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 eightteen years and is currently the Head Coach for the MD Boys ODP U12 squad. 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.

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 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.

Matias Salina :

Matias Salina

Matias Salina was born in Buenos Aires Argentina. He has been coaching soccer for almost 7 years and has loved coaching the different aged kids. Matias is currently coaching the Brit-Am Allstars U11 & U U12 boys teams. Matias also recently played for two years at Montgomery College. In 2010 Matias earned his NSCAA Level 1 & 2 Diplomas and also the USSF – D coaching license. Matias loves teaching kids soccer, especially when they learn the skills, and he see’s them progress each and every time they step onto the pitch.

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 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 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 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 Inty :

Coach Inty

Originally from Ecuador, Inty played in the Academy teams for Club Deportivo Espoli in Quito and was part of the 2004 State Champion team at Montgomery College-Rockville. In addition, Inty played for Marymount University for 2 seasons and internationally with Imperial College in London, England in 2008.

Inty has worked as coach in the Northern VA and DC area for 5 years with players aged 4 to 19 years competing in WAGS, NCSL, and ODSL Leagues. Inty holds a USSF National D License, Adult-Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certificate from the Red Cross, and he is also a registered USSF Referee, Grade 8.

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 Sairaj :

Coach Sairaj

Coach Sairaj has been coaching children in youth soccer locally for several years in Montgomery County. He has been playing soccer since age 7 and played locally for Rockville High School and the Olney Soccer Club.

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 Alex B. :

Coach Alex B.

Coach Alex is from Wilmington, Delaware and is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech. Growing up, he played soccer for Hockessin Soccer Club and the Tatnall School where he was a 4-year varsity starter and awarded both All-State and All-Conference recognition as captain his Senior year. He has his USSF “E”-License and is hoping to receive his “D”-License as soon as he becomes eligible.

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 Cameron :

Coach Cameron

Coach Cameron K. comes to Brit-Am with a wealth of coaching and playing experience. He grew up locally, playing for Potomac Soccer's US Soccer Development Academy and Winston Churchill High School. Coach Cameron played professionally for the Gold Coast Knights of the Australian Premier League in 2016 and 2017. Collegiality, Coach Cameron played for Towson University for three seasons before finishing his college career at Utah Valley University. Coach Cameron has worked with both the boys and girls programs at Pipeline SC and served as Director of Coaching for Utah FC where he also coached a U14 Boys team. He is currently coaching U11 and U13 Boys with Potomac Soccer Association. Coach Cameron coaches with Brit-Am's Tots program, as well as our summer camps.

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 Draymond :

Coach Draymond

Coach Draymond comes to Brit-Am with a wealth of coaching and playing experience. Draymond grew up playing travel soccer for MSC. Draymond went on to play NCAA Division 1 soccer at George Mason University where he was a four year starter playing both left back and forward.

After his college career he went on to play professionally for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL for two seasons. In that time, he won a league championship.

Draymond currently holds a USSF “E” License. Draymond is the coach of the CFC 2006 boys and 2007 girls Red Stars. Draymond coaches with Brit-Am's tots program.

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 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 Kirsten :

Coach Kirsten

Coming Soon

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 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 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 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 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 professionally for the ASA Charge. 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 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 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 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 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 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 David H. :

Coach David H.

David grew up in Montgomery County and has been playing in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area for 14 years. David learned how to be a goalkeeper from former Irish International and Brit-Am GK coach, Alan Kelly. He has experience playing for Potomac and DC United Academy teams and will be attending Stony Brook University to continue his soccer career. David has also been coaching with Brit-Am for 2 years.

Coach Miran “Mick” :

Coach Miran “Mick”

Miran “Mick” is an international soccer coach from Croatia. Mick holds NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I, Level II Diploma and USSF D license . He started playing club soccer at age 9 and later played for his high school team. Moving forward from youth selection to adult selection Mick played in several clubs and competed on regional and national level. In 2003 Mick received soccer scholarship from Lindenwood University. He played for two years and later assisted varsity Coach Carl Hutter as the goalkeeper coach. In addition, he helped Coach Hutter in recruiting efforts. Mick has completed his MBA in 2010.

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.