NSSA is pleased to announce that Greg Wheaton, Director of the International School of Soccer Excellence, is joining NSSA as Technical Director as of November 15, 2010. As Technical Director, Greg will develop and direct the overall player development philosophy of NSSA across defined age, skill and competitive levels throughout NSSA’s traveling and in-house programs. He has been engaged to train and counsel coaches at all levels within NSSA, and to serve as a readily available resource throughout the soccer year.
Greg Wheaton was born and raised in Brazil. In 1992, Greg was recruited from Brazil to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, joining its NCAA Division I soccer program. At Liberty, Greg earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Physiology with a minor in Psychology/Coaching, and twice earned Soccer All Conference Honors in the Big South Conference. Following his collegiate career, Greg played for several professional soccer clubs, including Roanoak (VA) River Dawgs, Vasco De Gama (Brazil), Aurora (Bolivia) and Minnesota Thunder. As a player and coach, Greg has traveled for high profile games in Germany, South Africa, Mozambique, Sudan and Brazil.
Greg presently serves as Head Coach, Men’s Soccer, at Northwestern College (Roseville MN), having recently completed his eleventh consecutive season in charge of the program. He also has years of experience in coaching youth soccer in Minnesota at the highest level, and has trained hundreds of NSSA players over the years in summer camps and designated team training programs. Most recently Greg and ISSE have partnered with Minneapolis United Soccer Club to provide various coaching, training and player development services. Greg will continue to provide soccer services and leadership to other youth soccer clubs throughout Minnesota while serving as NSSA Technical Director. Greg holds the following licenses: Premier Diploma NSCAA, Advanced National Diploma NSCAA / USSF B, National Diploma NSCAA / USSF C.