Alexandria Soccer Academy

ASA Technical and Academy Coaching Staff

Meet our coaches!

 

ASA Technical Team | Academy Coaches | 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, Tommy Park, and the club’s Technical Director, 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

Executive Director | Tommy Park holds a BA in Business Administration from University of Mary   Washington & Master's in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University.  Previously,  he has served as the Associate Head Coach for DC United's U20s and Varsity Boys   Soccer coach at Dematha Catholic High School. His playing experience includes Men's Varsity   Soccer at University of Mary Washington, where he earned NSCAA All-American honors, DC   United U20s, and Fredericksburg Generals of the PISL. He holds the USSF "A" License, CBF "A"   License   (Audited), Unisport Futsal Coaching Certificate (Sao Paulo, Brazil), & National Youth  License. Tommy can be reached by email and follow him on Twitter!

 

 

Director of Youth Development/Deputy Director | Chris Arnold is currently the 05 Boys Red head coach. He holds a BA in Politics from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He has more than 10 years of coaching experience at Alexandria and also coaches the St. Stephen's/St. Agnes Varsity Girls soccer team. His playing experience includes Men's Varsity Soccer at University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Baton Rouge Capitol (PDL), Carolina Dynamo   (PDL), and New Orleans Soccer Academy (5x State Champions). He holds the USSF "B" License,   NSCAA Level 1 Futsal Diploma, Unisport Futsal Coaching Certificate (Sao Paulo, Brazil), &   National Youth License. Chris can  be reached by email and follow him on Twitter!


 

 

Tournament Director | Jim Hogan is currently the 2010 Red head coach & U9-U14 Boys  Age Group Director. He holds a BS in Business Management from Keene State College. He has   more than 10 years of coaching experience at Alexandria. His playing experience includes Men's   Varsity Soccer at Keene State College (NSCAA 1st Team All-New England & Little East  Conference Defensive Player of the Year). He holds the USSF "B" License, NSCAA Level 1 Futsal   Diploma, Unisport Futsal Coaching Certificate (Sao Paulo, Brazil), & National Youth License. Jim   can be reached by email and follow him on Twitter!

 

 

 

Technical Director/Academy Program Director | Ryan Rich is currently the 08 Girls Red head   coach & U9-U14 Girls Age Group Director. He holds a BA in History & Pre-Med from Princeton   University and Master's in Education from the University of Virginia. He has more than 12 years of   coaching experience at Alexandria. His playing experience includes Men's Varsity Soccer at   Princeton University (All-Ivy), Region 1 ODP, and Beach FC Desperadoes (5x State Champions).   He holds the USSF "B" License, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, Unisport Futsal Coaching   Certificate (Sao Paulo, Brazil), & National Youth License. Ryan can be reached by email and follow  him on Twitter!

 

 

 



Junior Academy Program Director | Grigor Boychev is currently the 08 Boys Blue & 07 Boys Red head coach. He holds a BS in Tourism Management from CEA (Plovidiv, Bulgaria). He   has more than 10 years of coaching experience at Alexandria & ODP. He was named the VYSA   State Coach of the Year in 2015 and Alexandria Soccer Coach of the Year in 2014. His   playing experience includes Maritza Plovidiv (Bulgarian Semi-Professional) and won a national   youth championship with the same club. He holds the USSF "B" License, & National Youth   License. Grigor can be reached by email

 

 



Futsal ID Director/Facilities Manager | Will Hanna is currently the 06 Boys Red & 05 Girls  Red head coach. He holds a BS in Sports Management & Psychology from University of  Memphis. He was named NSCAA Tennessee HS Girls Coach of the Year in 2012 and led the  Alexandria  U15 Boys Futsal ID team to a National Championship in 2016. His playing experience   includes Men's Varsity Soccer at Marshall University and Paducah Premier of the PASL. He holds   the USSF "B" License, NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Level 1 Futsal Diploma, & National   Youth License. Will can be reached by email

 

 


 

 

Director of Recreation | Peter Kallin is currently the 05 Boys White head coach. He holds a BA in Communications from Susquehanna University. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2016 and has previous coaching experience with Vienna and CASA. His playing experience includes Varsity Men's Soccer at West Virginia University. He holds a USSF "B" License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, United Soccer Coaches GK Level 1 Diploma, and United Soccer Coaches Futsal Level 1 Diploma.

 

 

Academy Coaching Staff



Katie Alonso is currently the 01 Girls Red head coach. She holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies/Elementary Education from Lynchburg College. She has coached at Alexandria for numerous year and is also an assistant  Varsity Girls coach at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes. Her playing experience include Women's Club  Soccer at Lynchburg College and was a member of the Bishop O'Connell national championship   team. She holds a USSF "D" License and Virginia State Teaching License. 

 

 

 


Ryan Alexander 
is currently the 03 Girls Red & 02 Girls Red head coach. He holds a BS in  Spanish from the University of Michigan. He has coached at Alexandria since 2014 and is currently   the Varsity Girls Coach at Sidewell Friends School. His playing experience includes FC Bihor   (Romania), Evian Thono Gaillard FC (France), and Varsity Men's Soccer at both Wake Forest   University and the University of Michigan. 

 

 

Katie Brooks is currently the 06 Girls White head coach. She holds a BA in Rhetoric and Political   Communication from William Jewell College and Master's in Media and Communication Studies   from Florida State University. She has coached at Alexandria since 2016 and previously coached   for Hammer's Soccer Club in Florida. Her playing experience includes Varsity Women's Soccer at   William Jewell College (1st Team All-Conference & Academic All-American). She holds a USSF  "E"  License.

 

 

 


Daniel Chefena is currently the 08 Boys White & 07 Boys White head coach. He has been an  Alexandria coach since 2013 and has experience with many programs within the club. He
has  youth playing experience in his home country of Eritrea. He holds a USSF "D" License. 

 

 

 

 


Lee Clement is currently the 06 Girls Red head coach. He holds a BS in Economics from the  University of Mary Washington. He has been an Alexandria coach since 2015 and has previous  experience Fredericksburg FC and Vienna. His playing experience include Varsity Men's Soccer at  the University of Mary Washington. He holds a USSF "C" License.


 

 

 

 

 

Papa Dia is currently the 05 Boys Blue & 02 Boys White head coach. Boasting over 15 years of  coaching experience, he joined the Alexandria coaching staff in 2017. He has previous coaching   experience with Arlington Soccer and is the Director of Youth Soccer Academy in Mali, Africa. His   playing experience includes Division1 & 2 Professional soccer in Mali and France. He holds a  USSF "D" License, National Youth License, and NSCAA Goalkeeper License.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Garcia is currently the 2010 Boys Gold and 09 Boys Black coach. He holds a BS in Health Science from George Mason University. He has previous coaching experience with soccer summer camps at Khary Stockton Soccer and Soccer Pros as well as Junior Academy Ball Mastery with ASA. His playing experience includes Team America Premiere in NOVA (NCSL Champion), 87’ state, regional, national pool, Adidas All-American 2002-2004, PSG U16 invitational 2005, DC United U16-18, CD Remo (Para, Brazil), Artsul FC (Rio, Brazil), Bayamon FC (Puerto Rico). He holds a USSF “E” License.

 

 

 

 


Glenn Gray is currently the 02 Boys Red head coach. He holds a BA in Business Administration   from the University of Mary Washington and Master's in Sports Leadership from Virginia  Commonwealth University. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2011 with previous experience coaching as an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University, Northern District ODP, and Arlington Soccer staff coach. His playing experience includes Varsity Men's Soccer at the University of Mary Washington and PDL. He holds a USSF "A" License.

 

 

 

 

Grady Renfrow is currently coaching the 09 Boys White team. Most recently, Grady served as Head Coach for the Virginia Hammers of the Premiere Development League (U-23)  Grady also assisted with DC United's Physical Preparation Staff for the 2017 MLS season. His playing includes Penn State's Men's Varsity Soccer, Northern Virginia Royals (PDL), Baltimore Blast (MISL), FC Leones (PRSL), Rochester Lancers (MISL) and United States Futsal National team.  He hold a USSF 'A-Senior' License, USYF Level III, and a West Ham International Academy Diploma.  Grady earned his B.S. degree in Economics from Penn State University. 

 

 

 

Ben Hawkins is currently the 2010 Boys White and 09 Boys Red head coach. He holds a BS in Sports Management from Wilmington College. He joined the Alexandria coaching staff in 2017 and has experience in many of the club's youth programs. His playing experience include Varsity Men's Soccer at Wilmington College and youth club soccer with Dayton United. He holds a USSF "E" License.

 

 

 

Chris Hubbard is currently the 08 Boys Silver head coach. He holds a BA in Psychology & Human Development from Howard University. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2016 and has previous experience with DC Stoddert and Soccer Shots. His playing experience include Varsity Men's Soccer at Howard University. He holds a USSF "E" License.

 

 

 


 

Emily Kruger is currently the 2010 Girls White and 09 Girls White head coach. She grew up playing for competetive soccer clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, transitioned smoothly into the starting goalkeeper role at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!), and then played professionally for 3 years, both abroad and in the NWSL with Portland Thorns FC. Since retiring in 2016, she's been working for an organization called Coaches Across Continents, traveling the world as a coaching consultant in Sport for Development. While she values her competitive sport experience, she left that world to pursue her belief in the potential of sport to create thoughtful, empathetic, awesome humans. Coaching soccer with a focus on life skills and social development is truly her passion!

 

 

 

 

Peja Ilic is currently the 2010 Girls Red and 09 Girls Red head coach. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2013. His playing experience includes Division 1 Professional soccer in Serba and made his first team debut at only 17 years of age. He holds a USSF "D" License.

 

 

 

 

Aurelio Kamosso is currently the 06 Boys Blue and 05 Girls White head coach. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2014. He holds a USSF "C" License and Grade 8 Referee Certification.

 

 

 

 

 

Biko Kujifi is currently the 06 Boys Black head coach. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2013 and has previous experience with Waldorf and Maryland United. He holds a USSF "D" License.

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Lenzo is currently the 08 Boys Blue and 07 Boys Blue head coach. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2017 and has previous experience with Baltimore Bays and lead multiple Stars FC teams to futsal state championships. His playing experience includes youth club soccer in Maryland and was a youth club futsal state champion. He holds a USSF "E" License.

 

 

 

Said Mahious is currently the 05 Boys Black and 00 Boys White head coach. He holds a BS in Physical Education & Sport from the University of Algiers. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2016 and has previous experience coaching youth soccer in Algeria and at Sidwell Friends. His playing experience includes Varsity Men's Soccer at the University of Algiers. He holds a USSF "D" License and Referee Grade 7 Certification.
 

 

 

 

Mike Mastrantuono is the head coach of the 03 Boys and 04 Boys White teams.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and History from the University of Maryland (College Park) and a Masters in Education from Trinity Washington University.  

After graduating, he taught Social Studies and other subjects at the high school level for ten years while coaching both high school and club soccer part-time.  Since 2017, he has coached soccer full time. He has his USSF C license and a number of certificates including the United Soccer Coaches Level 1 Futsal Diploma.

 

 

 

Josh McCave is currently the 04 Boys Red and 03 Boys Red head coach. He holds a BA in Criminology & Criminal Justic from the University of Maryland-College Park. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2016 and has previous experience with Demathan High School and Maryland Rush. His playing experience includes Varsity Men's Soccer at Seton Hill University. He holds a USSF "E" License.

 

 

 

Juliet Onufrak is the coach of the 2010 Girls Blue and 09 Girls Blue team. She started coaching for ASA’s Junior Academy in Spring 2018. Her playing experience includes club at IMG Academy in Florida, and then playing at the Catholic University of America as an outside back and outside mid from 2013-2017. In 2015 and 2016 Catholic won their conference and went to the first and second rounds of the D3 NCAA Tournament.  

 

 

 

 

 

Boris Novillo is currently the 08 Girls Blue and 07 Girls Blue head coach. He holds a diploma from National Personal Training Institute, Fitness Certificate from NOVA and has been working with ASA for the last 7 years, coaching both boys and girls as well as being involved in Futsal and many more programs. Past experience coaching Biship O’Connell JV girls team as well as Bolivian league woman’s team (Tinkus San Simon). His playing experience includes Bolivian academy Aurora futsal Division 1, Nteractive (DC United 6v6 tournament) Wilstermann Bolivian league. He holds a USSF "D" License, National Youth License.

 

 

 

 

Christophe Poyac is currently the 04 Girls White head coach. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2009 and teaches French at Browne Academy in Alexandria. He holds a USSF "C" License.

 

 

 

 


 

Peja Radivojevic is currently the 06 Boys White and 07 Girls Red head coach. He holds a BS in Sport and Physical Education from University of Nis-Serbia. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2016 and helped lead the U15 Boys Futsal ID team to the national championship in 2016. His playing experience includes Varsity Men's Soccer at the University of Nis-Serbia and professional futsal in Serbia Premier Division. He holds a USSF "D" License and NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1 Diploma.

 

 

Gonzalo Ramella is the 03 Girls White Team head coach. He holds a BA in Criminology from the University of South Florida. He has been on the Alexandria Academy coaching staff since 2012. His playing experience includes Men's Soccer Program at Warner University (NAIA All-American), Men's Soccer Program at University of South Florida (NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite 8), FC Oberneuland, Brinkumer SV and Bremer SV (Germany), Deportivo AELU and Sporting Cristal (Peru). He holds a USSF "D" License.

 

 

 

 

Ramon Roque is currently the 01 Boys Red head coach. He holds a BS in Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2014. He holds a USSF "D" License.

 

 

 

 

Ricardo Salamanca is currently the 00 Boys Red head coach. He holds a BS in International Business & French at Old Dominion University. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2017 and has over 15 years coaching experience. His playing experience includes Varsity Men's Soccer at Old Dominion University. He holds a USSF "C" License.

 

 

 

 

Scott Senkier is currently the 04 Girls Red head coach. He holds a BS in Ops Research & Computer Analysis at US Coach Guard Academy and Master's in Information Systems Technology at George Washington University. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2015 with previous coaching experience at the Academy of the Holy Cross. His playing experience includes Varsity Men's Soccer at US Coach Guard Academy (All New England) and Eastern New York ODP. He holds a USSF "D" License.

 

 

 

 

Derek Sidberry is currently the 08 Girls Blue and 07 Girls Blue head coach. He holds a BS in Aeronautical Science and Aviation Security at Embry-Riddle University. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2017 with previous coaching experience at FC Nova and Mountain Home SC. His playing experience includes time with the US Air Force Europe team. He holds a USSF "D" License.

 

 

 

Chris Vaccaro currently coaches the 2010 Boys Black and 09 Boys Blue teams. Hebegan coaching eighteen years ago and joined ASA in 2006 and holds a USSF “C” License. Chris was a four-year starter at Vassar College, played for the New Jersey Olympic Development and State Select teams and remains the all-time leading scorer for Camden Catholic High School (NJ). He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Film & Media Studies from Vassar College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Richard Stockton College, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Penn State University, and is pursuing his Ph.D at American University.

 


 

Edwin Zelaya is currently the 2010 Boys Blue head coach. He holds a BA in International Business at Belmon Abbey College. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2012. His playing experience includes Varsity Men's Soccer at Belmon Abbey College & Louisburg College. He holds a USSF "E" License.

 

 

 

Support Staff

 

Lead GK Coach | TJ Connolly holds a BA in English from Georgetown University. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2015 and serves as the Head Men's Coach at Northern Virginia Community College. His playing experience includes Varsity Men's Soccer at Georgetown University. He holds a USSF "E" License.

 

 

 

 

 

Director of Injury Prevention & Fitness | Jenn Schwartz is a nationally-recognized injury prevention expert in youth soccer and owner of Impact Sports Science Group where she consults many types of athletes on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and sports performance optimization. Her clients vary from Alexandria Soccer players, NFL players to Olympians. She holds a Master's in Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness, and Health Management, a BS in Pre-Physical Therapy, and is a certified Exercise Physiologist.

 

 

 

Club Curriculum Consultant | Kieran Smith  is a globally-recognized author and educator teaching possession-based soccer with direct experience within top Spanish and English youth academies, including CE Europa (Barelona) and Manchester City (England). He holds a UEFA "A" License and Master's in Tactical Periodization.

 

 

Mental Training Consultant | Robyn Kenney is a peak performance expert. She is also a former international athlete for Team USA (2002-2006) and a Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame recipient (2017). As the Director of Mind Body Athletics, she teaches mental skills to a variety of athletic teams to improve focus, resiliency, and confidence. Robyn has 14 years experience coaching at The Ohio State University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and TC Williams High School. She holds a MA in Energy & Environmental Analysis from Boston University and a certification as a Mindfulness Instructor from the Center of Koru Mindfulness.

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