2020 Workshop Clinicians

1. Neal Ellis

Bio : 

Neal Ellis is the former Director of Coaches and Player Development for South Texas Youth Soccer Association overseeing the ODP program and Education program for 10 years. Neal is currently part of the Scouting network for the US Soccer Youth National teams and is also a National Instructor for US Soccer, teaching the Instructor License, B and C Licenses. Neal is currently working with Concacaf in collaboration with UEFA in developing coaching education programs for the region. Neal was also a former College coach and technical director for various clubs.  


~9:00-9:50am, Field 1: Coaching a Topic Throughout a Week and Connecting the Training Session to Preparing for the Upcoming Game
~11:00-11:50am, Field 1: Training Objective: Creating Scoring Chances from the Middle 3rd to the Offensive 3rd Through the Flanks.

2. Bill Sampaio


William “Bill” Sampaio is the National Director of Grassroots Education for U.S. Youth Futsal . Bill is part of the leadership team and has years of experience and knowledge in Futsal in leading the Grassroots Education program.  A native of Brazil, Bill has significant experience as a player and a coach in both soccer and in futsal. Sampaio was a Division 1 soccer player at the College of Industrial Engineering and a semi-professional player in the Luso American Soccer League. In addition, Bill has played and coached at the state, regional, and national as well as in international competitions where he achieved success in youth and adult's divisions. Sampaio has worked with youth academies in several professional clubs such as Juventus, Corinthians of Brazil and the New England Revolution. In addition, Sampaio was a disciple of Professor Ricardo Lucena, considered one of the most influential professional futsal coaches in the world. Sampaio has published a book and DVD focusing on futsal both entitled Futsal Training System. Bill was also a major contributor to the first ever On-Line Futsal Diploma produced by the United Soccer Coaches (former NSCAA) and U.S. Futsal. In addition, Bill was instrumental in producing the book 60 Technical Training Activities for 8-18 Years old. Prior to joining U.S. Youth Futsal, Bill was the National Director of Coaches and Chairman of U.S.Futsal Coaching Committee. Bill is a frequent lecturer and field clinician at the United Soccer Coaches and USYSA Convention, Soccer Champions Clinic, and several other international Sports Symposiums. Bill is also part of the U.S Youth Soccer Youth Members Technical Leaders Work Group.

Bill presented at the 2015 CDYSL Coaches workshop. To watch past demonstrations, see below:

2015 Session I ~ Top 10 Futsal Activities to Develop Speed of Play in the Modern Game (Video Available)

2015 Session II ~ How to Utilize Futsal to Expedite the Soccer Learning Process (Video Available)



~10-10:50am, Field 2: Top 10 Activities to Develop Speed of Play in the Modern Game


3. Adam Clinton


Adam Clinton, is an "A" License coach who became the head coach for the men’s soccer team at RPI in 2002.  He has lead the program to unprecedented success throughout his tenure. Coach Clinton is the all-time leader in wins in school history, he concluded the 2019 season reaching the elite 8 in the NCAA tournament.  In his 18 years at the helm, the team has had 15 winning records, including 12 in the past 13 campaigns,. Rensselaer set a school-record of 16 victories in 2019 season (16-3-4).  Additonally, 3 Time NSCAA ( United Coaches ) Regional Coach of the Year, 3 Time Liberty League Coach of the Year, 3 Time Liberty League Regular Season Champs,  1 Liberty League Tournament Champs, 5 NCAA Tournament Appearances in the last 11 years.
Adam presented at the 2018, 2015 and 2013 CDYSL Coaches Workshops. To see the previous demonstrations, see below:

2018 Session I ~ Training With Possession With a Purpose (Video Available)

2015 Session I ~ Passing and Recieving -- A Series of Different Passing Exercises (Video Available)

2015 Session II ~ How to Train Pressure, Cover, Balance (Video Available)

~11-11:50am, Field 2: Possessing & Defending in the Same Session


4. John Ciano


John Ciano is currently the Head Men's Soccer Coach at The College of Saint Rose, where he has been the head coach for the past 4 seasons. In his role he is also currently the East Region Chairman for the National Rankings Committee for United Soccer Coaches. He has 11 years of collegiate coaching experience with additional stops as an assistant at Siena College, NJIT, and Manhattanville College. This past fall his Saint Rose team completed its best season ever in the program's 38 year history, culminating in the most wins ever in a season, a top 10 regional ranking, and a runner-up finish in the Northeast-10 Championship Finals. Coach Ciano is also heavily involved in Youth Soccer where he is a coach with Albany Alleycats Soccer Club and as well as for both the Eastern New York and East Region ODP programs. Coach Ciano is a holder of US Soccer Federation B license, NSCAA Premier and Advanced National Goalkeeping Diplomas and is currently a coaching education instructor for US Soccer.

John has presented at the 2018 and 2015 CDYSL Coaches Workshops. To see his pervious demonstartions, see below:

2018 Session I ~ Playing Out of the Back -- Developing Movements and Relationships (Video Available)

2015 Session I ~ Goal Keeping Training and Progressions (Video Available)



~9-9:50am, Field 2: Winning the Transitional Moments and Defending in Transition.


5. Chris Cormier


Cormier brings more than a decade of coaching experience with him to Upstate NY . He currently serves as an Eastern New York ODP coach. Previously, Cormier was based out of Nevada where he coached at several different levels in addition to serving as the Goalkeeper Trainer and Director of his Breakout Goalkeeper Academy (2013-17). Cormier was the Director of Goalkeeping for the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club/Colorado Rapids Alliance (2013-16), Southern Nevada Soccer Association (2009-13) and Heat FC (2009-13)


~12-12:50, Field 1: The art of Ball Line Blocking: A in depth look at one of the most intelligent and underutilized techniques in Youth Goalkeeping. Along with instruction on how to train your Goalkeepers in Ball Line Blocking.


6. Bill Steffen Ed.D.


Wingate University, Sports Psychologist

Dr. Bill Steffen has been educating coaches for 27 years in both academic and applied settings. Through his work as a Senior National Staff Coach and past work as Sport Psychology Division Chair for the United Soccer Coaches (USC), Dr. Steffen has contributed to the development of thousands of coaches via coaching courses, workshops, and presentations. Dr. Steffen’s work synthesizes his applied work for schools such as the University of North Carolina’s Women’s Soccer Program, Duke University, and the University of Oregon, his informal consultancy with coaches from many sports, his coaching experiences, and his professional playing career with the Albany Capitals alongside his academic experiences coordinating the online Master’s degree in Coaching Education for Ohio University as well as teaching at Ohio University and Wingate University. Dr. Steffen received his Ed.D. from UNC-Greensboro working with Dr. Dan Gould and Dr. Diane Gill, after earning a Master’s Degree from Furman University. Dr. Steffen continues to work researching coaching education and the ability of programs to enhance coaching and athletic experiences. Presentations have been warmly received at National Conferences for the American Psychological Association, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, the Ohio University Master’s in Coaching Education (Soccer Coaching emphasis), and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/United Soccer Coaches national conventions. Dr. Steffen currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Exercise Science Program within the School of Sport Sciences at Wingate University.

Dr. Steffen’s research agenda includes examining the relationship between mental toughness and physical conditioning as well as the relationship between learning styles of coaches and experience. 

Although we do not have videos available, Bill also presented at the 2013 CDYSL Coaches Workshop.


~9-9:50am, Conference Room: Mental Toughness:  Ideas for Player Development, & Mental Toughness for Coaching

~11-11:50am, Conference Room: How to Make Daydreams Effective for Players


7. Beestera Soccer Training: James Beeston, Matt Needham, Mike Matera 
We are supplemental training specialists that aim to maximize the individual growth of the player within the team. Beestera was created as a specialized training tool in a smaller group setting to supplement participation in a team. 
Our mission is to:
- Build confident, technically proficient players with the ability to make quick, well-informed decisions at match-tempo.
- Stimulate players mental and physical capacity by providing the tools needed to reach their potential.
- Translate our love for the game with the passion and dedication in our applied training methods.
Our goal is to try and give the coaches some suggestions into incentivizing players to practice technical aspects of the game by themselves as home, so the coaches can spend more time on the tactical and understanding of the game in their practices.



~10-10:50 am, Field 1: Teaching Technique - Providing Feedback for Players to Self-Teach at Home

9. Panel Discussion: What Makes a Good Coach? (TBA Presenters)