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Blake Decker

Technical Leader with proven results in the areas of player development, project conception & execution and organizational leadership
St. Louis, MO

About

I am a solution-focused, process-oriented technical leader with 20 years of experience guiding players, teams, coaches and clubs. My goal is to inspire individuals and organizations to reach their maximum potential through the creation of high-performance environments built upon excellence, accountability and achievement. My body of work is diverse

Experience


Academy Director

Jul 2017 - Present
Oversight of coaching education & evaluation of TDP implementation, budget of $850,000, 5 departments & staff of 25, transition of players between Academy & 1st team. During tenure, increased following KPI: # of Academy Contracted players (+70%), debuts (+75%), minutes by Academy Players (+98%) & Youth National Team call-ups (+40%).

Boys Director & Academy Director

Aug 2014 - Jun 2017
Developed strategic vision & managed all aspects related to operation of a youth soccer club of 950 players. Managed annual budget of $550,000. Grew program by 165 players, 50% increase in YNT call-ups, 88% retention rate, established formal partnership with Feyenoord Rotterdam and created affiliation program twice recognized by US Soccer.

Pre-Academy Director & Assistant Academy Director

Jun 2010 - Jul 2014
Created & executed all aspects related to Pre-Academy program. Head Coach of U14. Assistant for U16 & U18. Managed all aspects related to Academy operations: scheduling, communication, administration, budgeting & travel logistics. 2 National Titles, 1 National Finalist, 2 players called in YNT Camps, U18 Development Academy Frontier Championship.

Education


Education - Literacy Specialist, K-12 Certification
Aug 2008 - Jun 2010
Literacy Specialist certification. Graduated 4.0 G.P.A.

Education - Masters in Education
Aug 2008 - Jun 2010
M.A. Education: Reading Specialist, K-12. Certified to teaching reading, reading recovery and oversee student interventions related to literacy.

Education - Bachelors
Aug 1999 - Dec 2003
B.A. Education: Secondary with emphasis in Social Studies. Graduated Cum Laude.

History - Bachelors
Aug 1999 - Jun 2003
B.A. History. Graduated Cum Laude.

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