Coach's Corner

Coaches

  • Ignace "Iggy" Moleka
    Director of Soccer
    USSF A License

    A familiar name in the Atlanta youth soccer arena, Iggy is originally from Congo (DRC) and grew up in Europe. Iggy came in the United States in 1993 to play college soccer and study International Business at Florida International University. A FIU Hall of Famer, Iggy lead the Panthers to their first NCAA DI championship final in school history in 1996. He was named MVP at the Umbro Classic All Star and a First Team All American. His professional career took him to Japan for 2 seasons, on his national team for the African Cup, and back in the United States with the Atlanta Silverbacks.

    He is the Silverbacks all-time leading scorer for 1999 - 2002 and 2000 MVP. His professional coaching experience includes 2003 – 2005 Atlanta Silverbacks assistant coach, 14 years as a professional trainer and coach of Academy, Classic, Athena, Regional, and ODP teams. Iggy was Coaching Director for ASA, where he helped many players to sign up with DI and DII Colleges. He now acts as Executive Director of Soccer for United Futbol Academy.

    USSF A License | USSF B License | Coerver Youth Diploma

  • Jose 'Gaucho' Pinho
    Director of Specialized Training
    USSF B License

    Gaucho Pinho began playing professionally in Brazil with Flamengo from 1986-93. He went on to play for Botafogo from 1994-95, Nova Iguacu F.C. in 1996-97. He played for Brazil¹s national team as a youth player, earning 15 caps. Pinho was a goalkeeper coach for professional teams in Brazil following his playing career. Pinho was the Director of the Zico Soccer Academy and a coordinator for Zico¹s Inner City program that taught soccer and life skills.

    Gaucho was the Georgia State University Goalkeeper and Fitness Coach. He was also the Goalkeeper Coach for the Georgia Amateur Select team, a Georgia Soccer ODP staff coach, West Ham Regional Coach/Recruiter and served as Director of the FFSC Select Program. Silverbacks Goalkeeper coach from 2007-2013 with two finalist titles. Gaucho is a top-level coach and well known in the nation. His many accomplishments include Showcase tournament,  2013 U13 third place at the Nationals Championship, State Cup Championships 2013-2014, Regional Champions 2013-2014 and 2015 finalist  and won a National Championship in 2014 with the U14B, Premier.  2015 third place at Nationals. 2015 Adidas Generation Champions receiving a trip to Madrid. Four years in a row participating at National Finals 2013-2014-2015-2016. Gaucho Pinho is currently the Director of Specialized Training and Facility Director at the United Futbol Academy.

     USSF Youth License | Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma

  • Don Schultz
    Director of Academy
    USSF A License

    Don grew up playing soccer in Southern California starting at the age of 10. Coaches played a key role in his desire to be his best. As a sophomore playing on his high school’s varsity team, soccer was Don’s main sport outside of surfing. While playing in a half-time match during San Diego Socker’s indoor game, Don suffered an injury resulting in cartilage damage. His competitive play suffered as a result, but Don continues to play as an adult in both indoor and outdoor soccer at various leagues including the Fusion, Silverbacks, ASA and Stars.

    Don also runs camps for players of all skill levels and oversaw the operations of the Forsyth Fusion Soccer Club. Don now acts as the Executive Director of Operations for United Futbol Academy. Don was also named 99 Girls State ODP coach in 2012.

    USSF A License | NSCAA Premier Diploma | USSF Youth License | Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma

  • Mo Gonda
    Asst. Director of Coaching
    USSF A License

    Mo grew up playing soccer in Denver, Colorado and actually coached her first team at the age of 16.  She went on to play collegiately at Rhodes College where she was a 3 year Captain and 4 year All Conference Selection.  In her senior year, that team was Nationally Ranked and is a 2015 inductee into the Rhodes Athletic Hall of Fame.  After college, she played at Ilkeston Town FC in England’s Women’s Premier League. 

    Her 20+ year coaching career spans three states:  Tennessee, Georgia and Pennsylvania.  She has coached at every level:  youth, club, super Y, high school, ODP and college. In addition to running Academies at U10 and U12, she has coached teams consistently in RPL and National League.  She has had teams win top tournaments including:  Dana Cup (Denmark), the Disney Soccer Showcase and CASL.   She has had multiple teams win State Titles in addition to finalists and semi-finalists placements.  In the last three years, she has taken two different teams to the Regional Semi-Finals. Mo acts as the Assistant Director of Coaching.

    USSF A | NSCAA Advanced National Diploma | F.A. prelim. badge

  • Velko Iotov
    Director of Future Academy
    USSF B License

    1994 World Cup Bronze medalist, Velko Iotov.
     USSF B License | Coerver Youth Diploma | Director Tecnico National De Futbol ATFA

    Silverbacks 2002 MVP, Bulgarian International, Velko has been a sterling performer for the Silverbacks. Velko’s resume is undoubtedly one of the most impressive in the league. Following a spot on the U16 Bulgarian National team, he was also a part of the U19 Olympic team.  A member of the 1994 Bulgarian World Cup team that reached the semi-finals, Velko has also played for Espanol  de Barcelona of La Liga and Newell’s Old Boys of Argentina. After two years with the Charleston Battery, he joined the Silverbacks in 2002. Velko's professional career of 18 years playing in the highest level in soccer is impressive, winning championships in Bulgaria, Spain, Argentina and USA total of 8 major trophies.

    Coach Iotov has coached as a professional coach of Developmental, Classic, and Athena teams since 2005. His dedication to developing players makes a big difference in the Atlanta area . His hard work brings teams to play in National League and Regional competitions as well to State Cup finals and a lot of the major tournament competitions. Now, he is the Director of the Future Academy program and will continue to develop high level players. 

    For more info about Coach Velko Iotov, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velko_Yotov

  • Carlos Felix
    High Performance Director
  • Ana Junyent
    Staff Coach
    UEFA Pro License

    Anabel Junyent was born in Barcelona, Spain. She began her professional career as a soccer player in 1991 in the Spanish 1st division for C. E. Sabadell when she was 17 years old.  In the summer of 1996, she signed with F.C.Barcelona  and played for 8 years. During that time, they won 4 leagues, 2 Catalonia cups and many international tournaments.

    Years later, she began her career as a coach. She got her UEFA Pro Licence in 2008, a license that only 65 women in the world hold as of 2016. Also in 2008, she obtained her FIFA Licence and the Master Director of Soccer and Teams.

    She was working in different positions of soccer staff and she started coaching boys and girls in 2002. She founded a soccer player agent business in 2008. A year later, she was the manager of Manresa FC and, in 2010, she was the owner and director of soccer at U.E Lleida SAD, a Spanish Second B Division Club, one of the most important youth academies in the state.

  • Raul Diaz
    Staff Coach
    USSF A License

    Coaching Career:

    Coaching at UFA (2014 to present)
    Atlanta Fire United SC Director of Coaching (April 2011 to 2013)
    Chicago Magic Club Academy Technical Director (August 2009 to December 2010)
    Development Academy Technical Adviser (USSF) (September 2007 to August 2009)
    United States U-17 Men’s National Team, Assistant Coach, Scout (Aug 2004 to Sept 2007)
    ·         2005 CONCACAF U17 Qualification Tournament, Costa Rica, 1st place
    ·         2005 FIFA U17 World Youth Championships, Peru, 5th place
    ·         2007 CONCACAF U17 Qualification Tournament, Jamaica, 1st place 
    ·         2007 FIFA U17 World Youth Championships, South Korea  
  • Nkiru Okosieme (NK)
    Staff Coach
    USSF A License

    Nkiru Okosieme a.k.a. “NK” holds the USSF National “A” License and the National NSCAA GK License with over 15 years of playing experience at the highest level and 10 years of coaching experience. She was the assistant coach at Clayton State University from 2005 – 2011, Program Coordinator and Player Development at Attack Youth Soccer Club for 5 years. She is also involved with the Georgia State ODP Program and is a Coaching Instructor. She played with the Charlotte Lady Eagles in Charlotte, North Carolina from 2001 – 2005 winning honors with the team and was named Rookie of the year in her first season.

    At the International level, NK represented her country, Nigeria, in four Women’s World Cup—1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003 including the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000. She has won the African Women’s Cup for three consecutive times. She is Clayton State first-ever All-American and a three time All PeachBelt Conference and ALL-Southeast Regional selection in 2001, 2002 and 2004. Nk has a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Masters in Healthcare Management. 

  • Ryan Hogue
    Staff Coach
    USSF A License

    Ryan grew up playing club soccer in Tennessee and then High School and Club soccer in Rome Ga. He played three years on the North Georgia College Soccer team from 2002 to 2005. He has coached youth and club soccer since 2005 for ages ranging from U-5 through U-19 at the Recreational, Classic, Athena, and Regional levels. 

    Ryan completed his first undergraduate degree from North Georgia College and State University in Physics (2005) and completed his second undergraduate from Georgia Tech in Industrial Engineering (2007). He is married to Allison Eskew Hogue who is a Physical Therapist in the Dawsonville area. They live in Dahlonega, Georgia.

  • Asmir Kokorovic
    Staff Coach
    USSF A License

    Coach Asmir holds the USSF National "A" coaching license. Asmir has over 10 years of coaching experience with select and academy teams.He previously coached the Houston Internationals, Roswell Santos, Stars Sc, and Georgia Rush teams. He currently coaches Milton High school Junior Varsity girls team.  

    His playing career started in Radnik Bijeljina (Bosnia and Herzegovina). In Germany coach Asmir played for S.V. Stern Britz Berlin, BFC Preussen Berlin, and BFC Turkiyemspor Berlin. With BFC Turkiyemspor Asmir played professionally in Regional Liga Germany. In 1993 with S.V. Stern Britz Asmir won the the championship and the promotion to Landesliga. In 1994 Asmir won the Berliner Pokal (Cup) with S.V. Stern Britz. In 1995 Asmir was named the top goalscorer in the Coppa De Mediterano tournoment in Blanes- Spain. In 1996 coach Asmir won the state with his high school team Paul Lobe Oberschulle Berlin Germany.

  • Kasumu Sillah
    Staff Coach
    FIFA & CAF Certified National Team Coach

    "Coach" Kasumu Sillah hails originally from Liberia having lived and coached in Georgia since 1999 when he became a member of the Georgia Coaches Soccer Association. Coach has a vast resume of both playing and coaching professionally. Highlights include: playing for the Guinean champion club A.S.Kaloum, the Liberian National Soccer Team and the LPRC Oilers in the Liberia National Soccer League, Monrovia, Liberia. Coach Sillah won four championship titles with the LPRC Oilers. From 2005-2006, Coach Sillah served as a volunteer coach for the Liberian Women’s National Soccer team while simultaneously serving as the Vice President of Operations for the Liberian Soccer Coaches Association. In 2008, Coach served as the Assistant National Soccer Coach for the Liberian National Soccer Team (Lone Stars) in both World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying competition.

    In addition to his passion for developing and coaching soccer players, Coach Sillah is fluent in both English and French. He has two BA degrees in both International Relations and Criminal Justice from Morehouse College. He is currently the International Sports Coordinator for the Bong County Sports Association, Liberia, the Legends of Liberia Soccer Players, and the Pro USA, Liberia as well as the Vice President of Operations, Liberian Soccer Coaches Association, Monrovia. At United FA, Coach Sillah coaches and trains close to 400 Academy/Select players per week from ages U5-U16. He also helps develop recreational players to the Academy level.

  • Stephen Paul
    Staff Coach
    NSCAA Premier Diploma

    Coach Stephen holds the NSCAA Premier Diploma and have over 20 years of coaching experience with Academy, Select and ODP teams. Previously coached at the SDYMCA, Stone Mountain Youth Soccer Association, and Triumph Youth Soccer Association.

     Coach Stephen is a native of Trinidad and Tobago where he excelled as a player in high school gaining a selection to represent his region with a chance to get into the national youth team pool. Stephen attended Baruch College, NY and was a three year all conference first team selection from 1986 to 1988. 

  • Jose Vivanco
    Staff Coach
    NSCAA Premiere License

    Jose joined the UFA family in the Fall of 2011.  He grew up playing youth soccer in Atlanta, and received his first coaching license at the age of 15. At the age of 15 he also suffered a severe knee injury, and over the next 5 years had 5 knee operations, which as a result steered his focus more into developing as a youth coach.

    Jose served as the first Director of Coaching for the former Forsyth Fusion from 2001-2005. After leaving the Fusion he served as Director of Coaching for Georgia Futbol Club from 2005 - 2011. He received his USSF "B" National  license in 1997, the NSCAA Premiere in 2004, and also holds the National Youth License. Jose has a number of years of experience as an ODP coach, and a Georgia Coaching Instructor. Jose is the current UFA Director for our Tournaments, and coaches 3 Select teams at the club, the Girls 00 Elite, Girls 01 Elite,  and the '96 Girls  Red team. He is married to Regina, has 10 children, of which 6 of them currently play in the club.

  • Dave Miller
    Staff Coach
    USSF National Adult Level 1 Coaching License

    Dave Miller has been a coach for well over 23 years starting in his native island of Jamaica. He started playing through the islands youth systems all the way to the High School set up. After High School he got into coaching when the opportunity presented itself. 

    In 1998 Prior to Jamaica’s run to the world cup, Coach Dave assisted and worked closely with then head coach Bradley Stewart. In 2005 -2015 Coach Dave held the Assistant Director position for the Ft. Lauderdale Lions Soccer club in Fort Lauderdale, FL which consisted of over 100 kids and also a senior team program. He also had the chance to work with and mentor current US youth national team player Shaquell Moore, whom he started working with at a tender age. 

  • JJ Gregoire
    Staff Coach
    USSF B License

    Jean-Jacques Gregoire Jr-“Coach JJ”, is a second generation Haitian-American. After turning down offers from Dartmouth and many universities in Illinois and surrounding states, JJ eventually walked on to Illinois State University- a D1 college and received a full scholarship. JJ was named “Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year” as a sophomore. Completing a double major in both Education and French, he would eventually use his degree in Education to begin teaching in Special Education. Coach JJ went on to play Professional for both the Rockford Raptors and Chicago Stingers. When he began teaching full-time, JJ simultaneously earned his Master’s Degree in Education, along with supplementary certifications focusing on special needs children. He formed JaHbat Futbol Club-still in existence today. JJ continued to play with a traveling soccer team-throughout his thirties, playing in beautiful locations like St. Maarten and Brazil-where he was offered a permanent position to play.  Coach JJ began his coaching career more than 20 years ago by successfully leading Team Evanston’s JV team to an undefeated 22-0 season, beating its own Varsity team in the process. He went on to coach Chicago’s premier College Preparatory High School, ranked #10 in the nation in academics, to major athletic victories including the school’s FIRST ever State playoff competition. In 2007, after relocating to the Atlanta area, he continued his teaching and coaching career with Meadowcreek High School’s boys varsity soccer team. His tenure at soccer clubs like Roswell Santos and Concorde Fire have all been met with noteworthy successes. He started Yellow Cap in 2013 as a more focused dedication to his specific style of play, acting as head coach and trainer for futsal teams and player development. He continues to seek new licenses and certifications while he challenges himself as a top-level coach. He looks forward to continuing the growth and evolution of youth soccer players at UFA.

  • Paul Dodsworth
    Staff Coach
    USSF B License

    Paul was born and raised in England, playing college and league soccer. He has a 1stclass degree in engineering from Nottingham University, and has worked for global corporations in senior management positions. Paul has coached youth soccer extensively for the well respected Discoveries FC, a youth soccer organization in England, guiding his teams to league and tournament titles. He is a licensed English FA coach and is continuing his coaching career in the US, following a family move.

  • Scott Luthart
    Staff Coach
    USSF B License

    Scott played club and high school soccer in Buffalo, New York.  He previously coached club soccer out of Dacula Soccer Club from 2006-2008, where he guided his girls’ Select team from the U-16 Athena D level to the U-19 Athena B1 level in 3 years.  Scott has been a member of the ASA/United FA staff since 2009 and has coached in the Academy and Select programs.  He was the boys’ Varsity soccer coach at Grayson High School since its inception in 2001 and guided them to the 2004 AAA State Championship.  Scott has twice been named Gwinnett County High School Coach of the Year (1998 and 2004) and was named NSCAA State Coach of the Year for A-AAAA Schools in 2004.  Scott  started the girls’ soccer program at Lambert High School in the spring of 2010.

    Scott graduated from Buffalo State College with a B.S. in Secondary Education and he completed his Master’s Degree in Science Education at the University of Georgia.  He also teaches Physics at Lambert High School.

  • Kerri Schmitt
    Staff Coach
    USSF B License
    Coach Kerri has a National B License and National Youth Badge and has been coaching for 29 years.  She's received many accolades as coach, including Georgia State Youth Coach of the Year 1990, High School Region Coach of the year 2010, and High School County Coach of the year 2010 and 2015. In addition to coaching at UFA, she is a coach at Creekview High School currently.
  • Jamie Gleeson
    Staff Coach
    USSF C License

    USSF C License
    NSCAA Goalkeeping License 1 & 2

    Jamie is a former UFA player of 5 years under Coach Gaucho. Played college soccer at the University of North Georgia. He is also the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga.

     

  • Josh McGlamery
    Staff Coach
    USSF C License

    Josh McGlamery grew up playing soccer in the Greater Atlanta area at the Classic 1 level for various clubs. He graduated from Chattahoochee High School, Alpharetta, GA, in 2001 having been a 3-year starter and letterman for Chattahoochee’s varsity team. The height of his club experience included playing for Concorde Soccer Association’s 2000-01 U18 State Championship team. His coaching career started at age 16 when he began working summer soccer camps under the guidance of Angus McAlpine, who is the 26th coach to complete his USSF A License in US history. Josh gained 6 years of experience working under the international veteran.

    2001-2003 Josh played for Belmont Abbey College, Charlotte, NC on scholarship. After taking a short break from the game his love for it brought him back to coaching in 2007. For the past 7 years he has coached Academy and Select teams . In 2010 he completed his USSF National C License.

  • Bernard B. Ryce
    Staff Coach
    USSF C License

    Bernard Ryce was born in South America where he played competitive youth soccer from 1979 -1982.  After moving to United States Bernard attended college in New York City , and participated in adult soccer leagues.   In 2001- 2002 Bernard was a staff coach with Georgia Futbol Club U15 Girls Athena Team.  In 2002, Bernard founded and was the Director of Youth Development for COSMOS UFC in Jonesboro, where he oversaw and managed 100+ recreational and select players.  He has led a number of teams to undefeated seasons, division titles, and multiple tournament championships and finalists’ honors.

    Bernard has volunteered his time to coach and develop a soccer program with Mount Zion Christian Academy (Jonesboro, Georgia) .  In addition, he is assists with the pre-season training of Clayton State University ’s Women’s team.  Bernard is the 2004 recipient of the Walt Chyzowych Award and 2005 April Heinrichs Award for his coaching abilities and community involvement.

  • Andy Wade
    Staff Coach
    USSF C License

    Andy Wade grew up in Swansea, Wales. He joined Norcross Soccer Academy in the Spring 2007 season.  Previously, Andy trained U12-U14 select players at Concorde Fire. From 1999 through 2005, he trained U10-U17 players at Roswell Santos soccer club. From 1998 to 2000, Andy was the Director of Britannia Soccer Camps, winning Director of the Year in 1998, and was the Regional Manager for Britannia Soccer in 1999-2000. Additionally, he was the Great Falls Coach and Development Program Manager for U5-U15. His experience includes professional and semi-professional play at Nottingham Forest, Llanelli FC and Oxford United, Barry Town. He also earned the Football Leaders’ Award for the Football Association of Wales. Also holds a USSF C License and Coerver youth License.

     

    He has been married to his wife, Aly, since 2002 and they live in Roswell.

  • Glen James
    Staff Coach
    USSF D License

    Glen has been a soccer coach for the past 12years. He spent the last two seasons as Director of Coaching Academy level (U12 ages) for 10sport Maccabi. Glen holds a USSF D license as well as NSCAA level 4 license (Advanced National Diploma)

    His playing experience includes: 2000- 2001 Toronto Thunderhawks (NPSL) youth Academy and  2002-2005 Northwood University (West Palm Beach)

    Glen coaching experience includes the Lake Worth Sharks from 2002-2005, Dreyfoos School of the Arts 2003-2004, North Miami Maccabi (10sport) 2006-2009, 2001-2013, and the Coral Springs Renegades from 2010-2011. Glen coaches the Coral Springs Renegades 93/94 Girls to a Florida Youth Soccer Association State Cup champion in 2010.

  • Javier Alvial
    Staff Coach
    USSF D License
    Javier Alvial is a USA & Chile native. He was brought up by the best youth development teams such as U. Catolica, River Plate, Defensor Sporting, Chelsea FC and FC Dallas during his youth career. Though he had a full athletic scholarship to UAB, he was offered to go play professional during his college career. Before injuries retired him early from his career as a player, he played abroad for Deportes Iquique, San Luis and Puerto Rico Islanders. As a coach, he started at AFU in GA, and then moved on to Sporting BV in KS, the affiliate team of Sporting Kansas City in MLS, where he won multiple league championships and tournaments. On his time off from coaching, Alvial has been an assistant scout for his father at Manchester United, Chelsea FC, Sporting KC, and GA’s very own Atlanta United.
     
    Although his injuries prevented him from continuing his professional career, he enjoys making a difference by passing along his extensive knowledge and passion of the game to the next generation of players. Javier has developed multiple players to go on full soccer scholarships to colleges such as Duke University, Mercer, etc. 
     
    For more info about Coach Javier Alvial, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javier_Alvial
  • Richard Binning
    Staff Coach
    USSF Youth License

    Richard played club and high school soccer in the late 70’s and early 80’s in St. Petersburg, Florida. , NAIA division II College soccer in Arkansas and in adult competitive soccer leagues in Florida and Georgia. Between semesters he was often found playing indoor soccer in Pinellas Park with and against many Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ft Lauderdale Strikers during the NASL off-seasons. While serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, he represented his country in friendly matches in Argentina, Chile, and throughout the Caribbean.  He has coached youth and club soccer since the late 80’s for ages ranging from U-5 through U-14.   He has been employed as a professional coach and trainer for the following soccer clubs:  Azalea Youth Soccer League, Clay County Soccer Association, Jacksonville Youth Soccer Association, Forsyth Fusion, Lanier Soccer Association, and United Futbol Academy.

    Richard is a technical trainer and software developer. He is employed by Wakefield Beasley & Associates in Norcross as Director of CAD Technology.  He lives with wife, Heather, and son, Trevor (UFA Select player) in Cumming, GA. 

  • Gil Jean-Baptiste
    Staff Coach
    National Youth License

    Gilbert grew up in Montreal, Canada, but is originally from Haiti. In 1995, he came to the United States where he attended Mercer County Community College for 1 year. During that season, he was named Defender of the Year, Final Four All-Tournament and First Team All-American. His team won the 1995 National Championship.

    The following year, Gilbert transferred to Southern Connecticut State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Computer Science. After one year, he was named Co-Captain and was already a 2-time All-New England and All-Conference. As a senior, after three consecutive trips to the Final Four, he won the Men’s Division II National Championship. Furthermore, he was named All-New England, All-Conference, First team All-American and 1998 Conference Defender of the Year, all of which led to his 1998 Men’s Division II Player of the Year award.

    After a successful college career, he signed his first professional contract with the Charleston Battery where he was named Rookie of the Year. He was rewarded for his impact in the A-League and named to the All-Star Team for three consecutive years. As a defender, he scored an impressive 8 goals and 2 assists, leading his team in minutes played.

    In 2002, he signed for the Atlanta Silverbacks, where he continued with his success accumulating 3 goals and 1 assist. In his four years as a professional, he participated in two World Cup Qualification campaigns. He has represented his country in two Gold Cups and amassed a total of 11 caps and was the Haitian National Team’s Captain.

    Gilbert is the current Head Coach for The Blessed Trinity Catholic High School girls who are the 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 State Champions.

  • Akil Howard
    Staff Coach
    FA Youth Level 1 License

    Akil Howard is a native New Yorker who played on the NY ODP Team. He also attended Shattuck St. Mary’s Development Academy residency program where he reached National Championship finals twice. He represented the St. Vincent and the Grenadines under 20 national team for the under 20 world cup qualifiers as well as the under 23 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic qualifiers. He attended Penn State and was a part of the men’s Division I soccer team where he was a two-time Big 10 Conference Champion. Upon graduation, he signed a contract with Minnesota United Reserves, as well as coached at his Alma Mater Shattuck St. Mary’s U-18 Boys US Development Academy. He completed his FA youth level 1 License while on trial in England with Huddersfield Town A.F.C and has four years of coaching experience.

  • Aimee McKeown
    Staff Coach
    IFA Intro Award

    Aimee originally grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland and moved to Atlanta in 2015. At age 9. She initially joined a boys club and then went on to play semi-professional soccer in the Irish League as well as for her high school team. Aimee then moved to England to study at the University of Central Lancashire, where she graduated with a degree in Sports Coaching. While studying, she played for the Ladies University Soccer team who won both the league and the cup and then went on to win Team of the Year and was then scouted to play professionally for Blackpool Ladies Football Club. Aimee has been coaching for 7 years and has her IFA Introductory Award, IFA Level 1 and UEFA C Licence. 

  • Siba Mohammed
    Staff Coach
    USSF Youth License

    Coach Siba began coaching academy and select socer in 2007 with the Forsyth Fusion.  He is no stranger to hard work and top-level soccer. Siba received a scholarship to play for the NCAA Division I and current National Champion, University of Maryland Men’s Soccer Team.  It was there that he helped lead the Terps to two NCAA Final Four appearances, and an ACC Championship.  Siba was a part of the University of Maryland Summer Camp Staff, directed by National Coach of the Year Sasha Cirovski.  Prior to playing at Maryland, he was the team captain of the Javanon club team that won the Under 16 National Championship.  In doing so he received recognition from the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate.  In 1996 he was voted the Best Delegate at the Kentucky United Nations Assembly.  Coach Siba is originally from Ghana and played for the Ghana U-15 National team. He was honored with the prestigious National Golden Boot in 1995.

  • Kevin Florea
    Staff Coach
    USSF E License

    Coach Kevin grew up playing club and high school soccer in Georgia (Stone Mountain and Rockdale).  During his freshman season at Georgia Perimeter College, he suffered a significant knee injury forcing him to retire his boots.  His love and passion for the game led him to coaching youth and club soccer since 2007 ranging from the recreational, academy, and select levels.  He currently holds a National USSF E License and is working on obtaining his USSF D License.

    Kevin is the Logistics Manger for Scientific Games in Alpharetta.  He currently lives in Cumming with his wife, Stephanie, and 2 children.  His son, Michael, has been playing with the club since 2012. 

  • Bryce Billington
    Staff Coach
    USSF F License

    Coach Bryce joined UFA in 2013 and a goal keeper coach.  Bryce is a local graduate of West Forsyth High School and signed his first professional contract in 2014 for Aberdeen FC.  In 2015 and 2016, he played for the Atlanta silverbacks (NASL and NPSL respectively)

  • Rafiq Sabir
    Staff Coach
    USSF Youth License

    Rafiq was raised in Trinidad, West Indies where he developed his love of soccer.  He began playing soccer for various youth leagues as well as on his high school varsity team. He continued on to play varsity soccer at Howard University in Washington, DC.  While there, he earned a Student Athlete Award for his academic achievements.  Rafiq graduated with a degree in Finance and moved to Memphis where he began volunteering as a coach for a team at Pleasant View Elementary School, where he co-founded the Pleasant View Panthers.  He later began working with Falcons Futbol Club in Memphis, TN where he served as an assistant coach.  He also coached summer camps.  Rafiq moved to Atlanta in 2010 and soon after began his work with UFA in the recreational program, as a trainer. Rafiq received his National D License, and is currently head coach for Select and Academy Teams.

  • Lia Sheley
    Staff Coach
    USSF Youth License

    Lia has coached with Forsyth Fusion for 1 1/2 years in the Pre-Academy and Academy programs, Girls and Boys.  Lia previously coached at the Forsyth YMCA.  In college she played for the University of Florida and won the NCAA Division 1 Championship 1998 as well as the SEC Championship 1998.  Lia was also a member of the Jacksonville, FL Jade Premier Women’s Soccer team in 1998. Lia attended Chaminade College Preparatory and was a member of the varsity team 1994-1998.  

    She helped lead them to be California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Division III champions in 1996-97 and 1997-98 . Additionally, she was named to the Los Angeles Times All-Region first-team during the 1996-97 school year, while also being named Most Valuable Player and member of the All-League Academic Team. As a club player Lia was a three-time District Olympic Development Team (ODP) member at center midfielder. She was also able to tour Europe as a member of the West Valley Fusion Club team in 1994, earning 1st place in the Vildberg Cup and 3rd in the Dana Cup.

  • Noelia (Nono) Pont
    Staff Coach

    Nono grew up playing soccer in Barcelona, Spain. She competed 6 years with F.C. Seagull in the Second Female Soccer Division in Spain, getting a championship and promotion into the Soccer National League.

    From 1993-1995, she worked with kids, U6 to U10, in Club Esportiu Mediterrani.

    She was a semi-professional basketball player for more than 12 years with Club Juventud Badalona and Nono then became a High School Coach for three years.

    As the person responsible for the physical preparation of FC Seagull women's team for two seasons, she also served on the board of directors for the UE Lleida (Spanish Soccer Club), coordinating administrative tasks and as Director of Coaches. In 2015, Nono handled the physical preparation of the U19B Caldes FC (Spanish Soccer Club).

    Nono graduated from University of Barcelona with a teaching degree in Physical Education and a Master in Management.  She worked as a teacher and she was a teacher in Primary and Secundary Education.

  • Alan Woods
    Staff Coach

    He started his college career at the University of Notre Dame, where he was on the All-Big East Rookie Team, and was named All-Big East and All-East Region. The team won a Big East championship during his time there. He completed his college career at Clemson University, where he was named First-Team All-ACC, First-Team All-South Region and an All-American. He also helped Clemson to an ACC championship.

    After college, Woods was a first round pick(10th overall) in the 2000 Major League Soccer draft by the Colorado Rapids. He has played professionally for the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution of MLS, as well as the Charleston Battery (Rookie of the Year), Atlanta Silverbacks (Team Captain, All League and Team Player Of The Year) and Virginia Beach Mariners (Defensive Player Of The Year) of USL 1. Woods has been called into  US National Team Camp with the Olympic Team and full men's national teams.

    Woods was the assistant coach at Nichols College (MA) and spent 8 years as the head coach of the Oglethorpe University Women’s Soccer Team. He has 14 years of experience coaching at the youth level.

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