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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.