Jeff is in his second year as Director of the Soccer Learning Academy, and also serves as the Director of the United 94 Goalkeeper Academy. He brings with him an extensive amount of coaching experience, having coached in both the high school and club ranks in the Columbus area for over 20 years! Prior to Worthington United, Jeff was the founder and director of WASA Eagles, and later became the co-founder and co-Director of what is now known as the Classics Eagles.
Jeff seeks to be a continual learner as a coach and director, loving to learn from people around him and through research of productive coaching and teaching methods from around the world. His passion for the game was fostered in Bloomington, MN, where he grew up as a dual-sport athlete playing soccer and ice hockey. After high school, Jeff had a stellar college soccer career at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he was a 2-year team captain, a 2-year team MVP, and a member of the all-conference and all-Region teams.
Jeff has been married to Linda since 2015. Between them, they have seven adult children. Jeff’s three sons all had successful soccer careers, playing soccer in club, high school, and college. Jeff’s daughter competed in gymnastics and diving at an elite level. Linda’s daughter played soccer in club, high school, and college and has been a Soccer Learning Academy coach with United 94. Jeff had a long career in ministry as a youth pastor and as a lead pastor, a profession from which he retired in 2020.
“I am is enthused to be serving young players and their parents and coaches at this most important time when players are learning foundational soccer skills and understanding, which help them love the game of soccer and grow toward the fulfillment of their soccer dreams.” – Jeff Dybdahl