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High Country Soccer

Summit County, Colorado

Executive Director

Miriam Hickey was appointed as the fifth Executive Director of High Country Association in April 2021 by the High Country Soccer Board of Directors. Her contract was recently extended through May 2025. 

She began playing soccer with the boys in her neighborhood at a very young age in her homeland The Netherlands. In 1989-1990 Miriam had to make a choice to either sign a contract to play professional soccer in Italy or play collegiate soccer in the US. She choose to play in the US and stayed until 1997. She was a two-time All American as a NAIA player and coached at the College of the Southwest in NM and started the NCAA Division I women’s soccer program at LSU where she coached two seasons. 

From 1997-2005 Miriam Hickey, her husband Jerome and their two children lived in the Netherlands, where Miriam was employed by the KNVB, the Royal  Dutch Football Association in the Football Technical Department as the Coordinator for the Development of Youth Football. During her 8 year tenure at the KNVB Miriam was also the Team Manager for the Dutch Women’s National Team, Assistant Coach for the U15 and U17 Girls National Teams and the National Manager for the Development of Girls and Women’s Football.

In 2005 Miriam, her husband and three children moved back to the US and lived in Michigan for 12 years, where she worked as a coach and Director of Coaching for Vardar East, AC Milan Detroit and Troy Soccer Club.  From 1999-2015 Miriam was an Olympic Development Program age group coach for the USYSA Region II.  She holds the UEFA B-License, U.S. Soccer A-License and DOC License. 

Since 2012 Miriam has worked for FIFA as a Women’s football instructor and has lead coaching courses for several CONCACAF Member Associations. She was also appointed as a FIFA Technical Study Group Member for the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada and the 2016 U17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.

In January 2017  U.S. Soccer offered her the job as the Girls Development Academy Director in Chicago, where she stayed until April of 2020 when Covid-19 ended the DA program. Miriam was the lead Instructor during the 2018 and 2019 Girls Academy Director Course, with visits to England (The FA, Manchester City and Birmingham FC) and Spain (Spanish Federation and Athletico Madrid)

Since her hiring in April 2021, High Country Soccer Association has continuously made improvements to all programs (adult, youth, recreational and competitive), and has raised registration numbers across all programs. New programs such as the After-School-Soccer and Girls-Only-Soccer were started under her leadership in 2023.

Miriam has collaborated with community organizations to be able to offer scholarships and free programming in the community. HCSA has received grants from the Summit Foundation, Breck Grand Vacations, Vail Gives and the Towns in Summit County and Miriam has expanded the sponsorship program for the recreational teams. She was instrumental in creating the  Centura St Anthony Summit Hospital partnership as the organization’s main sponsor from 2021-2024.  Recently a 4-year partnership until 2028 was agreed upon with CommonSpirit St Anthony Summit Hospital.  

Miriam and her staff are continuing to enhance the development of the players and coaches, while remaining true to its mission and a mountain organization at heart. She is passionate about soccer and Summit County and is excited to continue to advance all that High Country Soccer has to offer for the community.

Miriam, Jerome, their youngest son Ben and rescued German Shepherd Mix Alpha reside in Silverthorne and the enjoy all the exciting outdoor activities that Summit County has to offer. 

Director of Coaching

Jerome Hickey was appointed the Director of Coaching in the fall season of 2022. Jerome brings a wealth of knowledge from a coaching career that began over 40 years ago in Michigan. He has coached at the adult and youth club, Olympic Development Program and Collegiate Level. While coaching in the Netherlands for 8 years, Jerome earned the UEFA B- license.

Jerome’s club coaching experiences includes winning two Louisiana Youth State Cup Championships (pre-ECNL/Academy days), a National Championship and KNVB Cup Championship with Dutch top women’s club Saestum and coaching for 3 years in one of the top Youth Academies at Omniworld FC, the club is now playing in the Dutch professional Eredivisie (Premier Division) and called Almere City FC. He was also a Coaching Director in Michigan with USL/Vardar East and taught Soccer Courses as an adjunct faculty member at Macomb College in Michigan.

Jerome Hickey: “I look forward to the natural progression in my soccer career filling the role as the Director of Coaching for HCSA/Summit Strikers FC and to build on what has been done here in the past by creating a framework for Coaching Education for both our Recreational and Travel coaches. My role will be to assist coaches in creating their self-development plan; guide them to help reach their learning goals; and mentor coaches during training sessions and games. By raising the level of our coaches, we will help raise the level of all our players, and in the process, help raise the level of the Summit High School soccer teams.

Together with the SSFC coaches, we will create an age-appropriate curriculum to help develop each player to their fullest potential. Our goal is to have players enjoy playing the game for a lifetime and build quality teams. If our coaches can help instill in players a lifelong passion and love for the game, then I believe our Summit soccer program will thrive going forward.”

Admin Support

Laura Hendrickson was hired in January 2024 to provide admin support to the organization.

Her main tasks are creating a SSFC Team Manager group who will support the coaches and will function as a soundboard to the professional staff and the Board of Directors with the goal to enhance the experiences of players, parents and coaches in the Summit Strikers Soccer Family. And she will be available for online support for the SSFC and Recreational player's families during the registration periods and in person on rec game days at the Summit Middle School soccer fields.

Laura has been involved with soccer since she was a child, she loved playing soccer and has continued to make it a part of her life to this day!

She moved to Summit County in 2012 for the snow culture and has stayed because of the community of friends and family that she has had the pleasure of connecting with. 

One of the first community groups Laura joined was the High Country Soccer Association, and after starting a family she has been involved in coaching and volunteering to support the community.

Laura: "I am excited and looking forward to being more involved in the soccer community for youth and adults this year!"

2024 spring staff

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Contact Us

High Country Soccer

PO Box 1996 
Silverthorne, Colorado 80498

Phone: 312-259-0720
Email: [email protected]

High Country Soccer

PO Box 1996 
Silverthorne, Colorado 80498

Phone: 312-259-0720
Email: [email protected]
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