Eastern Massachusetts Girl's Soccer Coaches Association

Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Coaches Association © 2015-2019

EMGSCA Response to the US Soccer Development Academy

The mission of the Eastern Massachusetts Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association is the promotion and well-being of high school girls’ soccer in Massachusetts.  We consider the well-being of the student-athlete to include physical wellness, academic achievement, emotional developmental and support, along with enhancing life and social skills.

The EMGSCA would like to make it clear that the path to playing collegiate soccer will not lie exclusively with the Development Academy. 

High school soccer, along with other club divisions, provides the majority of student-athletes opportunities to develop into collegiate players and be seen and recruited by college coaches. Clubs that participate in leagues such as the NPL and ECNL will continue to provide top tier competition and their respective teams will still attend top national showcase tournaments.

High school athletics allow for opportunities to grow athletically, academically, emotionally, and socially.  High school student-athletes are more well-rounded and successful than their non-athlete counterparts, and multi-sport athletes are healthier and stronger than their specialized peers. It has been shown that high school athletics allow the student-athlete to maximize their academic, emotional and social development and still compete at the highest levels that the sport of soccer has to offer. (nfhs.org)

The EMGSCA Board
Greg Rowe, EMGSCA President
Sue Hendee, Vice-President and Wilmington Coach, EMGSCA Hall of Fame
Carl Tarabelli, Treasurer and Needham Coach, 2016 MIAA Coach of the Year
Mark Poirier, Secretary and Dartmouth Coach
Sharon Chapman, All-Star Game Coordinator and  Stoneham Coach
Michael White, Public Relations and Billerica Coach
Chris Scanlon, EMGSCA Hall of Fame

The Mission of the Eastern Massachusetts Girl's Soccer Coaches Association is the promotion and well-being of high school girls soccer in Massachusetts.

The goals are to promote high school girl's soccer on a local, regional, state, and nation level; to put forth initiatives that are in the best interests of the female student athletes; to advise state and local organizations on how best to promote and support the well-being of girl's high school soccer; to educate and promote the education of high school coaches and student-athletes; and to recognize girls' soccer excellence.