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

Position: President
Email: stevek@brit-am.com

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

Steve Knapman

President

Steve has been coaching in the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia...

Coach Gus

Position: Academy Director
Email: coachgus@brit-am.com

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

Coach Gus

Academy Director

Coach Gus is our Brit-Am Soccer All-Star Academy Director, and...

Coach Kirsten

Position: Director of Operations

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 Kirsten

Director of Operations

Kirsten grew up in Germantown, MD. She played locally with...

Coach Blaine

Position: Personal Trainer

Coach 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 Blaine

Personal Trainer

Coach Blaine has been a personal trainer for 7 years...

Jonah Schuman

Position: Coach/GK Coach
Email: coachjonah@brit-am.com

Coach Jonah Schuman joined Brit-Am Soccer Academy in 2009 and has been coaching since 2001.

Jonah has a USSF A-Youth License and a United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma. He has extensive experience working with ages 2-8 and has also coached at the travel, high school, college and semi-pro levels.

He worked for DC Stoddert Soccer Club’s travel program from 2009-2018, serving as the club’s goalkeeper coach and coaching in both the academy (U9-U12) and U13-19 age groups. He is now with Potomac Soccer Club, where he coaches U9, U10 and U15 travel teams.

He has previously coached with MSI in both the Recreational and Classic programs, Howard Community College,the Maryland and 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.

Jonah Schuman

Coach/GK Coach

Coach Jonah Schuman joined Brit-Am Soccer Academy in 2009 and...

Coach Albert

Position: GK Coach

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 Albert

GK Coach

Coach Albert is a local coach and player from Gaithersburg....

Coach Tom

Position: PDL Director

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 Tom

PDL Director

Coach Tom is the current Brit-Am All-Stars U9 Boys Head...

Coach Mackie

Position: All-Stars Coach

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 Mackie

All-Stars Coach

Coach Mackie came to Brit-Am in 2017 after an extensive...

Coach Jill

Position: Coach

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 Jill

Coach

Jill was a professional female player for 16 years in...

Coach Pato

Position: Coach

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 Pato

Coach

Coach Patrick “Pato” grew up playing locally at Watkins Mill...

Coach Elly

Position: All-Stars Coach

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 Elly

All-Stars Coach

Elly has been coaching with Brit-Am for several seasons in...

Coach Hayley

Position: Coach

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 Hayley

Coach

Hayley is from Germantown, MD. She has been playing soccer...

Coach Nate

Position: All-Stars Coach

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 Nate

All-Stars Coach

Coach Nate grew up in Vermont where he played for...

Coach Sasha

Position: Coach

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 Sasha

Coach

Coach Sasha comes to Brit-Am with years of playing experience....

Coach Carli

Position: Coach

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 Carli

Coach

Carli is from Bethesda, MD, and is currently a freshman...

Coach Edwin

Position: Coach

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 Edwin

Coach

Edwin has been playing soccer since the age of 6...

Coach Eric

Position: Coach

Coach Eric grew up playing soccer in Washington, DC. As a youth player, he played for the Potomac Soccer Club, Bethesda Soccer Club and DC United. He moved to Florida in 9th grade to play with the U-17 US Men’s National Team. As a junior in high school, he moved to England for a year to play with professional club Reading FC. During his final year of high school, Coach Eric trained with SC Freiburg, VFL Bochum, and Eintracht Frankfurt – all professional clubs in Germany. He is currently playing forward for the University of Maryland Men’s Soccer team, where he won the 2018 NCAA National Championship. Eric is pursuing his bachelors in international relations while at Maryland.

Coach Eric has coached at a variety of soccer camps in DC, Maryland and Virginia. He works with Brit-Am’s Tots, summer camps, All-Star Academy and PDL programs.

Coach Eric

Coach

Coach Eric grew up playing soccer in Washington, DC. As...

Coach Gabby

Position: Coach

Coach Gabby is from Silver Spring, MD and is currently studying psychology and social work University of Maryland Baltimore County. In addition to her studies, she is currently playing club soccer at UMBC. Coach Gabby grew up playing travel soccer for both MSC and Potomac. Gabby graduated from Einstien high school in 2019 where she played all four years on the varsity women’s team. Gabby is coaching with Brit-Am’s tots, PDL and summer camp programs.

Coach Gabby

Coach

Coach Gabby is from Silver Spring, MD and is currently...

Coach Luc

Position: Coach

Coach Luc is a native of Gaithersburg and an alumni of Gaithersburg High School where he was a four-year varsity started. He started out his soccer career playing with Allianza Lima of Maryland. He went on to play for Potomac Soccer Association and then in the Region 1 league as a member of the MSC Magic.

He went on to play for Millersville University as a center defender. Luc has a passion for learning and teaching children. He is currently in the process of working to obtain his coaching licenses and to further expand his learning and love for soccer.

Coach Luc

Coach

Coach Luc is a native of Gaithersburg and an alumni...

Coach Luis

Position: Coach

Coach Luis has been playing soccer since he was five years old, Playing in MSI, MSI classic and at Wheaton High School. Luis currently works as a registered behavior technician, working primarily with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has a passion for working with kids and early childhood development. He hopes to spread his love for soccer through coaching for years to come.

Coach Luis works with our tots program.

Coach Luis

Coach

Coach Luis has been playing soccer since he was five...