Director of Coaching
2016 INDIANA SOCCER DIRECTOR OF COACHING OF THE YEAR
Coach Omar Gallo is currently the Head Coach of the Holy Cross College Men’s Soccer Team. Coach Omar finished his 4th year in charge of the men’s soccer program with a 12-7-1 record giving him a 44-27-8 career record with the Saints. This year marked the 4th straight season that the Saints have had a winning record, all under Coach Omar. The Saints have also made the CCAC Tournament in every year under Gallo. Gallo has also coached eight players to All-Conference status over the past three years. In his first season as head coach of the men’s soccer program coach Omar took the program to new heights shattering every single season school record. During the 2012 season coach Omar lead his team to its first every conference tournament and also was nominated as Chicago Collegiate Athletics Conference coach of the year. Currently Coach Omar also serves as the Director of Coaching for Coerver Coaching Indiana which is known and respected as the world’s number one soccer skills teaching method.
Coach Omar was born and raised In Hamilton, ON, Canada prior to relocating to South Bend, Indiana to be with his wife. After graduating from Cathedral High School (Hamilton, ON) he continued his education at Mohawk College (Hamilton, ON) where he earned a Degree in Police Foundations. In 2005 Coach Omar received an athletic and academic scholarship to Cape Breton University (Sydney, NS). While attending Cape Breton he served as the men’s soccer team captain, and helped capture the team’s first Atlantic University Conference Championship. Throughout his career Coach Omar was named a first team All-Star, Academic-All-Canadian, and the Canadian Interuniversity Male Athlete of the Week. In 2008 he received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies Degree with a minor in Sociology and Sports Management.
Coach Omar’s statement regarding his position as DOC with Echo. “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to help manage such a great club. I currently have two children playing with the club and seeing how the club treats its players, coaches, and parents I knew I wanted to be a part of it in someway. Once the DOC position was posted I felt it would be a great fit for me because of the relationship I have gained with the kids through our Coerver Coaching clinics. My overall goal will be to help develop the whole person and incorporate Coerver Coaching with Echo. As a club we will continue to create the fun but competitive atmosphere Echo stands for”.
Echo Board of Directors
President: Ryan Milligan (E Coaching License)
Administrator: Mary Schalliol (E Coaching License)
Secretary: Mary Schalliol (E Coaching License)
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chairperson: Bill Heffelfinger (E Coaching License)
Director of Coaching: Omar Gallo (NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA Level 3 GK Diploma, US National D, Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma)
Academy Director: Kyle Zaber (F License, Small sided games diploma (NSCAA), Attacking Principles Diploma (NSCAA), Defensive Principles Diploma (NSCAA), MA of Sport and Performance Psychology (Area of focus, Positive Sport Parenting)
At Large Board Member, Facilities Committee Chairperson: Vacant
At Large Board Member, Facilities Committee Chairperson: Jon Carter (F Coaching License)
At Large Board Member, Marketing and Development Chairpersons: Kirsten Kehoe (F Coaching License)
At Large Board Member, Communications Chairperson: Todd Ruth (F Coaching License)
At Large Board Member: Doug Sakaguchi (E Coaching License)
At Large Board Member: Dave Renbarger (E Coaching License)
At Large Board Member: Ryan Harrison
At Large Board Member:Brad Sytsma
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Frequently asked Questions
What is the difference between travel and recreational soccer?
The two primary differences between travel soccer and recreational soccer are the level of competition and the opponent. In travel soccer, our teams compete against teams from other soccer clubs rather than teams from our own community. As you can imagine, the level of competition is higher as each soccer club attempts to field a competitive team at each age group. Travel teams also usually practice 2-3 times/week, rather than once a week, further enhancing individual skills and team play.
How do I know if my child is ready for travel soccer?
Travel soccer is not for everyone. It requires a greater commitment than recreational soccer due to the number of practices, the higher fees and the travel to away games. However, your child does not have to aspire to play professional soccer to play travel soccer. There are several different levels of play for each age group to ensure that every team is competitive, and more importantly, that every child has fun!
How do I sign up?
For all travel teams registration is by invitation only. Tryouts are held in the first 2 weeks of June. After tryouts, selected players are invited by email to register for Michiana Echo.
To register for tryouts please use the provided link when tryouts are announced.
What are your tryouts like?
Each player wishing to play for Michiana Echo will be run through a circuit of 4-6 activities on 2 nights to evaluate each skill our club feels is important to their age group. Boys and girls and each age group will tryout separately. Players will be evaluated by a group of approximately 5 qualified evaluators including our DOC, the head coach and 2-3 others that do not necessarily have a connection to their team or to Echo. After tryouts players will be notified within 5 days of their status with the club. Players are encouraged to attend both nights of tryouts for a proper evaluation.
How much does Michiana Echo Cost?
Fees vary by age and level of play but range from $300 for Academy to $660 per season ($600-$1200 per soccer year). These fees are due in either 2 or 4 installments by credit card only. You may also make monthly payments as well. Exact fees for the upcoming season will be posted in the tryout section of the website within two weeks of tryouts.
These fees cover registration with Michiana Echo and ISL which provides supplemental insurance for all players, up to 8 sessions of Coerver Training, all costs associated with paying coaches, practice and home game fields maintenance and fees, 2 practice t-shirts, referee fees, entry fee to club tournament (not travel expenses) and all administrative costs for Michiana Echo. Uniforms are not included in the registration fee and cost $105 for 2 jerseys, one pair of shorts, and 2 pairs of socks. Additional spirit wear such as backpacks and warm-ups are optional and range in price starting at $16.
What is Coerver Training?
A football skills teaching method suited for all ages but especially for players aged 5-16 years old of all abilities and their parents, coaches and teachers
A Method that focuses on Individual skills development and small group play
Endorsed and recommended by the top federations, associations, legends/experts of the game, club teams and corporations
The ultimate goal of Coerver Training is to:
Develop skilled, confident and creative players
Make the game fun to practice and play
Teach good sportsmanship and respect for all
Value winning but not more than character and performance
Provide a safe & educational experience that meets best practice criteria
Where are practices and games held?
Practices are held at Prairie Vista Elementary School 15400 Brick Rd Granger, IN Coerver
Training and our home games are at Michiana Echo Fields at HTP 10420 Brummitt Rd Granger, IN
How much travel is required?
Our league is statewide however at the younger age groups travel is kept regional. As a general rule U9-U12 will not travel more than 90 miles for a league game and will only have to do this 1-2 times per season. U13 and up and the more competitive teams could travel to Indianapolis 1 or more times in a season. In addition to league games we have one club tournament per season that requires 2 nights of overnight accommodations and will be no more than 250 miles from South Bend.
What is a typical Season with Michiana Echo?
Tryouts are held in June (November for spring only players)
Sunday Soccer (an optional and free street soccer style evening of fellowship and playing) is held on Sunday nights in June and July. This event is open to anyone that wants to play soccer and players are encouraged to bring family and friends.
Pre-season boot camp/club picnic is typically held the 2nd week in August
Fall Season practices begin the week after boot camp.
Fall games are typically played on weekends in September and October. Occasionally there will be weeknight games.
Fall club tournament is held the 2nd weekend in October in Indianapolis IN
Supplemental try-outs for the spring season first or second week of November.
Winter training/indoor soccer (optional) November-March varies by team and commitment level.
Spring season practices begin early to mid-March some of these practices may be held indoors depending on the weather.
Spring season games begin the last weekend of March for upper level teams and early April for all other teams and run through the first weekend in June.
How do I determine what age group my child is in?
US Youth Soccer, along with other youth soccer sanctioning bodies, will be implementing the U.S. Soccer Federation’s birth-year registration mandates on Aug. 1, 2016. Grouping will be based on birth year. See below chart.
At what age can my child participate?
Travel soccer is reserved for U9 -U18 players (see above chart). Select U8 players may be allowed to travel on a U9 team if try-out evaluators feel they are prepared. For our U6-U8 (5-7 years old as of July 31st) players we offer Michiana Echo First Skills Program. More information on this program can be found under the First Skills tab on our website.
When are games typically played?
Coaches have a great deal of control over their teams schedule so this question is hard to answer. Typically games are on Saturday and Sundays however weeknight games can be on your schedule as well.
How many games are in a typical season?
Most teams are scheduled to play 6-8 regular season games and have the option of scheduling 2-4 “friendlies” for a total of 8-10 games per season. In addition to league games all teams participate in a club tournament with a minimum of 3 games. Several teams participate in additional tournaments throughout the season or winter indoor soccer.
How many hours will my team be practicing a week?
All teams practice a minimum of 2.5 hours a week, a 1 hour Coerver training session and a 1.5 hour team training session. However most teams add an additional night of practice to their schedule which adds an additional 1.5 hours.
Can my child play other sports in addition to travel soccer?
Absolutely. Many Travel soccer players, particularly at the younger ages, play two sports during the same season, including baseball, football or lacrosse. Any players who anticipates scheduling conflicts should make their coach aware of the conflict before the season begins or as soon as possible so that the coach can plan practice or game schedules accordingly. However, those players who wish to a Blue team must seriously consider their interest in playing other sports during the soccer season as these teams generally expect a stronger level of commitment to soccer due to the higher expectations at that skill level. The coach and the skill level of the players on the team, as well as their relative level of interest will determine the level of competition for each Travel team at all levels.