The Houston Dynamo employ a professional coaching staff capable of providing the player centered and challenging environment required to aid development. All staff members are qualified through the USSF and/or NSCAA, with a "D" license or higher, and work specifically for the Houston Dynamo, either in Pre-Academy, Academy or affiliated Dynamo Juniors programs.
Justin Neese - Soccer Programs Manager
Education: BA, Political Philosophy, University of Dallas; MA, American Studies, University of Dallas.
Coaching licenses: USSF National “A” License (2008, 2012), NSCAA Premier Diploma (2007), US Youth Soccer National Youth License (2003), NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma (2012).
Prior coaching experience: College soccer: University of Dallas, Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach (2004); University of the Ozarks, Head Women’s Soccer; Hendrix College, Head Women's Soccer Coach (2007), University of Texas at Tyler, Assistant Men's and Women's Soccer Coach (2008-11) Youth soccer: North Texas ODP (2008-12); NSCAA Youth Boys Coach of the Year (2012); Coach Education Instructor: North Texas State Soccer Association (2008-12), NSCAA Texas (2007-present).
About me: Lives in Houston with wife, Rachel, and son, Caden.
Nathan Thackeray - Youth Programs Coach
Education: Communications major at Williams Woods University.
Coaching licenses: USSF "D" license; FA Level 1
Prior coaching experience: Young Harris College (Goalkeeper's coach); Emory and Henry College (Assistant coach); Tony Glavin Soccer Club; Oundle Town Football Club (England); Fulton Soccer Club.
Amr Neamatalla - Youth Programs Coach
Education: B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas.
Coaching licenses: USSF “B” License (2013), NSCAA Junior Level VI Diploma (2010).
Prior coaching experience: Troops United Soccer Club, Director of Trainers for boys and girls (2012-2013); Texas Dutch Lions (2011-2012); Conroe Youth Soccer League (CYSL, 2010-2011)..
About me: Coaching soccer is my passion.
Stephen Olsen - Youth Programs Coach
Education: Studied Kinesiology at University of Houston.
Coaching licenses: USSF National “D” License (2009), US Youth Soccer National Youth License (2011).
Prior coaching experience: High School soccer: Emery/Weiner School (Varsity Boys 2009-present, Middle School Boys 2010-2012); Youth soccer: Quest YSC (2006-present), South Houston Academy League (2011-present).
About me: Through soccer I had many great experiences and learned valuable lessons growing up and now I enjoy being able to give back to new generations of young players.
Marcia Oliveira - Youth Programs Coach
Education: Brazilian Baccalaureate and License in Physical Education/Coaching, UNESP (São Paulo State University, Brazil), 1990; B.S., Psychology/Physical Education, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, 1995; M.A., Physical Education - Pedagogy, University of Northern Colorado, 1998; Ed. D. Candidate, Doctoral in Educational Leadership, Sam Houston State University, 2013.
Coaching licenses: NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma (2000), Brazilian "B" License equivalent (São Paulo, 1990; Rio de Janeiro, 2000), NCAA Women's Coaches Academy Diploma (Texas, 2005), DFB/NSCAA coaching course seminar (Germany, 2011), The Cooper Institute Fitness Training Diploma (Texas, 2013).
Prior coaching experience: University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Head Women's Soccer Coach (1999 - 2002); Sam Houston State University, Head Women's Soccer Coach (2002 - 2008); University of South Dakota, Head Women's Soccer Coach (2008 - 2010); Grambling State University, Head Women's Soccer Coach (2010 - 2012).
About me: A native of Brazil, passionate about the beauty of the game anywhere it is played. Admire schools of soccer in South America, Europe, and the United States. Deeply invested in and believe in education. "The worse thing in the world is a wasted mind". Truly believe in the full potential of every person, every player, every human being as unique as it can be. "Life in itself is tremendously beautiful".
Kelly Skehan - Youth Programs Coach
Education: Studying Teaching at University of Houston; Associates of Arts from Navarro Junior College
Coaching licenses: USSF National Youth License (2012); USSF E License (2013)
Prior coaching experience: Concordia Lutheran High School Assistant Coach and Head Goalkeeper Coach (2012-Present); Texas Rush Soccer Club (2012); Challenge Soccer Club (2011); Legend Sports Complex, Director of Legends Soccer Academy (2010)
Joshua Saboe - Youth Programs Coach
Education: B.G.S. from Louisiana State University
Coaching licenses: USSF C License (2012), NSCAA Advanced National Diploma (2013), USSF National Youth License (2010)
Prior coaching experience: Baton Rouge Soccer Club, Louisiana Olympic Development Program
About me: Born in Louisiana and residing in Houston.
Darren Back - Youth Programs Coach
Education: BSc Sport Science from the University of Derby, Master of Business Administration from Lenoir-Rhyne University
Coaching licenses: USSF National ‘C’ coaching License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
Prior coaching experience: Texas Southern University, Assistant Women’s Coach; South Texas Olympic Development Program, Coach; Rage Soccer Club, Technical Director; Reading United (USL) Premier Development League, Volunteer Assistant Coach; Northwestern State University, Assistant Women’s Coach/Goalkeeper Coach; Elite Soccer Academy Camp, Director; Louisiana Olympic Development Program, Head Coach; Lenoir-Rhyne University, Assistant Men’s Coach; Catawba Valley Youth Soccer Association, Assistant Director of Coaching; North Carolina Olympic Development Program, Head Coach
About me: Love soccer, traveling, and my dog!
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