SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State women's soccer assistant coach Marisha Schumacher-Hodge is attending the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Coaching Course this week and had her tuition and fees covered as one of the top five applicants for a scholarship.

Schumacher-Hodge attended the NSCAA National Diploma course two years ago and is taking part in the intensive, weeklong advanced course this week at Consumnes River College. In being selected as a finalist for the NSCAA Women's Committee scholarship, Ian Barker, NSCAA Director of Coaching Education, and Allison Pronske, Director of Coaching Administration, elected to waive her tuition costs.

"Attending the NSCAA National Diploma Course in Florida two years ago proved to be a very valuable experience in my coaching development at the beginning of my career, and I am honored that the NSCAA has offered me a scholarship to cover the tuition costs of the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma Course this week in Sacramento," Schumacher-Hodge said. "By attending this course, I hope to further improve my expertise in effectively teaching the game of soccer and in creating an environment for team success that can be beneficial to our women's soccer program here at Sacramento State. I would like to thank the NSCAA and the Sacramento State Athletic Department for this special opportunity."

According to the NSCAA, The Advanced National Diploma course is a 45-hour course designed for the experienced coach working with the advanced player. The emphasis is on training those players within a team concept designed to produce a successful environment. The 8 vs. 8 model is the main focus.

Candidates receive a curriculum that outlines the course and includes valuable resource material. The curriculum includes team organization and training, advanced methodology, analysis and understanding systems of play, a focus on tactics within thirds of the field, technical position overviews, match analysis and the psychological aspect of coaching. Testing includes oral, written and practical (coaching) evaluations.

Schumacher-Hodge completed her first season as an assistant coach with the Hornet program in October after playing and coaching in a variety of locations around the world since completing her collegiate playing career at Boston University in 2009.