John Roode has over 35 years of coaching experience and holds a USSF “A” license. John most recently served as a Head Coach and Consultant for Sporting Omaha Football Club. This is his first position as Technical Director, although his experience includes Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Director of Coaching, and Featured Clinician. John is extremely excited to be the inaugural TD for AFC South Bay and looks forward to the opportunity ahead.
In John's coaching experience, he was on Creighton University’s staff for their Final Four team in 1996 and is also a member of the Creighton Sports Hall of Fame. John has also coached youth teams to consistent top 10 rankings in Region II for two decades of his career.
He is heavily influenced by Dutch soccer and attributes a major portion of his soccer knowledge, understanding, and approach to his ‘Dutch Football’ exposure. This exposure came from his association and friendship with 2 prominent Dutch Coaches, Mr. Rob Baan and Mr. Jan Olde Riekerink. Baan is currently the Technical Director for the All-India Football Federation, and Riekerink is currently the Head Coach for Cape Town City in South Africa.