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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. 


Coach Kassie Duke (U6 Coed Academy)

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.  


Coach 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. 

Coach Leo hails from Brazil and enjoys adding cultural experiences into training for the athletes!  From a practice barefoot to Brazilian lasagna, you never know what Coach Leo will mix it up with! 


Director of Coaching 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.
Josh Shields, Jared Keesee, Paul Cano 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



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! 

"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


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.  His presence on and off the field is a calming force for any team he coaches, boys or girls. 

"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


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)

"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


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.



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Coach Guni Birgisson

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.  


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!