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READERS ARE LEADERS  -  BOOK REVIEW

"Practice like you’ve never won; perform like you’ve never lost."

"Life is like soccer, You need goals."

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 Sockers FC U15 Academy Director & Coach

•  WABA FASTTT™ Feet Coach & Advisor

•  Step Ahead, Co-Owner

• Chicago Fire, Assistant Academy

   Director & Staff Coach - 5 Years

• Chicago Fire, Academy Performance Coach 

• EG Arsenal Club, DOC - 22 Years

• Illinois ODP - 25 Years

• James B. Conant HS, Head Boys Coach - 21 Years

TONY KEES
U15 Sockers Academy Director
WABA Coach, Author, Artist

 

Tony Kees has been a moving force in the Chicagoland youth soccer community for over 35 years. He is just one of those coaches that you should meet. He has gained high respect from every faction in the youth game. Tony's soccer acumen, intense study of the game & appreciation for the science of soccer, as well as the aesthetics of the game is legendary. Tony has been a visionary, change agent & mentor to hundreds of players, coaches and organizations over the years.  He has always been regarded as one of the busiest coaches & gives everything to his players. One stretch saw him juggle the Fire Academy, ODP, Neuqua Valley high school & at the same time was managing his own club (EG Arsenal). Among his many strengths & by far his best attribute is the depth of caring, understanding & compassion for his players, as well as that rare ability to connect with players at every age. Come to WABA and meet Tony while he review his book Appetite for Soccer.

BOOK REVIEW
December 18th, 2022 5:00pm
WABA Development in Lake Zurich

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NELSON RODRIGUEZ
MLS EVP
Worldwide Soccer Expert & Speaker

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 MLS, EVP

 MLS, Chief of Staff

•  Chicago Fire, President & GM

U.S. Soccer Federation Managing Director of

   National Team Advisory Services

•  MLS EVP of competition, technical & game operations.

• Chivas USA President

•  MLS SUM, Senior Executive

 

BOOK REVIEW
January 22th, 2023 5:00pm
WABA Development in 
Lake Zurich

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TOM LILLIG
Director Stone Ward Advertising
Author, Motivational Speaker

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 Sockers FC U15 Academy Director & Coach

•  WABA FASTTT™ Feet Coach & Advisor

•  Step Ahead, Co-Owner

• Chicago Fire, Assistant Academy

   Director & Staff Coach - 5 Years

• Chicago Fire, Academy Performance Coach 

• EG Arsenal Club, DOC - 22 Years

• Illinois ODP - 25 Years

• James B. Conant HS, Head Boys Coach - 21 Years

Best-selling Author. A gifted storyteller who connects at the heart level, Tom is a requested event speaker, podcast guest and panelist. His book, What's Within You: Your Roadmap to Living Life with No Barriers, was endorsed by Jane Goodall, Bob Woodruff, Dr. Hugh Herr and many other notables.

Sports marketing & advertising professional with extensive experience leading national and global campaigns for well-known brands including U.S. Soccer, Kellogg's, Snap-on Tools, Peace Corps, U.S. Postal Service, National Women's Soccer League, Reebok, The Nature Conservancy, and many others.

Builder of good. Stone Ward's company slogan is Building Good. Tom works with companies and organizations that build trust with their customers and make positive contributions to the community, the nation, and the world through their products and solutions.

Non-profit leader. As the Board President of No Barriers USA for the past 17 years, Tom Lillig has helped oversee its growth as a leading organization for unleashing human potential.

BOOK REVIEW
February 18th, 2023 5:00pm
WABA Development in Lake Zurich

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RUSSELL PAYNE
Northwestern Mens Head Coach
USMNT U19 Goalie Coach

 

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BOOK REVIEW
March TBD, 2023 5:00pm
WABA Development in Lake Zurich

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MARCUS DIBERNARDO
College Coach, Club Director, Author 
2X NCAA Coach of the Year

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BRIAN ROBERTS
PASS Academy Director Chicago Fire
Mentality Coach, Consultant

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TOM BYER
Author, Soccer Starts at Home
Coach, Motivator, Agent of Change

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Tom Byer is hailed by his football colleagues, the AFC, National Football Federations, international media and scores of pro footballers he has taught and inspired over the last 25+ years, as the World's leading grassroots technical coach expert.

Byer played briefly in Japan in the late 1980s, before retiring to work as a youth coach. Today, many in Japan see him as a major catalyst behind the country’s rising status as a global soccer power, responsible for increasing soccer’s popularity and teaching fundamental skills to hundreds of thousands of children, including many of the nation’s most celebrated players. In 1988, the year Byer hung up his cleats, the Japanese men’s and women’s national teams weren’t even successful regionally. In 2011, the Japanese men took home the Asian Cup for a record fourth time, and the Japanese women’s national team won its first World Cup title.

Although what Byer achieved is notable, how he did it is the fascinating part. He started off running a no-name, grass-roots soccer clinic and within a decade, he’d become a fixture in Japan’s most popular children’s comic book and a character in the country’s leading morning kids’ show. Tom Byer is the Mr. Rogers of Japanese soccer. There’s nothing in America like him, and as both the Japanese and American men’s squads prepare for World Cup qualifying matches next month*, it’s worth thinking about what the U.S. program could learn from Byer’s Japanese success.

PATRICK MC CABE
President CAA/Stellar USA

Pro Agent, Motivator, Speaker
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