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Mario Bono, Head of Travel Coaching, Head coach of 2002 United Philly Soccer Girls and 2008 Girls Fairmount Falcons

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






Ray Nedbal, Head Coach of United Philly Soccer 2003 Boys 

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, Head Coach of United Philly Soccer 2001 Boys White and United Philly Soccer 2006 Boys

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


Ylber Mezani, Head Coach of United Philly Soccer 2005 Boys White and Boys Blue Teams, and 2008 Boys Fairmount Falcons

Ylber for website

UEFA “B” license coach.
Manor College volunteer assistant 2005.
Coppa Venum ‘03 girls coach 2017
Coppa Rage ‘05 assistant coach 2017
Native of Albania, moved to US at the age of 17, and went Kensington high school for senior year. Attended and played at Manor College for first two years than moving on to Arcadia University to finish the studies with a major in Communication 2005.
Played at Arcadia, and was part of the Hall of Fame team that played in consecutive NCAA Dlll national tournament in Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds.


Kyle Franks, Head Coach of United Philly Soccer UPS 2006/2007 Girls
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)

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


Joe Nielson, Head Coach of 2007 Boys Fairmount Falcons

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


Ryan Griffith
Ryan Griffith
-Delaware County Community, Head Men’s soccer coach (14th season)
-A former all-conference player at Delaware County Community College

-Founder & CEO of  RR Soccer Academy,  A not for profit organization that emphasizes Technical training and Character development through soccer. The goals of the organization are to 1) Empower youth through soccer and unite the community. 2) To improve health and wellness through soccer-related activities. 3) Development of social excellence through soccer.

-Trainer/Coach @ Impact sports, FCS, YTP, Young Scholars Charter School, and  AC Fairhill
-USSF Licensed Coach


Olivia Jane Winters, Head Coach of the FSA U3 and U4 Toddler & Academy Girls Programs

Jane WintersBorn into a sports loving household, Jane grew to love soccer at a very young age. She played for The Episcopal Academy before attending the University of Missouri, where she continued with local soccer leagues. Jane has spent most of her life in the non-profit world, working with children as a family specialist, teacher, and soccer coach. Before coming to Fairmount Soccer Association eight years ago, Jane coached with Starfinder Foundation for three years. There she worked empowering girls to be leaders, both on and off of the field. Among her accomplishments, Jane holds an MSc in Globalization & Development from SOAS University of London and is published academically and professionally in print and radio. Currently, she works independently as a professional organizer and small business consultant and advocates for local animal welfare groups and a youth and family services non-profit based in Guatemala.

United Soccer Coaches (Formerly NSCAA) 4×4 diploma
United Soccer Coaches 7×7 diploma
EPYSA State Coaching Certificate
Certified in Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussions


Thorne Holder – Goalkeeper Trainer

Thorne HolderGoalkeeper Coach for Jefferson University Men Soccer Team.
Assistant Coach/ Goalkeeper Coach for Chestnut Hill University Women Soccer Team.
2011 – Signed by the Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union after an outstanding preseason with only 1 goal against in 6 Appearances against top competition both in the US and in Greece.
2011 – Made many charitable appearances at different schools and soccer clubs to share the experience and knowledge that I’ve gained growing up in soccer.
2011 – Played With FC New York For Five Games Before being Re-Acquired By the Philadelphia Union
2011 – Played against Barclays Premiere League Top Team, Everton FC. & Won 1-0. Save of the week
2010 – Finished No. 5 in the country in the NCAA Division 1 college soccer rankings
2008-2010 – Played for Long Island Rough Riders in the PDL two consecutive seasons scoring one goal to save a loss.
2005-2007 – Goalkeeper at Joe Public FC (A Top Professional Team in Trinidad) winning the championship two consecutive years.
2003-2005 – Goalkeeper at Jabloteh FC (A Top Professional Team) winning the u-20 championship
2008-2010 – Training Director at Premiere Soccer Academy.
2002 – 2005 Director of Goalkeeping at the La Foucade Soccer clinic in Trinidad and Tobago
Former Head Men’s Club Coach at LaSalle University



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.

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.




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




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.



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.




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.


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




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