DIRECTOR OF COACHING - Former EPL Professional and England International Player
Former English Premier League and Championship Player having played over 350 Professional games and scoring over 80 league goals (Click Here). England International 1989-90 (5 caps/3 goals) and selected for the England 1990 World Cup Team player pool Click Here. Charlton Player of the Year 1989-90 and then sold by Charlton to Sheffield Wednesday for 1 million GDP. English Football League Cup Winner 1990-91 Sheffield Wednesday 1- Man Utd 0 (Click Here) Championship League Third Place Medal 1990-91 Sheffield Wednesday. 1992-3 sold by Sheffield Wednesday to Crystal Palace in a player exchange deal valued at 1 million GDP. Championship League Winners Medal Crystal Palace 1993-94. Retired from professional football in 1998 due to injury having played alongside players like current England Head Coach Garth Southgate, David Beckham, Paul Gascoigne and Eric Cantona to name a few. Player/Coach of the English Semi-Professional Team Canvey Island (1998-2000) Isthmian League Division One champions 1998–99, Essex Senior Cup Champions 1998-9 &1999-2000. Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic Youth Academy Coach (2005-2011) Seacrest High School Head Coach (2013-2019) District Champions 2018. Florida Fire Juniors Head Coach 1998/99 Boys Team – (2013-2017) FYSA State Cup Finalist and 2x Final Four. Showcase Champions Atlanta Cup, IMG Showcase, Dmitri Cup and the Disney Qualifier. Coach at Chicago Fire Juniors Emerging Talent Program (ETP) summer evaluation clinic 2014-15.Head coach for the Chicago Fire Elite 2002 Team- 2014 -17 & Las Vegas Mayors Showcase Cup Winner 2017-18.
Florida Fire Juniors Director of Coaching -2013 (353 players) Present (595 players) USSF National F,E,D, B Waiver & Adult License, FA Level 2, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, Goalkeeping Diploma & Level 2 Diploma.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COACHING (U9-U10) - USSF D, Returning ADOC
Coaching Experience: Entering 5th season with Florida Fire Juniors; Assistant Youth-Academy Director (2017-2018): Youth-Academy Director (2018-2019); Coach at Chicago Fire Juniors Emerging Talent Program (ETP) summer evaluation clinic 2017 and 2018; Assistant Coach Chicago Fire Juniors Boys 2003 Elite (2018) at Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup Showcase; Head Coach Chicago Fire Juniors Boys 2007 Elite White (2018) at Disney Showcase Orlando
Qualifications: USSF National D License.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COACHING (U11 & U12) - UEFA B
Enri Tafaj began his professional career in 2007 with KF Tirana after working his way up through the youth setup at the club. He joined up with the first team during the winter break in the 2006–07 season. He made his league debut with KF Tirana in round 32 of the 2006–07 Albanian Superliga season on 12 May 2007. The match was against Teuta Durres at the Niko Dovana Stadium. Tafaj started the game and played the whole 90 minutes. In October 14, 2008 he played against AC Milan, where he had to mark and defend 1v1 Ronaldinho. He played against players such as Maldini, Shevchenko, Pirlo, Nesta, Seedorf etc. Click here In January 2009 he joined KS Dajti on loan for the rest of the season. He then moved to FC Kamza, as KS Dajti had been renamed. He spent the early part of the 2010–11 season on loan at Laçi, where he played 90 minutes in Europa League first qualifying round match against Dnepr Mogilev. In the 2011–12 Superliga season, Tafaj played regularly for Kamza. Click here Tafaj returned to pre-season training with Kamza, but joined Superliga side Tomori Berat before the start of the 2012–13 season. In winter 2013 he joined KF Partizani where he played for 6 months. After he left Partizani he joined KF Dinamo where he played till March 2015 when he decided to move in USA with his family and to stop playing soccer but focus in coaching. Tafaj was called up to the Albania under-19 team for the Slovakia Cup tournament in April and May 2007, and also played twice in qualifying for the UEFA under-19 championships. In October 2008, he was called up to the Albania under-21 team. Tafaj started his coaching career at Tirana Junior Club where he coached for a year a U11 team. In March 2015 he took UEFA B license. In 2015 he become part of Florida Fire Juniors, where he started as the head coach of BU14 and BU10 and a trainer in the Pre-academy. 2019-2020 will be the 5th season being the 2006 boy’s Premier team Head coach.
Qualifications: UEFA B license.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COACHING (BU13 & Above) - USSF A
United States 1987-1988 Mercy College, NCAA Division II, Athletic/Academic Scholarship Recipient 1986-1998 NY Irish Select Teams, 1986-2004 NY Irish Shamrocks and NY Irish Rovers (MVP) 1992-1995 New York University, Captain, 2-Time All-Conference 1st Team Player. 1992-1995 New York University, Captain, 2-Time All-Conference 1st Team Player. Head Coach CLICK HERE Men’s Soccer, New York University, NCAA Division III (1996-2016) and led the program to first ever NCAA Final Four (2006) and UAA Conference Championship (2010) Multiple NCAA Tournament Appearances, ECAC Championships, and National Top 10 Rankings Achieved School and Conference Records, including Most Wins, Goals, and Goals Against Average Produced Numerous All-Americans, All-Region, and All-Conference Athletes Two-Time UAA Coaching Staff of the Year Recipient.
Qualifications: NSCA DIPLOMAS & USSF National Licenses Premier A, B, and C Advanced National Goalkeeper State License *Active USC Instructor.
Coerver Trainer - Coerver Diploma 1, USSF D, Returning Coach
About Coach Astramowicz: D License, Coerver Youth 1& 2 And USC GK 1. Born In Queens, NY. Move To Florida In 2007 To Slow Things Down, Get Away From The Hustle And Bustle Of Everyday City Life And To Get Out Of The Harsh Winters. Started Playing Soccer From 4-17 Years Old For The New Hyde Park Wildcats And Again As An Adult From 21-24 Years Old. Also Played For Sewanhaka Junior And Senior H.S. Was Away From The Game For Over A Decade Due To Illness. After The Most Recent Surgery Decided To Be On The Soccer Field And Spend Time Working With Players, Helping As Much As Possible On And Off The Pitch. Been With FFJ For 4 Years As Head Coach Of Multiple Teams Per Season As Well As Club Trainer Working With 15 Different Team Last Season Alone. Identifies As Soccer Coach Owning Own Transport Business. Affinity For BBQ Since Moving To The South As It Was Scarce In NYC. Eats It At Every Chance. Quote To Live By: "Dedication Without Talent Is A Hard Road, But Talent Without Dedication Is A Total Nightmare." Be The Best Version Of Yourself, And Use The Gifts You Were Given.
Goal Keeper Trainer - USSF F, Returning Trainer
About Coach Bailey: Assistant For U17 Girls And Assistant Goalkeeper Trainer. F License. Born In Reading, PA. Moved To Naples In 2000. Played For Naples Sharks, Formerly Florida Fire Juniors, As A U8. Moved From A Second Team Goalkeeper To A First Team Goalkeeper And Competed In The Final Four Of State Cup In 2013, 2014 And 2015. Played For FFJ For 10 Years And Trained As An Assistant Goalkeeper For 1 Year. Currently Prefers Official Refereeing.
Doctor of Physical Therapy and Titleist Performance Institute Certified. USSF F, Grass Roots
Speed & Agility Trainer - Many Years of Experience
Certified Speed and Agility Coach, National Sports Performance Assistant, Certified American Coachin