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Utah Royals FC adds coach Derek Leader to the Development Academy Staff

By Utah Royals FC, 11/14/19, 5:30PM MST

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Utah Royals FC adds coach Derek Leader to the Development Academy Staff

Coach Leader has more than 25 years of coaching experience including 8 years as an NCAA Division I head coach, 4 years as a NCAA Division I assistant coach, and 12 years with the IMG Soccer Academy.  Other highlights from Derek’s coaching resume include:

  • Dallas Texans Youth Soccer Club
  • Concorde Fire Youth Soccer Club
  • Region 3 ODP Assistant Program Director
  • US Soccer National Coaching Education Staff
  • US Soccer National Scout Staff
  • SMU Womens Soccer Associate Head Coach
  • Georgia State Womens Soccer Head Coach
  • GCU Womens Soccer Head Coach


On joining the Utah Royals FC- AZ Development Academy Staff, Coach Leader says “My goal has always been to develop talented players, and what better position to develop future talent than within a youth academy system that feeds directly to an NWSL professional team.  I am excited to get started right away and look forward to meeting the team and working with the players”

On the selection of Coach Leader, Academy Director Tiffany Roberts adds, "I am really excited for Derek to be joining the staff. His knowledge and experience will continue to propel the program forward. He not only adds soccer knowledge but also brings experience that relates directly to the women's program and college recruiting.”

Coach Leader will begin working right away with the Utah Royals FC-AZ Development Academy staff coaching the U17 DA Girls.