RICK DERELLA Co-Founder, Technical Director

Development Academy Coach
Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2003

Board of Directors for the Connecticut Hall of Fame
USSF A License
US Soccer Academy Directors Course graduate
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)
Former Director of Connecticut ODP
Former Ivy League Selection at Cornell University


DAVE FARRELL Co-Founder, Coaching Director

Development Academy Coach
Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2003
USSF A License
Head Coach of 2014 & 2015 US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs
Coached the Adidas ESP Golden Boot Winner (Leon Carby)
Coached Nine MLS players (two are currently playing Mason Stajduhar & Ema Twumasi) 

Four Indoor National Championships
Former Region 1 ODP Staff Coach
Former Professional Player for the Cleveland Cobras, ASL
Former Assistant Coach at the University of Akron


ERIK BARBIERI | Girls Academy Staff

USSF C license
Former DOC for Glastonbury Hartwell Soccer Club
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.
Professionally: St. Louis Ambush NPSL 1995; 
7 year player for A-League’s Connecticut Wolves


ERIK PLIMPTON | Girls Academy Coach

USSF B License
USSF Youth (Y) License
NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma
NSCAA Futsal Diploma
Assistant Coach Girls u15 US Soccer Development Academy Team
2013-2017 NPL, Jefferson Cup, NEWSS Championships
Coached 15 USYNT/USNTC Players
Former Captain State University of New York at Canton


TODD SADLER Girls EDP Head Coach

USSF C License

Former Coach Chicago Magic Soccer Club

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

11 year Head Coach Northwest Catholic HS

Four time State Champion

2012 CT high school Coach of the Year

National Champion as a youth player

Four year starter at University of Hartford 


CHRIS MOGAVERO | Girls Academy Coach

USSF B License

2017 NPL National Championship Finalist U15 Girls 

Former Belchertown HS Head Coach

2005, 2006, 2007, 2009  Western Mass Finalists

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

2004 & 2012 State Finalists

2003 State Champions

Head Coach Lady Pioneers W League (2005-2007)

Head Coach Albany College of Pharmacy Women’s Team (1997-1999)

Assistant Coach Saint Rose College Men’s Team- Division II (1996-1997)

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


BOB WASSERMAN | Zone 1 Coach

Oakwood Coach for 30 consecutive years

Former Assistant Coach University of Evansville 

Division I Player at University of Evansville

Former US U-20 Men’s Team Selection 

Former Member US World Maccabean Team Silver Medalist

Former Member NY United Professional Soccer Team

Director of Physical Therapy Starling Physicians

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 



USSF A License

Head Men’s Coach at the University of Harford 2011 - Present

Owns the 29th-best career win percentage (.607) among active NCAA Division I coaches (244-148-58)

Four-time America East Championship finalist – 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016

Produced Hartford’s second-highest draft pick (8th overall) in Damion Lowe - 2013

Developed 41 All-Region honorees, including 10 at Hartford

Inducted into Southington’s Sports Hall of Fame – 2011

Inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame  – 2016

18 different student-athletes have gone on to play professionally, 13 All-Americans

Five NCAA Tournament Appearances
Three Conference Championships
Conference Coach of the Year

USSF National Youth License 
NSCAA Premier Diploma


NICK BALISTIERRI MLS Next Pre Academy U12 Coach

USSF C License

Head Coach Hartford City FC (NPSL)

CJSA ODP Staff - Boys 15 Head Coach

Bryant University 2004 - 2007


DANILO MARTINS MLS Next Pre Academy U12 Coach

HS Coach in Fairfield CT

US Soccer A National License candidate



Former professional player in Plauer, Germany

US Soccer National A license holder


JOHN WALSH Girls Zone 1 Coach

US Soccer B National License, FA WALES C Certificate Candidate

RHAMYS Head Coach U12 Girls Competitive Travel, 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.


DON HATHORN Boys Zone 1 Coach

Former University of New Haven head Coach

US Soccer National B license holder


WALTER VILLAGRA Girls Pre Academy Coach

Former Professional play in Argentina

US Soccer National C License holder




US Soccer D license candidate and certified referee. Rachel previously coached at Ginga FC for 8 years at all levels. Rachel is also currently studying for a Nursing degree.


MATT RAFALA Girls EDP U15/16 Coach

Former HS Coach at Bacon Academy

US Soccer National B License candidate



Former Oakwood player and UH college standout



EO Smith HS Boys Varsity Head Coach

Former ECSU college standout.



US Soccer D license coach and USFF Futsal State license 2. Danilo worked for the past 8 years at Ginga FC, directing & coaching boy’s & girl’s teams at all levels. Former player with the Faculdade de Pernambuco, Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil. Danilo brings lots of passion and enthusiasm with his coaching style.


RYAN McCORMACK | Boys U10 Coach

USSF D License 
East Windsor HS Boys Varsity Head Coach 
Former Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Defiance College 
Played collegiately at Eastern Connecticut State University 



currently a US Soccer D License candidate and previously coached and played at Montgomery Soccer Academy in MD. She also works at Pratt & Whitney as Procurement Specialist for the TF33 Engine/B-52 Stratofortress Program and is a recent graduate from Lehigh University. Carolyn currently still plays in the CT Women’s league.


BILL RENO | GK Director Boys & Girls


Bill is coming from Texas where he has worked the past 14 years with boys & girl’s clubs, colleges and MLS Pro teams. He holds a NSCAA GK diploma’s level 1 & 2 and US Socccer D License. He will begin working at UConn this fall as GK Coach Mens Soccer. Bill will coordinate a weekly training regime for all Oakwood Academy keepers Boy’s & Girl’s as well as all Zone 1 keepers during Fall, Winter, Spring.