Brit-Am Soccer Academy Staff


CPR, AED & FIRST AID CERTIFICATION

All Brit-Am Soccer Academy coaches are Certified by the American Safety & Health Institute in CPPR, AED & First Aid for adults and children.


Steve Knapman : President

Steve Knapman

President

Steve has been coaching in the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia area for twenty years and Steve holds an English Football Association B-License and USSF A – License.

Steve’s playing career began in England at 16 as a trainee with Oldham Athletic where he got to play against the likes of David Beckham and Paul Scholes. He also had short spells at Wigan Athletic and Blackpool before moving to Hong Kong where he played in their professional first division. Here in the United States, Steve was a member of the professional Maryland Mania team in 1999 and trained with DC United for 6 months in 1998 where he was coached by Ex US National Mens Team Coaches Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley.

With this experience Steve & his staff will be able to provide an excellent experience in which they will share their knowledge with your child!

Stevek@brit-am.com
Coach Gus : Program Coordinator

Coach Gus

Program Coordinator

Coach Gus is our Brit-Am Soccer All-Star Academy Director, and he has been with Brit-Am Soccer for five years. He is fully committed to player development and teaching young players the necessary skills required to participate at the highest levels. As a player, Gus started his passion for soccer in Peru at the Academia Deportivo Cantoalo, then moved to Club Deportivo Municipal and finally into the Alianza Lima player Academy. Coach Gus currently holds a USSF National Youth License, National “C” License, FA Psychology for Soccer, FA Player and Match Analysis, FA Fitness in Football, and FA Planning, Preparing, and Evaluating Coaching Sessions.

Coachgus@brit-am.com
Jonah Schuman : Director of Youth Programs

Jonah Schuman

Director of Youth Programs

Coach Jonah Schuman joined Brit-Am Soccer Academy in 2009 and has been coaching in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area for over 15 years. Jonah currently has a USSF B License. He has extensive experience working with ages 2-8 and has also coached at the travel, high school, college and semi-pro levels. He has worked for DC Stoddert Soccer Club since 2009, serving as the club's goalkeeper coach and coaching in both the academy (U9-U12) and  U13-19 age groups. In addition, he serves as goalkeeper coach for Howard Community College the Maryland Olympic Development Program. He has previously worked with MSI in both the Recreational and Classic programs as well as the Virginia Olympic Development programs and St. John's College High School in Washington DC. In addition to directing Brit-Am's 2-8 year-old programs, Jonah is also director of Brit-Am Goalkeeper School.

coachjonah@brit-am.com
Coach Kirsten :

Coach Kirsten

Coach Kirsten grew up in Germantown, MD. She played locally with Damascus Soccer Club and went to St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC. While at St. John’s the four-year varsity goalkeeper won two conference championships and attained All-Conference and First Team All-Met accolades. After high school, she played Division I college soccer for three years at UNC-Greensboro before finishing out her career at George Mason University where she was a starter and a captain. Coach Kirsten is a goalkeeper coach with Potomac Soccer Association and the Brit-Am All-Stars teams. She enjoys sharing her love of soccer with others and is currently coaching in the Tots, After-School, K-1st, team trainings and goalkeeper programs. Coach Kirsten is working towards her coaching and goalkeeper licenses.

Coach Blaine : Personal Trainer

Coach Blaine

Personal Trainer

Blaine has been a personal trainer for 7 years and he is NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified and is a NASM CES (National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist), Coach Blaine also has an additional focus as a NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist. Blaine was a Division I cross country runner at Virginia Tech and was also a member of the crew team while there. Blaine’s main focus is in endurance as well as speed and agility training, and has backgrounds in rehabilitation and sports injury work.

Coach Tom :

Coach Tom

Coach Tom is the current Brit-Am All-Stars U9 Boys Head Coach (Tottenham), and coaches for Potomac Soccer Association. He is the current head coach of the Saint John's Catholic Prep Varisty Boys Soccer team in Frederick and has assisted the Hood College Men's Soccer program.

Some of his playing experience included the college level, where he was a four-year starter, and two-year captain for the Hood College Men's Soccer program. He finished his career with 30 goals and 19 assists, for 79 career points. He earned All-Region South in 2006. He was inducted into the Hood College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015. He also played four years and served as a captain for his varsity team at Saint Anthony's HS (Long Island, NY) Tom is a graduate of Hood Collegewith a bachelors degree in marketing, and an MBA in finance. He currently holds a USSF E license.

Coach Jim :

Coach Jim

Coach Jim has been with Brit-Am since 2014. A native of Forest, Virginia, Jim attended Elon University before transferring and finishing his collegiate career at Lynchburg College. Before moving to the area, Jim coached in Lynchburg, working summer camps with Blue Ridge Soccer Academy. Jim currently coaches with our tots and afterschool programs.

Coach Kirsten :

Coach Kirsten

Coach Kirsten grew up in Germantown, MD. She played locally with Damascus Soccer Club and went to St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC. While at St. John’s the four-year varsity goalkeeper won two conference championships and attained All-Conference and First Team All-Met accolades. After high school, she played Division I college soccer for three years at UNC-Greensboro before finishing out her career at George Mason University where she was a starter and a captain. Coach Kirsten is a goalkeeper coach with Potomac Soccer Association and the Brit-Am All-Stars teams. She enjoys sharing her love of soccer with others and is currently coaching in the Tots, After-School, K-1st, team trainings and goalkeeper programs. Coach Kirsten is working towards her coaching and goalkeeper licenses.

Coach Mackie :

Coach Mackie

Coach Mackie came to Brit-Am in 2017 after an extensive playing career both in the United States and in the US Virgin Islands where he played on the USVI Senior and Youth National Teams. He has also played professionally in Malta with the PSC Soccer Academy. Mackie played collegiality at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In 2010-2011 he won the team's Most Valuable Player award. Mackie has coached players age 10-15 in the USVI and with Brit-Am's tots and all-star academy program.

Coach Nico :

Coach Nico

Coach Nico grew up playing soccer in Madrid, Spain, where he played for over fifteen years. He last played in Spain for Rayo Majadahonda C.F in the Division de Honor league, National League U-18. In 2008, he moved to the US to attend Towson University where he graduated with a Sports Management major and a minor in Business Administration. While at Towson, Nico played for Division I Towson University Tigers for two years and, later on, for Real Maryland in the summer of 2012 in the Professional Development League. In addition, Nico also completed a course in Soccer Management and Scouting with Sports Management World Wide. Nico coached for Pipeline Soccer Club U12 for two years and has assisted with summer camps at McDonough School and Loyola University. Nico also coached for three years in Spain before moving to the US. Coach Nico currently holds a National D License and wishes to continue developing a career as a soccer coach where he can help young players develop a passion for the sport.

Coach Jill :

Coach Jill

Jill was a professional female player for 16 years in Japan, Sweden, Italy (2-time Italian champs), Germany and Switzerland She was also a U.S. National Team player. Jill holds  the UUSSF B license and currently coaches the Girls U12 Olney Freedom in WAGS and the U17 Girls ODP team.

Coach Omid :

Coach Omid

Coach Omid was born in Tehran, Iran and has played soccer for over 30 years. Omid played professionally for two years another four playing indoor. Omid has been coaching Since 2014 and currently holds the USSF D License. Omid joined Brit-Am staff in 2016 and had quickly become one of the most popular coaches in our Tots program. He also serves as a team trainer for Brit-Am and an assistant coach in our MSI Classic All-Star Academy.

Coach Patrick Pato :

Coach Patrick Pato

Coach Patrick "Pato" grew up playing locally at Watkins Mill High School. Coach Patrick was named Montgomery County player of the year by the Gazette in 2011. He went on to play at UMBC and played professionally for the ASA Charge and the Philadelphia Fury in the ASL. Coach Patrick has coached travel soccer at both Montgomery Soccer Club and Takoma Soccer Club.

Coach Patrick coaches with Brit-Am's Tots program, skills clinics, and MSI Classic All-Star Academy.

Coach Elly :

Coach Elly

Elly has been coaching with Brit-Am for several seasons in the Tots, After-School and K-1st Programs. She played locally for DC Stoddert and at Albert Einstein High School where she was captain of the varsity team. In her career, she has played both forward and defense. Elly is currently studying for a business degree. In addition to her coaching, Elly has worked with children  as a camp counselor, Best Buddies partner, nanny and as camp coordinator.  Elly is currently working toward her USSF E-license.

Coach Danny :

Coach Danny

Bio Coming Soon

Coach Hayley :

Coach Hayley

Hayley is from Germantown, MD. She has been playing soccer for since 2001, and played for several area WAGS and MSI teams as a goalkeeper and midfielder. Hayley also played at her high school, Watkins Mill, where she was a four-year varsity starter and was captain her junior and senior years. She now plays on the University of Maryland club team. Hayley loves sharing her wisdom of soccer by coaching children and is a Brit-Am tots coach. Hayley is currently working towards her E-Coaching license to further her knowledge and coaching skills.

Coach Albert :

Coach Albert

Coach Albert is a local coach and player from Gaithersburg. He is currently the assistant coach of the boys U13 Brit-Am Allstars  and a goalkeeper coach for Brit Am. He played for 4 years at Watkins Mill High School as the Varsity goalkeeper and was  part of the 2011 state championship team. Albert was All State honorable mention, and also All Met honorable mention in 2014. Albert is currently attending Montgomery college and loves coaching kids and teaching them new techniques. Albert currently holds a USSF F-License working on his USSF E-License.

Coach Rob :

Coach Rob

Rob comes from Western New York and has been with Brit-Am since 2012. His coaching experience stems from 2006 to the present. During his time at Jamestown Community College, Rob was a two year starter for the college’s Men’s Soccer team. In 2010, Rob graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from SUNY Fredonia. He holds a USSF D License and has coached players from ages three to eighteen. Rob currently coaches U11 boys and U13 boys Brit-Am All-Star Academy Teams. Rob’s coaching style is to strive to provide each and every one of his athletes with thorough knowledge of the sport as well as provide them with a positive and enjoyable playing environment.

Coach Kim :

Coach Kim

Kim has worked with Brit-Am for the 4 seasons as an assistant and head tots coach. She has been playing soccer since the age of 4, and is currently playing for Potomac Soccer Association CCL U18 Division 1 team. She also plays on the Varsity team at Damascus High School and plans to go to medical school in the future.

Coach Nate :

Coach Nate

Coach Nate grew up in Vermont where he played for the State ODP Team. He played college soccer at Duquesne University from 2009 to 2013. He has been coaching since 2014. Before moving to the DC Area, Coach Nate coached U9, U10 and U15 Boys at Century United Soccer Club in Western Pennsylvania. He was also the varsity soccer coach at Penn Hills High School.

He currently holds his US Soccer Federation E License.

Coach Sasha :

Coach Sasha

Coach Sasha comes to Brit-Am with years of playing experience. He grew up in Rockville, playing for Potomac Soccer club and Magruder High School. In 2013 he played with Spartak Smalyavichy a team from Belarus, in the Fragaria Cup tournament in Presov, Slovakia. Coach Sasha also has experience as an assistant coach with Alianza Lima youth summer soccer programs. He now studies at the University of Maryland and plays for the Maryland Men's Club Soccer team. Coach Sasha currently coaches with Brit-Am's Tot's program.

Coach Stephen :

Coach Stephen

Stephen has coached with Brit-Am for several years during summer camps, winter training and in the Tots program. Stephen played locally for Winston Churchill HS and was selected as a Second Team All-Gazette performer for Montgomery County. He captained his MSC Club Team and played for the Potomac  Academy in the US Soccer Development Academy League. He went on to play at St. Mary’s College and then American University for three years and was selected for the All-Patriot League Third Team. Stephen currently coaches in the Potomac Soccer Club and is an elementary school teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools.

Coach Elise :

Coach Elise

Elise grew up in the Washington Metro area. She has been coaching soccer for over fifteen years. She played as a goalkeeper for Brown University, earning Academic All-Ivy Honors. She has coached NCAA Division one goalkeepers and for the Rhode Island State Olympic Development program. Elise is currently working on her US Soccer Coaching licenses and her NSCAA coaching diplomas. Elise coaches with Brit-Am's tots, afterschool and K-1st programs and serves as a team trainer as well.

Coach Alex S. :

Coach Alex S.

Coach Alex has been with Brit-Am Soccer Academy since 2015. He played travel soccer with the Baltimore Bays before going on to play for the Mens U-19 National team in Peru. Currently, he coaches within Brit-Am's All-Star Academy, tots programs, skills clinics, summer camps and team training program. He also attends Montgomery College where he is pursuing his degree in Physical therapy. Alex currently holds a USSF F-License.

Coach Angela :

Coach Angela

Angie has coached with Brit-Am Soccer since 2010 working with players in the All Star Academy and in the Tots Program. She has organized youth soccer programs in the area for many years and coached at a local private high school. Angie played NCAA Division 3 soccer in college where she also worked as an assistant coach. She holds a USSF-D license.

Coach Carli :

Coach Carli

Carli is from Bethesda, MD, and is currently a freshman at The University of Vermont studying Business Administration. She plays club soccer at UVM and made it to the national tournament in Foley, Alabama this year. Carli has been coaching soccer for Brit-Am for 3 years. She currently holds a USSF F License and is scheduled to get her E license in 2017.

Coach Chris :

Coach Chris

Chris has coached teams, summer camps and Tots classes for Brit-Am. Chris was a member of the Division III Guilford Men’s soccer team in Greensboro, North Carolina from 1998-2002. He graduated with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Sports Management. He later went on to gain his M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Chris was a girls’ varsity High School soccer coach in Malden, Massachusetts for seven years before relocating to the D.C. area as a PE teacher. Chris possesses his FA level 1 license from the U.K., Massachusetts Youth Soccer licenses G & F and USSF E License. He is currently the boys soccer coach at the Norwood School in Potomac, Maryland. Chris coaches the Brit-Am All Stars Freedom and Brit-Am All Stars Pride in the MSI Classic League.

Coach Edwin :

Coach Edwin

Edwin has been playing soccer since the age of 6 in area leagues including MSI classic and NCSL travel teams and for Northwood High School. Edwin went on to join Frederick Community College as a Goalkeeper. He holds a USSF-F license and is working on getting his E license. Edwin is studying criminal justice in college and hopes to continue a career sharing his love of the game while coaching children.

Coach Jennifer :

Coach Jennifer

Coming Soon

Coach Paola :

Coach Paola

Paola has been coaching since 2011. She coached for Damascus Soccer Academy and Gaithersburg Soccer School in addition to her current work with Brit-Am Goalkeeper School and the Brit-Am tots and afterschool programs. She currently holds a USSF D-License.  Paola is also studying to earn her degree in General Biology and the English Language at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Coach Peter :

Coach Peter

Coach Peter has a passion for soccer and is excited to be working with Brit-Am as a tots, skills and goalkeeper coach.. He played locally for Wilson High School and for club teams with MSC and VA TAP Premier as well as Maryland ODP. Peter was the starting goalkeeper for Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and continued as an assistant coach for the Guilford men’s team since 2015. While in Greensboro Coach Peter was the director of coaching for the Greensboro United Soccer Association, coaching children of all ages. Locally, Peter has directed camps for Sidwell Friends and coached Yorktown High School Boy’s Soccer and is currently a program director for an extended care and camp provider. Peter holds a USSF ‘D’ License.

Coach Ryan :

Coach Ryan

Ryan has been playing soccer since 5 years old and currently plays for Pachuca 99 UFC and Damascus High School. He has been working & coaching kids for 5 years now and currently holds the USSF F-license. He is a great young coach with lots of energy and a desire to teach kids, the fundamentals of the game.

Coach Samantha :

Coach Samantha

Coming Soon

Jonah Schuman : Director of Brit-Am GK Programs

Jonah Schuman

Director of Brit-Am GK Programs

Jonah Schuman has been coaching in the DC Area for over 15 years and been director of Brit-Am Goalkeeper Programs since 2011. He has worked for DC Stoddert Soccer Club since 2009, serving as the club's goalkeeper coach and coaching in both the academy (U9-U12) and  U13-19 age groups. In addition, he serves as goalkeeper coach for Howard Community College the Maryland Olympic Development Program. He has previously worked with MSI in both the Recreational and Classic programs as well as the Virginia Olympic Development programs and St. John's College High School in Washington DC. Jonah currently holds a USSF B License and a NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma.

goalkeeping@brit-am.com
Coach Albert :

Coach Albert

Coach Albert is a local coach and player from Gaithersburg. He is currently the assistant coach of the boys U13 Brit-Am Allstars  and a goalkeeper coach for Brit Am. He played for 4 years at Watkins Mill High School as the Varsity goalkeeper and was  part of the 2011 state championship team. Albert was All State honorable mention, and also All Met honorable mention in 2014. Albert is currently attending Montgomery college and loves coaching kids and teaching them new techniques. Albert currently holds a USSF F-License working on his USSF E-License.

Coach Elise :

Coach Elise

Elise grew up in the Washington Metro area. She has been coaching soccer for over fifteen years. She played as a goalkeeper for Brown University, earning Academic All-Ivy Honors. She has coached NCAA Division one goalkeepers and for the Rhode Island State Olympic Development program. Elise is currently working on her US Soccer Coaching licenses and her NSCAA coaching diplomas. Elise coaches with Brit-Am's tots, afterschool and K-1st programs and serves as a team trainer as well.

Coach Paola :

Coach Paola

Paola has been coaching since 2011. She coached for Damascus Soccer Academy and Gaithersburg Soccer School in addition to her current work with Brit-Am Goalkeeper School and the Brit-Am tots and afterschool programs. She currently holds a USSF D-License.  Paola is also studying to earn her degree in General Biology and the English Language at the University of Maryland, College Park.