Julian Lee Chang has been coaching in Northern Virginia since 2006 after moving to the area from the midwest where he attended school. Chang currently holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma (Distinguished Pass), USSF National Youth Diploma and NSCAA State Goalkeepering license, and is pursuing the NSCAA Premier Diploma and USSF “B” license in 2011.
A native of Trinidad, West Indies, Chang recently established and conducted a three-day coaching course for over 40 youth coaches for the Southern Football Association in Trinidad. He also leads coaching seminars for recreational coaches for Herndon Youth Soccer (HYS) in Herndon, Va., and acts as the Head Developmental Coach for HYS’s U5 program.
Chang’s approach has produced significant results in the relatively short time he has been coaching youth teams in Northern Virginia. He has led his VSA Heat ’92 Boys team to advance one division each season, moving Division 6 when he first took the helm to currently competing in Division I NCSL. He has also guided his U12 SYC Strikers Blue boys team to a NCSL division promotion each of his past three seasons as coach, while leading his U12 SYC Stampede girls team to win a division title in WAGS .
Prior to moving to Northern Virginia, Chang’s coaching resume includes working as a Wisconsin ODP district trainer, the MSOE women’s soccer assistant coach (NCAA DIII university), and coach for the U18 girls and U15 boys select teams for Tosa Kicks.
The Trinidadian grew up playing soccer on the streets and beaches of the sun-drenched caribbean island. As a teen he was selected to play with the youth development team of a local professional club, Carib FC. Shortly after coming to the United States in high school, Chang was selected to the Indiana, and then Ohio South, State Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams, which led to him being selected for the Region II Team in 1999 and 2000. The exposure from ODP led to a Division I soccer career at Eastern Illinois University, where he earned All-Missouri Valley Conference team and Academic All-Conference team honors as a center midfielder. After two years, he transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and helped lead the nationally ranked Panthers to consecutive conference championships and consecutive second-round NCAA appearances. In his first year at UWM, he was named to the conference’s All-Newcomer team and recognized to the Badger’s All-Tournament team. His college success led him to professional stints in Trinidad and with the Northern Virginia Royals (then USL Division 2) before leading the way to his coaching passion.