The Elite Clubs National League was founded in 2009 and continues to lead by daring to do things differently, embedded with grit, collaboration and tenacity – all things learned from the beautiful game. The ECNL protects and propels the integrity of the game and everyone it impacts by facilitating the perfect symmetry of excellence and humility, exclusivity and accessibility, freedom and community.
We believe that challenging everyone to rise to their best creates game-changers that live well, long after cleats are unlaced. Born out of the belief in a better way. Continued in the ever-evolving pursuit of excellence.
Breaking The Line: Episode 28 (Feat. Doug Lemov)
The ECNL Podcast features Doug Lemov, the ECNL's Coaching Methodology Advisor and New York Times Best-Selling author. His published works include Teach Like a Champion and The Coach's Guide to Teaching. ECNL Podcast host Dean Linke and ECNL President Christian Lavers chat with Lemov about following the science in education, the importance of background knowledge in teaching players, the power of forgetting and more.
Breaking The Line: Episode 27 (Feat. Joey Skinner and Korbin Albert)
The ECNL Podcast features Joey Skinner, former Charlotte Independence defender and reigning ECNL Boys U18/19 Player of the Year and Korbin Albert, former Eclipse Select SC midfield and reigning ECNL Girls U18/19 Player of the Year. ECNL Podcast host Dean Linke chats with both Skinner and Albert about their time in ECNL, winning their respective Player of the Year awards, their paths to NCAA D1 soccer and more.
Breaking The Line: Episode 26 (Feat. Eric Bell)
The ECNL Podcast features Eric Bell, the head coach for TCU's women's soccer team. ECNL Podcast host Dean Linke chats with Bell about his journey from sales into coaching, his stops at Illinois and Florida State before TCU, recruiting trips to ECNL events, the Horned Frogs' title hopes in 2021 and more.
Breaking the Line: Episode 25 (Feat. Damon Nahas)
The ECNL Podcast features Damon Nahas, an assistant coach for the University of North Carolina women's soccer team, hired by the school in 2015. ECNL Podcast host Dean Linke chats with Nahas about his time with the US Women's National and Youth programs, winning two ECNL national championships with North Carolina FC, how his development as an NCAA player helped guide his coaching career and more.
Breaking The Line: Episode 24 (Feat. Kenneth Medina)
The ECNL Podcast features Kenneth Medina, the Executive Director for Sting Soccer, has a coaching career that has spanned 30+ years, which includes numerous regional, national and ECNL championships, and has been an ECNL board member for 12 years. ECNL Podcast host, Dean Linke, along with ECNL President Christian Lavers, chats with Medina about his vast coaching career, what he brought to Sting and the philosophies that makes the club successful, how ECNL has changed over the years and more.
Breaking The Line: Episode 23 (Feat. Ted Chronopoulos, Victor Pace and Santino Quaranta)
The ECNL Podcast features Ted Chronopoulos, the Academy Director for Pateadores, Victor Pace, ECNL Director for CESA, and Santino Quaranta, Technical Director for Pipeline SC. ECNL Boys Commissioner Jason Kutney leads a panel with all three DOCs, discussing their club's philosophies, how each club can continue to push the youth game forward, what brought them to the ECNL and more.