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Managerial and coaching career
Derek started coaching at Fleetwood F.C. in the inaugural season of the Northern Premier League as player-manager. He was there for 5 seasons and left after winning the Northern Premier League Cup beating Wigan in the semi-final, and Maccelsfield in the final. He had coaching/manager positions with Chorley F.C., Netherfield A.F.C., Blackpool Mechs, and Lancaster City before joining Allan Brown at Blackpool FC in the 1975–76 season as reserve coach. In 1979 he was moved to first-team coach for eight games when Jimmy Meadows had a short spell as manager before returning to coaching the reserves again when Bobby Collins joined the staff. In 1980 he worked for Notts County F.C. for a season, scouting upcoming opponents for the championships season in which Notts County were promoted to Div 1.
In the United States, he became an assistant coach with Columbus Magic in Ohio in 1980, before moving to Nomads Soccer Club in La Jolla California in 1981. He became the first paid youth soccer coach in the United States when he joined the staff of the La Jolla Nomads. In 1986, Armstrong helped to found the San Diego Nomads in the new Western Soccer Alliance. The Nomads won the Western Soccer Alliance titles in 1987 and 1989, and were also runners-up to Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the 1989 National Professional Championship. In 2001 the Nomads were asked to manage the San Diego Flash franchise in the A-league by the league, the side under Armstrong reaching the play-offs. He continues to work for the Nomads, currently as Director of Coaching and Board Member.
He was also coach of the UC San Diego (UCSD) men's soccer team from 1983 to 2007, during which time the Tritons won three national titles. In the fifth game of the 2007 season, he coached his 500th game with UCSD. Prior to taking over as coach in 1983, the Tritons had had only one season with more wins than defeats in their seven-year history. Armstrong transformed the side to the extent that the first season with more defeats than wins under his tenure did not come until the 2001 season. His cumulative record of 326–138–48 makes him the winningest coach in UCSD history. He retired as Tritons coach in September 2007 with the advent of the US Soccer Academy starting that season. Also contributing to his retirement from UCSD was the fact he had an impending knee operation which could not be put off.
In 1987 Armstrong coached of the United States under-20 side in the World Youth Championship (now known as the FIFA U-20 World Cup) in Chile. Derek holds the unique distinction of being the first USA coach to beat Mexico at the world cup level. They knocked off Mexico, 3–0, in the 1987 CONCACAF tournament in Trinidad. The team qualified for the World cup in Chile.
He was one of the founding members and chairman of US Club Soccer in its early years, he retired from this position in January 2009.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH USSDA U19 (A-License) Coaching Nomads since 1991
DIRECTOR OF COACHING Since 1981 (English FA Full License & US A-License)
ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (A-License) USSDA B2005 - Nomad Since 2014
STAFF COACH USSDA (B-License working on his A-License) USSDA B2003/2002 Nomad Since 2017
STAFF COACH USSDA B2004 Staff Coach - A License - Nomads Since 2017
APPRENTICE STAFF COACH USSDA 2006 - Since 2014, Calsouth B2004
Phone: (858) 413-6878
APPRENTICE STAFF COACH USSDA 2007 (C-LICENSE) Since 2018
Phone: (619) 425-7400
NOMADS APPRENTICE COACH Since 2014, Calsouth B2005
Phone: (619) 518-1291
NOMADS APPRENTICE COACH Since 2014
SAN DIEGO AFFILIATE TEAM COACH - BOYS 2005 Presidio SDDA Since 2015
Phone: (858) 882-7709
SAN DIEGO AFFILIATE TEAM COACH - BOYS 2005 & 2003 Presidio SDDA Since 2018
Phone: (619) 770-4144
SAN DIEGO AFFILIATE TEAM MANAGER- BOYS 2005 & 2003 Presidio SDDA Since 2018
Phone: (619) 885-1349
NOMADS AFFILIATE MANAGER, AZ NOMADS, PHOENIX
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AZ NOMADS Since 2017
DIRECTOR OF COACHING Since 2017
GENERAL MANAGER / REGISTRAR, AZ NOMADS
STEP 2: US SOCCER SAFETY TRAINING
NEW PLATFORM, NEW COURSES
The new SafeSport Platform at https://safesport.org launched on January 15, 2018, with 3 new courses. Each course is approximately 30 minutes and will be replacing the 90-minute SafeSport course. Per the United States Olympic Committee, National Governing Bodies must provide an education program for those individuals it formally authorizes, approves or appoints (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have frequent contact with athletes. These individuals of your organization will have to complete all three courses. The training will be valid for 2 years once completing these 3 core courses. Users should download all 3 certificates after completion.
WHO NEEDS TO TAKE THE COURSE?
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Registration can be found at the following address:
NEW SAFESPORT REFRESHER COURSE COMING IN 2018
A new SafeSport Refresher course will be added to the new platform in 2018. This will be an abbreviated version intended for relevant individuals who completed the 3, core SafeSport courses. This will fulfill their SafeSport requirement for an additional 2 years.
Here are the instructions for background checks for staff members:
• Access the following website: http://www.ncsisafe.com/
• Click on the “Start Your Background Screening Now” on the left side of the webpage.
• Enter 28695114 in the Self Registration Number field
• Enter your Information as Requested
• Provide Legal Authorization and Certification
• This system is not compatible with Safari internet browser
• Use your full legal name as written on your birth certificate or driver’s license
• If you have any questions, please contact the National Center for Safety Initiatives at 866.833.7100
STEP 3: CREATE AN ACCOUNT WITH US SOCCER DIGITAL COACHING CENTER
DCC will be the U.S. Soccer Coaching Department's primary database of coaches moving forward. You will need an account to access your coaching licenses and register for coaching courses.
Link to return to the Digital Coaching Center: https://dcc.ussoccer.com/
STEP 4: Provide a copy of your Drivers License, Business License and Coaching Licenses and a IRS Tax Form W9 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach License Requirements Updated 5/3/2017