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  • Roberto Sibaja
    Branch Director Director of Coaching
    USSF A License

    Roberto Sibaja is a native of Alajuela, Costa Rica where he played in Liga Deportiva Alajuelense youth divisions for many years. In 2001, he was recruited for the U-20 Costa Rican National Team to compete in the World Cup in Argentina. In 1997, Roberto’s family relocated to Atlanta. He played for Wheeler High School and a Metro Atlanta Youth Club team. He earned a full athletic scholarship and played collegiate soccer for Life University from 1999 to 2003, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition. Roberto graduated with a Masters in Sports Health Science and Nutrition from Life University in 2009. In 1998, he began his coaching career. He has coached at various Metro Atlanta youth organizations for seven years, training teams and holding head coach positions through 2005. From early 2004 to 2005, Roberto was Director of Personal Training for Bally Total Fitness. Most recently, he served as the Center Director/Director of Training at SuperKick in Norcross. 

  • Sergio Magana
    Asst Director of Coaching
    USSF B License

    Before joining Norcross, Sergio spent 2 years coaching at Alianza Soccer Club (ASC) at both the state and regional levels. He played a crucial role in assisting ASC in attaining regional premier league status. During this time, Sergio also served ASC as director of the youth boy’s division, U10 through U18.With his family originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Sergio’s professional experience began with playing in the youth division of Club Atlas where he soon made his way up to the top level team. Before Club Atlas, Sergio played Georgia Youth Soccer with the Mustangs in Dekalb, GA.

  • Ryan Maurer
    Academy Program Director
    USSF A / UEFA B

    Ryan grew up in Dumfries, Scotland.  He moved to Atlanta after spending the last 4 years in New York where initially he coached for the New York Red Bulls in their Regional Training Program after which he moved to coach in Downtown United Soccer Club in Manhattan.  There he coached in their travel and academy programs as well as being involved in City Soccer In the Community bringing soccer to kids in inner city public schools. After 2 years coaching at Norcross, Ryan took over the role as Academy Director in February 2015.  He recently coached in the 2003 boys ODP program and is working towards becoming a USSF coaching instructor. He also holds a USSF A, UEFA B and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

  • Dan Dawson
    Recreational Program Director
    USSF National C License

    Dan is from London, England and grew up playing in the Crystal Palace Academy before playing for Semi-Professional Cray Wanderers in their youth team, Dan became the youngest player to represent the first team at age 15 in a Preseason tournament. Dan moved to Atlanta to play collegiate Soccer for Truett McConnell College and then moving to Conway, Arkansas to play for Central Baptist College earning the defense MVP award his senior year. He then started coaching at Arkansas Utd in their academy program before returning to Atlanta and joining UFA in 2014. Dan was the Goalkeeper coach for Georgia State University Men's Soccer team in 2014 before he moved to coach the Atlanta Silverbacks Goalkeepers in the 2015 NASL season. Dan coaches for Coerver and currently has academy teams at Norcross.

  • Chris Bess
    Staff Coach
    USSF National D License

    Chris Bess served as the junior varsity boys head coach at Norcross High School from 2004-2006 before taking over the varsity boys program in 2007 where he has guided the program to multiple state tournament appearances. He has also coached the U-11 girls Academy team at the Forsyth Fusion Soccer Club from 2006-2008. Chris holds a B. A. in English and a Masters of Teaching Secondary Education degree from the University of South Carolina and an Ed.S. Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. Chris grew up playing club soccer for the North Augusta Kicks and Aiken United Soccer Clubs in South Carolina. He started on the varsity team at North Augusta High School for 4 years and earned South Carolina AAAA All-Region III honors from 1995-1997 and played on the South Carolina state ODP team from 1993-1996.

  • Jimmy Croy
    Staff Coach

    Jimmy came to the U.S. from England in 2015 and comes to UFA Norcross with over 9 years of coaching experience in a wide range of sports/activities.  He has experience working with all age groups ranging from as young as 2 well on to adults aged 45 and has worked with both boys and girls.  Jimmy has played soccer from 8 years old on through college.  After a knee injury, Jimmy turned his focus on coaching.  He has a Joint Honours Degree in Sports Coaching Science and Sports Development.

  • Steve DeCou
    Staff Coach

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Robin Dixon
    Staff Coach
    USSF A License

    Robin has been involved in developing soccer players at the youth level for over20years. He began coaching while playing collegiately at Wake Forest in the early 90’s. He then worked 6 years with Baton Rouge United as the Assistant Director followed by five years with the New Orleans Soccer Academy as both the Boys’ Director and the Developmental Program Director (ages 4-10). Robin Dixon joined the Norcross Soccer Academy (now UFA-Norcross)Coaching Staff after 6 years at AFC Lightning where he was hired as the Director of Player Development in 2004. Shortly thereafter, he was named the Director of the Boys’ Program in 2006 serving in this capacity through the 2009-10 season.

    Robin has extensive experience at every level of youth soccer development from the 4 year old beginners to the experienced College players. He has had the opportunity to coach 10teams toState Championships, 2 RPL Championsand has been a part of several Region III medal winners.

  • Bryan Dominguez
    Staff Coach

    Bryan was born in Atlanta, GA but grew up in Cali, Colombia. He returned to the United States as a teenager when he was offered a place at the US National Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida in 2006. He attended the Edison Academic Center where he earned back-to-back NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American accolades, and played club soccer for Concorde Fire in Georgia, before playing two years of college soccer for UC Santa Barbara. 

    Dominguez turned professional in 2010 when he signed with Miami FC of the USSF Division 2 Professional League. He made his professional debut on April 10, 2010 in a game against the Rochester Rhinos.   

    Dominguez was a member of the United States U-17 men's national soccer team in 2007, and scored one goal in his four appearances with the team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea.

  • Sam Helliwell
    Staff Coach
    FA Level 1 Award (England)

    Sam originally grew up in England and moved to Atlanta in 2014. He played semi professional soccer in England for 4 years in addition to playing in high school and college. Sam attended Leeds City College and graduated with a degree in Sports Coaching  and Development. Sam has been coaching for 6 years. He won the Regional Championship in 2015 at the Atlanta Girls Middle School.

  • Ross Keenan
    Staff Coach
    USSF D License

    Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland before moving out to the States May 2014. Ross played in the youth academy before Graduating from University in Scotland with an Bsc (Hons) in Sports Coaching. He has worked with numerous coaching companies, primarily, a charitable organization set up by an ex-soccer player who offered complementary soccer sessions to children and adolescents in disadvantaged areas of Glasgow.  Also has experience with the Scottish Football Association working alongside international teams traveling to Scotland to play in UEFA tournaments and against Scotland's National team. At UFA, Ross has coached both boys and girls in Academy as well as Select teams.

  • Steve Magennis
    Staff Coach

    Bio Coming Soon

  • Rich Mealey
    Staff Coach
    USSF A License / UEFA B License

    Rich originates from Hampshire in the south of England and joined Norcross in the spring of 2009. Before coming to the U.S., Rich worked for Chelsea FC in his native England as the U9 and U10 Elite Training Center coach. Additional responsibilities included overseeing schools soccer programs and Head Coach at Chelsea Soccer Camps. During his spell there Richard was part of the full Chelsea English Premier League Team Pre Season Tour to Asia. He also holds a National Diploma in Sports Psychology. Prior to his move to Chelsea, Richard was on the coaching staff at The David Beckham Academy in London.  As a player, Rich played Non-League football for various clubs where he won two League Championships and had several appearances in the FA Cup. As a youth player Rich represented his county Hampshire at U18 youth level. His primary aim is to gain the highest possible coaching qualifications and to become a devoted student of the game. 

  • Samson Nyamunda
    Staff Coach
    National License F

    Samson Nyamunda grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe.   He was the captain for the  Zimbabwe under 17, under 20s national teams. In January, 2011, Samson migrated to USA to attend college with a full athletic and academic scholarship at Southern Polytechnic State University where he played as a defensive midfielder. The team reached the quarter finals of the NAIA and Samson was named in the Southern State conference 2nd team . In his sophomore year, he transferred to Reinhardt University and helped Reinhardt University win its first ACC championship in 2014-2015 season.  He was named in the first team of the ACC conference and received several individual accolades.  In 2015-2016 season he was captain of the Reinhardt men's soccer and was named in the second team of the conference.  Samson graduated from Reinhardt University in  2015 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.   

  • Adrián García Padilla
    Staff Coach

    Adrián is a native of Spain and has years of experience as a professional soccer player as well as a professional trainer for soccer teams such as the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Honduras Women's U20 National Team.  Adrián's academic background is in Sports Sciences. He has a Masters in Business Administration and Sports.

  • Renata Peixoto
    Staff Coach

    Renata is a native of Brazil and is a former collegiate and semi-pro athlete.  She has extensive personal experience and education in Human Performance, Health and Masters in Business Administration as well as team building and motivational techniques.  She is an experienced athlete and qualified coach who teaches, guides and empowers each athlete to optimum athletic and personal success.   

  • Terry Roddy
    Staff Coach
    UEFA B/PFA Level 1 and 2/Coerver Youth Diploma/NSCAA National Diploma

    A passionate and skilled soccer coach with lifelong experience of the game.  During his youth and Irish league/League of Ireland playing time Terence gained IFA and FAI Irish coaching badges and UEFA B license. Adding a BA. Sports and recreation management degree whilst playing for Kent Athletic FC in the South midlands football league, England.  Terence continued his coaching education at Reading Football Club gaining PFA level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications, with 10 years as a successful coach, he has proven history of developing youth soccer programs.  Joining UFA Norcross after Four years with AFC Lightning and one year with Alpharetta Ambush acquiring the Coerver Coaching youth and NSCAA National diplomas along the way.

  • Carlos Tello
    Staff Coach
    ESPFA 1 License

    Carlos joined NSA in February of 2010. Carlos Tello is a native of Madrid, Spain. He started his career with Real Madrid´s youth team from 1992 until 1997, winning the U-16 national championship. Carlos has represented the Spanish National Team at the U-15 and U-16 levels, winning gold at the European Games. 

    He is a ten-time International player with the regional selection team of Madrid, representing his country in the UEFA Regional Cup. Carlos has played professionally in Spain for such teams as Alcorcón, Alcalá de Henares and San Sebastián de los Reyes, playing against teams such as Real Madrid in Spain´s King´s Cup.

    Carlos has worked as the goalkeeper coach for Emory University´s mens´ team since 2008 and began his first season as the goalkeeper coach for Walton High School´s men's varsity team in 2010. He is also an Training Center goalkeeper coach for the US Soccer Federation, as well as a scout.

  • Mark Tonner
    Staff Coach
    USSF C License

    Mark is a native of South Africa and has been living in Atlanta since 1994. He has been a very successful coach and coached teams at State, Regional and National levels. Mark is a dedicated coach who gives great attention to technical training. Mark played college soccer for Life University and graduated in 1999 with a BS in Nutrition.

    He is married to wife Partricia and they have a daughter Kalvine.

  • Jorge Tragodora
    Staff Coach
    USSF D License

    Jorge was born and raised in Callao,Peru.  He started playing soccer for Tito Drago academy at Lima,Peru and then played for Cienciano del Cuzco under 20.   In 2001, Jorge moved to Atlanta and played for Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves and then 2006 played the NPSL League with Atlanta FC.   

  • Tom Wilson
    Staff Coach
    USSF D License / FA Level 2

    Tom is a native of Tadcaster, England and grew up playing in the youth training system at York City FC and Halifax Town FC. Tom continued his soccer career in Atlanta for Reinhardt University where he played for four years. He is currently completing his MBA at Reinhardt University. Tom has close to 10 years coaching experience in the UK, Spain and USA in various roles including camp coaching/directing, select coaching and academy coaching. He also worked on the North America staff for Eredevisie Club FC Utrecht.

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