coach of many senior and youth teams for 12 years.