The US YOUTH SOCCER Olympic Development Program, or ODP as it is more commonly called, is a national identification and development program for high-level players. The program identifies and develops youth players throughout the country to represent their state association, region and the United States in soccer competition.
ODP teams are formed at the state association and regional levels, made up of the best players in various age groups. At the state association level, pools of players are identified in each eligible age group, and brought together as a team to develop their skill through training and competition. From the state pools and subsequent teams, players are identified for regional and national pools and teams.
What are the Goals of ODP?
To identify a pool of players in each age group from which a United States National Team will be selected for international competition.
To provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels.
Through the use of carefully selected licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the enhancement of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.
Who is Eligible?
Any soccer player is eligible for consideration in the ODP provided that he or she meets the age requirements for the established age group. A player may try out in the state association in which he or she is eligible to be registered. A player may not try out for the ODP in more than one state association.
How are Players Selected?
Players are selected, in most states, on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Some state associations combine scouting techniques and invitations to certain players with the open tryouts.
Selection of these players is not an easy task. The state association head coach or State Coach will, in most cases, be assisted in the selection process by several other qualified coaches from the club or league level. Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:
What do ODP Players do?
Upon selection, a state association ODP player is expected to participate in all activities of their team. These activities may include exhibition matches, invitational tournaments and sub-regional and regional camps. If players are not available for a specific event, they may be replaced by another player from their player pool.
Players are expected to take their participation in the program seriously, and should be committed to improving their individual skills as well as improving as a team player. Players are subject to the ODP Code of Conduct upon entry into the program at the state association level.
What are Regional Camps?
U.S. YOUTH SOCCER is divided into four regions, each of which offers a regional camp for state association ODP teams in each eligible age group. The camps are designed to provide high level competition and training for participating players. During this training and competition, players who are capable of performing at a higher level of play are identified for possible national camp, pool or team participation.
Each region varies somewhat as to the specifics and the cost of their camps. Your state association or regional administrator should be contacted for more information. Again, if you do not have those numbers, contact the National Office.
What is a National Camp?
National Camps and Interregional events are held throughout the year at various locations in the United States. The National Team Coach or a National Staff Coach is present at these events to observe, train and identify players for placement in the national pool or on a national team.
What are the Benefits of Participating in ODP?
Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best players in one's age group.
Quality instructions from nationally licensed coaches.
Quality competition. Games against other state association ODP teams.
Exposure to regional and national team coaches.
The opportunity to represent one's state, regional or country in competition.
Olympic Development Boys and Girls Director of Coaching – Craig Carlson
Craig currently holds a USSF National “A” license, a USSF National Youth License, and is active throughout the State of Wisconsin as a National Coaching Staff Instructor. Craig brings eight years of experience as a Region II Olympic Development Coach as well as having been the Wisconsin Girls ODP Head Coach. Craig is also the Associate Director of Coaching for the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association.
David Scott coaches at Marian University in Fond du Lac. David Scott served as head coach of the Ripon College men’s team for sixteen years and has completed an additional sixteen years as assistant coach with the men at Marian University. Holder of the USSF National “A” License, National Youth, and Goalkeeper licenses, he is a former WYSA Director of Coaching and remains active in coaching education in the state. He has worked with teams of all ages and both genders from the smallest to adults.
Scott Suprise is currently the Assistant Men's Coach at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Prior to UWW, he was the boys varsity coach for 15 years at Pius XI High School. During that time Suprise compiled a 222-112-30 overall record. Suprise has over 28 years of coaching experience at all levels between Wisconsin and Hagerstown S.C. in Hagerstown, MD. He was the 2007 and 2008 Private High School Coach of the Year and holds the USSF C and NSCAA Advanced National licenses. Suprise is also currently the DOC of the Croatian Eagles SC and U14 Boys Coach.
Patrick Hodgins is a two year letter winner at Lakeland College. After his playing career ended due to knee injuries he joined the Lakeland College coaching staff as a student assistant coach from 2002-2004. Has coached for the Croatian Eagles SC the past three years; currently coaches the Croatian Eagles U23 teams and is involved with the youth teams. At the club level he has had experience coaching age groups ranging from U7 through U23. Patrick currently works as a program administrator for Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association.
Modeste Rouamba is from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa and played his college soccer for the university located there. Since moving to the US in 2000, Modeste has coached at Electric City, Kaukauna YMCA, Kaukauna High School and the Appleton Soccer Club.
Craig Peltonen, entering season number twenty-three at Marian University, has built the men’s program into one of the region’s elite teams. His first squad in 1988 claimed an LMC title and since then the Sabres have claimed five other league titles (2002, 2001, 1998, 1995, and 1993). In 2002, Peltonen took his squad back to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year. Peltonen is a seven-time LMC Coach-of-the-Year and 1991 NAIA District 14 Coach-of-the-Year. He coaches and has served as an officer in the Fond du Lac Youth Soccer Association and runs numerous camps and clinics throughout the year. Peltonen has also served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association and been instrumental in educating and licensing the state’s youth coaches. Craig counts a National “A” USSF coaching license among his achievements.
Quinn Ross has logged 13 years of coaching with Wisconsin Olympic Development Program’s girls and boys at the district and state level including a recent staff position for Region II boys. He has eleven years as UW-Green Bay men’s assistant coach and 12 years as UW-Green Bay women’s coach. He was Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2003. He was named Division II All American in 1988 and 1989. Quinn has played for Lyngby FC in Denmark, the Portland Pride CISL, Portland Timbers APSL, Columbus Xoggz USISL and the Milwaukee Rampage, league champions in 1997. Quinn Ross currently holds a USSF National “A” license, and also coaches in the FC Green Bay club.
Kevin Roethe is a four year letter winner at the UW-Milwaukee. While attending college he helped his team to two consecutive conference Horizon League championships and two consecutive Division I- NCAA appearances in 2001 and 2002. Kevin is currently head varsity soccer coach at Divine Savior Holy Angels. During his time there he has posted a 48-2-2 record and the 2008 Division I state girls' championship. He received the 2007 NFHS high school girls' coach of the year award and in 2008 was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel girls' Coach of the Year, the NFHS Wisconsin private high school Coach of the Year and the Region IV private high school girls' Coach of the Year. Kevin is also currently involved in coaching both at Marquette University High School and FC Milwaukee. At the club level he has had experience coaching age groups ranging from U11 through U18. Kevin currently has his National “C” license and is looking forward to impacting the state’s top soccer players through the Olympic Development Program.
Tyler Watkins is in his second season as the men's and women's assistant soccer coach at Clarke University. Watkins previously served in the same role at NCAA Division III Cornell College in 2009. While at Cornell, Watkins was also the head men's coach at Center Point-Urbana High School and was head goalkeeper coach for Cedar River Soccer Association/Eastern Iowa United. In addition, he spent time as an assistant women's coach at Cedar Rapids Xavier High School (2009) and Independence High School (2008). Watkins started his coaching career as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Upper Iowa University. Watkins played goalkeeper at NCAA Division II Upper Iowa University, starting the majority of the team's games his freshman and sophomore years. He also played with the St. Louis Lions Soccer Club PDL and Super 20 teams. Watkins has a NSCAA National Diploma and a NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma. He is also a Head Coach with Wisconsin ODP and Dubuque Soccer Club.
ADDITIONAL ODP COACHES
Carrie Barker was the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Northern Illinois University from 2008 to 2011. Prior to Northern Illinois, Carrie was the University of Wisconsin Women’s Assistant (2004-2007) and the University of Michigan Women’s Assistant (1997-2004). She was also part of the coaching staff for the U-14 National Team Staff in 2004 and worked with ODP programs in Michigan (1995-2002) and Wisconsin (2004-present). Carrie has been a Region II staff coach. In addition, Carrie was part of the World Cup USA Organizing Committee in 1994, and Carrie holds a USSF National "A" License.
Nicole Hirsch - Nicole Hirsch is an assistant coach with UW-La Crosse. A four-year soccer varsity letter winner at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Hirsch was on four Horizon League Conference championship teams (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). The Panthers also won three tournament titles (2008, 2009, 2010) and earned bids to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Tournament. A four-year varsity letter winner at Brookfield (WI) Central High School, Hirsch earned all-state and all-conference honors. She was a two-year team captain and led the squad in goals each year. Hirsch was a member of two state title teams and four league champion squads at Brookfield Central. Hirsch coached with the Brookfield Soccer Association for two years and coached high school soccer for four years, including Whitefish Bay, Brookfield Central and Brookfield East. She currently holds an USSF National "D" coaching license.
Robert Williams has spent time coaching as the Pius XI Varsity Girls Coach, Brookfield Central Assistant Varsity Coach and the Whitefish Bay Varsity Coach. Named as Coach for the Masonic Women's All-Star game three times. Named as Coach of the Year twice. Robert holds a USSF B License and NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma
Sam Schroeder- The 2015 season is Schroeder's fifth year as the head coach of Ripon's women's soccer team.Schroeder enters the 2015 season as Ripon's winningest coach in program history with a career record of 40-30-4. He has coached 11 All-Conference selections and 2 All-Region players. Schroeder came to Ripon from Plymouth High School, where he served as the head boys and girls varsity coach. Prior to his time at Plymouth, Schroeder served as an assistant coach at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis. for three years. Schroeder holds an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), while also holding a USSF National "C" License. He has also received an NSCAA Goalkeeping Special Topics Diploma.
Jason Murphy begins his second season as the UW-La Crosse head Women’s soccer coach in 2015. The third head coach in school history, Murphy also serves as the facilities director for the intercollegiate athletics department. Murphy came to UW-L after serving as head women's soccer coach and director of athletics at Marian University (Wis.). Murphy was selected the league's coach of the year in 2011. Murphy currently serves on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Women's Soccer National Committee after being a member of the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee from 2011-13.
Murphy has earned his National and Advanced National coaching licenses from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as well as his NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeper licenses. Prior to becoming Marian's (Wis.) head coach, Murphy served as an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Chicago (Ill.) for two years and at UW-Stevens Point for two seasons. He helped guide the University of Chicago (Ill.) to a 28-10-3 record as the Maroons qualified for the NCAA III Championships in both seasons. Murphy helped lead UW-Stevens Point to an overall record of 31-8-5, including winning two WIAC tournament titles and making two appearances in the national championships. He was also the head varsity girls and boys soccer coach at La Crosse (Wis.) Central High School for two years (2005-06).
Dawn Crow, a four-time national champion at Division I powerhouse North Carolina and former U.S. National Team player is the head women's soccer coach at UW-Stevens Point beginning with the 2015 season. Crow was the head girls' soccer coach at Plano East Senior High School in Plano, Texas from 2007-13. There, she was a two-time District 9-5A Coach of the Year and was the runner-up for the District 8-5A Coach of the Year in 2012. Crow's 2008 team was the program's first-ever state finalist and 30 student-athletes she coached at Plano East went on to play at NCAA Division I programs. Her teams also earned the NSCAA Team GPA Award six times. Crow holds a National "B" Coaching and Youth National License. She was also on Region 1 ODP staff in 2001-2003.