International coach to attend FFV Coaching Conference
USA technical Director, April Heinrichs, keynote speaker in Melbourne.
Fresh from helping the USA to a gold medal at the London Olympic Games last weekend, world leading women’s football coach April Heinrichs has been confirmed as keynote speaker at Football Federation Victoria’s Coaching Conference in October.
Heinrichs is currently Technical Director for the United States Women’s National Team’s Programs after having made the successful transition from elite player to elite coach. The USA Women’s team beat Japan 2-1 in the Olympic final at Wembley on Saturday morning.
Heinrichs has extensive experience with the U.S. Women’s Soccer Teams as the head coach from 2000-2004. Under her leadership she led the U.S.A. to the 2004 Olympic gold medal in Athens, a silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and a third place finish at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup in U.S.A. She was also assistant coach of the USA women’s team that won the Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996.
FFV Community Coach Education Manager Julie Anderson says this is a massive coup for FFV and the conference.
“We are honoured to have one of the best coaches in world football attending our Conference in October. Her background and experience at the very top level of international football will ensure that she will be a compelling speaker.”
“I am sure that all coaches attending the conference will gain invaluable information from April.”
Heinrichs finished her international playing career at the 1991 Women’s World Cup having scored 38 goals in 47 internationals.
She won the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 1986 and again in 1989, and she was voted female player of the 1980’s by Soccer America magazine. In 1998 she became the first female player inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.
The FFV’s Coaching Conference will be held on October 13-14.