2019 Candidates for NASA Board of Directors

posted May 19, 2019, 4:56 PM by Lee Nichols


I have been playing soccer at various levels (including 2 years as a youth semi-pro) for the past 35 years. I also coached a men’s senior reserve squad (Swedish Division 4) for 3 seasons, and went through some of the base level training with the Swedish Football Association. I got involved with NASA last year when my 2 daughters started playing. Seeing my children’s joy playing, and also reflecting over the importance of soccer in my own life (health, competitiveness, ability to build strong meaningful relationships and be welcomed all over the world) made me realize soccer is truly a gift. The opportunity to help NASA and give back the gift of soccer to our community would be very rewarding.  


Like most of our coaches, I had never played in a soccer game before I got the call letting me know that my son's team needed a coach. Thanks to that call, I have been coaching with NASA for over 15 years, and have been active on the Board for most of the last 10 years. I am committed to NASA's mission of providing soccer opportunities to the widest possible range of youth players, in order to lay the groundwork for a lifelong participation in the sport. I view recreational soccer as the critical strategy to achieve those goals. My goal as a Board member in the coming year would be to continue broaden participation in club activities and to continue to expand the resources available to our coaches and players.


My name is Erika Garcia. My daughter has played for NASA for several years and recently, they needed a coach for her team. I stepped up to coached her team and it was a great experience. As a first time coach for NASA, I’ve learned that working as a team is what it is important. I believe every kid deserves to play and NASA gives the opportunity. Then, recently I started to attend NASA meetings and it was a fun experience discussing soccer ideas. I am thankful to be part of NASA so I can be involved in my community and help children in a soccer environment.

Shane Lewis has coached youth soccer in North Austin for over 15 years and has served on the NASA Board since 2008. Primary interest in serving on the Board is to help ensure that field maintenance projects remain cost effective. His vast institutional knowledge allows him to predict with uncanny accuracy both where the weeds will be at their worst next season -- as well as where people probably should have thrown out more seed.  As a result of his tireless efforts, the patches of nice soccer grass continue to grow ever larger and more contiguous on a number of NASA fields.


I got pulled into coaching when my older daughter started playing back in 2005. I knew little about soccer, but came to love the game as I gradually learned more about it, and grew to love NASA as well. My daughter has done both select soccer and recreational, and while I do believe there is a usefulness to select soccer, I staunchly believe that there must be an alternative for kids (and adults!) whose only reasons for playing are recreation, exercise, friends and fun -- especially the latter. I'm glad NASA is here to fulfill that need, and I am committed to keeping NASA focused on that mission.


Over the last twelve years, with three kids growing up playing soccer for NASA, I have been involved as a "soccer dad," a team manager, an assistant coach, a coach, and a NASA Board member, and also had the honor of serving as the club's President for a couple of. I appreciate NASA's commitment to youth soccer and its sincere desire to provide a safe environment where kids of all ages and levels can enjoy the beautiful sport of soccer and so, I am committed to continuing to serve our community through my involvement with the Board.

Sign up now for soccer summer camps!

posted Mar 23, 2019, 12:32 PM by Lee Nichols

Summer Soccer Camps by Challenger Sports and NASA - Summer 2019

NASA is proud to once again team up with Challenger Sports for exciting and fun soccer summer camps. For full info, click here:

Field Lining Day POSTPONED to Feb. 16

posted Feb 8, 2019, 2:47 PM by Lee Nichols

Due to the miserable weather, we have decided to postpone field lining day to NEXT Saturday, February 16. We will still meet at the same time (9am) and place (Burnet Middle School) on that day.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, and we understand if you cannot make it that day. (But on the upside, we suspect the weather on the 16th will be much better!)

ALSO: Are you signed up for our Rained Out text message service? Do so today! We'll send you alerts any time games or practices are rained out. Sign up at

2019 Spring Picture Days March 30-31

posted Sep 22, 2018, 6:27 AM by Lee Nichols   [ updated Mar 30, 2019, 9:38 AM ]

* Yes, picture day for U5-10 is happening today!*

Picture Days for the Spring 2019 season are March 30-31. Schedule is at

Sign up now for NASA/Challenger summer camps!

posted Mar 28, 2018, 6:01 PM by Lee Nichols

NASA parents, get signed up now for these great summer camps put on by Challenger Sports!

British Soccer Camps
June 11th - June 15th @ Pillow Elementary
June 18th - June 22nd @ Cook Elementary
July 16th - July 20th @ Burnet Middle School

Tetra Brazil Soccer Camp
June 18th - June 22nd @ NASA Clubhouse and Soccer Park

Register Now for Fall Coaching Class

posted Aug 1, 2017, 6:51 PM by Lee Nichols   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 7:04 AM by Rick Jacobsen ]

Fall Coaching Class Saturday Sep 9 (1:00-5:00) NASA Clubhouse and Soccer Park. The NSCAA 4v4 class meets State certification requirements. The course provides an excellent foundation for coaching youth players, with a special focus on the coaching needs of younger players. There is no testing or prerequisite for this 4-hour course. New coaches and experienced coaches who want to take the new NSCAA classes are welcome. All participants must register on-line here: NSCAA Course Registration Page. Space is limited and registration is on a first-come basis. Fees for NASA Coaches are paid by the club. Contact Rick Jacobsen ( for the NASA on-line pass code.

Team Photos Rained Out

posted Apr 2, 2017, 8:42 AM by Andy Martin

The Team Photo shoot scheduled for Sunday April 2 is rained out.  It will be rescheduled for Sunday April 9. 

Host Families Needed for Challenger Coaches

posted Feb 10, 2017, 9:24 AM by Andy Martin   [ updated Feb 10, 2017, 9:24 AM ]

We are currently looking for host families for our Challenger Soccer Academy Trainers who will be working with North Austin Soccer Alliance this Spring of 2017.  This could be a fantastic cultural experience and opportunity for you and your family. 

About the coaches:
  • We have two time frames for which we are looking for hosts. February 1st – May 15th or March 13th – May 15th. Coach Dan is here right now and Hugo will arrive Friday.
  • Coaches typically work a couple of hours during the morning/day and 3 hours in the evening. They will also work regular weekends with their teams.
  • They are all background checked at both the Embassy in London but also by the state on arrival. 
  • You will receive $50 per week per coach hosted.

If your family is at all interested or need further information feel free to contact Miles on 512-416-7705 or 
If you would like to commit to hosting, please send the following back to me. 
  • Your Name
  • Your Phone Number
  • Your Home Address
  • How many coaches you would be interested in hosting

If you are unsure, please click the link below for a Host Family testimonial from the Whitfield's who have hosted Luke Vince-Holt for nearly two years! Two years is not an obligation, they just love it! 

I look forward to hearing from you soon and many thanks in advance​'

MILES PALMER - Regional Director S.TX
Challenger Sports: Camps, Training, Tours, Tournaments, Teamwear
Tel: 800 432 8060  (Toll Free)  512 416 7705 (office)  318-272-7355 (cell)
4403 Manchaca Road Suite C, Austin TX, 78745

Join Us for Field Lining! Saturday Feb. 11

posted Feb 10, 2017, 9:19 AM by Andy Martin   [ updated Feb 10, 2017, 9:19 AM ]

The weather is looking better! 

We will start at 9:00 at Pillow Elementary for a short orientation. Then groups will move on to other fields.

Schedule Practice with Challenger Trainer for Spring 2017

posted Feb 6, 2017, 9:13 AM by Andy Martin   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 9:20 AM ]


Below is link for scheduling a session for your team with one of the Challenger trainers.

Scheduling Link:

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