Erik Imler holds a solid spot in the storied history of the Bruce Arena era of U.S. Soccer. Erik, a UVA graduate, was a NCAA National Champion in 1989, 1991 and 1992 and went on to be a member of the 1992 Olympic Team and represented the United States as a player and then as a coach.
While his "A" license is important – more important are the deep connections he makes between his time growing up in the game to the experiences the young players he works with have with the game today.
As a Youth Academy Director and passionate blogger who is dissatisfied with the status quo of youth soccer development in the United States, Erik is on a mission to support the positive change that must be experienced in youth development. Erik is in constant search for intelligent and thought provoking soccer conversation and is determined to make a difference in the youth club soccer landscape.
His youth programs address the most prominent technical deficiencies in many youth players – passing and receiving – while simultaneously creating a thirst for skill mastery and love of the game among the players.
Check out Erik's soccer blog – Can't Pass, Can't Play and follow his SoccerParenting.com contributions as he attempts to educate parents on what really matters.