ECNL Director for San Juan Soccer Club to succeed Philippe Blin Pleasanton, CA, May 1, 2019 – Pleasanton RAGE announced that, after a national search, Erin Sharpe has been named their new Director of Coaching (DoC) beginning July 15, 2019. Erin joins the club from San Juan Soccer Club in Rancho Cordova, CA, where she is currently the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Director. Erin will succeed Philippe Blin, long-time Director of Coaching for Pleasanton RAGE, who is planning to retire in the summer of 2020 after 20 years with the club. In his final year, Philippe will take on an advisory role as DoC Emeritus and will coach the RAGE ‘05 ECNL team. As Director of Coaching, Erin will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the soccer operations of the club, including staff development and player development for the competitive and recreational programs. “It is an honor to have the privilege to succeed an exceptional leader in Philippe Blin and to join the RAGE team and family,” said Erin Sharpe. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of one of the preeminent all-girls clubs in the country and very excited for this next chapter. I look forward to working with the players, families and coaches in the RAGE community and to upholding the exceptional mission, values and holistic approach to whole player development that RAGE embraces. I would like to thank everyone at San Juan Soccer Club for their support throughout the years. I look forward to continuing to elevate the level of soccer in the RAGE community and to empowering our amazing young women both on and off of the field.” “We are thrilled to have Erin join RAGE,” said Jon Asmussen, President of the Board of Directors of Pleasanton RAGE. “Not only has Erin demonstrated success developing teams and coaches during her tenure at San Juan, she has embraced and led initiatives aligned with our mission to empower girls to reach their full potential through soccer, service, and leadership. RAGE will be forever grateful to Philippe for the players and families he has impacted so positively over two decades as our DoC. We look forward to Erin leading us into the future.” Erin is a graduate of Santa Clara University where she played goalkeeper and won a National Championship with the Broncos in 2001. Erin also played semi-professionally in Switzerland. Following her playing career, she joined San Juan Soccer Club as a Head Coach and in 2008 coached their u14 girls team, who went on to win the USYS National Championship that year. Erin has developed several national pool players, as well as multiple regional and state Olympic Development Program (ODP), Player Development Program (PDP) and id2 players. From 2008-2013, Erin was Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Colorado Mesa University/Mesa State College and was Co-Founder, Girl’s Director of Coaching, and Head Coach, for Colorado West Select Soccer Club from 2011-2014. She earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sport Management from Colorado Mesa University in 2012. In 2014, Erin returned to San Juan Soccer Club as ECNL Director and Head Coach where she oversees the ECNL coaching staff and the club teaching methodology. In each of the last 4 seasons, the San Juan ECNL program has had an ECNL Divisional Conference Champion, several teams advance to the National Finals, and all eligible ECNL teams advance to the National Playoffs. She has also been the lead College Placement Advisor for approximately 120 female players annually, with over 90% placement success rate in the ECNL program. Erin is also currently a NorCal Premier PDP State Staff Coach and Chair of the NorCal Premier Women’s Executive Committee. She holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A license (2017) and United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) Advanced National (2011) and National Diplomas (2009). About Pleasanton RAGE Pleasanton RAGE is committed to providing the most exceptional all-girls soccer experience in the country, focused on player development, leadership, and community service. Programs are provided for all levels of play from recreational to elite competitive, ages 4 to 18. RAGE is proud to have won 2 National Championship titles.
Overall, I really enjoyed this camp. Getting to know a lot of players from all over the country, learning their style of play, and mindsets was amazing. I feel the challenging part of the camp was learning that we are all different types of players and adapting to their styles had to be quick in order to succeed during the camp.
I really enjoyed the environment and it was a blast to get different points of view based on the training sessions and the way things were broken down and focused on. The coaching was amazing and so was their style of play. I feel in the short time of this camp, I have developed more physically and mentally. My wish is to one day be playing on the USWNT and represent my country, family, and club. This was definitely an unforgettable experience, I will always cherish and strive to be back again and again.
From Left to right: Sadie Brown (04 ECNL), Ashleigh Garcia (04 ECNL), Emily Estrada (05 ECNL) and Katie Strong (05 ECNL)