April 19, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU coach leads CONCACAF referees’ fitness program
NEW YORK, N.Y. – William “Bill” Jordan, a 2010 Slippery Rock University master’s degree health and physical education recipient and now an SRU assistant track and field coach, has been selected as the fitness director for referees in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Olympic men's soccer qualifying tournament scheduled for March 22 – April 2.
Jordan, who has been working with U.S. Soccer for the last two years assisting with the fitness program for referees, will travel to Los Angeles for the final round of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament before heading to Kansas City for the semifinals and finals.
While at the tournament, Jordan will work with all CONCACAF referees in a training program that includes off-season training, in-season training, pre-game warm-ups and post-game recovery sessions.
“This is a special opportunity for one of our coaches,” said Paul Lueken, SRU athletic director. “We are very proud of Bill for earning this opportunity, and we are confident he will represent Slippery Rock University exceptionally well.”
Jordan, who also earned his undergraduate degree at SRU, was a standout athlete on the SRU track and field team and began his tenure as an assistant coach after graduation. He has helped lead the men's and women's teams to nine conference championships and five runner-up honors in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He has tutored 119 All-PSAC performers, 19 individual conference champions, 13 All-Americans and 2011 national champion in the high jump Whitney Hendershot, a criminology graduate major from Salamanca, N.Y.
For the last two years, Jordan has been in charge of U.S. Soccer's Professional Referees Fitness Program. Through that work, he developed the fitness routine for all current and incoming Major League Soccer referees. Included in that routine are multiple exercise videos, training plans, teaching materials and fitness presentations. Jordan also continually monitors heart rate data of the referees in the program.
Jordan is the second member of the SRU track and field coaching staff to have a significant position within the professional soccer ranks. C.J. Morgante, a 2000 SRU sport management master’s degree recipient, is also a certified FIFA referee and has officiated multiple FIFA, CONCACAF and MLS games.
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