Darius has dedicated more than 22 years to the betterment of adult soccer in the central triangle area of North Carolina and to the welfare of the North Carolina Adult Soccer Association and the United States Adult Soccer Association. Since 2010 he has served as the Executive Director of NCASA. Few can match his passion.
His dedication as NCASA state president and as executive director has propelled NCASA into being a highly-respected state association in Region Ill and nationally. Darius’ guiding compass is the good of the game exemplified through his leadership in North Carolina to obtain passage of general assembly legislation for a support soccer in North Carolina license-plate program. Although he originated the idea and the vision, he successfully encouraged the legislation to be spearheaded by the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame so that the funds from the purchase of plates would benefit the entire North Carolina soccer community. The Hall of Fame brings together NCASA, NCYSA, NCSRA and NCSCA.
During his eight years as the Region Ill Deputy Director, Darius consistently championed making the Region Ill National Cup a sought-after venue for competition at the highest level. He always encouraged participation by teams from all 12 state associations and sought the best fields and playing conditions. Hours and hours were spent on the phone talking with state leaders and team captains. The fact that the National Cup is the oldest adult soccer competition in the United States has been a source of satisfaction to him for the time and dedication that he has given to strengthen the competition and make it successful.
As state president for nine years he established an extensive network among state presidents, administrators, the USASA national office and US Soccer. Encouraging the use of best practices has been a hallmark standard for him.
Ric was born in El Paso, Texas and moved to San Francisco in 1947. He started playing soccer in the asphalt school yard of Edison Elementary and continued playing through high school and college, collecting a number of awards and honors along the way. Ric then moved into the world of administration.
Since taking on the presidency of CSAN more that 16 years ago Ric has worked extremely hard with a staff of just one or two employees to process 10,000-13,000 player registrations per year.
He has set up and managed the CSAN board of directors and executive board meetings, ensured that budgets were always followed and accounting done. He ensured the employees were paid properly, managed and helped renovate the office building, and worked with numerous volunteers and their various committees.
He has also traveled throughout Northern California recruiting new leagues and attending state and local league events. And Ric has helped modernize CSAN’s governing documents, computer systems, registration systems and policies.
Born in Minnesota, Anthony Sanneh began his prolific career in the local leagues of region II. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he played for the USASA Select Team Program and participated in the George Donnelly Cup. From 1993-1995 he played on the USASA National Team coached by USASA Hall of Famer John Ellinger.
The time Tony spent playing in USASA leagues and team proved auspicious as he moved on to his professional career. Major career highlights include starring in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan, two Major League Soccer championships in the United States, and participation in UEFA Champions League with Hertha Berlin during his 6 years in the German Bundesliga.
In 2003 he created The Sanneh Foundation (TSF) to leverage what he saw as soccer’s unique potential to create positive social change for youth. Currently acting as the organization’s full time CEO, he oversees TSF’s overall direction and future development in both the United States and internationally, growing TSF from one program and a total budget of $60,000, to 6 programs and yearly budget of $1.7 million in the last four years.
From having a successful professional career, to becoming a successful social entrepreneur and international youth development leader, Tony Sanneh has defied expectations at every turn, and in the process redefined the life of a professional athlete.
Barbara started in soccer back in 1982 in the way so many of us do, when her son wanted to play and there was no coach. She started playing so that she could learn what to teach the boys. She achieved her D level coaching license and progressed with the boys team for several years. Realizing a need to provide playing opportunities for girls, she then switched to coaching girls, taking a team from losing every game to first place in their division after only a few seasons.
Barbara also started refereeing soccer just a few years after coaching. She refereed youth games through U19, some high school, some community college, and some for the local adult leagues. Barb achieved her Level 6 license, becoming one of the first women state referees in Arizona. She continued to actively referee for 12 years, with some of the highlights being selected as the 4th official in a USWNT friendly against Australia and was selected as the center referee in an international youth friendly game in Mexico (they wanted to see if women could really referee). Barbara served as referee assessor and several years as a mentor for youth referees.
Barbara became the USASA Region IV secretary in 1996 and continues to serve in that role. She has served with many different regional directors. She was appointed to the USASA Membership committee and served in that position for several years. In that position, she attended many different events to promote awareness of adult soccer.
Barbara’s latest appointment is to the USASA technology committee, where she is the chair of the committee. She leads a team skilled in technology and registration processes with a goal of implementing a USASA registration system.