It was a meeting of some of the world's best soccer coaching minds, and Sigma FC was front and centre.
Sigma FC Technical Director Bobby Smyrniotis was invited as a keynote presenter to coaches at the 2013 Soccer Champions Coaches' Clinic at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Conn. from Feb. 28 to March 1. The coaching clinic had more than 800 soccer coaches present, and featured some of top coaching minds in the U.S.
Smyrniotis shared top billing with several top presenters including women's soccer great Michelle Akers, FA's Coaching Manager Dick Bate, National Soccer Coaches Association Director of Coaching Education Ian Barker; National Champion Collegiate Coach and Four-Time National Coach of the Year Ray Reid; World Cup Champion & U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Tony DiCicco, and Dartmouth College Head Coach Jeff Cook among others.
"It was a great experience, and was very good for the Sigma brand as well," said Smyrniotis.
There was a buzz in the Mohegan Sun Convention Centre as people discovered that Sigma FC was the home of Kyle Bekker and Emery Welshman, who were drafted in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft.
"People start understanding, this is the club that had two players drafted in MLS, so there was a lot of interest in finding out what we were about, and they (the organizers) did a very good job at promoting us."
Smyrniotis said that after his sessions, that both dealt with technical training and build-up play with possession soccer, he received a lot of feedback from coaches wanting to find out more about the Sigma way. "The general feedback from coaches was that they saw how they could relate our training methods back to their young kids," he said.
Smyrniotis loved the way the soccer community in the United States comes together to share coaching information and insights in a collaborative environment. "That was the most thoroughly enjoyable part of the event," he noted. "It was not a venue with criticism, coaches genuinely wanted to learn. It was a great two days of soccer education.
"It's amazing that they could get 800 people to this one place. It was a great coaching culture," he added.