BREAKING THE LINE

Conversations with Game Changers

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Episode 9 of Breaking The Line: The ECNL Podcast features current Northern Ireland Assistant Coach, Austin MacPhee, who dives into the world of statistics and data analysis and shares his methods of applying it to prepare teams. Austin joins Christian Lavers and Dean Linke to also discuss his perspective on culture and development to prepare teams for success.

Episode 8 of Breaking The Line: The ECNL Podcast features Esmeralda Negron, Co-Founder and General Manager of Ata Football, and Hannah Brown, Co-Founder and Advisor for Ata Football, along with Mark Wilson, former professional soccer player and Co-Founder of Beyond Pulse. We dive deep into their soccer playing days and what led each to launch their respective businesses to grow the game.

Episode 7 of Breaking The Line: The ECNL Podcast features Doug Lemov, Managing Director of Uncommon Schools and lead for the Teach Like a Champion team, designing and implementing teacher training based on the study of high-performing teachers. He is the author of Teach Like a Champion 2.0, and coauthor of Practice Perfect.  He sits down with Dean Linke and Christian Lavers to discuss his new book, The Coach’s Guide to Teaching.

Episode 6 of Breaking The Line: The ECNL Podcast features current UNC Chapel Hill Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Anson Dorrance, who has captured 22 NCAA Division 1 National Championships, and was also the Head Coach of the 1991 US Women’s National Team and World Cup Champions. Anson joins Dean Linke and Christian Lavers to discuss the competitive cauldron, the youth soccer space and all things about the beautiful game.

Episode 5 of Breaking The Line: The ECNL Podcast features three coaches who play a major role in creating a youth-to-pro pathway in the ECNL discussing the many elements that contribute to a thriving professional pathway within the United States, and more specifically, within the ECNL! Mario Sanchez (Louisville City Academy), Scott Gibson (Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC), and Oliver Wyss (Orange County SC, West Coast FC) join Dean Linke and Jason Kutney to dive deeper into this topic, looking to identify specific lessons that can be extracted and applied to all clubs working in the development space. Additionally, ECNL alum and current NWSL star Madison Hammond (OL Reign) chats about her journey, her youth experience, what it is like to break down barriers as she became the first player of Native American descent to take the field in the NWSL, and more. Her story is one you must hear!

Episode 4 of Breaking The Line: The ECNL Podcast hosted by Dean Linke will feature special guest United States Women’s National Team Head Coach, Vladko Andonovski. Take a trip down memory lane as he sits down to discuss his ascension in becoming the leader of the most dominant soccer team to ever set foot on the pitch. From his humble beginnings coaching youth soccer, to being tasked with securing the United States’ illustrious fifth World Cup title, this episode is nothing short of amazing.

Episode 3 of Breaking The Line: The ECNL Podcast hosted by Dean Linke will feature special guests US Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee and
Atlanta United VP and Technical Director, Carlos Bocanegra, as well as current Challenge Cup winner, Houston Dash standout and FCKC ECNL alum, Shea Groom! We’ll also be featuring GSA Director of Player Development and Boys Director, Nuno Piteira.

Episode 2 of Breaking The Line: The ECNL Podcast hosted by Dean Linke will feature special guests Executive Director of VDA, Chairman of the Board for US Club Soccer, Mike Cullina, Hyperquake Client Director, Amie Bracken, Hyperquake Creative Director, Holly Shoemaker, and NCFC Assistant 1st Team and Director of NCFC Boys Academy, John Bradford.

Episode 1 of Breaking The Line: The ECNL Podcast hosted by Dean Linke will feature special guests ECNL Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Drew Watson, and Executive Director of Richmond United, Jay Howell.