Tom Heinemann named head coach of the United States Men’s National Under-15 Team

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CHICAGO (February 18, 2022) – US Soccer has named Tom Heinemann as the new head coach of the United States Men’s Under-15 National Team.

Heinemann brings a wide range of experience, coaching, playing and working in the game at various levels to the United States. He joins US Soccer after working as an assistant coach at Belmont University in Nashville and Tennessee Soccer Club, while also serving as academy director at the Covenant Soccer Academy and head of Heinemann Soccer, an organization that organizes camps, clinics and small group training to improve. players of all levels. Heinemann holds an “A” American football coaching license.

“We are pleased to have Tom join US Soccer to lead our U-15 Men’s Junior National Team,” said Brian McBride, General Manager of the US Men’s National Team. “This age group is hugely important as our young players start the path to reaching their highest potential. We’ve been impressed with the variety of experiences Tom brings to the table and we’re excited about the potential we see. in him to continue to grow as a top coach and I’m sure he will be a great leader for our younger talents.

Heinemann began his coaching career alongside a long playing career at all levels in the United States, appearing in 225 games in Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League, United Soccer League and USSF Division 2. He won league championships in 2010 and 2015, helping the Charleston Battery to the 2010 USL championship as league MVP and leading the San Francisco Deltas in scoring en route to their 2017 NASL championship.

“I am honored to begin leading the National Junior Men’s U-15 Team,” Heinemann said. “It’s a great privilege to work for US Soccer and represent this country. I am humbled and very excited to have the opportunity to continue to grow as a coach under the guidance of Brian, (Athletic Director) Earnie (Stewart) and (USMNT Head Coach) Gregg (Berhalter). The U-15 age group is a critical stage for player development and overall entry into the national team system, and I look forward to working with the players to continue their overall growth. »

In addition to his time on the pitch and on the sidelines, Heinemann co-founded the United Soccer League Players’ Association in 2018, helping lead negotiations for the first collective bargaining agreement in divisional American football history. lower and gaining voluntary recognition of the USL Championship and USL League One.

Most recently, as an assistant at Belmont, Heinemann helped the school achieve the most wins in program history this fall, reaching the Southern Conference Championship Finals in consecutive seasons after rebuilding the program from a lower RPI of 50 (rating power index) in the top 50 in the country. For his efforts this season, Heinemann and his colleagues were named Southern Conference Coach of the Year. The Tennessee Soccer Club is the largest soccer club in the state, and Heinemann developed a new finishing program for boys and girls while helping with the boys’ academy.

Before moving to Nashville, Heinemann attended Yale, helping the program record its first winning season in seven years, and the University of British Columbia, helping the team win the 2013 Canadian national collegiate championship. While playing with the Columbus Crew, Heinemann also worked in the club’s academy system.

Heinemann’s first training camp with the MYNT U-15 is scheduled for February 21-28 at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California. He will prepare the team for future Concacaf Men’s U-15 Championships. The United States reached the semi-finals of the 2019 competition, losing to Portugal, and finished second in the inaugural tournament in 2017.

In his role, Heinemann will work closely with U.S. Men’s National Under-17 Team Head Coach Gonzalo Segares to maximize player development, evaluation and movement between age groups for training camps and games during the two-year under-17 cycle.

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