Highland Youth Soccer Club Director of Coaching Don Norton, Jr. will be an evaluator at the Boys Olympic Development Program (ODP) ID Camp from July 9-12 at Rider University. He returns to Rider after working last summer in the same position. At this camp, players from all the 15 state ODP programs from Virginia to Maine will compete for a chance to be selected to the region I teams.
Norton will train, coach and evaluate players and assist the region I staff coaches. The region I staff coaches are selected from premier East Coast men's college teams including Yale, University of Pennsylvania, James Madison University, American University and George Washington University. The staff also includes several state youth soccer Directors of Coaching. Players selected for the ODP region I teams compete across the United States against region II, III and IV squads and in prestigious American and International tournaments. The ultimate goal is to help facilitate selected players to the U.S. National Team program. Region I staff coaches work with U.S. Soccer Federation national team head coaches.
In January Norton was a national speaker for US Youth Soccer at the 2014 US Youth Soccer/NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. He spoke about curriculum development for youth soccer clubs. In 2003 Norton was asked by the Football Association of Ireland to provide player development strategies used in the United States as part of the F.A. Ireland’s Development Strategies 2002-2006.
For the past 22 years Norton has been a men’s assistant college coach. This fall he returns to Rutgers Camden University for his second season after seeing the team reach last year’s 2013 NCAA National Championship game. He has previously coached at Rowan University, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, Richard Stockton College and the University of Pennsylvania. His coaching articles have been published in leading American and international coaching magazines including Soccer America, NSCAA Journal and Success in Soccer.
Norton has the second highest coaching license in the world, earning the prestigious FA Ireland "A" License (UEFA "A" License). He also has the Scottish FA "A" Certificate, USSF "A" License, NSCAA Premier Diploma and USSF National Youth License. Norton is a national state association coaching school instructor for New Jersey Youth Soccer, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association and an NSCAA associate national staff Coach. He has a BA from Gettysburg College and a MA from Rowan University.
Highland Youth Soccer Club 20th Anniversary
Highland Youth Soccer Club has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. The HYSC Executive board would like to thank all past board members, coaches, volunteers, parents, and players for their support and participation over the last 20 years.
Giana Pittaro, Hamilton Girls Soccer Club's first regional ODP Player
Hamilton Girls Soccer Club and Hamilton Wildcats FC join New Jersey Rush
NJ Rush welcomes the Hamilton Girls Soccer Club and Hamilton Wildcats FC to our NJ Rush Family.
Following the lead of Rush International, NJ Rush has a goal of spreading the “Rush Way” philosophy of coaching and training
Highland Youth Soccer Club has acquired the licensing to New Jersey Rush. New Jersey Rush and Highland Youth Soccer Club will now serve over 1,500 members in the Southern, Central and Shore Regions of New Jersey.