Feb. 5, 2016

by Tony Jones


NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame director of sports science Matt Howley has been announced as the third guest clinician for the 2016 National Soccer Coaching Seminar, which will be held March 4-5 on the Notre Dame campus.

Howley, along with Carlos Bocanegra, longtime United States Men’s National Team captain and current technical director of Atlanta United FC, and Derin McMains, Notre Dame Student Welfare and Development’s director of mental conditioning, are among a panel of distinguished clinicians set to participate in the annual two-day event hosted at the Loftus Sports Center.

Also headlining the seminar will be Notre Dame men’s head coach and 2013 NCAA champion Bobby Clark and Fighting Irish women’s head coach Theresa Romagnolo, along with men’s soccer associate head coach BJ Craig and assistant coach Michael Casper, and women’s soccer assistant coaches Dawn Siergiej and Diego Bocanegra.

For a full schedule of clinic events and additional information on the 2016 National Soccer Coaching Seminar, visit UND.com/soccercoachingseminar or call Notre Dame soccer at (574) 631-5870.

2016 National Soccer Coaching Seminar
March 4-5, 2016
Loftus Sports Center
University of Notre Dame

Seminar Fee
-$100 per person special rate for groups of five or more
-$125 per person full registration fee

Session DVDs Available
-A DVD copy of clinic sessions is $30 for coaches who attended the clinic and $175 for those who were not in attendance.


Bobby Clark
Head men’s soccer coach at the University of Notre Dame – 2015 ACC Championship Finalist – 2014 ACC Coastal Division Champion – 2013 NCAA Champion – 2013 NSCAA National Coach of the Year – 2013 ACC Coach of the Year – 2013 ACC Regular-Season Co-Champion – Five BIG EAST Conference titles – Two-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year – Has coached 46 MLS Draft picks – 20 NCAA Championship appearances – 1998 NCAA Championship runner-up at Stanford – Former New Zealand National Team head coach – Participated in three Scottish World Cup campaigns – Scottish FA “A” License

Theresa Romagnolo
Head women’s soccer coach at the University of Notre Dame – Eight NCAA Championship appearances as a collegiate coach – Three NCAA College Cup appearances (2008-10) while on staff at Stanford University – Has coached more than 10 NSCAA All-Americans and 40 all-conference choices – Four-time all-Pac 10 selection during playing career at the University of Washington – NSCAA Scholar All-America recipient

Carlos Bocanegra

Carlos Bocanegra

Carlos Bocanegra
Technical director of Atlanta United FC, a 2017 MLS expansion franchise – captain of the United States Men’s National Team from 2007-13 – Made 110 national team appearances and scored 14 goals with the USMNT – First place group finish at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and runner-up at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup – 18-year professional career that included stops in the MLS, Premier League, Ligue 1, Scottish Premier League and Segunda Division – Fourth overall selection in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft (Chicago Fire) – Six-year MLS veteran, with five goals and eight assists in 117 matches – 2002 and 2003 MLS Defender of the Year – Three-time All-American and all-conference selection at UCLA (1997-99) – 1997 NCAA Championship all-tournament team

Derin McMains

Derin McMains

Derin McMains
Director of mental conditioning at the University of Notre Dame – Peak performance coordinator with Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants from 2012-15 – Professional baseball coach with San Francisco Giants organization from 2008-12 – 11th round pick (346th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft – Seven-year professional baseball career (2001-07), which included an invitation to MLB Spring Training with San Francisco in 2006 – 2000 ABCA/Rawlings All-America third team selection at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock – 2000 and 2001 ABCA-Rawlings all-region choice, and 2000 All-Sun Belt second team member at UALR

Matt Howley

Matt Howley

Matt Howley
Director of sport science at the University of Notre Dame – Responsible for the enhancement and development of Notre Dame’s comprehensive sports performance program since 2014, overseeing the integration and implementation of a variety of initiatives that include the use of the Catapult wearable GPS tracking system – Has served as strength and conditioning coach for the Notre Dame men’s soccer program for the past five seasons, including the team’s 2013 NCAA Championship campaign – Worked with a variety of Irish athletic programs as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Notre Dame from 2011-14, including men’s soccer, rowing, men’s and women’s golf and women’s tennis – Strength and conditioning coach and high performance manager for the TAC Cup’s Eastern Ranges Football Club in his native Australia from 2007-11 – Completed a pair of internship opportunities at Notre Dame and later with the Australian Football League’s (AFL) Hawthorn Football Club in 2011 – Was a strength and conditioning/sport science assistant with the Melbourne Storm of the National Rugby League from 2009-10 – 2009 graduate of Deakin University with a degree in exercise and sports science, and later earned a Master of Exercise Science (strength and conditioning) degree at Edith Cowan University in 2011

BJ Craig
Associate head coach for men’s soccer at the University of Notre Dame

Michael Casper
Assistant coach for men’s soccer at the University of Notre Dame

Dawn Siergiej
Assistant coach for women’s soccer at the University of Notre Dame

Diego Bocanegra
Assistant coach for women’s soccer at the University of Notre Dame


Tony Jones, athletics communications assistant at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2012 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame softball and men’s soccer programs. A native of Jamestown, New York, Jones is a 2011 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and prior to arriving at Notre Dame held positions at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and with the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills.