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Marco heading to World Cup
BU men’s soccer coach to work for NSCAA during three matches
June 11, 2014Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – As soccer fans around the globe are getting ready for the World Cup to begin in Brazil, Binghamton head men’s soccer coach Paul Marco is also getting set for the event. Unlike most people, Marco won’t be watching the World Cup on television. He will be there, working for the National Soccer Coaching Association of America (NSCAA).
Having been part of the NSCAA national staff for over two decades, Marco was selected to teach a World Cup Diploma course on site. He will be at the US-Ghana match next Monday as well as the Mexico-Cameron contest this Friday and the Spain-Chile game next Wednesday. The context of his course will be match analysis.
“This is a once in a lifetime trip,” he said. “It is the Super Bowl of soccer but with a four-year buildup. Brazil is one of the most important soccer countries in the world. They have won five World Cups so being in this country makes it all the more special.”
Besides his work with the NSCAA, Marco plans on recruiting while he is in Brazil. The Bearcats have a history of recruiting in Brazil, as Danilo, a 2006 graduate, remains one of their most accomplished players. He was a two-time, first-team all-region midfielder and was also a three-time all-conference selection.
Marco has been at the helm of the Binghamton men’s soccer program since 2002. During that stretch, the Bearcats have won two America East titles (2003 and 2006), a pair of regular season conference titles (2006 and 2007) and have played in six championship games. They have advanced to the America East Tournament in 10 out of the last 11 seasons.
The 2014 World Cup marks the third time Marco has been at the event. He was in the stands as a fan in 1994, when the World Cup was held in the United States, as well as in 2006, when Germany was the host country.