Although he has played at the highest levels of amateur soccer, Eric Beck is best known for his success as a referee and as an administrator. Eric became a USSF certified referee in 1978, a USSF State Referee from 1981-1993, USSF National Referee from 1993-1997 and a USSF National Referee Emeritus from 1997-persent. He has refereed numerous Region IV Select Team and National Cup regional games as well as several state cup and intrastate National Cup games. In total, Eric has refereed over 10,000 amateur games (indoor and outdoor).
Starting in 2003, Eric has represented Region IV on the USASA Referee Committee. With this title, he has coordinated all referee participation in regional events including the National Cups, State Selects, Hispanic Cup and Veterans Cup. Before taking up his position with USASA, Eric served as the Referee Administrator for the state of Oregon. In his time, Eric built the Oregon referee base from 125 registered referees to 1,700. Eric is also a registered USSF Referee Instructor, Assessor, Assignor and Assignor Instructor.
Along with his involvement in the amateur game, Eric also has extensive experience on both the professional and international level. His professional experience includes 128 games for the Continental Indoor Soccer League, 79 for the World Indoor Soccer League, US Women’s Victory Tour (Indoor), 32 lines for the United States Interstate Soccer League, 12 centers for the A-League, liaison for the Portland Timbers (A-League) and WUSA, as well as officiating the 2002 All Star Game for the Women’s United Soccer Association. Eric’s international experience includes the center for USA vs Canada (MU23), Pumas vs Cascade Surge (USISL), China vs USA (WNT) and USA vs Canada (MU21); line for Canada (MNT) vs Seattle Sounders (A-League), England vs USA (WNT) and Brazil vs USA (WNT); and USSF referee liaison for USA (MNT) vs Costa Rica, USA (MNT) vs Kuwait, USA (MNT) vs Canada and FIFA referee liaison for the 1999 Women’s World Cup
After putting a halt to his amateur playing days in 1971, Frank Giancroce quickly became a licensed referee and worked up to a State Referee Level. During this time, Frank handled the lines in multiple North American League games for the Philadelphia pro teams. Later he would add state assessor and instructor titles to his resume. Soon after that, Frank was appointed to the State Youth Referee Administrator of Eastern Pennsylvania in 1986 and just two years later, the State Referee Administrator –a position he still holds today. In fact, Frank is one of the longest serving State Referee Administrators in the United States.
As an SRA, Frank has implemented programs for the recruitment, training and retention of referees as well as the upgrading of administration at all levels including statistical reporting. Due to these programs, Frank was able to more than double Eastern Pennsylvania’s referee population from 600 to 1,400 in one year (1986-87).
Frank served as a member of the National Referee Board from 1993-1995 and was then reappointed in 2009. In 1998, he was also appointed as the Region I Youth Referee Administrator – another position he still holds today. He also served as a Referee Liaison in the 1944 World Cup coordinated facilities for referee training and physical training testing in the 2003 World Cup.
Not only has Frank succeeded on the referee front, but he is also an accomplished coach. Frank has coached both high school and club soccer, and he possesses the highest level of State Coaching License, the D License.
Jim Hamilton began playing soccer in his hometown area of Vancouver, Washington in the early 1980’s in the Columbia Adult Soccer Association. Although he would keep playing through 2002, Jim thrived once he took over an administrative role within the league. He would go on to become the League Treasurer and the League President in his time with the Columbia Adult Soccer Association.
Following his turn at the helm with the Columbia Adult Soccer Association, Jim moved up to the Washington State Soccer Association (WSSA). In 1992, Jim was elected Secretary of WSSA and he is still active in this position today. He is also the past WSSA Judicial Chairman.
While still active at the state level, Jim also participates on the USASA Appeals Committee and is an at-large member of the Adult Council. From 2007 on, he has served on the United States Soccer Federation National Board of Directors, too.
On the charitable front, Jim was both the Chairman and CEO of the United States Soccer Federation Foundation from 1994-2003. He also served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors from 1994-2009. Jim’s involvement and expertise was instrumental in the success of the Foundation during its formative years.
Pat Healey is an icon of Baltimore and Maryland soccer. Pat played as both a youth and an adult and would later become a coach and administrator in both the youth and amateur ranks, too. On the field, Pat earned All-State honors at Calvert Hall High School, played professionally for Baltimore teams in the American Soccer League and played for several teams in the Maryland Major Soccer League.
As an administrator, Pat was involved in just about every way possible. He was the general manager and also served on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Stars. He was also the general manager for the Dundalk American Legion Post 38 soccer club. At the league level, Pat served on the Board of Maryland’s premier soccer league, Maryland Major Soccer League. Moving up to the state level, Pat took on various roles within the Maryland State Soccer Association (MSSA). During the 70’s and early 80’s, he held the titles of President, Secretary, Registrar and Delegate-at-large. He also represented MSSA as a delegate at the USSF and US Senior Soccer Division (USSSD) meetings. The USSSD has since been renamed and is now known as USASA. At the USSSD level, Pat was active as the Region I Director from 1983-1985 and also as the division’s treasurer.
Aside from Pat’s impressive administrative history, he proved to be a very successful coach in the Maryland area, too. Pat coached multiple teams in the Maryland Major Soccer League including the Dundalk American Legion Post 38. He won league titles, state cups and qualified teams for the National Cups in Region I. Pat also coached a Baltimore All-Star team (players from the Maryland Major Soccer League), Dundalk American Legion Post 38 youth teams and Calvert Hall’s High School team.
Brooks McCormick has dedicated a lifetime of passion to adult amateur soccer in Florida, with the United States Adult Soccer Association and with the USSF. Brooks began playing soccer at the age of 13. At the age of 21, he started playing in the Florida Suncoast Soccer League (FSSL) and played in the league for over 25 years. Brooks was a member of many state and regional championship teams and has even won five national titles – Amateur, Over 30, Coed and Over 40 (twice).
Although he was already a player (as well as a manager and coach) in the FSSL, Brooks would take over the role of League President in 1987 and would serve in this position until 1994. In 1994, Brooks moved on to the Florida State Soccer Association (FSSA) and took over as president. A few years later, in 1999, he was elected Region III Director for USASA. He would hold this position for seven years until he made the decision to run for USASA Chairman.
In 2006, Brooks was elected Chairman of USASA and he would hold this title from 2006-2010. In addition to his service to USASA, Brooks was also actively involved with US Soccer. Brooks served on the USSF National Board of Directors from 1999 – 2010 and the USSF Budget Committee from 1999-2001 and 2005. In 1999, Brooks also joined the USSF Referee Committee and he still remains on this committee today. From 2006-2010 Brooks led this committee as its Chairman. Along with his roles on the USSF Referee Committee, Brooks is also a USSF referee assessor and is currently a USSF State Emeritus Referee.
Abner Rogers has made his name in the women’s coaching world. From 2004-2009 he was the head coach for the USASA Women’s National Team. Under his tenure the team made multiple trips to Mexico to play the Mexican National Team and walked out with a respectable 2-3-1 record. Many of the players who played under abner on the USASA Women’s National Team went on to play in Women’s Professional Soccer and various US National Teams. Abner also coached the LA Sol of the WPS, in the league’s inaugural season. The Sol’s roster included Brazilian superstar Marta, and US stalwart, Shannon Boxx.
Since 2000, Abner has served in the role of founder and director of coaching for the Laguna Hills Soccer Club Eclipse, one of the top girls soccer clubs in the country. He has developed the program’s philosophy, curriculum and guidelines for coaching education and has hired, supervised and evaluated a staff of nine coaches within the club.
Along with his success with the USASA Women’s National Team and with the Laguna Hills Soccer Club Eclipse, Abner has also coached a number of other successful teams including the Region IV Women’s ODP team to multiple Gold and Silver medals at the US Soccer Festival, the Mission Viejo Soccer Club Elite to three state championships and one regional championship, the Nightmares of Women’s Soccer Club USWISL in the Nike W-League to the Western Pacific Division Championship. From 1989 – 1996, he also trained and selected players to compete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for purposes of Regional and National Team selection.
In total, Abner guided 11 players to the professional ranks, 27 to regional pool/teams, 18 players to the national teams and five players to World Cup competition. Abner has both a USSF National Coaching License and a Football Association Full Badge from Lillishall, England.
Jerry got involved in soccer when he began coaching his children at a very young age. After moving to Sacramento and being told there weren’t any girls born in 1971 that were good enough to play soccer, Jerry took it upon himself and started coaching the River City Rowdies. Just three years later, the Rowdies would go on to win the CYSA State Championship for U19s.
A few year later, Jerry held a tryout for a women’s team in Northern California and had a turnout of around 60 players. He formed three teams (the Storm, Thunder and Lightning) and entered them into as many tournaments and exhibition games as possible. The California Storm, the team he founded (and also coaches) in 1989, is his chief passion. The Storm have provided a training ground for former US stars Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy as well as international stars such as Sissi. The Storm were National Amateur Cup champions in 1993 and 1994, National Open Cup runners-up in 1995 and 1996, WPSL champions in 1999-2002 and 2004, and the first W-League champion of the USISL in 1994.
Along with success at the team level, Jerry also founded (and served as commissioner) of two National Leagues that are members of USASA. In 1998, the Women’s Premier Soccer League was formed. As of today the WPSL has over 60 teams and is the largest national women’s league in the world.
Jerry created a similar league for the men when he founded the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL). Patterned after the WPSL, Jerry started this highly competitive league to serve the top teams and players in the western part of the United States. The MPSL now goes by the name National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).