Inside CATZCoach Soccer
CATZ Sports Performance Center is nationally recognized as the leader in youth sports performance training. Our reputation spans over fourteen years of training some of the top athletes in the world from virtually every sport, in particular soccer. CATZ has served as the performance training provider for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Columbus Crew, Boston Breakers, US Men’s U20 National Team and countless individual professional players including Kristine Lilly, Taylor Twellman, Jimmy Conrad, Matt Reis and Cobi Jones, to name a few.
Together, with some of the top names in coaching development, CATZ has created a turnkey, web-based soccer coaching and player development program utilizing the most current research in motor development and psycho-social dynamics. The goal of the program is to help youth soccer coaches provide an experience for their players that will foster a love, not only for the game of soccer, but for physical activity as well.
Jim is the founder of CATZ and one of the country's leading experts on creating and delivering exercise programs for children that inspire them to embrace the benefits of physical activity. Jim has been a featured speaker on these topics to organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association; National Strength and Conditioning Association; the California Parks and Recreation Society; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD); and the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).
Jim has been featured as an expert on training youth athletes in The New York Times, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Newsweek, Business Week, and Men’s Health. He presently serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California.
Jim holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters in Health Science from Springfield College. He has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 1995.
Greg Vanney, raised in Tempe, AZ, joins the CATZ team with an outstanding playing career in professional soccer. In 1996, Greg was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy (1996-2002) in the inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) College Draft. Throughout his career, Greg has helped lead his professional team to three MLS Cup appearances, the US Open Cup Championship, and a CONCACAF Cup Championship. He was also selected twice to the MLS Best XI before transferring to the French 1st Division Club, S.C. Bastia.
Greg returned to the MLS's F.C. Dallas team after competing for S.C. Bastia for four seasons in France. He helped F.C. Dallas improve to its best record in a decade, including an appearance in the U.S. Open Cup Final. As a member of F.C. Dallas, Greg captained the MLS All-Star Team to a 4-1 victory over Premier League side Fulham. Greg was also a part of the US National Team Program for over 11 years, appearing for the National Team 37 times (CAPS) and was unfortunate to miss out on the 2002 World Cup due to a knee injury in the World Cup preparation match versus Jamaica only 5 days before the team was departing to Korea. Later in his career, Greg help the US team to the 2005 Gold Cup Championship.
Greg is the founder of the Arizona Futbol Club (AZFC) in Tempe, Arizona. In 1999, he was voted to the Arizona Republic – 100 Best Athletes of the Century. A graduate of Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Greg spent one year at Florida International University before transferring to UCLA.