United Futbol Academy


Meet Our 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 Executive Director of Player Development 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 Business Services 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
    Girls Director & Girls DA Technical Director
    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.  She has taken two different teams to the Regional Semi-Finals in the same age group in back to back years. 

    Mo was chosen as  one of 16 DA Directors across the Nation to participate in the First ever US Soccer Academy Directors Course for the Girls Side in June 2018.  

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

  • Velko Iotov
    Director of Academy & 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

  • Philip Broome
    Branch Director
    USSF B License

    Philip Broome grew up playing youth soccer in Texas where he was the Boy’s high school player of the year…a long time ago. Philip began his soccer coaching career as an Assistant Women’s Coach at Rivier University in 1998.  Upon moving to Georgia he became the Executive Director for the Alpharetta Ambush where he helped develop the training curriculum, and mission for the club.  He currently holds a USSF C license and has been coaching youth soccer for the past 14 years. In 2011 he was inducted into the Rivier University, NCAA Hall of Fame as a 4 year captain and the career leader in assists.  In addition, Philip is the girls’ varsity coach at Milton High School where they have won back to back Region Championships, and in 2011-2012 they were the GHSA Girl’s 5A State Champions. In his two years as the varsity girl’s coach, he has amassed a record of 39-3-1 and has been honored twice as the 5A Girl’s Coach of the Year! Coach Philip places a huge emphasis on family and stresses the importance of a balanced life in order to be successful.  He has been married to his wife Linda for 10 years in October, with 3 children, Hunter, Hayden, and Hailey, and they currently reside in Cumming.

  • Robin Dixon
    Boys Director
    USSF A License

    Robin has been involved in developing soccer players at the youth level for over 20 years. He began coaching while playing collegiately at Wake Forest in the early 90’s. He then worked 6 years with Baton Rouge United as the Assistant Director followed by five years with the New Orleans Soccer Academy as both the Boys’ Director and the Developmental Program Director (ages 4-10).  Robin Dixon joined the Norcross Soccer Academy (now UFA-Norcross) Coaching Staff after 6 years at AFC Lightning where he was hired as the Director of Player Development in 2004. Shortly thereafter, he was named the Director of the Boys’ Program in 2006 serving in this capacity through the 2009-10 season.

    Robin has extensive experience at every level of youth soccer development from the 4 year old beginners to the experienced College players. He has had the opportunity to coach 10 teams to State Championships, 2 RPL Champions and has been a part of several Region III medal winners. 
  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Jacenir Silva
    Staff Coach
    Professional Coach License A

    Coach License A  CBF-Brazil | Tactical Periodization Course | Football Professional Coach License A 

    Jacenir joins UFA this year.  He is originally from Brazil and has enjoyed a long career as a professional player from 1978 to 1995.  Jacenir then began his coaching career in Brazil.  He then served as head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2004 before heading to Kuwait and finishing as head coach of Al Jahra.

  • Alan Woods
    Staff Coach
    USSF B License

    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.

  • Lizzy Schmidt
    Staff Coach
    USSF B License
    Lizzy Schmidt (formerly Shaughnessy) has been at UFA since 2017 after previously coaching at NASA and NASA-Tophat for 6 years. She earned her USSF B License in December of 2019. In 2015 she completed the United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, earning the highest grade of "distinguished pass.” She was a member of United Soccer Coaches "30 Under 30” class of 2015-2016. The “30 Under 30” program recognizes, promotes, and mentors coaches from across the country under the age of 30. She has been an instructor for the National and Adv. National Diploma and presented at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in 2019. 
    During her playing career, she was a 4 year starter at Mercer University (NCAA D1) from 2007 to 2010 while earning Atlantic Sun Conference championship titles in 2008 and 2010. She played for Atlanta Silverbacks Women and Chattanooga FC Women, both of the WPSL, and earned 2 Southeast Conference Championship titles. 
    From 2012 to 2018, she taught high school math at Blessed Trinity High School. During that time she coached  JV and Varsity girls soccer from 2013 to 2016, while being Varsity Head Coach for 2015 and 2016 season. Blessed Trinity was State Runner-Up all 4 years from 2013 to 2016. She earned a B.A in Mathematics from Mercer University and a Master’s of Education from the University of Georgia.
  • Claudin Dialle Siakam
    05G Premier SCCL / 04G Premier SCCL
    USSF B License

    Bio Coming Soon

  • 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.

  • Lia Sheley
    Staff Coach
    USSF C 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.

  • Siba Mohammed
    Staff Coach
    National C Coaching 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.

  • 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.

  • Lovie Milsap
    Staff Coach
    National D License

    Played soccer in High School and in the Army. Served in the Army 9 1/2 years and is a Gulf War Veteran.

  • 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.

  • Ricky Aguilar
    Staff Coach
    US D License

    Ricky Aguilar has been a part of the Forsyth Fusion/ UFA Community as a parent, player and coach since 2007.  Ricky grew up in Colorado playing club, high school and ODP soccer. Early on Ricky developed a love for the game, he now coaches to help the next wave of life long fans of the soccer.  Ricky, his wife Blakely, and kids, Tomas, Isa, and Mateo have all been a part of the UFA Family through play and coaching. Ricky has US Soccer Grassroots licenses and US D license.

  • 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.

  • Renata Peixoto
    Staff Coach, Registrar
    Brasilian B License

    Renata is a native of Brazil and is a former collegiate and semi-pro athlete.  She has extensive personal experience and education in Human Performance, Health and Masters in Business Administration as well as team building and motivational techniques.  She is an experienced athlete and qualified coach who teaches, guides and empowers each athlete to optimum athletic and personal success.   

  • Nicholas Goddard
    Staff Coach
    CSA National B License
    Born in Plymouth, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, Coach Nicholas grew up playing with the village club team, Stokely Vale FC and the famed St Clair’s Coaching School which was responsible for the development of former Manchester United Striker, Dwight Yorke. A former Trinidad and Tobago youth national player from U13-U23, he received a Division 1 scholarship at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanics University (AAMU) where he studied mechanical engineering and minored in economics.  He played semi-professionally for Lauderhill Lions Soccer Club in Ft Lauderdale, Florida and Olympic ‘78 in New York, New York. He then played professionally for Joe Public FC in Trinidad and Tobago and was Trinidad and Tobago Pro League Champion, Trinidad and Tobago FA Cup Champion, Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Champions and a full CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage Participant. Nicholas was a part of CNSC Toronto Croatia Soccer Club, Canadian Soccer League Champion, Croatia North America Tournament Champion and League1 Ontario 
    Long Term Player Development Head Coach, Technical Staff 
    Youth Individual Development Coach for 5 years
    Ontario Premier Development League Coach of 2018
    OPDL Cup Champions 02/01 Boys Whitby FC
    Canadian Soccer Association(CSA) National B  license 
    Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) National C license 
    Coerver Canada Coach Instructor 
  • Jacob Sharp
    Staff Coach
    E License

    While growing up, Coach Jacob played for UFA and ASA (which later merged with Fusion to form UFA). He went on to play in college at Truett McConnell University where he won a college conference championship. Now, Jacob has returned to UFA to share his love of the game as a coach!

  • Danny Youngerman
    Staff Coach
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