Director John Dingle

johnJohn has spent the past twenty nine years working with young soccer players and developing youth soccer education programs.  During this period, John has been instrumental in developing new coaching methods and new coaching activities to ensure player development.   John  believes “the work of a child is play” and by using age appropriate activities the players not only develop their soccer abilities, but also learn life lessons.  John has authored seven coaching manuals, has been a featured clinician throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and continues to animate activities for the Animated Coach’s Library.

John spent 17 years with the Soccer Association of Columbia.  While at SAC, he held a variety of soccer and administrative roles.  During his time at SAC,  the club won two national championships and were national finalist twice, won numerous state and regional championships, enrollment grew by 2000 players, revenue grew by over 200%,  two new travel leagues were formed, and a year round camp program was formed.

John served SAC in the following roles:

  • 1996-1999 Director of Player Development
  • 1999-2005 Assistant Director of Coaching
  • 2005-2008 Director of Program Development
  • 2008-2013 Director of Coaching Boys Travel and Recreation
  • 2012-2013 Director of Coaching Girls Travel

John is also very proud, he coached two players that were selected to the US Youth National Team for their age group.  Both of these players are the last players from SAC to represent the US at the Youth level.

More on John

  • United State Soccer Federation “Youth” License
  • USSF “B” License
  • Maryland State Youth Soccer Association Instructor for “E” and “D” Coaching Licensing Courses
  • MSYSA Boys and Girls ODP Coach
  • Boys and Girls Olympic Development Program Assessor
  • Founder of the Central Maryland Short Sided League
  • Founder of the Columbia Winter Soccer League
  • Recognized by Howard County Office of Children’s Services Celebrating Successes ceremony for making a difference in the lives of children.
  • Former High School Coach
  • Former College Coach