DIRECTORS OF COACHING

sasha hunter
director of coaching

Sasha has been coaching soccer for 21 years.  He began coaching at Willis Jr. High school in 2001 and is currently coaching the Chandler High school’s Boys varsity team.  Sasha led the CHS boys high school team to its’ first state title in school history in 2015.  He has been teaching special education for 21 years as well. MORE ABOUT COACH SASHA

mike miller
FC Director/'04 Boys FC Head Coach

Mike has been coaching soccer in the East Valley for over 19 years. He currently holds a USSF National “C” License, USSF National Youth License and a USC Advanced National Diploma. He has coached all levels here in Arizona from recreational teams, youth club teams, high school, college and semi-professional teams. MORE ABOUT COACH MILLER

EAST VALLEY COACHING STAFF

casey baker
rec coordinator/ACADEMY DIRECTOR

Casey has been involved in soccer nearly 35 years. He grew up in the valley playing locally and in high school. His highlight was playing his high school’s very first state playoff game in school history.  After school, he began coaching while stationed in Germany with the Military.  MORE ABOUT COACH BAKER

Elijah Blackgoat
'07 Boys FC Assistant Coach

Coach Blackgoat has been coaching for roughly over a year. He first started out as a high school soccer camp coach for Skyline High School. He then became one out of two coaches for the Boys Varsity Soccer team at Skyline High School. MORE ABOUT COACH BLACKGOAT

Marcus Burkhart
'08 Boys Blue Assistant Coach

Marcus grew up playing competitive soccer ever since he was little. It began with the Tempe Pros youth academy and eventually transitioned to a travel team. His parents were heavily involved with the Tempe Pros organizations and Marcus was always around soccer 24/7. MORE ABOUT COACH BURKHART

abe coria
'06 boys blue head coach/'13 Boys Blue Head Coach

Abraham has been coaching soccer for 3 years.  He began coaching at TFA AZ and Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club.  He has coached the 06 and 99 age groups, and has worked closely with the President of TFA AZ to further his development.  MORE ABOUT COACH CORIA

Ethan Dougherty
'03 Boys Blue Assistant Coach/'04 Boys Red Assistant Coach

Ethan has been coaching soccer for 4 years. He began coaching at TFA Barca in 2017. He began coaching high school soccer at Higley in 2019. MORE ABOUT COACH DOUGHERTY

Mike Gonzalez
'03 Boys Blue Head Coach/'05 Boys Blue Head Coach/'07 Boys Blue Head Coach

Michael has been coaching soccer for 20 years.  He began coaching at YMCA in 1999 and is currently coaching the American Leadership Academy High school’s Boys & Girls varsity team. Michael works as a project manager and kitchen designer.  MORE ABOUT COACH GONZALEZ

Jason Hakes
'09 Girls Blue Assistant Coach

Jason has been coaching soccer since 1992. He has coached in the states of AZ and WA. He has coached a variety of levels including recreational, select, and high school soccer. He currently holds a USSF National D License and a NFHS Level 2 Certification. MORE ABOUT COACH HAKES

Karen Hartson
'05 Boys Blue Assistant Coach

Karen has a passion for soccer and developing strong leaders on and off the soccer field.  She has been playing, referring, coaching and managing soccer programs for over 15 years. Currently, Karen is continuing her soccer education and passion for the game as the Assistant Coach of Mike Gonzalez.  MORE ABOUT COACH HARTSON

BRIANNA HATCH
Training Director/'07 Girls Blue Head Coach/'11 Girls Blue Head Coach/'12_13 Girls Blue Head Coach

Brianna has been coaching for 10 years. She started her own academy with her older sister Ashley Hatch in 2010 and is currently coaching the Timpview High School’s girls JV and Varsity team. She played for Highland High School and was part of two state championships in 2012 & 2015. MORE ABOUT COACH HATCH

Curtis Jacobs
'09 Boys Blue Assistant Coach

Curtis has been coaching soccer for 9 years. He began coaching at Kingman High school in 1998, as a newly graduated player and has continued ever since. Curtis has enjoyed training teams at all levels, especially as his children have grown through the Phoenix Rising and AYSO Region 1079 recreational and All-Star programs. MORE ABOUT COACH JACOBS

Austin Johnson
'07 Boys Blue Assistant Coach

Austin played soccer for 12 years, beginning in first grade and concluding after his senior year in high school.  He spent his formative years playing recreational soccer in Kentucky and played midfielder on his high school and traveling teams after moving to Indiana in 1987.  MORE ABOUT COACH JOHNSON

Walid Kaakoush
Director, '03/'04 Boys Blue Head Caoch

BIO COMING SOON

MANFRED KWARTENG
'05 Boys Blue Head/'07 Boys Blue Assistant/'10 Boys Blue Head

Manfred is a recent college graduate but has played soccer his entire life. He was born in Ghana, West Africa and lived there for 12 years, moving to the United States in 2010. He attended Poston Junior High and Mountain View High School in Mesa for primary and secondary education. MORE ABOUT COACH KWARTENG

JAVIER LANDEROS
KEEPER TRAINER

BIO COMING SOON

David Lemon
'04 Girls Blue FC Head Coach

David has been coaching soccer for over 40 years. His first coaching experience was a youth soccer team on Sembach Air force base in Germany in 1980. Currently David is an Assistant coach in the Red mountain Girl’ soccer program. MORE ABOUT COACH LEMON

Mike Lundahl
'08 Boys Blue Head Coach/'11 Boys Blue Head Coach

Mike has been coaching soccer for 10 years.  He began coaching recreational soccer for AZ soccer club and moved to Barcelona AZ when the club was formed.  He coached several ages with Barcelona’s recreational teams for 5 years, then moved to club.  While continuing with recreational, Academy, and skills programs, he has coached the 03/04 girls for the last 5 years.  MORE ABOUT COACH LUNDAHL

James Mack
'06 Girls Blue Head/'08 GIRLS BLUE HEAD COACH/'09 Girls Blue Head Coach

Coach Mack grew up in Upstate NY playing multiple sports including soccer in High School. While in college, Coach Mack studied Management Science at the State University of New York at Cortland.  Coach Mack and his family moved to Arizona in 1998, and currently reside in Gilbert, AZ.   MORE ABOUT COACH MACK

Edwin Mesones
'03 Boys Red Head Coach/'04 Boys Red Head Coach

Edwin has coached most age groups from U10-U19, most notably will have the first graduating group from AZSC, 99 boys team. Prefer to continue coaching on the boy’s side, working as a mentor/ coach for the younger age groups. Helping set up fields Saturday’s and break them down as well. Also helping with academy when needed and assisting in catalyst camps during the week.   MORE ABOUT COACH MESONES

Josh Miller
'07 Boys Red Head Coach

Josh has been coaching for 3 years. He began and is still at Casteel High School. He has been leading the JV program through multiple undefeated programs and is helping lead the Casteel Varsity team to their first State Championship. MORE ABOUT COACH MILLER

Andy Mortensen
'13 Boys Blue Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon

Ryan Naylor
'12 Boys Red Head Coach

Ryan has been coaching soccer for six years. He began coaching at recreational leagues, NYS, CCV and GYS. For the past year Ryan has been a volunteer coach with Arsenal’s AYDP program. MORE ABOUT COACH NAYLOR

Casey Reeves
'10 Boys Blue FC Assistant Coach

Casey has been a lifelong soccer fan since she began playing at age 11. While a player she has accomplished many personal triumphs including being named MVP multiple years in a row along the way. Casey played on boys’ teams and older women’s teams to further challenge her abilities. MORE ABOUT COACH REEVES

Adan Rodriguez
'09 Boys Blue FC Head Coach/'11 Boys Blue FC Head Coach

Coach Rodriguez has over 12 years of soccer coaching experience, with approximately six years coaching in a school environment. Instructed and guided players of various ages and skill sets. Concentration on technical skills with a focus on understanding the sport. MORE ABOUT COACH RODRIGUEZ

Bob Roesner
'14 Boys Blue & Girls Blue Head Coach/'15 Boys Blue & Girls blue Head Coach

Bob has been coaching soccer for 13 years.  He began coaching in AYSO in 2003 and is currently coaching the Predators youth squads in the GYSA system.  He has been active in youth training for years in both recreational sports, and extracurricular activities like training youth for rappelling, canoeing, and various other outdoor activities.   MORE ABOUT COACH ROESNER

Melissa Roesner
'14 Boys Blue & Girls Blue Assistant Coach/'15 Boys Blue & Girls blue Assistant Coach

Mel has been involved in soccer for the last ten years. As a player she has spent the last ten years developing and improving her game. For the last three years Mel has been working as a referee for youth soccer games through the USSF. Melissa is excited to return to coaching again for NSFC AZ.   MORE ABOUT COACH ROESNER 

Austin Rohner
'06 Boys Red Head Coach/'09 Boys Blue Head Coach

Austin has been playing soccer for over 24 years. Started at age five and has played for GYSA, Gilbert Arsenal, Mesa Soccer Club, Junior High, High School, and Mesa Community college. He primarily played center mid growing up but has played all the different positions over the years, including keeper. He has been the assistant coach for one year at Gilbert Junior High and two years at Gilbert High School for Varsity girls.   MORE ABOUT COACH ROHNER

LOREN ROHNER
'09 BOYS BLUE ASSISTANT Coach

Loren has coached a variety of individual and team sports most of his adult life. He believes that the team improves as individuals improve.  His desire is to have each person he works with; improve their individual skills, know the rules of the game and understand the value of team effort and support. MORE ABOUT COACH ROHNER

Kamrin Shafer
'03 Boys Red Head Coach/'05 Boys Red Assistant Coach

Kam has been playing soccer for over 18 years. He played at multiple clubs
including AZSC, Sereno, and Arsenal and was a team captain for many of those
seasons. He also attended Campo Verde High School where he took part in an
undefeated regular season and a state runner-up title. MORE ABOUT COACH SHAFER

Omar Soto
'08 Boys Red Assistant Coach

Omar has been coaching soccer for three years. He began coaching at Amphitheater High school in 2009. Omar was an assistant coach when the AHS boys high school team reached their first state semifinal in school history in 2010. MORE ABOUT COACH SOTO

Mike Sullivan
'10 Boys Blue FC Head Coach

Mike has been involved in coaching since he was 19 years old. He began coaching as the assistant coach to his father, Kevin Sullivan, at both Mountain View High School Varsity and Mesa Soccer Club. After assisting he took over a U9 boys team at Mesa Soccer Club and helped in developing the kids skills as well as his own. MORE ABOUT COACH SULLIVAN

Jake Taylor
'03 Boys Red Assistant Coach

Jakob has been coaching soccer for a few years. He began coaching an ‘06 team at Arizona Soccer Club, where he also played as a player for the ‘99 Boys Gold team for 8 years. He attended Campo Verde High School and played on the Boy’s Varsity team for 3 years, earning second place in state during his senior year.   MORE ABOUT COACH TAYLOR

JOEL THOMAS
'06 BOYS RED ASSISTANT Coach

While Joel is new to coaching, he has a long history of player experience. After beginning at young age, he played in the Long Island Olympic Development Program (ODP), college soccer (NAIA & NCAA DII) as well as semi-pro with the Bergan County Kickers and a short stint with the Atlanta Ruckus in the for A-League. MORE ABOUT COACH THOMAS

Jon Thomas
'04 Girls Blue Head Coach/'09 Girls Red Head Coach

Jon ThomasJon has been coaching soccer in Arizona for 14 years.  He began coaching in Lexington, Kentucky while in graduate school and has spent the last 7 years coaching teams at MSC United.  Jon currently coaches the Girls varsity team at Mountain View High as well as the Boys Varsity at Heritage Gateway Academy, taking both programs to the state playoffs last year. MORE ABOUT COACH THOMAS

Nick Tiggs
'05 Girls Blue Head Coach/'08 Boys Red Head Coach/'09 Boys Red Head Coach

Nicholas has been coaching soccer for 13 years.  He began coaching at Tempe soccer club and Altadena Jr. High school where he coached 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. Both of his teams went to win three titles in two years. Nicholas then was an assistant coach for the Desert Vista men’s soccer team and head coach for the Desert Vista Junior Varsity 2005-2006.   MORE ABOUT COACH TIGGS

Todd Walden
'12 Boys Blue Head Coach

Todd has been coaching recreational soccer for 6 years through AZSC. He is currently working on obtaining his licensing since coaching in competitive leagues are new to Todd.  He has been playing competitively for more than 20 years and has some collegiate experience.  MORE ABOUT COACH WALDEN

Chad Welch
'06 Girls Blue Assistant Coach/'07 Girls Blue Assistant Coach/'09 Girls Blue Assistant Coach

Chad has been an assistant coach with his daughter’s GYSA’s team for 3 seasons.  He played soccer in the east valley from Kindergarten throughout Junior High School.  He has been in outside sales his entire career and is currently working for Panolam Surface Systems.  He also secured his substitute teacher license in 2013.   MORE ABOUT COACH WELCH