About the PSPL Surf Academy Technical Director

I have been fortunate to have spent my entire professional career in the game of soccer, as a player, coach, educator and consultant. From my soccer leadership background, I have also enjoyed the opportunity to work with businesses and organizations to help improve leadership, group dynamics, goal setting, team building and strategic planning. I have found that many of my experiences in the competitive athletic arena translate well into the business world and help to provide a valuable perspective for business leaders. My experience as a coach and team leader have allowed me to develop strong listening skills, the ability to facilitate strong group dynamics and to bring diverse people together around common goals.
EXPERIENCE:
ERIK OMAN COACHING - 1990 - PRESENT
Focused primarily in soccer, Erik Oman Coaching serves numerous clubs and organizations developing curriculum, providing parent education, coaching education, mentoring, facilitating strategic planning and improvements to operational practices. A primary role has been to evaluate youth clubs, assess strengths and weaknesses and help form strategic and operational plans to improve their businesses. Through this entity, I have also had the pleasure of working with several business groups to help enhance team culture and leadership.
INSTRUCTOR, US SOCCER FEDERATION - 1998 - PRESENT
As an instructor, I teach state and national level License courses offered by the US Soccer Federation.
ACADEMY STAFF COACH, NATIONAL SOCCER COACHES ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA — 2011 - PRESENT
As an instructor for the NSCAA Academy, I teach live NSCAA Diploma Courses as well as help to develop content for the NSCAA eLearning platform. I have also served as a presenter for the NSCAA National Convention.
PROFESSIONAL MATCH EVALUATOR, MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER — 2013 - PRESENT
Serving as eyes and ears for the MLS office on the field on match days, I provide reporting of key match incidents, officiating and overall operations of matches. The reports provide information to the referees and to the MLS Disciplinary and Competition Committees relating to any incidents that occur during league matches.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, PUGET SOUND PREMIER LEAGUE ACADEMY – 2016 – PRESENT
In this role, I will be co-directing the PSPL Academy Program, overseeing the development of coaching education for the league and consulting on technical issues for the league.
ACADEMY STAFF COACH, PUGET SOUND PREMIER LEAGUE - 2014 - 2016
Goalkeeping Director
DIRECTOR OF COACHING, EMERALD CITY FOOTBALL CLUB — 2010 - 2014
In this role, I served essentially as the CEO of the organization, providing the vision, goals and strategic planning to help rebuild what had been a failing organization. During my tenure, the club more than doubled in size and we established a solid Development Program to feed the future needs of the organization
SEATTLE SOUNDERS / WASHINGTON YOUTH SOCCER – RTC STAFF COACH – 2008 – 2010
Working both as a coach in the Regional Training Centers and as an ODP age group coach for Washington Youth Soccer, I also taught coaching education courses for WYS in this capacity.
FOUNDER, LEAD CONSULTANT, CODE COACHING - 2008 - 2010
This organization was established to serve the needs of a large business organization that approached me to present team building and leadership workshops. After numerous successful engagements, I elected to put this business on hold while I pursued an opportunity to rebuild Emerald City Football Club in Seattle. I have since resumed my business consulting under the umbrella of Erik Oman Coaching.
GENERAL MANAGER, HEAD COACH, COLORADO SPRINGS SABERS – WPSL – 2005 – 2007
US OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM REGION IV STAFF COACH — 1990 - 2010
This experience was extremely valuable in providing the opportunity to work with diverse groups of players and coaches from across the country. In this capacity, we worked to identify top talent from multiple states and bring them together to form cohesive, successful teams at both Regional and National levels, while developing players for promotion to youth national teams.
DIVISION I COLLEGE COACH — 1990 - 2007
Starting my career at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO (1990 - 1994), I continued on to coach at the University of Washington (1994 - 1996), the University of Montana (1996 - 2001), Colorado College (2001 - 2004) and the United States Air Force Academy (2006 - 2007), serving in both head coaching and assistant coaching roles. Recruiting student-athletes to college campuses and building teams to compete each season provided an exceptional opportunity to hone strong leadership skills. While I was fortunate to be a part of several very successful teams, my greatest accomplishment in this capacity lies in the number of my players who have continued on to successful coaching careers of their own.
DIRECTOR OF COACHING, MONTANA YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION - 1999 - 2001
In addition to developing coaching education programming for MYSA, this role involved significant strategic planning both with the MYSA Board of Directors and with clubs throughout the state of Montana.
DIRECTOR OF COACHING, MISSOULA STRIKERS SOCCER CLUB - 1997 - 1999
OWNER AND DIRECTOR, GRIZZLY SOCCER CAMPS, MISSOULA, MT - 1997 – 2001

EDUCATION:
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO — Bachelor or Arts in Kinesiology - 1992
  • INDIANA UNIVERSITY - Undergraduate work in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine – 1986 - 1988
  • US Soccer ‘A’ License #16173
  • US Soccer National Goalkeeper Coaching License
  • US Soccer National Youth License
  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Diploma
PLAYING BACKGROUND
COLORADO FOXES - AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE - 1990 – 1992
INDIANA UNIVERSITY VARSITY MEN’S SOCCER TEAM – 1986 - 1988