May 14, 2013
MAKING THE KEYNOTE
Alexi Lalas to speak at NSCAA Summer Symposium
KANSAS CITY, Kan. --Former U.S. National Team defender and current ESPN commentator Alexi Lallas will give the keynote address at the NSCAA Summer Symposium in August.
“This is a unique and exciting opportunity for me to talk about player development to a room full of people who do it every day,” Lalas said. “I look forward to the dialogue this topic will create, and sharing my thoughts based on my own experiences.”
Joe Cummings, NSCAA CEO, added: “Adding Alexi to our Summer Symposium lineup enhances the quality and excitement we have in launching this event. This event is about educating coaches to better the game and I have no doubt that the insight he will share will add to the experience.”
Even though he didn’t start playing soccer until 11 years old, Lalas became the 1987-88 Gatorade Michigan Boys Soccer Player of the Year following his senior campaign. At Rutgers University, the Birmingham, Mich. native received NSCAA All-America nods three of his four years, and earn both the NSCAA’s Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club’s Player of the Year award in his senior season.
Lalas broke out onto the national and international stage in 1991 with the U.S. Men’s National Team. In March 1991, he earned his first of his 96 caps in a 2-2 tie with Mexico. In addition to his spot with the USMNT, Lalas would also spend time with the Italian Serie A club, Padova.
His professional experiences also included stints with several Major League Soccer teams, including the New England Revolution, the MetroStars, the Kansas City Wizards and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Following his playing days, he served as president and general manager for the San Jose Earthquakes, the New York Red Bulls and the Los Angeles Galaxy. He now works as an analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports.
Registration and housing for the 2013 Summer Symposium is open and available online at NSCAA.com/Symposium.
Modeled after the highly successful NSCAA Convention, the Summer Symposium will provide coaches with educational sessions, networking opportunities in addition, winter and spring season players will be recognized at the Summer Symposium, including All-America Teams, Coaches of the Year, Scholar All-America Teams and ranked programs.