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USC Boys' Coaches Continue Tradition of Excellence

By USC, 11/26/19, 6:15PM CST

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Meet the USC Boys' Coaches

Since 2007, United Soccer Club continues to offer North Alabama's most competitive program for boys ages 4-18, including North Alabama's only National League team, the USC 05 Boys Premier, along with several Mid-South Regional teams, multiple D1 teams, and various level teams within age groups. 
From the U6 Academy to the U19 Boys, our coaches and staff are focused on developing strong, independent, skilled boys who can handle themselves with integrity on and off the field.  USC's Boys' coaches are committed to providing improved player development, increased technical skills, refined tactical understanding, and more, in a constructive environment.  Our coaches are prepared to succeed and fail, challenge and encourage, teach and correct, and develop and nurture all the boys, whether soccer veterans or new to the sport.  If you would like more information on the USC Boys' Program, email unitedscregistrar@gmail.com and we will put you in touch with the appropriate age group manager. 


U6 Coed Academy: Kassie Duke

Coach Kassie is a USC veteran, having played herself for Coach Rusty Campbell.  Kassie then went on to play college women's soccer at the University of Mobile in Mobile, AL and moved back to North Alabama where she is an elementary school teacher at Lacey's Spring Elementary and also coaches basketball. 

Assistant Coach: Kelsie Shields

The U6 Academy focused on footwork, ball control, passing, dribbling, and shooting this fall.  Small sided games keep the U6 moving and lots of balance and coordination games prepare these players for a long career in soccer.  


U7/8 Boys Academy: Leo Santin

Coach Leo is excited to be back leading the U7/8 Academy!   His infectious personality and dedication to fundamentals make athlete's time in the Academy not only fun, but productive.  Athletes can expect to work on individual skills, passing, dribbling, shooting, and decision making.  U8 will play 4v4, but will introduce the concepts of 7v7 for moving up to the U9 age division. 


11/08/07 boys Head Coach: Rusty Campbell

Coach Rusty has over 20 years of coaching experience in the North Alabama area on all levels of play for both boys and girls. He has played soccer on competitive levels in club, high school, and college in Alabama.  He is dedicated to the soccer community to help young soccer players achieve their goals in addition to helping them grow as young people both on and off the field. Rusty serves as the Director of Coaching for USC, holds a USSF C License, and has collected multiple State Championships and tournament wins through the years.

11B:  The group of 11B boys made great strides this season learning the 7v7 style of play and developing individual skills, field positioning, but most of all bonded as a team and friends.  They are ready to come out strong for Spring 2020!
Assistant Coaches: Josh Shields, Jared Keesee, Paul Cano

08BP:  The 08 Boys Premier closed out the season as DII ASA State League Champions of the U12 A Division.  This talented team continues to impress and outscore their competition with impressive wins by enormous margins.   Several of the 08BP were selected to travel to the Atlanta United training facility with the 07BP to scrimmage 07 Boys Atlanta Utd FC. 

08BE:  The 08 Boys Elite represented USC in the D Division of the DII ASA U12 State League and finished the season third in their bracket at 5-1-2 with outstanding season wins like 8-0, 7-2, and 6-1.   This multi-talented group of boys continues to develop together and increase their level of play season after season.   
08B Assistant Coaches: Josh Shields, Manil Maskey, Patrick Coleman

07BP:  The 07 Boys Premier team dominated the U12 D1 ASA State League A Division going 5-0 on the season with incredible wins like 11-0 and outscoring opponents 25-1 on the league's season.  These talented boys are setting the bar high for the younger teams to strive for.   They traveled to St. Louis for the Scott Gallagher Friendlies and then to Battleground Tournament of Champions later in the season, where they brought home a 1st place finish in the U12 Gold Bracket. 

07BE: The 07 Boys Elite found success on the field at the Battleground Tournament of Champions bringing home a 1st place finish in the U13 Silver Bracket.    Their D2 U13 ASA State League play was highly competitive and provided quite a few challenging games for these boys to compete in. 
07B Assistant Coach: Yinka Ajayi

"Coach Rusty is an incredible coach and we feel very fortunate to have him coach our young team this season.  Coach Rusty feels very strongly that the love of the sport and the key fundamentals of the game should be cultivated at a young age.  Our team this year had a lot of new faces join (some first timers to club soccer), so we started the season at a base level.  However, by the end of the season our boys looked like a different team – our passing, ball control, communication on the field, and just all-around confidence improved tremendously.  Coach Rusty is a pro at building upon each practice, game, mistakes and celebrations helping each child realize their potential all for the betterment of the team as a whole."  Meggan Crunkleton, 11B parent


10B/04BP/01/02BP Head Coach: Paul Cano

Coach Paul hails from Mexico where he coached in the youth academies at all age levels at two of the most prominent professional soccer organizations in Mexican First Division Professional Soccer, Atlas and Chivas.  Paul's love of soccer and unique international perspective bring an amazing opportunity for the youth of USC to learn from one of the most qualified! 

10B Premier and Elite:   The 2010 boys just completed their third season playing 7v7 and the future is bright with this group.  After coming off a strong Spring season, the team saw 11 new players join team this Fall.  This group of new players added to an already competitive group and pushed the U10 academy to new heights.  Two teams were sent to three tournaments this season winning two medals and placing one team in the semi-finals.  At the Battleground tournament in Nashville, we competed in the Gold and Copper divisions against tough teams from TN and IL with the Elite team bringing home a silver medal in the Copper division.    At the Bash in the Boro tournament in Murfreesboro, one team brought home the gold medal while the other advanced to the semi-finals.  Finally, at the Ala Jr Cup in Decatur, the two teams competed hard on a cold and rainy weekend.  Needing a win in their final game to advance to the finals, the Premier team came up one goal short in a thrilling back and forth 7-7 game.  The coaching staff is excited to continue to work with the team to develop their individual skills and a possession based playing style.

"I will say again.....this season has been great for my son.  He has regained his love for the game again...and for that I am very grateful. " - Kelechi Okwu, 10B Parent
10B Assistant Coaches: David Alldredge & Donald Lao

04B Premier:  The USC 04 Boys Premier finished the D1 ASA U16 Division A state league play with a winning record of 3-2-1.  They continue their season as 1 of the 3 USC teams who qualified with the Mid South Conference play later in December.
Assistant Coach: Billy Hughes 

 


09 Boys Head Coach: Mike Latty

Coach Latty's accolades are a mile long, but his genuine kindness and love for the sport of soccer is what draws USC players to respect him and learn to respect the game.  The U11 Boys have had an outstanding season with Coach Latty at the helm of transitioning into 9v9 play. 

09B: 
The 09B Premier kicked off the season playing in the Scott Gallagher Friendlies in St. Louis, MO where they were met with incredible mid-west competition.  They were finalists in the Gold Division of Battleground Tournament of Champions and have been able to experience competitive play this season by challenging themselves with a rigorous schedule of mostly 08 teams.   09B Elite found their groove learning to incorporate more complicated play and also have taken on (8) 08 teams throughout the season.  09B Select moved into 9v9 seamlessly, playing friendlies and tournaments that challenged them and were rewarding to see all their hard work come together. 

Every season the 09 Boys add several new players from all different soccer backgrounds, making the training group that much more competitive and giving all 3 teams greater depth for the rosters.  This age group overall has so much talent that all 3 teams are competing at an incredible level and will continue to attract top 09 players to the program.  These boys continue to challenge each other to be better and the future is bright for this group! 

Assistant Coaches:  Grant Kruse, Jose Gonzalez, Angel Ibanez 

"The coaches of the 09B program are incredible mentors for these young men.  Not only are they teaching our kids how to play the game, they constantly challenge them to be better on and off the field.  When the soccer is over, the friendships they are forming and life lessons they are learning will be what they remember as adults."  -Meredith Miller, 09B parent


06 Boys Head Coach: Phil Moyer

Coach Phil played high school soccer at Grissom High School winning a State Championship in 1992 under the coaching of Mike Latty.  He continued playing soccer in college at Belhaven College in Jackson, MS.   His collegiate honors include 2 years on the All Conference Team, 1 year on the All Region Team, and Honorable Mention All-American.
Phil continued playing Amateur and Professional soccer after college on:
Amateur - Brilla FC –team that is involved with summer ministry tours and camps
Semi-Professional - Birmingham Grasshoppers, Jackson Chargers (USISL)
Professional Experience - Charlotte Eagles (A- League), Carolina Dynamo (D3)

06 Boys:  The 06 Boys Premier were D1 ASA U14 Division A State League Champions finishing the season 4-1 in league play, including impressive wins like 5-0 and 5-1.   Both the 06BP and 06BE finished up the season with a weekend of tournament play at the AL Jr Cup. 

"Having transferred in from a different city, we were thrilled to have our son placed with such a quality program.  Placing a focus on player development, the coaching staff is determined to provide an excellent training environment that motivates the players to put forth their best effort."   -Julieann Oxley, 06B parent


05 & 03 Boys Premier Head Coach: Paul Tedesco

Coach Paul graduated from Grissom High School and then went on to play at UAH and professional soccer for the Chattanooga Express in 1995 and 1996.  Coach Paul holds a USSF "C" license.

05B Premier:  The USC 05 Boys Premier team continued its successful showing in regional and national play during the Fall 2019 season. The team went undefeated in the Gallagher Friendlies chalking up two decisive wins and a draw against the U15 St. Louis FC Development Academy team; this marks the third draw in as many games against a professional Development Academy team for the side this year. The 05 Boys competed for the third straight year in the MidSouth Conference of the USYS National League and finished with a record of 4-2-1 which will be good enough for at least a top three finish in the league. The team was selected once again to compete in the USYS National League (National Tier) and will travel to Florida twice in the month of December to face teams from New Jersey, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, Nevada and California. Outside of league play, the team successfully defended its State Cup title in November and allowed zero goals across both games played to repeat as Alabama State Champs; a title this team has held three of the last four years.

03B Premier:  Finished third in ASA U17 Division A DI State Cup with a 5-2-1 State League season record.  This team continues to grow and develop into leaders for the club.  



05BE

05 Boys Elite & 03 Boys Elite Head Coach: Gunnar Birggison

Coach Guni was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1992. Before moving to the United States in 2015, Gunnar played semi-pro soccer in Iceland.  In 2009 and 2010 he played 10 games for Iceland U-17 and U-19 National Team to qualify for the European Championship.  Gunnar played 2 years for UAH, captaining the team in his Junior and Senior years.  

05 Boys Elite:  The 05 Boys Elite became the FIRST Elite USC team to ever win DI State League play!   They finished the D1 ASA U14 Division A season 4-1!  
They closed out the season at the AL Jr Cup finishing second in their bracket of the U15 Gold Division. 

03 Boys Elite:  The 03 Boys Elite played ASA U17 Division A State Cup bracket, along with 03 Boys Premier, this season.  They finished in the middle of the pack with several key wins against larger programs.  They continue to become key leaders for their respective high school teams and move into spring school season with a competitive fall schedule helping to develop their skills. 


Goal Keeping: Paul Cano

Coach Paul hails from Mexico where he coached in the youth academies at all age levels at two of the most prominent professional soccer organizations in Mexican First Division Professional Soccer, Atlas and Chivas.  Paul's love of soccer and unique international perspective bring an amazing opportunity for the youth of USC to learn from one of the most qualified!