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ASA Technical and Academy Coaching Staff

Meet our coaches!

 

ASA Technical Staff & Academy Coaching/Support Staff

ASA takes the time to interview, select, and train the highest quality coaches in the DC area. All of the members of this coaching staff are nationally licensed coaches or working towards becoming licensed by USSF or equivalent coaching metrics. The Academy coaches regularly attend in-house and external coaching clinics to stay abreast of the evolving coaching techniques and styles of play in the sport.

Coaches are led by ASA Executive Director and Technical Director, Tommy Park, and the club’s Director of Coaching, Ryan Rich. The entire coaching staff meets quarterly to discuss the club’s coaching philosophy among other things to ensure that all children in the Academy soccer program and supplemental programs are receiving the best training in the area.

ASA has listed these coaches, education and their accomplishments below:

Technical Staff

Tommy Park
Executive Director
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Education:

  • BA in Business Administration | University of Mary Washington
  • MPS in Sports Industry Management | Georgetown University
  • LEAD (Executive Leadership) Program Certificate | ACT for Alexandria
  • USSF "A" License
  • CBF "A" License (audited)
  • Unisport Futsal Coaching Certificate | Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • National Youth License

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2008-2011 |  Assistant Coach, DC United U-20s, National Semi-finalists 2010
  • 2008-2010 |  Soccer Association of Columbia, 2009 Travel Coach of the Year
  • 2007-2015 |  Coach, DeMatha Catholic High School, National Champions 2011

Playing Experience: 

  • 2003-2007 |  Universy of Mary Washington Soccer, NSCAA All-American 
  • 2003-2004 |  D.C. United, Super 20's
  • 2006-2007 |  Fredericksburg Generals, PISL

Chris Arnold
Director of Youth Development
U15 Boys Age Group Head Coach
U18/U19 Boys Age Group Head Coach

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Education:

  • USSF "B" License
  • Unisport Futsal Coaching Certificate | Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • NSCAA Level 1 Futsal Diploma
  • National Youth License
  • BA in Political Science | University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • More than 10 years of coaching experience
  • Has worked with age groups and gender ranging from 2 to 18 years of age.
  • 2009-2015 |  Alexandria Soccer staff coach
  • Current Girls Head Varsity Coach | St. Stephen's & St. Agnes High School

Playing Experience: 

  • 2003-2007 |  Varsity Men's Soccer, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • 2007 |  Baton Rouge Capital, PDL 
  • 2006 |  National Champion, Carolina Dynamo PDL

Jim Hogan
Tournament Director
U9-U12 Age Group Director

U10 Boys Age Group Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "B" License
  • National Youth License
  • Unisport Futsal Coaching Certificate | Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • NSCAA Level 1 Futsal Diploma
  • BS in Business Management | Keene State College

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 7 years of coaching competitive soccer teams
  • 2016 | U12 Boys, Futsal, UFL Thanksgiving Cup Champions
  • 2016 | U10 Boys, Top Bracket, Virginian Tournament Finalists
  • 2015 | U9 Boys, Top Bracket, Virginian Tournament Champions
  • 2015 | U12 Boys, Top Bracket, 11v11, Virginian Tournament Champions
  • 2015 | U12 Boys, Top Bracket, 11v11, PWSI Ice Breaker Champions 

Playing Experience: 

  • NSCAA First Team All-New England | Keene State College
  • Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year | Keene State College

Ryan Rich
Technical Director
Academy Director
U11 Girls Age Group Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "B" License
  • Unisport Futsal Coaching Certificate | Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • National Youth License
  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • BA History & Pre-Med | Princeton University
  • Master's in Education | University of Virginia

Coaching Experience:

  • More than 12 years of coaching experience
  • 2007-2008 |  DC Stoddert staff coach
  • 2009-2016 |  Alexandria staff coach

Playing Experience:

  • All-Ivy |  Princeton University Men's Soccer
  • Region 1 ODP 
  • 5-time State Cup Champion |  Beach FC Desperadoes

Grigor Boychev 
Academy Director
U11 Boys Age Group Head Coach
U12 Boys Age Group Head Coach
Email Coach Grigor

Education:

  • USSF "B" License
  • GRADE 7 Referee Diploma
  • CEA - Plovdiv, Bulgaria - Tourism Managment

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2014 | ASA Coach of the year 
  • 2015 | Virginia State Coach of the year
  • 2015 - 2016 | ODP 99 Assistant coach

Playing Experience:

  • National Youth Champion of Bulgaria | Maritza Plovdiv 85 - 2004
  • Regional Champion | 1997 ; 98 ;99; 00; 01;02; 03; 04
  • Semi-Pro Maritza Plovdiv | Bulgaria

Will Hanna
Futsal ID Director

Facilities Manager
U13 Girls Age Group Head Coach
U17 Girls Age Group Head Coach
Email Coach Will

Education:
  • USSF "B" License
  • NSCAA National License
    NSCAA Level 1 Futsal Diploma
  • BS, Sports Management, Psychology | University of Memphis
Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:
  • 2012 | NSCAA Tennessee HS Girls Coach of The Year
  • 2 State Championships (TN) and 2 State Runners Up (TN), Regional Semi Finalist (Region III)
  • 6 Years Youth/HS Soccer Coach
  • 2016 | U15 Boys Top Bracket, Futsal, America's Cup Series Champions
  • 2017 | U15 Boys Regional Futsal Champions
Playing Experience:
  • NCAA D1 | Marshall University  
  • PASL | Paducah Premier

Academy Coaching Staff

Staci Alario 
U12 Girls Assistant Coach
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Education:

  • USSF E" License
  • BA in Psychology | College of Wooster
  • MS in Psychology | Walden University

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2009-2012 | Girls Varsity Soccer | Blair Academy
  • 2008-2009 U11 Girls Wooster Edge

Playing Experience:

  • Women's Varsity Soccer | University of Wooster
  • Club Soccer | PDA & FC United                                                                             
  • New Jersey ODP                                                                                                         

Katie Alonso 
U12 Girls Age Group Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "D" License
  • Virginia State Teaching License
  • BS | Lynchburg College

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • Junior Varsity Coach Soccer and Lacrosse | St. Stephen's/St. Agnes High School
  • Junior Varsity Coach Soccer and Lacrosse | Bishop O'Connell High School

Playing Experience:

  • ODAC Team | Lynchburg College
  • Club Soccer | Lynchburg College
  • 2004 |  National Soccer Championship, Bishop O'Connell High School                       

Ryan Alexander
U14 Girls Age Group Head Coach
U15 Girls Age Group Head Coach
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Education:

  • BS Spanish and Linguistics | University of Michigan

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • Head Women's Coach | Sidwell Friends School
  • 2014-Present | ASA staff coach
  • Former BRYC girls coach

Playing Experience:

  • FC Bihor | Romania
  • Evian Thono Gaillard F.C. | Thonon-les-bains, France
  • Wake Forest University
  • University of Michigan

Boris Novillo Cardenas
U11 Girls White Gameday Coach
U12 Girls White Gameday Coach
Email Coach Boris

Education:

  • USSF "D" License
  • National Youth License
  • Universidad de Futbol in Bolivia soccer course

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 5 years coaching experience
  • 2012-2015 | Alexandria Soccer staff coach

Playing Experience: 

  • Bolivian youth national team

Daniel Chefena
U9 Boys Black Game Day Coach
Email Coach Daniel

Education:

  • USSF "D" License

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 4 years coaching experience at Alexandria Soccer
  • 2016-2017 | U7-U8 Academy Staff

Playing Experience: 

  • Youth soccer in Eritrea

Lee Clement 
U9 Boys Age Group Head Coach
U10 Boys White Gameday Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "C" License
  • B.S. in Economics | University of Mary Washington

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2008-2009 | Fredericksburg FC staff coach
  • 2014-2015 | Vienna Youth Soccer staff coach
  • 2015-Present | Alexandria staff coach
  • 2016 | U9 Boys Top Bracket, Futsal, America's Cup Series Champions
  • 2016 | U10 Boys Top Bracket, Futsal, America's Cup Series Champions

Playing Experience: 

  • Varsity Men's Soccer | University of Mary Washington

Octavian Crismaru
U9 Boys Silver Gameday Head Coach
U10 Boys Silver Gameday Head Coach
Email Coach Octavian

Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • Real Madrid Football Coaching Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance and Banking
  • Graduate Degree in Economic Studies

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 3 years coaching experience
  • 2014-Present | Alexandria Soccer staff coach

Playing Experience: 

  • Earned a full college soccer scholarship 

Philip De-Bodene
U14 Girls White Gameday Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "D" License

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:  

  • 10+ years of coaching experience
  • U10-U14 Boys and Girls | PWSI Soccer                                                                                

Glenn Gray
U16 Boys Age Group Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "A" License
  • BA, University of Mary Washington
  • Master's in Sports Leadership | Virginia Commonwealth University

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2007-08 | Assistant Coach, Virginia Commonwealth University; Richmond Kickers
  • 2009-10 | Coastal Georgia Soccer Association; South Carolina State ODP
  • 2010-11 | Arlington Soccer Association; Northern District VA ODP
  • 2011-Present | Alexandria Soccer Association

Playing Experience: 

  • USL Premier Development League (four seasons)
  • NSCAA All-American | University of Mary Washington
  • CAC All-Conference | University of Mary Washington                                                    

Jeff Homens
U14 Girls Blue Gameday Coach

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Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • BS in Sports Management | Towson University

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2015-Present | Alexandria Soccer staff coach
  • ASA Tots & Futsal staff coach

Jeff Hajek
U9 Boys White Gameday Coach
U10 Boys Blue Gameday Coach
Email Coach Jeff

Education:

  • USSF "D" License
  • BS Sports Management | James Madison University

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • More than 6 years of coaching experience
  • 2015-Present | DC United Staff Coach
  • 2015-2016 | NVSC Staff Coach

Ben Hawkins
U11 Boys Silver Gameday Coach
U12 Boys Silver Gameday Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • BS Sports Management | Wilmington College, Ohio

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2016-2017 | Alexandria Soccer Staff Coach

Playing Experience:

  • Varsity Soccer | Wilmington College, Ohio
  • Club Soccer | Dayton United, Gunners FC

Chris Hubbard
U9 Girls White Gameday Coach
U10 Girls White Gameday Coach
Email Coach Chris

Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • BA in Psychology & Human Development | Howard University

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2015-2016 | DC Stoddert 
  • 2015-2016 | Soccer Shots
  • 2016-Present | Alexandria Soccer Association

Playing Experience:

  • 21 years of playing experience
  • Varsity Men's Soccer | Howard University

Peja Ilic
U9 Girls Age Group Head Coach
U10 Girls Age Group Head Coach

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Education:

  • USSF "D" License

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2013-present | Alexandria Soccer staff coach
  • 2016 | JV Girls Top Bracket, Futsal, America's Cup Series Champions

Playing Experience: 

  • Played at professional level for Division 1 club named Sindjelic at only age 17

Peter Kallin
U13 Boys White Gameday Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "B" License
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • BA in Communications, Susquehanna University

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • Former Director of Programs | Vienna Youth Soccer
  • 2012-2016 | Club Manager | Capital Area Soccer Association
  • 2011-2013 | Vice President | Falcon Futbol Club

Playing Experience: 

  • Men's Soccer | West Virginia University

Aurelio Kamosso
U11 Boys White Gameday Coach
U12 Boys White Gameday Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "D" License
  • Grade 8 Referee Certification

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 11 year of coaching experience
  • 2014-Present | Alexandria Soccer staff coach

Biko Kujifi 
U13 Boys Blue Gameday Coach

U14 Boys Blue Gameday Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "D" License

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • Prior exprience coaching U8-U10 ages at Waldorf Soccer Club and U11 age groups with Maryland United and Thunder Soccer Club
  • 2013-Present | Alexandria Soccer staff coach

Playing Experience: 

  • Dematha High School

Said Mahious
U11 Girls Blue Gameday Coach

U12 Girls Blue Gameday Coach
Email Coach Said

Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • USSF Soccer Referee Grade 8
  • Physical Education & Sport | University of Algiers

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2007-2010 | Youth coaching in Algeria
  • 2015 | Sidwell Friends JV Coach

Playing Experience: 

  • Men's Varsity Soccer | University of Algiers                                                                    

Josh McCave
U14 Boy White Gameday Coach

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Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • BA in Criminology & Criminal Justice | University of Maryland, College Park

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2016 - Present | Dematha High School
  • 2011-2012 | Maryland Rush U17 Boys travel team

Playing Experience: 

  • 2012 - Present | Catonsville FC
  • 2006 | Comeback Player of the Year
  • 2003-2006 | Men's Varsity Soccer | Seton Hill University                                                

Christophe Poyac
U13 Girls White Gameday Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "D" License

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2009-Present | Alexandria Soccer staff coach with experience on both the boys and girls side.

Emily Radakovich
U11 Girls Black Gameday Coach
U12 Girls Black Gameday Coach
Email Coach Emily

Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • BS in Psychology | Western Michigan University
  • Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis | Spalding Univerity

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2015 Alexandria Soccer Futsal Coach
  • 2015- Present |  Alexandria Soccer Academy coach

Peja Radivojevic
U11 Boys Black Gameday Coach
U12 Boys Black Gameday Coach
Email Coach Emily

Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • NSCAA Goalkeeper level 1 diploma
  • Faculty of sport and physical education, University of Nis-Serbia

Coaching Experience:

  • 2015-2016: Alexandria staff coach-U8 academy
  • 2016-Present : Alexandria staff coach
  • 2016 | U9 Boys, Futsal, America's Cup Series Champions
Playing Experience:
  • 2009-2012: Played college level of soccer, University of Nis-Serbia 
  • 2012-2013: Played professional level of futsal, Serbian Premier division 

Gonzalo Ramela 
U16 Girls Age Group Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "D" License
  • BA | University of South Florida

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2012-Present | ASA Academy Head Coach (U13-U16)
  • 2012 | Girls Varsity Assistant Coach TC Williams HS.

Playing Experience: 

  • 2002-2004 | Sporting Cristal and Deportivo AELU (Peruvian League)
  • 2006 | NAIA All-American, Warner University
  • 2008 | Big East Champion
  • 2008 | NCAA Elite 8 
  • 2009-2011 | FC Oberneuland, Brinkumer SV, Bremer SV (German League)

Ramon Roque
U16 Boys White Gameday Coach
U17 Boys White Gameday Coach
Email Coach Gonzalo

Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • USSF "D" Provisional License
  • BS in Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering | George Mason University

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2014-Present | Alexandria Soccer staff coach
  • 2012-2014 | Virginia Independent Soccer Team Association, Staff Coach

Playing Experience: 

  • Gar-Field School Varsity Soccer Team
  • Local Adult Leagues in Virginia and DC

Ricardo Salamanca
U17 Boys Age Group Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "C" License
  • BS/BA in International Business & French | Old Dominion University

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 15 years of coaching experience
  • 2007-Present | Alexandria Soccer staff coach

Playing Experience: 

  • 25+ years of playing experience
  • Old Dominion University Men's Soccer

Scott Senkier
U13 Boys Age Group Head Coach
U14 Boys Age Group Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • M.S. Information Systems Technology | George Washington University
  • Certificate in Business Analytics | George Washington University
  • B.S. Ops Research & Computer Analysis | U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2015-Present | Alexandria Soccer Futsal & Camps
  • Former JV Head Coach & Varsity Assistant | Academy of the Holy Cross
  • Former Site Coordinator & Head COach | United for Soccer (DC United)

Playing Experience: 

  • NCAA D3, All Region & All Conference | Coast Guard Academy
  • Eastern New York ODP
  • Black Watch Premier | Super Y League

Afom Solomon
U11 Boys Blue Gameday Coach
U12 Boys Blue Gameday Coach
Email Coach Afom

Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • BS in Finance | George Mason University
  • BS in Business Management | University of New Haven

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • Five years coaching experience
  • 2013-2016 | Premier Atheltic Club U13 Boys Age Group Head Coach

Playing Experience: 

  • Varsity Men's Soccer Team | University of New Haven

Shaun Taylor
U15 Boys White Gameday Coach
Email Coach Shaun

Education:

  • USSF "D" License
  • BS in Political Science | Virginia Tech

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • Five years coaching experience
  • 3x Skyline League Champions
  • 2013 President's Cup Champions

Playing Experience: 

  • 2-year Varsity Letterman
  • Former Richmond Strikers Player

Edwin Zelaya
U9 Boys Blue Gameday Coach
U10 Boys Black Gameday Coach
Email Coach Edwin

Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • BA in International Business | Belmon Abbey College

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2012-Present | Alexandria Soccer staff coach with boys ages U8-U13.

Playing Experience: 

  • Men's Varsity Soccer | Belmon Abbey College & Louisburg College
  • Alexandria Rangers | NCSL Division 1
  • Boys Varsity MVP | TC Williams High School

Support Staff

Rick Wilcox
ASA Head Goalkeeping Coach
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Education:

  • BA in English | Randolph-Macon College

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • Current Boys Head Varsity Coach | Episcopal High School                                             

Thomas (TJ) Connolly
Goalkeeper Coach/Trainer
Email TJ

Education:

  • USSF "F” License
  • BA in English | Georgetown University

Coaching Experience:

  • More than 10 years of coaching experience
  • Guest Coach | DC Stoddert and Maryland ODP
  • Head Coach | George Washington University Club Team
  • Assistant Coach | Capital City Football Club
  • Head Coach, Northern Virginia Community College Men’s Soccer

Playing Experience:

  • Georgetown University Men's Soccer
  • State Cup Champion | Keliix Intra
  • Washington Premier League | Reds, Aegean Hawks, La Barra Brava                        

Jenn Schwartz
Director of Injury Prevention & Fitness
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Jennifer Schwartz-Biggle is a nationally recognized injury prevention expert in youth soccer and the owner of Impact Sport Science Group where she consults many types of athletes on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and sport performance optimization.  

Her clients vary from ASA players, NFL players to Olympians.  She holds a Masters of Science in Muscle Activation Techniques and Fitness and Health Management, a Bachelors of Science in Pre Physical Therapy, and is a certified Exercise Physiologist.

Kieran Smith
Club Curriculum Consultant

Education                                                                                                                   

  • UEFA A Licence
  • FA Youth Modules 1 & 2
  • Masters in Tactical Periodisation
  • KNVB Coaching course
  • Curso de Las Tacticas - La Real Federacion de Futbol de Madrid
  • Curso de Metodologia  - RFEF
Coaching Experience:
  • CE Europa (Barcelona)
  • AD Alcorcon (Madrid)
  • AD Parla (Madrid)
  • Manchester City
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Fulham
  • Scottish Football Association
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