Norfolk, VA (Monday, July 24, 2023) – The Major League Development Association (MLDA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Inty Andre as a Director of Coaching (DoC). Inty Andre’s extensive experience and dedication to soccer leadership make him an invaluable addition to the MLDA team, and he will play a vital role in the development and growth of player development and academy programming.
Inty Andre will directly oversee the West Virginia Soccer Academy and Frederick County Soccer Club within the MLDA to include MLS NEXT, USYS National League, Academy and Development Academy programing.
“We’re very pleased to have someone with Inty’s outlook on the game. Inty, is player centric, dedicated to growth and has an outstanding work ethic. His impact in the MLDA, and more specifically among the coaches and players in West Virginia Soccer and Frederick County Soccer Club, will be immediately felt.” Technical Director Brandon Ricker said in an interview.
Since 2011, Inty has embarked on a remarkable coaching career, leaving his mark on renowned organizations such as DC United, New York Red Bulls training program(RDS), Arlington Soccer, Herndon Youth Soccer, Chantilly Youth Soccer and Catholic University Women’s Soccer. His dedication to refining his coaching skills has led him to pursue multiple internships, including overseas opportunities in the Netherlands and Italy. Inty Andre also currently serves as an assistant coach for DC United U23s during the summer.
It is essential to shed light on Inty’s qualifications that make him stand out in this role. Notably, Inty has recently achieved the prestigious USSF B License, showcasing his dedication to honing his coaching expertise. However, his ambition doesn’t end there, as he is currently immersed in the process of obtaining his UEFA A License, a remarkable testament to his commitment to staying at the cutting edge of soccer coaching techniques and education. Inty Andre earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Marymount University in 2019.
Central to Inty’s coaching philosophy is a strong emphasis on developing the person before the athlete. He envisions soccer as a means to help players become the best version of themselves, equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to make informed decisions, compete at the highest levels, and effectively solve problems. Through hard work and dedication, Inty aims to cultivate not only exceptional players but also future leaders on and off the pitch.
In regard to his goals as Director of Coaching, Inty expressed his commitment to fostering a culture of learning and knowledge sharing among coaches and everyone involved in the program. He explained that he “aims to improve the quality of players within the organization, not only as footballers but also as individuals. Increasing the level of quality and competitiveness within the organization is a key objective, with the ultimate goal of pushing players towards professional pathways.”
When asked about plans to engage fans, supporters, and the community, Inty emphasized the importance of “creating a distinct football identity and style of play that will make them feel represented and proud.” This strategic move will also enable MLDA teams to compete and challenge top clubs within the region, marking a crucial first step in their journey.
The MLDA is thrilled to welcome Inty Andre to the organization and is confident that his expertise and dedication will propel West Virginia Soccer, Frederick County Soccer Club and the MLDA to new heights. As he takes on the role of Director of Coaching, the MLDA and is eagerly looking forward to the positive impact Inty will bring to the development and success of our players and teams.
The Major League Development Association is a leading sports and media organization that offers a supporting business ecosystem for sports teams and clubs with the mission to inspire and connect communities through sports.
The MLDA operates a semi professional team in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and five community driven soccer academies across four states that participate in nationally recognized leagues including MLS NEXT and USYS National League.
The MLDA has also helped graduate multiple players into MLS through the MLS SuperDraft and through its partnership with D.C. United.
The MLDA has placed numerous players into top Division I, II and II Men’s and Women’s college soccer programs. Examples include: Wake Forest University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, Old Dominion University.
About MLS NEXT
MLS NEXT is a new paradigm for player development, launched in 2020 to transform youth soccer in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest level of competition, training and personal development opportunities that will prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life. Membership for the 2022-23 season includes 137 clubs, 628 teams and over 13,000 players across the U.S. and Canada. Official partners of MLS NEXT include adidas, Allstate, DoorDash, and the University of South Carolina. For more information about MLS NEXT, visit www.mlssoccer.com/mlsnext.
About USYS National League
The US Youth Soccer National League provides the top league competition in USYS and is comprised of three areas of competition:
- Elite 64 is the top club-based league format in the National League, offering like-minded elite clubs with a platform to compete against each other while focusing on maximizing the experience of the players.
- National League P.R.O. (Player. Recruitment. Opportunity.) serves as the competitive national league format in which teams compete for direct advancement to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships. Teams earn their place into National League P.R.O. each season through their performance in the Conferences.
- National League Conferences operate team-based and club-based leagues while providing a qualification pathway to…
- the current season’s USYS Regional Championships
- the next seasonal year of National League P.R.O.