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Parker Named Head Coach of Maryland Women's Olympic Development Program Under-17 Team

FROSTBURG, MD - Frostburg State women’s head soccer coach Brian Parker was recently named the head coach of the 2002-2003 Maryland under-17 women’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) team.

ODP was formed in 1982 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition.

Their purpose is to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels, and through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.

Parker, who recently finished his first season as head coach of the Bobcats, will begin the process of selecting the Maryland U-17 ODP team in November and December. He will be selecting from girls born in 1986 from the entire state of Maryland to train and compete to earn a spot on the U-17 regional and national teams.

Following player selections, the team will begin training in March of 2003 and will continue to train until July when it will compete in the regional tournament.

From that tournament, the region will then select a team to compete nationally against the other regions. From the national tournament, a U-17 National Team is selected to train and compete internationally together.

"I think it is a great opportunity for me as I have not been able to coach in the ODP because of my last position as club and high school coach," said Parker. "I am extremely excited and looking forward to meeting and training the best girls in the local area."

Parker has had experience with ODP in the past. He was the head coach of the Maryland Under-15 women's squad in 1992 and served as goalkeeper coach for all levels in 1994 and 1995 while earning his master's degree at West Virginia University.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780