Member At-Large: Peter Wacht

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Peter Wacht, Member at Large

Peter Wacht, CAE, has coached (D license) for Vienna Youth Soccer for the past 10 years. Starting with his son and daughter’s house teams, Peter now serves as head coach for the rising U16B Eagles Black travel squad and as a parent coach for the rising U12G Fury travel academy.

Peter has worked closely with several members of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association’s Olympic Development Program staff to institutionalize the latest training techniques within the noted age groups. During the spring and fall seasons, Peter is often on a soccer field seven days a week, teaching the techniques and skills for becoming a better soccer player, and helping those players understand the value of working together to the benefit of the team.

Peter has an extensive background on leading volunteer nonprofit organizations. He is the Executive Director of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), having served in that role since December 2008. He also serves as coordinator to the National Guardianship Network, a coalition of 10 national organizations focused on establishing and implementing guardianship and conservatorship standards, and on the Executive Committee of the Synergy Summit, a coalition of nine national organizations that helps bring quality estate, financial, and charitable planning information and services to the public through multidisciplinary partnerships and projects. Having earned the Certified Association Executive designation, Peter continues to participate in various roles for the American Society of Association Executives and is a strong advocate on the use of best practices in the association field.

Personal Statement:

As a player and a coach, soccer is more than a game. It’s a way to teach our children valuable life lessons.  I believe in ensuring that VYS is appropriately positioned to support its players and their families as the players learn not only how to become better at soccer, but also to be better members of the Vienna community. I have 20 years of experience successfully managing and leading volunteer organizations like VYS. I enjoy helping organizations achieve their strategic objectives with the effective collaboration of diverse stakeholders, including volunteers, staff, trainers, coaches, parents, and kids. 

Vienna offers a distinct community-based soccer culture. To improve upon that culture, I would focus on: 

  • Professionalism. VYS strengthened its training with the hiring of a Technical Director and staff. The same needs to be done operationally, ensuring that qualified professional staff are in place to support VYS’s committed volunteers.
  • Governance. As a volunteer-driven organization, VYS needs to modernize its governance structure with the adoption of association best practices, such as Board term limits.
  • Revenue. To properly invest in programs that benefit all our players, and to increase the number of quality fields available, additional revenue streams need to be pursued.
  • Value. When the VYS Board makes a decision, it must always be with the key consideration of helping our children become better players and better members of the Vienna community.
  • Development. Every player, whether house, travel or TOPS, must be given the opportunity to improve their skills so that they have the opportunity to progress as a soccer player, learn the value of commitment and hard work, and enjoy their experience with VYS.

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