Travel Teams and Coaches


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2017-2018 Fairmount/Philly United Coaching Assignments:

Fairmount Soccer
U10 Girls – Mario Bono
U10 Boys – Steve Jackson/Brett Tharp
U11 Boys – Joe Nielson/Jose Lozano
U12 Girls – Jami Dansingburg
U12 Boys – Luciano Conte

United Philly Soccer
U13 Girls – Cailin DiGiacomo
U13 Boys A) Glodi Konga  B)  Toba Bolaji
U14 Boys – Raymond Nedbal

U15 Boys -Raymond Nedbal
U14/U15 Girls – Jami Dansingburg
U16 Girls – Mario Bono
U17 Boys A) Luciano Conte B) Olivier Noel
U18 Girls – Bridget O’Brien
Goalkeeper Coach – Charlie Flowe 
Floater Coaches – Brett Tharp, Justine Wollner, Kyle Franks




Mario Bono, Head of Travel Coaching

Master’s in Recreation and Sport Sciences, concentration in Soccer Coaching -Ohio University
BS Business Management – Saint Francis College 1999
Coaching Qualifications:
USSF National B, C, D & E License
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma level 1, 2, & 3
NSCAA Special Topics Diploma: Mental/Physical Player Development
NSCAA Special Topics Diploma: Reading the Game
USYSA National Youth License
USYSA TOPSoccer State Coaching Certificate
Coaching Experience:
Fairmount Soccer Association (2010-present)
Founded the Fairmount Toddler Soccer
West Chester Rustin High School , Assistant Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach (2014)
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association- ODP Staff Coach (2014-present) , Finance Committee Member (2013-present)
Penncrest High School – Head Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach (2013), Head Junior Varsity & Assistant Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach (2010-2012)
The Philadelphia School (2012), Head Coach
Coach for Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club (1999-2005), Coach U6 thru U19
Playing Experience:
Saint Francis College (Division I) 1995-1999
Northeast Conference Regular season champs 1997 and 1998
Northeast Conference Playoff champs 1995, 1996, and 1998
National top 25 ranking 1997 and 1998
3 NCAA tournament play-in game appearances
Xaverian High School- 1995 Brooklyn High School Player of the Year, Team Captain and MVP 1994 and 1995
Giochi della Gioventu Competition (Italian Youth National Championships)
Brooklyn Italians Men’s team player



Steve Jackson
Steve JacksonSteve is the Head of Coaching for Fairmount Soccer Intramural Programs, as well as Head Coach of the U10 Boys travel soccer team.






Ray Nedbal

Ray NedbalUSSF National “C” License
Played at Drexel University 04-07
Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Drexel University 08
Fairmount Soccer Head Coach since 2010




Luciano Conte

Luciano for websiteBorn and raised in Formia, Italy where the beautiful game is a religion. To date, over forty years of experience both playing and coaching. Drafted into the Club Napoli/serie A (Napoli, Italy), squadra primavera ’83-’84. Trained and played under head coach Bruno Pesaola ’83. Selected member of the Italian Travel U21 National team ’77-’78. Member of the Italian U21 “youth division” ’72-‘78.
Coaching Experience:
1999-2014 PALUMBO SOCCER CLUB – founder and head coach of the Palumbo Soccer Club responsible for age levels 9 through 16 years of age
2013 FRIENDS SELECT H.S. – boys varsity coach
2009-2011 THE GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL – Girls Varsity Coach
2001-2002 FAIRMOUNT/PALUMBO SOCCER CLUB coached the U15 boys of both Clubs
2001 ITALIAN FOOTBALL ACADEMY (Perugia, Italy); international soccer academy U17-U18 (mixed gender) summer program conducted instructional clinics for incoming coaches with emphasis on “seasonal structure” and “long growth development”
1996 ITALIAN SCUOLA CALCIO (Ascoli, Italy); international soccer academy responsible for individualized training; U14, U15 and U16 girls team training
1994-1989 ST. JOSEPH H. S. (East Side, Cleveland, OH) head varsity and junior varsity coach
1982-1983 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY (Columbus, Oh) – graduate assistant coach for freshmen, specialty coach for varsity travel squad



Jami Dansingburg

Jami DansingburgUSSF National C License
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
Hartwick College Women’s Head Coach
All-American Goalkeeper, William Smith College
NY West ODP Player, Girls Goalkeeping Director



Olivier Noel

Olivier NoelOlivier Noel is a 2017 Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 honoree in Science. He’s the founder and CEO of DNAsimple, which helps accelerate genetic research by connecting DNA donors with research scientists, simplifying the process enormously. Olivier has been conducting developmental biology and biomedical science research for over 8 years. He was an American Heart Association and National Institute of Health fellow and has been featured in the New York Daily News, CBS radio, Forbes and other news outlets for his academic and entrepreneurial achievements.

Olivier grew up in Haiti and moved to Queens, NY, where he attended Queens College. He graduated in 2011 with a major in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and honors in biomedical science research. In 2011, he began training in the Penn State University MSTP MD/PhD program, getting a PhD in biochemistry and molecular genetics. His current research focuses on identifying the genetics behind the positive health effects following bariatric surgery in patients and developing novel therapies for diabetic patients. Olivier is also an avid soccer fan, having played for one of the top schools in Haiti every year in high school and also for the City University of New York (QCC and Queens). His favorite player of all time is Zinedine Zidane.



Glodi Konga

Glodi KongaProfessional Player for the Philadelphia Fury
Played Division 1 Soccer @ Liberty University
English FA level II license
M.S. in Sports Management, Liberty University
B.S. in Exercise Science, Liberty University




Toba Bolaji

Toba Bilaji4th Year Medical Student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Former Division 1 Goalkeeper standout @ Robert Morris University
Former player with PDL side FC London.
USSF licensed Coach.





Bridget O’Brien

Bridget OBrienDirector of Operations for the Villanova Women’s Soccer team
Former Head Girls’ Soccer Coach at Marple Newtown High school
Played Division 1 soccer at Villanova University
Played H.S soccer at Archbishop Prendergast High School: Lettered four years in both soccer and lacrosse and also played basketball … Named second team All-Catholic League as a freshman and sophomore and was a first team selection as a junior and senior … Four-time Delaware County Daily Times all-star selection … Named All-Delco second team pick as a senior after being an honorable mention choice the previous two years … In lacrosse was a three-time All-Catholic League selection, three-time All-Delco honoree and four-time Delaware County Daily Times all-star … Scored 100 goals playing lacrosse … Named to the first honor roll all four years.




Cailin DiGiacomo
Cailin_DiGiacomoA 2016 graduate of Gettysburg College, Lafayette Hill native DiGiacomo attended Norwood Fontbonne Academy and then went on to play soccer at Germantown Academy. She was already a starter as a freshman, and then earned All-Inter-Ac League honors in each of the next three seasons. She was a first team pick as a junior and senior, when she also was a team captain. The Patriots won the league championship when she was a freshman, then took the title again in DiGiacomo’s senior season, when she was named Inter-Ac MVP.
As a defender at Gettysburg College, she helped the Bullets tie the school record for single season shutouts twice. When she was a junior, Gettysburg gave up just two goals during regular-season play in the Centennial Conference. In her senior season, the Bulletts went undefeated in the conference and earned a bid to the NCAA tournament, while DiGiacomo was named a first team all-star both in the conference and in her NCAA region.
The Norwood product left Gettysburg with a degree in Organization and Management Studies with a minor in Religious Studies, and she will be an assistant teacher in the Germantown Friends lower school this fall. She has also strengthened her athletic resume by obtaining an NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Coaching Academy National Diploma.
The first female to head the GFS girl’s soccer program, DiGiacomo led the Tigers to a 7-7-1 record this fall season. Some of the season highlights was winning the Quaker Cup and beating hometown rival SCH 1-0.



Justine Wollner
Justine WollnerJustine was a member of the ’88 FC Pennsylvania Strikers team that captured a Region 1 Championship and had a 3rd place finish in the 2007 USYSA National Championships. Justine continued her career playing at Villanova University where she had a succesful career on and off the field while being named a BIG EAST Academic AllStar for all four years. Justine went on to play semi-pro in Ottawa, Canada for the W-League Ottawa Fury alongside fellow coach Teresa Rynier in the summer of 2011, where they went undefeated leading up to the National Championship game. Justine was a member of the US National Team Pool for one year, the USYSA Region 1 Pool for three years, and EPYSA ODP for six years. Justine has coached both the ’93/’94 and ’99/’00 FC Pennsylvania Teams.





Brett Tharp
Brett TharpUSSF National D License
NSCAA Junior Level VI Diploma
Played at Parkland High School (All-Area Honors)




Joe Nielson

Joe NielsonUSSF “C” License
Eastern Pennsylvania ODP 2001 national champion
Former Eastern Pennsylvania U14 Boys’ ODP Coach
PIAA State Champion with Strath Haven H.S
Played division 1 soccer at Binghamton University
Former Head Boys’ JV Coach at Devon Prep
Former Head Men’s Club Coach at LaSalle University


Charlie Flowe
Charlie FloweCharlie Flowe joined the Philadelphia University men’s soccer staff in August 2016 as assistant coach.
Flowe started his soccer career as a player at Ferguson High School in Newport News, Virginia, where he was named team captain his senior year. After high school, Flowe moved to Philadelphia to attend Drexel University, where earned a Bachelor of Science degree in project operations management. Flowe is a licensed U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) coach and holds a NSCAA Level 1 & 2 goalkeeper diplomas. He’s been a trainer and volunteer coach for the last 15 years in the Philadelphia area and works with Future Captain Sports. He was a founding member of Bella Vista Futbol Club in Philadelphia in 2002, where served as a board member, player and coach until 2013. In the fall of 2015 Flowe was an assistant at Penn State Brandywine where he helped lead the Lions a regular season title.
Previously, Flowe was the lead play-by-play voice for Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. He is the founder and host of the World Sports Show, which is a weekly soccer-based radio show out of Philadelphia. Flowe also served as the play-by-play man for the Pennsylvania Roar of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Flowe also has served as a head coach with Upper Dublin SC and Palumbo Soccer Club.


Jose LozanoJose Lozano

– Former Assistant coach at Tufts University
– Former Assistant Coach at SUNY-Cortland.
– Former pro player in Peru for La Pena De Sporting, Club Deportivo Aviacion, and Club Universitario De Deportes.
– Former member of Peruvian U21 National team.


Sarah Gaurino

Sarah GuarinoDoctor of Physical Therapy at Vincera Institute
USSF D coaching licensed Coach
Played collegiately at Ithaca College
Has coaching experience with ages 5 all the way up to High School



Kyle Franks
Kyle FranksUniversity of Pennsylvania Men’s Soccer Director of Operations/Assistant Coach (2015)
PDA (Player Development Academy) South (2015-2016)
Coordinator/Director of South Jersey Winter Development League
Medford Soccer Club/NJ Real SC (2013-2016)
University of Denver Men’s Soccer College ID Camp (2013-2014)
High School Player Development Youth & College ID Camp (2013-Present)
Akka Soccer trainer (20011-2013)
Future 500 Camp
Philadelphia Union ESF Coach (2013)
Playing Experience:
Gettysburg College: Four year starter and served as captain.
Pittgrove Premier FC
NJ State team 2004-2011
Region 1 Team 2010
Shawnee High School 2007-2011: 2 year Team Captain and All Conference/SJ Player