The club is very excited to announce the news that Mark Gibbs has been hired as the new Director of Coaching - Girls Development Academy (GDA) starting July 1, 2019. Houston Dash DA is an official member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and is the elite program for the top U12-U19 players in the club. Dash is the only club in Houston that has the opportunity to play in the most competitive and recognized league for girls youth soccer in the country.
Professional Qualifications / Experience:
- USSF National Coaching Instructor
- United States Soccer Federation 'A' License
- US Soccer International Workshops: 2011 Brazil (CBF) and 2014 (FA of England)
- National Youth License
- NSCAA National Director of Coaching License
- US Soccer Girls Technical Coach 2014
- Welsh FA Preliminary Coaching Badge
- USYS Regional Coach 2013-Present (boys and girls)
- USYS Coaching Education Staff Member 2003-2006
- Arkansas Youth Soccer Association Coach Education Staff Member 1995-2003, 2006-2007 Arkansas State Soccer Association ODP Staff Coach 1995-2003, 2006-2007
- Mississippi Youth Soccer Association ODP State Technical Director 2003-2006
- Little Rock Futbol Club Director of Player Development 2000-2003
- Lifetime member of the Professional Footballers Association (Wales)
- Arkansas United Soccer Club - Technical Director, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 2016 - Present
- Houston Express Soccer Club - Director of Coaching, Houston, Texas, July 2007 - May 2016
"I’m honored to be named as the DA Girls Director for this outstanding organization and look forward once again to contributing to the development and success of players within the Houston soccer community. Although I’ve experienced 3 years of incredible professional and personal growth in Arkansas, this opportunity is one I couldn’t pass up." Mark Gibbs, Girls Development Director.
"Gibbo is a proven leader; he did an outstanding job building the Houston Express Program. He is a great coach and even better person. He will serve as a great role model and we could not be happier to have him as a valued member of our team." Randy Evans, Director of Coaching - Girls, Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club.