Winter Coaches Symposium

Colorado Soccer Coaches Winter Symposium

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s symposium. We look forward to providing another impactful day of coaching education next winter!

We have confirmation from the following outstanding presenters:


Tyler Amerman – Air Force Academy Assistant Coach Men’s Soccer

Tyler joins Air Force by way of Salt Lake Community College, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he served as the assistant men’s soccer coach.  He was also the head coach of the Forza Futbol Club while living in Utah. Prior to his coaching stint in Utah, Amerman served as an assistant coach for Fort Lewis College (2016-17), the University of Charleston (2015-16) and was the Academy Director for the West Virginia Futbol Club (2015-16). Amerman assisted the University of Charleston to a 44-2-1 overall record in two years, including a 2015 NCAA Final Four Appearance and two runner’s-up finishes. He has his NSCAA coaching license and is a USSF licensed coach. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in sports management at Colorado Mesa University in 2010 and a Master’s degree in coaching education from Northern Colorado in 2016.


Brandyn Bumpas – Metro State University/Core Goalkeeping

Brandyn Bumpas is in his third season at MSU Denver’s goalkeeper coach in 2018. Bumpas is an NSCAA Level II goalkeeping coach. He has over six years of experience in soccer and athletic performance training at both the high school and college level. In 2016, Bumpas began serving as the assistant director of goalkeeping for Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer. He is also presently the director of goalkeeping for the Core Soccer Academy. Bumpas also served as the director of goalkeeping for Colorado West Select and Colorado Edge Soccer Clubs. Bumpas was a high school All-American and all-state goalkeeper at Denver’s Mullen High School, who also spent the 2005 season in Florida with the United States soccer residency program. He was a member of the U-18 U.S. national team pool, and he played internationally for the U-20 U.S. national team. He was the starting kicker for two seasons on the Mullen football team. He signed with the North Carolina State soccer program out of high school.


Marc Francis – United Soccer Coaches Regional Director

Marc played professional and semi-professional soccer in Australia, Malaysia and the United states.  He started coaching in Colorado in 1989.  Since that time he has held coaching and management roles with various soccer organizations. He has a USSF A License as well as an NSCAA Premier Diploma as well as Australian and Dutch coaching credentials.  He is a National Instructor for United Soccer Coaches.


Mike Freitag – CSA Director of Soccer Education

After retiring from professional soccer in 1982, Freitag remained in Colorado where he coached at the youth level. He was a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Coaching Committee from 1990–91. He also spent time as the head coach of both the Colorado State Olympic Development Program (1987) and the Region IV Olympic Development Program (1989–90) . In 1993, Freitag returned to Indiana University to become an assistant coach with the men’s soccer team. In 2004, he replaced Jerry Yeagley as head coach and promptly took the team to the 2004 Division I Men’s College Cup championship. He was named the 2006 and 2007 Big Ten Coach of the Year. In his six seasons as head coach, Freitag compiled a 86–32–19 record. Freitag spent a total of 24 years at Indiana as a player, graduate assistant, assistant coach and head coach and was involved in five of Indiana’s seven national championships. Coming full circle and back at CSA, Mike is in charge of Coaching Education and the Olympic Development Program.


Jason Green – University of Colorado Assistant Coach Women’s Soccer

Jason enters his seventh year as an assistant with the University of Colorado soccer team in 2018. He was promoted to associate head coach in August 2015 and serves as the Buffaloes’ goalkeeper director. Prior to joining the Buffs, he was an assistant for Danny Sanchez at the University of Wyoming. In Green’s four-year tenure at Wyoming, the Cowgirls were 36-34-11. He helped coach 18 Academic All-Mountain West Conference and nine conference scholars. In 2011, he helped coach the Cowgirls to a school record-12 wins and the program’s first-ever spot in the MWC Tournament championship match. In his 18-year coaching career in college, high school and club soccer, Green has coached five state championship teams, six region champions, four district champions and five conference titlists. Green holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License and a USSF National Goalkeeping License. He also has attended the Manchester United Coaches Symposium.

Green started his collegiate playing career at Mesa C.C. under Sanchez where they were ranked as high as second in the nation. He continued his career at Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University, where he helped lead the team to a No. 2 national ranking and to the championship game of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.


Bill Hempen – Colorado State University Head Coach Women’s Soccer

Veteran Division I soccer coach and Colorado resident Bill Hempen became Colorado State University’s first and only head women’s soccer coach on Feb. 5, 2013. Hempen is one of the sport’s winningest coaches, ranking 25th among active NCAA Division I coaches for career wins (288-245-51 entering 2017) and No. 31 all-time overall. In 28 seasons as a head coach he has developed 10 All-Americans, coached six players who have gone on to play professionally and guided his 1992 Duke team to the NCAA championship final. He earned National Coach of the Year honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1992, and has been named conference coach of the year four times. Hempen began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Northeast Louisiana in 1982 before assuming a full-time assistant coaching position at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., a year later. After three years at Centenary he joined the Duke men’s program as an assistant coach in 1986 and was part of a staff that led the Blue Devils to three NCAA tournament berths, including a national championship in his first season. When Duke added a women’s soccer program in 1988 Hempen was tabbed to build and develop that program from the ground up as its first head coach. He earned more than 160 wins in 13 seasons (1988-2000), coaching seven All-Americans and appearing in eight NCAA tournaments in his final nine seasons in Durham. In 1992, the Blue Devils advanced to the national championship game just five years after the team’s inception. After his tenure at Duke, Hempen spent 11 seasons in the state of Colorado, transforming the University of Colorado women’s program. In 2003, Hempen’s third at CU, his team won the Big 12 title and advanced to the NCAA tournament, the first of six under Hempen’s tutelage. That year, Hempen also was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year. Hempen went 114-88-28 at CU before stepping down after the 2011 season. The Buffs advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2006, and during his time in Boulder, three of his players earned All-America status.


Hardy Kalisher – Boulder High School Head Coach Boys’ Soccer

Hardy is Boulder High’s longest running boy soccer coach and has led the Panthers during the most successful period in the boys soccer programs 35 year history. Under Hardy’s leadership and direction, the Panthers have had unparalleled success. Winning State Championships, reaching semi-finals and gaining National recognition. In 2016 Boulder High was named Colorado Boys Team of the Year by both Channel 9 News &  Xfinity Sports Report. MaxPreps and the US Army National Guard Honored BHS on their Tour of Champions as one of the top high school boys soccer programs in the country. Under Coach Hardy, Boulder High players have earned 2 All-Americans,  2 Colorado Player of the Year Awards, 3 5A Player of the Year Honors, 4 All-Region (Western US) and 1 Pre-Season All-American, dozens of All-State honors. Hardy has received numerous coaching honors both Regionally as well as Nationally. Hardy began coaching as a teenager in California in the 1980s. Hardy has coached over 100 boys and girls that have gone on to play collegiate soccer and several that have gone on to play in the MLS and in professional leagues in Europe. Hardy received coaching training in Holland with the KNVB (Dutch National soccer federation, in London at Chelsea FC and in Spain with Real Madrid. Hardy holds a USSF License and regularly attends the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention. Hardy speaks at conferences and symposiums about the value and techniques of establishing a Culture that inspires young men and women to be the best versions of themselves.


Petra Kowalski – Performance Colorado

Petra was a soccer coach at the high school, club, collegiate and semi-professional levels for eight years before officially turning her focus to the mental game. Since then, she has been helping individuals and teams improve their performance through research-based mental skills, resilience, leadership and team dynamics training. Petra works with performers in many different disciplines including: multi-sport athletes, soccer teams, Ultimate teams, parents and coaches; U.S. Army Soldiers, Wounded Warriors, civilians, and family members; law enforcement officers, police cadets, firefighters, and nurses; business executives, and corporate teams. A Colorado native and competitive athlete, Petra was a ski racer, golfer, collegiate and semi-pro soccer player and nationally competitive Ultimate player.  She currently enjoys trail running, strength training, hiking, skiing, Ultimate, and golf.


Dr Jerry Lynch – Way of the Champions

While most would consider him simply a sports psychologist, Dr. Jerry Lynch is a coach, mentor and teacher who guides and coaches athletes and parents to explore the meaning and purpose of sport, as a powerful vehicle to help us understand the mental-emotional-spiritual components of the athletic game and how they apply to the bigger game called LIFE. In the process of this exploration, overall athletic performance is greatly enhanced. Dr. Lynch has a deep calling, one where his success is not measured by “making a living” but rather by “making a difference” in the athletic and personal lives of those with whom he works. He helps others to understand how sport is a microcosmic classroom for helping athletes, coaches and parents of sports kids develop crucial capacities to love, respect and care for each other while simultaneously learning to enhance the spiritual elements of courage, commitment, compassion, patience, perseverance, sacrifice, integrity, trust, belief and selflessness: the values so absolutely essential to extraordinary performance in athletics and life. Using an unconventional approach, he combines Eastern thought, Native American tradition, Christian mysticism and western psychology to help coaches, parents and their athletes to create confidence, mental toughness, inspiration and empowerment for competitive events and to better navigate the unchartered waters of sports parenting and life. Dr. Lynch has been recognized as one of the top five in his profession nationwide. He has worked with men’s and women’s basketball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, golf and other sports at the universities of North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, California, Syracuse, Stanford, Harvard and Middlebury and continues to work with several teams and parent groups nationally.  Several of his clients have participated in various summer and winter Olympic Games. Most recently, he has established a consultancy with Steve Kerr, head coach of the World Champion Golden State Warriors. In the past 30 years alone, he has been part of 54 Final Four and 36 National Championship at the collegiate and professional levels.


Zach Haines – Denver Assistant Coach Men’s Soccer

Former UNC-Wilmington associate head coach Zach Haines was hired as an assistant with the University of Denver men’s soccer program in February of 2018.
Haines comes to the Mile High City after a six-year stint under Aidan Heaney at UNC-Wilmington, including the final two as the program’s associate head coach.
The North Carolina alum helped lead the program to six-consecutive CAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the CAA Championship in 2017. The Seahawks put together a 12-8-0 season in 2017 to earn an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, a bid they took advantage of, earning their second-ever NCAA Tournament victory before falling 2-1 at No. 3 North Carolina.
Haines came to UNC-Wilmington from a stint at Triangle Football Club, where he served as the Assistant Director of Youth Development, coaching the U20s to consecutive USL South Atlantic Division titles in 2010 and 2011 and a national semifinal appearance.