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Published on February 7th, 2022 | by Staples Soccer


Dan Woog Endows United Soccer Coaches Fund

Dan Woog has 2 passions in soccer: Staples High School, and LGBTQ advocacy. He also credits United Soccer Coaches — the 30,000-member national organization, comprising professional, college, high school and youth coaches — for its inspiration, education, networking opportunities, and progressive advancement of the sport.

As he retires, he has brought all those interests together. In January in Kansas City, at United Soccer Coaches’ annual convention, the group announced the formation of the “Dan Woog Staples High School/LGBTQ Fund.”

Endowed by Woog, it will provide registration and travel expenses for one coach to attend the convention each year. Woog has stipulated that the recipient be a high school coach, who has shown support or advocacy for LGBTQ issues.

“United Soccer Coaches has meant so much to my life,” Woog said. “I’ve met so many great people through the organization, men and women who have impacted me enormously. I’ve been honored to form and lead the LGBTQ advocacy group. We’ve worked to raise the visibility of LGBTQ coaches and players, and we’ve also worked with the Latino, Black, Native American, Asian American, women’s, disabled and faith-based groups on common projects.

“The convention is an amazing way to learn, network and lead. I’m honored to pay everything I’ve gotten forward through this fund.”

To learn more about the Dan Woog Staples High School/LGBTQ Fund, click here. To contribute to the fund, click here; then click “Select for a list of funds to support,” then “Options,” then scroll (way) down.

A poster at the Kansas City convention announces the new fund.


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