Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Robert Parr, Technical Director

Robert joins Gulf Coast Soccer from the Arkansas State Soccer Association (ASSA) where has been the state's Director of Coaching since January 2009.  During his tenure in Arkansas, he led a number of important projects and program reforms designed to improve soccer at all levels throughout the state, including:

  • restructuring the ASSA Olympic Development Program to double the number of participating players (from under 300 to more than 600 players annually)
  • developing two new state-level coaching certifications (a 7-hour "F" course and a 17-hour "GK" course)
  • establishing statewide league structures to serve four different levels of recreational and select play, and
  • launching grassroots outreach programs to introduce soccer to un-served communities in rural and urban locations.

He holds a USSF 'A' license, NSCAA Premier Diploma, and a USSF National Youth Coaching license. He currently serves as a Consultant for the NSCAA's Club Standards Project, and is an Associate Instructor for both US Youth Soccer and the NSCAA. Previously, he served as the Director of Coaching and WPSL Head Coach for the Puerto Rico Capitals FC, the first international franchise to compete in the Women's Premier Soccer League. From 2003-2008, he was the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Georgia College & State University and also coached for the Georgia State Soccer Association Olympic Development Program.

From 1995-2002, Robert was the Director of Training for the American Soccer Club "Eagles" youth program in Austin, Texas (now known as Lonestar SC). He also served as the South Texas Men's State Team Coach from 1996-1998, and a South Texas YSA State Staff Coach for both the Olympic Development Program (1991-1999) and the Coaching Education Program (1991-2002). From 1989 until 1995, Robert was the Head Coach of the University of Texas Men's Soccer Team, where he led the program to a National Collegiate Club Championship in 1990, three other National Tournament appearances, and an overall record of 80-25-16.

Along with his wife, Michelle, Robert is the co-creator of SoccerROM, the world's first internet-based suite of applications designed exclusively for soccer coaches of all levels. SoccerROM has been helping coaches around the world make the most of their training sessions and simplifying team management since 1998. He is the author of "Winning Coaching Methods," a co-author of "Developing a Model Soccer Club," and edited and illustrated "Winning Goalkeeper Training" (written by Bob Barry). Robert and Michelle also served as Technical Advisors for "The Big Green", the feature film about a small-town soccer team released by Disney in 1995.

Robert earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (with Honors) in 1991, and completed his Master of Business Administration in 1995, both at the University of Texas at Austin.  You can reach Robert via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..