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RICK DERELLA Co-Founder, Technical Director

Licenses & Diplomas:

  • USSF A License

  • US Soccer Academy Director

Coaching Experience:

  • Director of Connecticut ODP

  • Development Academy Coach

Playing Experience:

  • Cornell University

Other:

  • Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2003

  • Board of Directors for the Connecticut Hall of Fame

  • Four Indoor National Championships

  • Coached two FIFA Youth World Cup Members (Ellie Jean & Koczak)

  • Coached the Adidas ESP Golden Boot Winner (Riley Houle)

  • Coached Nine MLS players (two whom are currently playing: Mason Stajduhar & Ben Mines)

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DAVE FARRELL Co-Founder, Coaching Director

Licenses & Diplomas:

  • USSF A License

  • US Development Academy Coach

Coaching Experience:

  • Region 1 ODP Staff Coach

  • University of Akron

Playing Experience:

  • Cleveland Cobras, ASL (Professional League)

  • Former Assistant Coach at the University of Akron

Other:

  • Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2003

  • Four Indoor National Championships

  • Coached the Adidas ESP Golden Boot Winner (Leon Carby)

  • Head Coach of 2014 & 2015 US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs

  • Coached Nine MLS players (two are currently playing Mason Stajduhar & Ema Twumasi)

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ERIK BARBIERI | Girls Academy

Licenses & Diplomas

  • USSF C license

Coaching Experience:

  • Oakwood SC Girls Academy

  • DOC for Glastonbury Hartwell Soccer Club

Playing Experience

  • University of Connecticut

  • St. Louis Ambush - NPSL

  • Connecticut Wolves - A-League

Other:

  • 2016 NPL National Championship Finalist- U15 girls

  • Won two National Indoor Titles as a player with Oakwood

  • UCONN leading scorer 3 out of 4 years

  • All American at UCONN in 1994

  • Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 1994

  • UConn scoring record of 11 consecutive games with a goal.

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ERIK PLIMPTON | Girls Academy

Licenses & Diplomas

  • USSF B License

  • USSF Youth (Y) License

  • USSF Grassroots Licenses (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11)

  • NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma

  • NSCAA Futsal Diploma

  • USC Sport Performance Diploma

Coaching Experience

  • Oakwood SC Girls Academy

Playing Experience:

  • SUNY - State University of New York at Canton

Other:

  • Coached 15 USYNT/USNTC Players

  • USSDA Playoffs

  • 2013-2017 NPL, Jefferson Cup, NEWSS Championships

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TODD SADLER Girls Academy & EDP

Licenses & Diplomas

  • USSF C License

Coaching Experience:

  • Oakwood SC

  • Chicago Magic Soccer Club

  • Northwest Catholic High School

Playing Experience:

  • University of Hartford

Other:

  • Coached Current US National Team Players Brad Guzan (Atlanta United) and Eric Lichaj (Nottiingham Forest)

  • Four time State Champion

  • 2012 CT high school Coach of the Year

  • National Champion as a youth player

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CHRIS MOGAVERO | Girls Academy

Licenses & Diplomas:

  • USSF B License

Coaching Experience:

  • Oakwood SC

  • Belchertown HS

  • Lady Pioneers W League 

  • Albany College of Pharmacy Women’s Team

  • Coach Saint Rose College Men’s Team- Division II

  • Belchertown HS

Playing Experience:

  • Western Mass Pioneers USL Pro League 2000-2005

  • Mass Twisters Pro Indoor NISL 2004-2006

  • Albany Alleycats USL Pro League 1996-1999

  • University of Albany  1992-1996

Other (awards):

  • 2017 NPL National Championship Finalist U15 Girls 

  • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009  Western Mass Finalists

  • 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Western Mass Champions

  • 2004 & 2012 State Finalists

  • 2003 State Champions

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BOB WASSERMAN | MLS Next

Licenses & Diplomas:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 

Coaching Experience:

  • Oakwood Coach for 30 consecutive years

  • University of Evansville 

Playing Experience:

  • University of Evansville

  • USYNT U-20 Men’s Team Selection 

  • US World Maccabean Team Silver Medalist

  • NY United Professional Soccer Team

Other:

  • Director of Physical Therapy Starling Physicians

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NICK BALISTIERRI | MLS Next

Licenses & Diplomas

  • USSF B License candidate

Coaching Experience

  • Head Coach Hartford City FC (NPSL)

  • CJSA ODP Staff - Boys 15 Head Coach

Playing Experience

  • Bryant University 2004 - 2007

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BRE DERELLA | Girls Zone 1

Bre is a longtime player of the club; starting at Oakwood as a u9 indoor player playing through u19. Bre played at Union College as a 4 year varsity player, 3 year captain, and graduated with a degree in Economics. Bre joins us after living on the West Coast for the past five years, working at various Tech startups, such as SoFi, working in the Business Operations and Human Resources. She enjoys giving back to young players and teaching them the art of the game. Bre is now settling into East Coast life with her husband, a Yale soccer graduate.

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DERICK AHRIN | Girls & Boys Zone 1

MIKE KULAS Boys Zone 1

University of Hartford Men Head Coach since 2021 part of UH Coaching staff since 2011.

Also Coached UW Green Bay 2007-11 and played collegiately at Southern New Hampshire College.

As a youth player Mike played at Oakwood for 6 years.

Mike holds US Soccer B National License.

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JOHN WALSH | Girls Zone 1 

Licenses & Diplomas:

  • USSF B License

  • FA WALES C Certificate

  • USSF Grassroots (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11)

  • NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma

  • NSCAA Futsal Level 1 Diploma

  • TOVO Methodology V1

Coaching Experience

  • Oakwood SC

  • RHAMYS - DOC & Coach

  • Marlborough Soccer Club - DOC & Coach

Awards:

  • 2015 Connecticut Junior Soccer Association Recreational Coach of the Year Award for a Female Team.

  • 2015 Connecticut Junior Soccer Association Northeast District Coach of the Year.

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DON HATHORN | MLS Next U16

Licenses & Diplomas:

  • USSF B License

Coaching Experience:

  • Oakwood SC

  • University of New Haven

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GEORGIA TARULLOGirls YTL Coach

  • Hartford Women's Soccer Goal Keeper 

  • ECNL Regional team 2018,2019

  • ECNL 2x National Champion 2018, 2019

  • Played for World Class FC 

  • Plays Semi-Professional Soccer for Steel United 

  • Former GK Coach at Steel United

  • North East ECNL GK of the year 2020

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RON CAMPO | Boys Zone 1

Licenses & Diplomas

  • National Diploma United Soccer Coaches

Coaching Experience

  • Youth & Amatuer

  • CT Soccer League

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MATT RAFALA | Girls Academy & Girls EDP

Licenses & Diplomas

  • USSF B License

Coaching Experience

  • Oakwood SC Girls Academy

  • Bacon Academy

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FRANK NATALE | EDP Girls

Coaching Experience

  • Oakwood SC

  • Soccer Club of Guilford

Playing Experience

  • Oakwood SC

  • University of Hartford

  • SCSU - Southern Connecticut State University

  • USYNT

Other:

  • SCSU 1993 – National Runners up

  • University of Hartford 1996 - Elite 8

  • USISL Albany Alley cats 1997

  • USISL Western Mass Pioneers 1998

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MEGHAN HICKEY | Girls Zone 1

Licenses & Diplomas:

  • USSF Grassroots License (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, & 11v11)

  • CIAC Coaching Competencies Certification 

  • Safe Sport & First AID/CPR Certification

  • Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology - Minors in Coaching & Psychology

Coaching Experience:

  • Mercy High School JV

  • Vale SC (ages 3-HS)

  • Assistant Portland Middle School girls

Playing Experience:

  • Portland High school 2016 Graduate

  • New England College 2020 Graduate

Other:

  • Assistant coach Portland rec. and travel soccer

  • Recruit highschool juniors/seniors all over CT for New England College 

  • Currently a paraprofessional at Portland Middle School

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ZACH FERLAND | Boys Zone 1

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KYLE BILYAK | YTL Girls/Boys

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GEORGE KOSTELIS | GK Director Boys & Girls

Licenses & Diplomas

  • USSF A License

  • US Youth National License

  • USC Premier Diploma 

  • USC National Staff Instructor, Goalkeeping Academy

Coaching Experience

  • University of Hartford

  • Hartford Athletic

  • Playing Experience

  • University of Hartford

  • University of Rhode Island

Other:

  • three-time All-North Atlantic Conference goalkeeper

  • All-New England honors -1992

  • University of Hartford's Alumni Hall of Fame

  • CT Soccer Hall of Fame

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GARY COLLINS | Girls Academy

Gary won a NCAA national championship during his years at Southern Connecticut State University where he was also an All American player. After college, Gary continued his soccer career by playing professional soccer for the CT Wolves. Gary also coaches for CT ODP and North Haven High School. He is an active Youth Coach throughout CT with over 20 plus years of experience and was twice named as Coach of the Year 2010 and 2022.

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JOHN NATALE | Girls Academy

Coaching Experience

  • current Head Coach University of Hartford Women

  • former assistant coach for the Boston Breakers and the Philadelphia Charge

  • former member of the USA & Sweden Women’s Soccer National Team’s coaching staff 

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