Alexandria Soccer Academy

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. Every coach on staff is nationally licensed 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 players in the Academy soccer program and supplemental programs are receiving the best training in the area.

ASA coaches, education and their accomplishments are listed 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 & HS Age Group Director
U13 Boys Red Head Coach
U16 Boys Red 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
  • 2009 - Present  Alexandria Soccer staff coach
  • Head Women's Coach | St. Stephen's & St. Agnes High School
    • ISL A Tournament Champions (2015)

Playing Experience: 

  • 2003-2007 | University of North Carolina-Charlotte | C-USA All-Rookie Team (2003), Team Captain (2007) 
  • 2007 |  Baton Rouge Capital | PDL 
  • 2006 |  National Champion | Carolina Dynamo PDL
  • 5-time State Cup Champion | New Orleans Soccer Academy (NOSA)

 

Jim Hogan | Tournament Director & U9-U14 Boys Age Group Director
U9-U14 Boys Age Group Director

U11 Boys Red 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
U9-U14 Girls Age Group Director
U12 Girls Red 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 | Junior Academy Director
U9 Boys Blue Head Coach
U12 Boys Red Head Coach
U17 Boys Red Head Coach
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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, & HS Girls Age Group Director
U13 Girls Red Head Coach
U14 Girls Red Head Coach
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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 
U11 Girls Blue Head 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 
U17 Girls Red 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

U15 Girls Red Coach
U16 Girls Red 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


Katie Brooks

U13 Girls Blue Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "E" License
  • BA in Rhetoric and Political Communication, Entreprenuerial Leadership
  • MA in Media and Communication Studies, Digital Video Production

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • First Coast Soccer Academy Skills Coach (2009-2010)
  • Hammers Soccer Club U9 Assistant Coach (2010)
    • Disney's Wide World of Sports 3v3 Live Champions
  • William Jewell College All Star Camp Assistant Director (2006-2009)

Playing Experience:

  • 2005-2009 | William Jewell College (NAIA Division I)
    • Academic All-American
    • 1st Team All-Conference
    • Scholar Athlete
    • Two National Tournament appearances


Daniel Chefena

U11 Boys White Head Coach
U12 Boys White Head Coach

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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 

U10 Boys Red 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 Second Bracket, Bethesda Premier Cup Champions
  • 2016 | U9 Boys Top Bracket, Futsal, America's Cup Series Champions
  • 2016 | U10 Boys Top Bracket, Futsal, America's Cup Series Champions
  • 2016 | U9 Boys Top Bracket, Futsal, US Futsal Cup Champions
  • 2017 | U9 Boys Top Bracket, Virginian Tournament Champions

Playing Experience: 

  • Varsity Men's Soccer | University of Mary Washington


Papa Dia

U13 Boys Blue Head Coach
U16 Boys White Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "D" License
  • National Youth Soccer License - "Y"
  • State and Regional Goalkeeping License
  • BA in Political Science | University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • More than 15 years of coaching experience
  • 2000-Present | Director of Youth Soccer Academy in Mali, Africa
  • Middle School Coach - 10 years
  • High School Coach - 6 years

Playing Experience: 

  • D1 and D2 Club and Professional Soccer in Mali and France
  • D1 College Soccer

Glenn Gray
Floating Coach

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Education:

  • USSF "A" License
  • Masters in Sports Leadership | Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BA in Business Administration | Univeristy of Mary Washington

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2011 - Present | Alexandria Soccer staff coach
  • 2010 - 2011 | Arlington Soccer staff coach
  • Virginia Northern District ODP staff coach
  • Former Asst. Coach at Virginia Commonwealth University

Playing Experience: 

  • 2003 - 2007 | Varsity Men's Soccer, University of Mary Washington, NSCAA
  • 2005 - 2007, 2011 | USL Premier Development League
  • 2006 - 2007 | Premier Arena Soccer League

 

Jeff Hajek
U9 Boys Red Head Coach
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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 Blue Head Coach
U12 Boys Blue Head 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 Head Coach
U10 Girls White Head Coach
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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 Red Head Coach
U10 Girls Red 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 Head 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

U13 Girls White Head Coach
U18 Boys White Head 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

U10 Boys Blue Head Coach

U15 Boys Blue Head 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


Tim Lenzo

U11 Boys Black Head Coach
U12 Boys Black Head Coach

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Education:

  • USSF "E" License

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2014-2017 | Assistant Coach Baltimore Bays Dynasty
  • 2014-2017 | Coach Central Maryland Futsal Stars
  • 2016 | Coach Stars FC Brazil U16 Girls Maryland Futsal State Champions
  • 2015-2016 Coach Stars FC Mexico Boys 2x Maryland Futsal State Champions

Playing Experience: 

  • 8 years playing experience at club level and Maryland Developmental Program
  • Varsity Men's Soccer | Howard High School
  • Multiple time Maryland Futsal Champion
  • Futsal Regional Semifinalist
  • Futsal National Participant


Said Mahious

U13 Boys Black Head Coach

U17 Boys White Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "D" License
  • USSF Soccer Referee Grade 7
  • 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 Boys White Head Coach
U15 Boys Age Group Head 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

U14 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

U9 Girls Blue Head Coach
U10 Girls Blue Head Coach
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Education:

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

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2015 - Present |  Alexandria Soccer Academy coach
  • 2016 VYSA Boys Competitive Coach of the Year
  • 5x Randy Rawls Sportsmanship Award Winner


Peja Radivojevic

U11 Girls Age Group Head Coach
U12 Girls White Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "D" 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 

U15 Girls Age White 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

U15 Boys White Head Coach
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amon

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

U18 Boys Red 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

U14 Boys Red Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "D" 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:

  • Alexandria Soccer (Academy, Futsal ID, Camps – 2015-present)
  • JV Head Coach & Varsity Assistant | Academy of the Holy Cross (2015)
  • Site Coordinator & Head Coach | United for Soccer (2012-2013)

Playing Experience: 

  • NCAA DIII, All New England | Coast Guard Academy (2003-2007)
  • Eastern New York ODP (1999-2000)
  • Black Watch Premier | Super Y League


Derek Sidberry

U11 Girls White Head Coach
U12 Girls Blue Head Coach
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Education:

  • USSF "D" License
  • BS in Aeronautical Science | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • BS in Aviation Security | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

  • 2007-2012 | Mountain Home SC, U11-U17
  • Former Technical Director | Mountain Home SC
  • 2012-2015 | FC Nova, U10-U12

Playing Experience: 

  • Varsity Men’s Soccer | E.A. Laney High School
  • US Air Force | US Air Force team Europe


Edwin Zelaya
U9 Boys White Head Coach
U10 Boys White Head Coach
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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

Thomas (TJ) Connolly
Head Goalkeeping Coach
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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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