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PHILADELPHIA UNION/YSC YOUTH DEVELOPMENT STAFF

TECHNICAL STAFF

Tommy Wilson,  Philadelphia Union Academy Director:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • UEFA Pro License Diploma
  • UEFA Advanced License Diploma
  • UEFA Basic License Diploma
  • Scottish FA Youth Director’s Award
  • Scottish FA Advanced Youth License
  • Scottish FA Advanced Children’s License

Coaching Experience:

  • 2006 – 2013, Academy Technical Director and Reserve Team Manager for Rangers FC (Scotland)
  • From 2004 to 2006, Head of Coaching and Education for the Scottish Football Association (SFA)
  • Scottish National Team Coach from 2004 to 2007 and as the Head of SFA's Youth Development from 2000 to 2004
  • Led the U19 National Team to the European Championship Finals in Poland, 2006 (lost to Spain 2-1 in the final)
  • Led the U20 National Team to the FIFA World Cup Finals in Canada, 2007
  • Developed and implemented the much acclaimed Scottish FA UEFA Pro License Diploma

Chris Brewer,  Philadelphia Union Academy U14 Head Coach:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • USSF A License
  • National Youth License
  • FIFA Futuro III

Coaching Experience:

  • U.S. Soccer U18 BNT Assistant Coach  (2012-Present)
  • U.S.Soccer U14 BNT Assistant Coach (2010-2011)
  • US Soccer Technical Advisor (2009-2013)

Jeff Cook,  Philadelphia Union Academy U16 Head Coach:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • UEFA Pro License
  • UEFA Advanced Coaching Diploma – SFA “A” License
  • US Soccer Federation “A” License
  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Coaching Experience:

  • Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Dartmouth College (2001 – 2013)
  • Head Men’s Soccer Coach, University of Cincinnati (1996 – 2001)
  • Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, Dartmouth College (1994 – 1996)
  • Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Wheaton College (MA) (1991 – 1994)
  • Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, University of Massachusetts (1990 – 1991)

Peter FullerPhiladelphia Union Academy U18 Head Coach:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • National Coaching Institute of Canada “B” License

Coaching Experience:

  • Assistant Coach, New England Revolution, Reserve Team (2011)
  • Head Soccer Coach, University of Mobile (1995 – 2011)
  • Head Soccer Coach, US Youth Soccer Association (1997-2011)
  • Head Soccer Coach, Belhaven College (1990-1994)
  • Director of Coaching, Mississippi ODP (1991-1993)
  • Assistant Soccer Coach, Belhaven College (1988-1989)

Iain Munro,  Union / YSC Youth Director:

Coaching Qualifications

  • UEFA Pro License
  • Scottish FA “A” License

Coaching Experience:

  • Ayr United F.C. Assistant Manager / Team Coach, Scottish First Division (1997-2001)
  • Manager / Team Coach, Raith Rovers F.C., Scottish Premier League (1996-1997)
  • Manager / Team Coach, Hamilton Academical F.C., Scottish First Division (1992-1996)
  • Manager / Team Coach, Dundee F.C., Scottish First Division (1991-1992)
  • Assistant Manager / Manager / Team Coach, Dunfermline A.F.C., Scottish First Division/ Scottish Premier (1987-1991)

Phil Karn,  Assistant Union / YSC Youth Director:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • USSF National “B” License
  • USSF National Youth License

Coaching Experience:

  • YSC Staff Coach (2006 - Current)
  • Philadelphia Union U16 Academy Head Coach (2011)
  • Philadelphia University Assistant Soccer Coach (2004 - 2006)
  • Abington High School Assistant (1999 - 2003)

BJ Callaghan,  Union / YSC Youth Goalkeeping Coach:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • USSF National ‘A’ License
  • NSCAA Goalkeeper License

Coaching Experience:

  • Associate Head Coach, Villanova University (2010 – 2012)
  • Assistant Coach, Villanova University (2006 – 2010)
  • Assistant Coach, St. Joseph (2004 – 2006)
  • Assistant Coach, Ursinus College (2003 – 2004)
  • US Soccer Training Staff Coach (2010 – Present)
  • Director of FC Delco Goalkeeping Academy (2009 – 2012)
  • Head Coach, Montgomery Soccer Club (2009 – 2011)
  • Region I U-16 GK Coach (2007 – 2008)
  • Head Coach, FC Delco Soccer Club (2005 – 2007)

Kevin Coleman,  Union / YSC Youth Staff Coach

Coaching Qualifications:

  • NSCAA Advanced Regional Coaching License

Coaching Experience:

  • FC Delco Academy (2008-2013)
  • Villanova University (2010-2011)
  • LaSalle University (2007-2010)

SPORT SCIENCE STAFF:

Dr. Cristina Fink,  Director Sport Psychology:

Cristina Fink, PhD, is a highly experienced sport psychologist with over 18 years of experience in teaching, counseling and sport administration.  Counseling clients include Olympic Medalists and World Champions as well as professional and national soccer teams.  Cristina competed in two Olympic Games (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992) and held the Mexican High Jump Record with a 6’4 jump for 22 years. She has a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Family and Consumer Resources from the University of Arizona, Tucson.  She has a Masters Degree and PhD obtained in Sport Psychology from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Fink is the author of a number of published papers and books, and a keynote speaker in many national and international conferences.  She is the Director of Sport Psychology for YSC / Union Youth Development and is responsible for helping implement its core values and behavioral learning into its soccer education curriculum.  Cristina also supports the Philadelphia Union working directly with first team athletes as directed by Philadelphia Union Technical Staff.  She is the first non-European to be invited into INFP (International Network of Football Psychologists) where her peer group include sport psychologists from top professional European clubs (including Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, etc.).

Dave Peck,  Athletic Development Training (ADT):

Dave holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he lettered three years playing football.  He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a USA Weightlifting Level I Sports Performance Coach.

Liz Wahlberg,  Athletic Development Training (ADT):

Liz graduated cum laude from West Chester University with a B.S. in Exercise Science with minors in nutrition and coaching.  Liz’s athletic background ranges from competitive gymnastics, to NCAA Division I diving, and most recently, competing in the 2012 Reebok Crossfit Games.  

Anthony Greco,  Athletic Development Training (ADT):

Anthony graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health and Physical Education Teaching Certification.  He has participated in continuing education through the GAIN Network, which focuses on scientific, experienced based athletic enhancement programs.

Finn Gundersen, Director of Sport Education: 

Finn Gundersen is the former Director of Sport Education at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), and co-founder of Burke Mountain Academy, the first sports academy in the country. Gundersen has over 40 years of youth development and coaching experience, including coaching at the Olympic and Alpine FIS World Cup levels.  He has worked with athletes from youth grassroots to  the elite Olympic level.  

OPERATIONS STAFF:

Tim Cook, Philadelphia Union Academy Business Operations Director

Commencing May 6, 2013 Tim Cook will transferred from his first team duties to Director of Business Operations for the Union Youth Development programs. Tim enters his third season with Philadelphia Union after spending three years with the United States senior men's national team. Having worked with some of the nation’s best players and coaches throughout all levels of U.S. Soccer, including Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth, Cook brings a world of experience to the City of Brotherly Love.

Raised in Sacramento, Calif., Cook graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in kinesiology in 2007. Immediately after graduation, he took a job with U.S. Soccer and outfitted the USMNT through CONCACAF World Cup qualifying round. The national team enjoyed one of its most successful stretches in history during Cook’s tenure, winning silver medals in both the Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup.

Kyle Strunk, YSC / Union Youth Development Equipment Manager;  YSC Facility Operations

  • B.S. Sports Management, Neumann College
  • Equipment Manager, Philadelphia Union Academy (2011-Present)
  • Equipment Manager, Philadelphia Union Youth Development Programs (2011-Present)
  • YSC Sports Facility Operations (2011-Present)

YSC ACADEMY HEAD OF SCHOOL

In education for over 26 years, Dr. Nooha Ahmed-Lee leads YSC Academy as Head of School. Most recently having served as the Head of Lower and Middle Schools at The Shipley School, Dr. Ahmed-Lee had also previously been a teacher and administrator at The Philadelphia School, Chestnut Hill Academy and William Penn Charter School.  With a Bachelors in Education, a Masters in Education Administration, and a doctorate in Leadership and Professional Education from The University of Washington, the City University of New York and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, Amed-Lee is an  adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s University, teaching an on-line course on Cognitive Brain Studies and Education.

Dr. Nooha Amed-Lee is passionate about providing students an education based upon best practices in teaching, integrated with the most recent brain research on learning.