Dec. 28, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Bob Gansler, a 2011 inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, will serve as a featured clinician at the 2013 National Soccer Coaching Seminar, to be held March 15-16 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Gansler joins current United States Under-20 Women’s National Team/University of Virginia women’s soccer coach Steve Swanson as the featured clinicians at this year’s event, along with a panel of other distinguished clinicians, including Notre Dame men’s head coach Bobby Clark and Fighting Irish women’s head coach/U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team coach Randy Waldrum.
One of the most respected coaches in American soccer history, Gansler has served in many different coaching positions for U.S. Soccer since 1975 and made his mark in 1989 & 1990 as he took over head coaching responsibilities for the United States Men’s National Team, leading the Stars & Stripes to its first FIFA World Cup appearance in 40 years.
Gansler began his storied U.S. Soccer career as a player on the U.S. National Team and participated in the 1963 Pan American Games and Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in both 1964 & 1967, while making nearly every U.S. national team roster possible from 1962-69.
Gansler also achieved a great deal of coaching success domestically, mainly in Major League Soccer, as he led the Kansas City Wizards to the 2000 MLS Cup title and Supporter’s Shield, as well as the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship (all firsts in the history of the franchise, which is now known as Sporting Kansas City). Prior to his arrival in Kansas City, Gansler spent three seasons with the A-League’s Milwaukee Rampage, piloting that club to the 1997 A-League title and eventually leading to his induction into both the United Soccer League and Milwaukee Rampage halls of fame in 2002.
Now retired, Gansler continues to work with a local youth club and is also still heavily involved with coaching education. A big believer that you can never learn it all, Gansler continues to share his enthusiasm and passion for the sport at different coaching courses around the country.
BOB GANSLER CAREER
- Marquette University High School Varsity Head Coach (1973-76)
- U.S. Under-19 National Team (1979-82)
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1984-88)
- U.S. Under-20 National Team (1987-89)
- U.S. Men’s National Team (1989-91)
- Milwaukee Rampage, A-League (1996-98; won league title in 1997)
- Kansas City Wizards, Major League Soccer (1999-2006; won MLS Cup in 2000, U.S. Open Cup in 2004)
- Toronto FC, Major League Soccer (2006-07 as an assistant coach)
Professional Playing Career
- Chicago Spurs, National Professional Soccer League (1967)
- Chicago Mustangs, North American Soccer League (1968; team formed during merger of NPSL and United Soccer Association to form the NASL)
- U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame (class of 2011)
- United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame (class of 2002)
- Milwaukee Rampage Hall of Fame (class of 2002)
- Walt Chyzowych Award (2000)
- MLS Coach of the Year (2000)
- MLS Supporter’s Shield (2000)
CLICK HERE for online registration and more information on the 2013 National Soccer Coaching Seminar, including the official host hotel and a tentative seminar schedule.
In addition, a special holiday registration rate of $100 is available for those participants who sign up and have their registration/payment postmarked by Jan. 4. The normal pre-registration fee of $125 then will be available through March 6, while registration is priced at $140 for payments received after March 6.
For more information on the 2013 National Soccer Coaching Seminar, contact Notre Dame assistant women’s soccer coach Dawn Greathouse at (574) 631-5870 or email@example.com.
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