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Golden Ball Soccer Academy Coaching Slate 2019-2020

U6 Coed
Recreation Coach Michelle
U8 Coed
Recreation Coach Michelle
U10 GirlsTASL
U10 Boys
09B VSLi
Coach Erick/Coach Juan
Coach Jonathan
06BVSLiCoach Erick
06BVSLiCoach Jonathan
06GVSLiCoach Gene
03B VSLiCoach Todd
Coach Todd
Coach Jonathan
Coach Don

Jonathan Baca

Background : Norwegian/Ecuadorian, former Professional Soccer Player, 35 years of combined experience in playing and coaching, Goalkeeper/Midfielder.  
YOUTH Escuela Espejo 1980-1986 (Champions in all divisions) Quito, Ecuador Schools of Quito City Cup 1985-1986 (Champions 1st division) Quito, Ecuador Dillon School 1987-1992 (School district Champion '89, '91, '92) Quito, Ecuador  
ESPOLI Professional Soccer Club (FEF) 1989-1995 (Finalist of Ecuadorian Soccer Federation)
U.S. Navy Physical Coordinator 2002-2008 U.S.A Coalition Forces 2005-2006 (Champions of the Multi-National Soccer Peace Cup) Iraq Montreal Rio, Carioca Tournament 2014; Rio de Janeiro, Brasil  
Immaculate Conception School 2002-2003 Head Soccer Coach (Champions) Los Angeles, CA U.S.A Coalition Forces 2005-2006 Head Soccer Coach (Champions of the Multi-National Soccer Peace Cup) Iraq Norfolk Soccer Club 2006-2008 Head Soccer Coach; Norfolk, VA SOL Soccer Club 2010-2014 Head Soccer Coach; Chesapeake, VA Newport News Soccer Club 2014-2015 Goalkeeper Head Coach; Newport News, VA Churchland Soccer League 2014-2016 Goalkeeper D.O.C, Head Coach, ADP Development Coach; Portsmouth, VA F.C. United 2015-2016 Head Soccer Coach; Chesapeake, VA VB City Soccer Club 2015-2016 Goalkeeper Head Coach (Semi-Pro team and Youth Program) Virginia Beach, VA  
EDUCATION ABTF "Professional Coach Licence" 2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brasil U.S Soccer Federation Licence 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 2013 National Goalkeeper National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 2013 D.O.C Diploma United States Navy 2002-2008 Physical Trainer Coordinator Coaching for Performance 2007 Problem Solving and Decision Making in Groups 2007 Manage Mentor Plus 2006

Don Leverone

USSF National B license

Playing Experience:

  • American School of Paris, St. Cloud, FRANCE. Played soccer extensively throughout Europe.
  • High school, club and ODP player in Massachusetts.
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy, (1980-1984). Lead the team in points 3 of 4 seasons. Team andconference honors.Club Soccer Coaching Experience:

Over 25 years of coaching experience and fielding competitive teams. Coached boy’s and girl’s teams over a wide variety of ages u8-u18. Numerous elite showcase championships (Jefferson Cup, CASL). Multiple final four state cup appearances. State cup finalists.

High School Soccer Coaching Experience

  • Nansemond River HS Varsity Boys (2011-present). Ironclad conference champions (2015); regional tournament (2012-2015).
  • Nansemond River HS Varsity Girls 2011-12. Ironclad conference champions (2012) and regional tournament (2011-2012).
  • Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (NSA), Suffolk VA Coach for boy’s & girl’s programs (2005-2009).US Olympic Development Program (ODP), Region 1 Virginia
  • Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) Southeast District Staff Coach.
  • Head Coach, Virginia ODP Boy’s SE District Academy (2009-present)Founder and Director of the Technical Training Academy (TTA) providing Professional Soccer Instruction in the Greater Hampton Roads Area
  • Provide individual and small group private training sessions for club, high school, college and professionalsoccer athletes.
  • Develop and execute soccer training programs for area clubs for players aged 5-19.
  • Provide coaching education for club coaches. Conduct class and field instruction for club coaching staff.
  • Provide training services for area high school and club teams.
  • Provide intensive winter training through our unique playmaker/ball mastery program.
  • Clients have progressed into every level of ODP from district to youth national levels. Players have alsoprogressed into competitive college soccer programs.Soccer Camp Experience
  • Old Dominion University (ODU) Soccer School of Excellence (2010-present)
  • Leverone Goalkeeping, Striking & Finishing Camp, Owner/Director (2010-present)
  • Victory Soccer Camp, Technical Director (2009-present)
  • Charlotte Eagles Summer Camp (2011)Massachusetts Maritime Academy Men’s Soccer programPerform scouting and recruiting support for the Men’s soccer program competing in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference ( MASCAC)

Erick Moran

Erick Laguan if from El Salvador and has played soccer since he was 5 years old, he is a champion on the Copa Taca Washington DC 2010, Champion for the Copa El Pulgarcito DC 2010, 3 time Champion of the Virginia Beach Sand Soccer Tournament 2010-2011-2012, and second place in 2013.  Erick has received the Champion of International Soccer League twice at the Manassas, Virginia in 2013 and 2014.  He has also received Champion four times for Hampton Roads 2014-2017.  With the Virginia Beach Indoor League Erick has recieved the Champion of the division three times in the 7v7 league. 
While coaching with Golden Ball Soccer Academy Erick has 1st place with the 07G in the regular VSLi season, then during the St. Patrick's day Cup and the Rush Cup he has also lead the girls to Championship wins.

Todd Niblo

Technical Director

Todd “Nibs” Niblo has been a successful coach in this area for going on 20 years. He has held
various positions prior to coming to Baca’s side including including Technical Director for
Churchland Soccer, the Boys and Girls DOC and Vice President of that organization over his
tenure there, Senior Boys Director of Coaching FC United, U-16-U18 Boys Academy for VB City
FC summer program and the Assistant Coach for the VB City Men’s U20 and U-23 teams..
Todd holds the USSF “B” License, NSCAA Director of Coaching, UEFA Level 2, NSCAA
National Youth, NSCAA Advanced National, Premier and Goalkeeping Licenses from both the
USSF and NSCAA (United Soccer Coaches).
Todd has been involved at the club level of youth soccer from recreational player development,
cultivation of a player development model and the ADP Advanced Development Program. Todd
has coached from the youngest youth levels through the U18 competitive travel soccer level. He
has participated in and been on Staff for numerous camps, and is a staff coach with the
Technical Training Academy. His teams have been well respected throughout the state as
Quarter Finalist, Semi Finalist and Finalist showings; as well as, competing in Region 1 and
EDP (Eastern Development Program) leagues, successive years in the Top 5 in Virginia and
Top 20 national rankings.
Nibs’ coaching philosophy is “to make a new mistake”, players make so many decisions during
a match, we know they will make mistakes. What is important is that we understand the
mistake, work to correct it and make a different one the next time. It shows personal growth on
or off the pitch.  While many of these players will compete at comparatively high levels they will
absolutely need to compete in their professional lives someday soon. Much of what they learn
with us, will help them achieve their goals.
I think sports gave me the first place where l could feel really comfortable in my own skin. I think
that’s true for a lot of athletes—sports gives you a part of your life where you can work at
something and you look in the mirror and you like that person, you know what that person can
do when you push through those barriers.
Players that do this and gain that confidence, become people that push through with
confidence, I want my players to have that advantage.

Gene Gasparini

Coach Gene Gasparini has been a successful coach in this area for just over 25 years. Coach Gasparini holds the USSF “B” License, NSCAA  Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA National Youth and Goalkeeping Licensure from the  NSCAA (now United Soccer Coaches). Coach Gasparini has been involved at the club level of youth soccer from recreational player development through the travel levels. Gene began his coaching career and stayed at Churchland Soccer primarily, he coached with Virginia Legacy, FC United, WBHS junior varsity and is the current Western Branch High School varsity Boy’s coach where he has been for the past few years. Coach Gasparini joined a number of his former staff mates last season with GBSA.Gene has worked to develop players of all ages and has worked successfully with competitive girls and boys teams over the years frequently taking them from average level players to very good players in a comparatively short amount of time. While no player develops overnight, his approach to player development works well and has for many years.While Coach Gene has great passion for the sport and the knowledge to make the best players better he often seeks to ply his skills at working with lower level players and building them into not only better players but players who understand the reason why they make the decisions they do on the pitch. His players once under his instruction show real progress in the fundamentals and much broader understanding of the game.Gene has been happily married for 35 years to wife Jackie who has been in soccer for just as long, two boys and now grandchildren keeping them on the move. GBSA is pleased to have Coach Gene as a part of its talented staff.

Bryan Mackey

        Bryan Mackey, I grew in Westfield, NJ. I have been coaching since 1987 my Freshmen year of college. I have coached boys and girls from the rec level to the travel level. I have been playing soccer since I was 6 years old. I started out just like all the kids on this team, as I progressed through middle and high school when I began to play club or what is now called Travel. The first Travel coach that I played for when I was fourteen-years-old was a coach that spoke very little English. But, he always knew how to get his points across to the team. I played for a High School State Championship in 1985 and lost and again in1986. I missed a shot from about 8 yards out in 1985 and we lost. But, we came back the next year to win the Championship. My Club team won the State Championship in the Spring of 1986 and we went undefeated. I also played for another Club team that won a State Championship in 1992 and we also were undefeated. After I graduated from high school, I tried out for and walked on to the Campbell University soccer team and was able to play for 2 seasons before leaving school due to injury.
 In the Spring of 1987 is when I began coaching. I assistant coached a U-10 and was the Head Coach of a U-14 team in Buies Creek, NC. Both teams won the Championship in their division. That same year I also coached at the Campbell University soccer Camp.
I didn’t coach again until my son was 4 years and he began his soccer career. I coached several more time for Norfolk United and Assistant Coached for my son’s Hampton Roads Striker team. My son and I coached an undefeated Norfolk United rec team and the next season an Undefeated Interleague Championship team.
The reason that I mentioned those wins more than loses, was because in the end those are the games that we remember the most. We may not win every game and I hope that we don’t. It makes it harder to find our weaknesses if we don’t lose a game.  I will be looking at each player in games and in practice to see how and where I can help them to become better players. My main goal as a coach is to focus on the player and to help them to improve their individual game. Then the players can grow as team after that. I will teach and guide the player to go as far as they want to go.
 I hope to achieve that every player on the team is better at the end of the season than they are at the beginning of the season. I also want to foster a lifelong love of soccer just like I have to this day. I hope that in 30 years that they are still playing, coaching, watching and enjoying the game as much as I do today.
I want to develop players as one team and as individual players. But, I also want to have fun. I am the biggest kid out there. So, that means that I want to have fun with the team at practice as well as learn. We will play games that they enjoy, but they will be learning at the same time.
Thank you for allowing me to coach your child and I will do my best so that we all have a great season.

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