WC's Dunshee cited for excellence in educating coaches

Washington College head men’s soccer coach Roy Dunshee has been described as “a thoughtful and compassionate educator” whose knowledge and expertise is top notch.

CHESTERTOWN — Washington College head men’s soccer coach Roy Dunshee is being recognized on a national level for his contributions to the sport and excellence in educating coaches.

He will receive the Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award at the United Soccer Coaches annual convention in January in Baltimore.

Berticelli, a former United Soccer Coaches director of coaching and vice president of education, died in 2000. He was 48, and had recently completed his 10th year as head men’s soccer coach at the University of Notre Dame.

The award is being presented for the 20th year. The recipient must be a member of the United Soccer Coaches Academy staff.

In a news release, Ian Barker, United Soccer Coaches director of coaching education, described Dunshee as “a thoughtful and compassionate educator.”

Barker said Dunshee teaches for the individual coach rather than to the curriculum.

“His knowledge and expertise is top notch. More importantly, his ability to make material relevant and bring it to life in an engaging manner is second to none,” Barker said of Dunshee. “His blend of experience, intellect, humor and care make him a great teacher and one I am proud to work with.”

Dunshee is only the fifth coach to be coaching at an NCAA Division III program at the time of the award’s presentation, joining Peter Gooding (Amherst in 2004), Doug Williamson (Nebraska Wesleyan in 2005), Dave Saward (Middlebury in 2009) and Cyndi Goodwin (Redlands in 2017).

Washington College’s men went 7-9-1 this fall.

Dunshee is 58-69-9 in eight years as head coach here. In that time, Washington has had 10 All-Centennial Conference performers: one on the elite first team, five on the second team and four honorable mentions.

For nearly 20 years Dunshee has been affiliated with Coerver Coaching, a company that provides team training, camps, clinics and coaches’ education.

He also has worked for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America since 2007 as the state technical coordinator for Maryland and as a National Academy instructor, teaching high-level residential coaching courses around the country.

He has been chosen as a clinician at the annual NSCAA convention five times and was named the NSCAA’s Associate Staff Coach of the Year in 2011.

Since 2008, Dunshee has served as a state staff coach for the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association, teaching United States Soccer Federation E and D license courses.

Prior to his arrival at Washington College, Dunshee served as the head boys coach of Severna Park High School in Anne Arundel County, guiding the Falcons to a 56-10-4 record and three regional championships in his four years.

He also coached high school soccer at St. Mary’s in Annapolis, and served as an assistant coach at Northwestern University and Amherst College.

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