COACH DIRECTOR, Alan Lydiate
Alan Lydiate is currently the Director of Coaching for Brit-Am Soccer Academy, and club coach at Potomac Soccer Association. Alan holds a USSF B license, an English Football Association (Level 1& 2) certificate in coaching and a NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma. Alan played for Blackpool Wren Rovers a semi-professional team in the north-west counties league in England till the age of 25yrs. As a school boy he attended the Bobby Charlton School of Excellence (Manchester United) and was picked to represent the school and England, in an international tournament held in Stoke-on-Trent England. After coaching children in England as a volunteer he decided to pursue it as a career and moved to the USA in 2003/2004. Conact Alan Lydiate for more information.
SPEED, AGILITY, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH
Blaine Dulin has been a personal trainer for 7 years and he is NASM(national academy of sports medicine) Certified, and 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.
Jeff Withers is an ex-professional soccer player, who played in Ireland and also for Northern Virginia Royals. Jeff holds a USSF E license and he is currently working up the grading ladder. His professional background is in Physical Therapy and also as strength and conditioning instructor. His combination of training, nutrition, wellness and education works in both team and individualized programs. Training both the body and the mind, you will not only see an increase in performance, but also a decrease in instances of injury. Jeff will be the head trainer with Brit-Am Soccer Academy for all soccer related speed, agility, strength and conditioning activities & clinics. He is a certified specialist and his work has enhanced programs at NIH, Sport & Health and the National Fitness Institute.
Mark Hopwood has coached all ages from children to young adults, as well as disabled and hard to reach members of the local West London community in the UK. He was instrumental in founding and establishing QPR Girls FC as manager/coach/administrator and club secretary. Mark holds an English level 2 certificate in coaching soccer as well as a level 2 in goalkeeping. He also earned a Foundation Degree in Sport & Leisure management. Mark joined the Brit-Am team in 2010 and is currently engaged in his professional development to gain his US soccer qualifications.
Alex Nunez has 12 yrs of coaching experience with different age groups ranging from 4 to 14 in different levels of competition. Alex currently holds a State D license and is a USSF Certified Referee. His philosophy has been that any player should not always be limited to a single position. Different positions can help the player grow, and find other position more suitable for their own style of play. Alex has been an active player during the past 25yrs+ both in South America, and the US. Alex is currently an active player in a DC Metro area league. His continuing active play helps pass on technical information of today's game to the players. Alex is also currently coaching a Damascus Soccer Club 6 - 8 graders team.
Josh Bonnin holds his USSF B coaching license and has been involved in coaching locally for over 10 years. Josh has over 22 years playing experience. He was raised in MD and played for Sherwood High School then attended Virginia Tech to play soccer. His career was cut short due to injuries, Josh graduated from Virginia Tech in 2004 and has been working his way up the coaching ladder since. He currently coaches for Maryland ODP, Potomac Soccer Club, and volunteers at Sherwood High School in his spare time.
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 U10 boys and within Potomac Soccer Club. 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.
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Jason Travis is a former professional soccer player in the German lower divisions for 15 years and was selected All Army Europe 1995, 1996, 1997. Jason has coached for over 25 years at the travel and elite levels in Florida, Oklahoma, Germany, Virgina, and Maryland. Jason currently holds an USSF D license and will soon be taking the USSF C license in 2013. His teams he currently coaches are Stafford U13 Girls Travel team (ODSL), Stafford U10 Girls Revolution Academy Team (2012 Virginia Cup Finalist), and MSI Classic U12 Boys "Comets FC".
Jill Rutten 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 USSF B license and currently coaches the Brit-Am Allstars U12 girls teams, the U11 Olney Freedom and the U14 Girls ODP team.
Gus Delgado “Gus” is our Brit-Am Team Program Coordinator and a soccer coach that is fully committed to player development. As a player Gus started his passion for soccer at the Academia Deportivo Cantoalo, then moved to Club Deportivo Municipal and finally into the Alianza Lima player Academy. 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. Coach Gus currently coaches the Potomac Hotspur Blue U16 Boys and the Potomac Blue U10 Boys.
Kevin Gnatiko was Born in Togo and attended Watkins Mill HS. Kevin holds the schools record in goal scoring at 46 goals. In 2004, Kevin was the Montgomery County Player of the Year, First All Met, First team all South and High School All American. Gnatiko Played college soccer at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, earning second-team All-America East honors as a junior. Gnatiko Also played with the Cape Cod Crusaders in the USL Premier Development League during college years. In 2009 gnatiko Turned professional, having been invited to the Columbus Crew Pre Season and the USL2 combine, and subsequently signed with Crystal Palace Baltimore in the NASL in 2009. Kevin began his coaching career in 2009 while coaching all ages in the Crystal Palace youth Academy System, and then he moved onto the Laurel Lions Soccer Club working with Emile Mbouh (1990 World player for Cameroon). Kevin now coaches the U-8, U-9, and U-10 age group for the club.
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John McEachran is from Oxford, England. He began working with Brit-Am shortly after arriving in the US in September 2012. He has over 20 years’ experience coaching children of all ages. John has also worked closely with children with special needs. He implemented a soccer program especially for children with special needs in the Oxford area. John obtained an F.A Level 1 Coaching Certificate from the U.K and is now pursuing further certification here in the US.
Bruno Tejo was born in Braga, Portugal where he played and coached in different club teams. He has been coaching college and youth soccer for more than 5 years. Bruno was an assistant coach at Montgomery College for 3 successful years. Bruno has also earned his NSCAA Level 1 & 2 Diplomas and his USSF D license. He has also been currently coaching and developing youth players at Potomac Soccer Club and with MSI in their classic league.
Brian Diaz was born in tokoma Park, MD where he has played soccer for Montgomery College Rockville as the starting goal keeper. He was named All-Region XX (20) First team and All Maryland Junior College Second team. Brian is now the assistant coach and goalie coach for the boys Varsity team at Watkins Mill High School. Brian will be taking his USSF E-License in the winter of 2013.
Kevin Mcklintock holds a USSF National D License, USSF National Youth License, NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeping Diploma and the NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma. He has been coaching in Maryland for 5 years and has coached U9 and U10 NCSL Teams for Calverton Soccer Club and Seneca Soccer Association.
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Sam Forline has coached for Brit-Am Soccer Academy for over 4 years within our tots camps, tots classes, winter clinics and summer camps. After a successful High School spell playing for Walter Johnson in Bethesda and MSC Lightening in NCSL Division 1, Sam moved on to college where he played for Salisbury Sate University.
Phil Gorden played professionally in Scotland, England, and the USA. Phil holds the USSF B License and also spent a week in Milan learning from the AC Milan Academy Staff . Currently he is the ODP U13 Girls Head Coach, the Holy Cross Varsirt Assistant Coach and has 10 years of coaching expereince at all ages and levels in the USA.
Angela Tsunami is in her second year with Brit-Am Soccer Academy, but has worked for over 9 years coaching, scheduling, and organizing youth soccer programs. She holds a USSF E- license and played four years at an NCAA Division 3 college, and also stayed on an additional year to be the assistant coach. She also coached the high school girls soccer team at a small local Christian School.
George Bitadze has been coaching for 12 years and currently holds a USSF "B" License. George played and coached college soccer back in his native republic of Georgia before moving to the US and coaching youth and high school soccer in Minnesota. With this experience George will be able to teach and demonstrate to the highest standards.
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Coach Austin Grace has been coaching for over 12 years and currently holds a USSF C License. Austin played in a Niotis Cup as a youth player and played in college at the University of Pittsburgh. Austin has coached at the club and high school levels and has had over 10 players go on to successful college careers. With this experience he will be able to teach and demonstrate the skills and tactical knowledge necessary at the highest competitive levels.
Shay McCafferty has had seven years of coaching experience with children of all ages and has her advanced regional coaching license. She has coached with Damascus Soccer Club, SAM, and is now the trainer of a girls U16 MSI classic team. She was a fitness trainer with Damascus athletes where she helped young athletes improve their strength, stamina, and educated them in injury prevention. She is currently playing center midfield for the Montgomery College Raptors and is planning on transferring to a school where she can further her soccer experience and career.
Rob Blakely comes from Western New York where he began his soccer career at the age of four. 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 Bachelors degree in Sports Management from SUNY Fredonia. He holds both E and Youth Coaching licenses and has coached players from ages three to eighteen. With his degree and licenses, Rob became head coach of the U-17 boy’s soccer team for his local soccer club. He also founded a summer soccer academy for players ages six to thirteen. Rob devoted five summers to a youth recreation program, where he earned the position of program director. 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 while encouraging and requiring respectful player conduct at all times.
Andres Vega is a four time MD State Champion with the MSC Dragons and he also played at Wootton High School and started 2 for years at Frostburg State University before transferring. Andres has been coaching and training local travel teams for 2 years before joining Brit Am. He currently holds a USSF E-license and is looking to build a career around training and coaching soccer.
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Coach Jason Herrick was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He has been playing soccer for over 20 years and he currently holds a USSF E license. He also played for the University of Maryland where as a player his team was crowned National Champion in 2008 and ACC Champions in 2008 and 2010. He also captained the University of Maryland in 2009 and 2010. Coach Jason was an assistant Coach at the University of Maryland in 2012 during the ACC regular season, tournament championship, and the teams final four appearance in 2012. He is currently on staff with Potomac Soccer Association.
Jonah Schuman has been coaching in the DC Area for nine years. He is currently a coach with the DC Stoddert Soccer Club, coaching U9, U10 and U16 travel teams. He has also been coaching with MSI in both their classic and recreational leagues since 2001. In addition he serves as goalkeeper coach for St. John's College High School in Washington, DC and the Maryland Pride of the WPSL. Jonah holds a USSF B License and a NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma.
Billy Warren is currently the Junior Varsity coach at Sherwood High School. He was the goalkeeper coach for Sherwood during their 2004 and 2005, 4A State Championship title seasons. He has coached both boys and girls varsity teams at local high schools. At the collegiate level, he worked with the goalkeepers at the University of Maryland, Shenandoah University, Montgomery College at Rockville and Strayer College of Baltimore. At the professional level Billy played and coached for such teams as Toluca of the Mexican 1st Division, the Washington Stars, Maryland Bays, Washington Diplomats, DC United and DC United’s Youth Program. Billy currently holds his C license from the U.S.S.F.. He holds a Football Teachers Certificate as well his Preliminary Badge from Ireland. Billy also holds a certificate in goalkeeping instruction from the Scottish Football Association. He has worked with the Cayman Island National Team goalkeepers, Northern Ireland School Boys U-12 thru U-17 National Teams as well as professional clubs in Northern Ireland, Guatemala, Mexico and Israel.
Miran “Mick” Kumer is an international soccer coach from Croatia. Mick holds NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I, Level II Diploma, USSF E license and working towards his 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.
Rich Roby began his playing career in Montgomery County then moved on to Montgomery College and UMBC. He has been a professional coach since 1986 working with multiple clubs travel teams and youth academies, Damascus HS boy’s varsity for 7 years, MDODP, MDDDP and Johns Hopkins as a goal coach. Rich is presently the men’s head coach at Frederick Community College and earned his USSF “C” license in 1997. Rich resides in Frederick with his family Stephanie, Kyle, Christian and Jack.