Meet The Trainer - Andy Di Duca
Andy has been a professional soccer coach for the past eight years, beginning his career with the English professional side, Preston North End Football Club working closely with their disability team, who gained second place in the Disability Football Association Cup competition held at the David Beckham Academy, UK. This nurtured his understanding of soccer coaching leading him to join the Major League Soccer (MLS) organization after completion of his Sports Management degree in 2006.
Since then, Andy has worked with many youth soccer associations in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in the role of Player Development Officer, effecting over 20,000 youth soccer players from recreation through to the respective states elite players.
Andy has enjoyed 3 years with the New York Red Bulls working in the Training Programs Department. Andy’s performance within the organization warranted a promotion to Senior Coach, overseeing the organization's community camps in the New York tri-state area. Further promotion to the New York Red Bulls Regional Development School provided professional development working alongside national and international coaches developing elite youth players to attain places in the New York Red Bull Academy Program.
Andy joined one of the New Jersey’s largest soccer associations, West Windsor-Plainsboro Soccer Association, as Executive Director in 2009 and gained the Director of Coaching certification with NSCAA. His role included directing and supervising the association’s daily operations and soccer programs. Andy’s proactive approach provided the club with a renewed focus on player development from pre-K through 12th Grade, increased revenue through fundraising and sponsorship initiatives, implemented and managed a volunteer system which supports the delivery of programs throughout the club, increased brand awareness within the community and directed the club to producing profitable programs all year round.