Valerie is the true veteran in the LSA office. She has been working for the Association since 1999. In her seventeen years at LSA, Valerie has witnessed and been a part of tremendous changes and growth both in the game of soccer in Louisiana and at LSA. She has at one time or other filled every role on the staff at LSA and continues to be a resource, not only for our membership, but also for other staff members and the Executive Committee.
Ben Schoonover is originally from Green Bay, WI and grew up an avid Packers fan. Ben played soccer from the age of five and continues to play in adult leagues. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Business Administration - Marketing. Prior to joining LSA, Ben worked at GMT Marketing of Milwaukee in branding and marketing for the Green Bay Packers, Burgermann's Restaurants and Milwaukee Brewers. Ben joined the LSA staff in March 2018.
Orlando joins the LSA Staff as the Technical Director after 20 years in the game. Originally from the Bay Area in Northern California, he started his career as both a coach at San Jose State and as a coaching educator for NoCal Youth Soccer. He continued his career as a coach at Indiana University, Cal Poly University and as the Head Coach of the Women's Soccer Program at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He has worked as a coaching educator for NoCal, SoCal, Indiana and SoTexas Youth Soccer Associations. Orlando holds a USSF A-License, a US Youth Soccer National Youth License and an NSCAA Director of Coaching Certificate in addition to a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and a Masters Degree in Coaching and Sports administration from Concordia University. As Orlando is also bilingual, he is excited about bringing Spanish-speaking courses to Louisiana.
Tucker came to LSA in July 2014 from Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association, where he served as Director of Communications and developed corporate sponsorships, the Mass Youth website and all elements of advertising, marketing and social media and helped managed and market Mass Youth’s 16-field complex. Prior to joining Mass Youth, Tucker was an attorney in private practice for nearly thirty years. Tucker also has extensive coaching experience. He was a Region I ODP Senior Staff Coach with experience at national ODP events and international tours and tournaments. Tucker also served as the Head Coach of Women’s Soccer at Framingham State College for 10 years. His 2007 FSU team won the NCAA National Sportsmanship Award. He was a Mass ODP Coach for 16 years and coached extensively at the club and high school levels. Tucker has served as a member of the Louisiana ODP Region III Girls ODP coaching staffs. He holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a USSF “C” License.