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 and Technical 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 U13 Boys Red  & U16 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 U11 Boys 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 U12 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 U9 Boys Blue & U12 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 U13 Girls Red & U14 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 U13 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

 

Staci Alario is currently the U11 Girls Blue head coach. She holds a BA in Psychology from the  College of Wooster and Master's in Psychology from Walden University. She has previous  coaching experience coaching Varsity Girls soccer at Blair Academy and has been with  Alexandria since 2014. Her playing experience include Women's Varsity Soccer at University of  Wooster and youth club soccer with PDA and New Jersey ODP. She holds a USSF "E" License. 

 

 

 



Katie Alonso is currently the U17 Girls Red head coach. She holds a BS in Psychology 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 U15 GIrls Red & U16 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 U13 Girls Blue 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 U11 Boys White & U12 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 U10 Boys 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 U13 Boys Blue & U16 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.

 

 



Glenn Gray is currently the U17 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 U9 & U10 Boys Blue teams. 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 U11 Boys Blue & U12 Boys Blue 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 U9 Girls White & U10 Girls White 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.

 

 

 

 

Peja Ilic is currently the U9 Girls Red & U10 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 U13 Girls White & U18 Boys White head coach. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2014. He holds a USSF "D" License and Grade 8 Referee Certification.

 

 

 

 

 

Biko Kujifi is currently the U10 Boys Blue & U15 Boys Blue 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 U11 Boys Black & U12 Boys Black 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 U13 Boys Black 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.
 

 

 

 

Josh McCave is currently the U14 Boys White & U15 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.

 

 

 

Christophe Poyac is currently the U14 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 "D" License.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Radakovich is currently the U9 Girls Blue & U10 Girls Blue head coach. She holds a BA in Psychology from Western Michigan University and Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis from Spalding University. She has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2015 and was named the VYSA Competitive Coach of the Year in 2016. She holds a USSF "E" License.

 

 

 

 

Peja Radivojevic is currently the U11 Girls Red & U12 Girls White 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 currently the U15 Girls White head coach. He holds a BA in Criminology from the University of South Florida. He has been on the Alexandria coaching staff since 2012 and has previous coaching experience with the Varsity Girls soccer team at TC Williams High School (2012 - 13). 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 (German Regionalliga), Brinkumer SV (German Oberliga) and Bremer SV (German Oberliga). He holds a USSF "D" License.

 

 


 

Ramon Roque is currently the U15 Boys White 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 U18 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 U14 Boys 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 U11 Girls White & U12 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.

 


 

Edwin Zelaya is currently the U9 Boys Blue & U10 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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