Jim has run Montgomery Soccer Academy since 1990, including summer camps and other specialized clinics. He has an NSCAA Premier Coaching Diploma, currently coaches Girls Travel teams for Potomac Soccer Club and has coached at every level, from Kindergarten to High School. He has coached the Good Counsel Women’s Varsity since 1988 and has received many national, state and league honors for his nationally ranked teams 13 of the last 18 years.
The Camp is staffed by high school coaches, college and high school players as well as other area professionals. The counselor to 6-11 year old camper ratio is approximately 1 to 6. Slightly higher for older campers. Our high school/college assistants and counselors include many top area players who themselves have been assisting younger players as team assistant coaches, as Player Development clinicians and at camp. Several have even obtained their own coaching licenses. Listed below are some recent staff members, many of whom will be returning this season.
|Luis Campos||Luis’ experience goes back to El Salvador where he played soccer in high school and two years in college. In the US, he played in two of the Washington area local leagues for five years. He coached girls’ soccer at Holton Arms School and is the freshman girls coach and a staff member at Good Counsel.|
|Kevin Layton||Played college soccer at Towson University; 6 years Maryland ODP. NSCAA Advanced and Goalkeeping Diplomas. USSF “B” license and Youth License. former Assistant Women’s varsity coach, Good Counsel , WAGS and NCSL|
|Jesse Balsamo||Jesse holds the NSCAA National Diploma; NCSL coach for Potomac Soccer Club. Has been assistant for Good Counsel Men’s and Women’s Soccer. Currently coach of Boys MD State Champion U13 Potomac Blue. Enthusiasm is Jesse’s middle name!|
|James Bruno||NSCAA License and Goalkeeping Diploma; Played College Soccer at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, has coached classic and WAGS teams for Montgomery Soccer Club; currently MCPS Elementary Counselor|
|Gui Melendez||Coach Guillermo Melendez is a skilled soccer coach with over 19 years of head coaching and training at the travel and high school levels. Currently head coach of BCC Men’s Varsity Soccer and Westland MS, and assistant Potomac Soccer travel coach. In 2017 Gui was named All Met Boys High School Coach of the Year!|
||Boys Soccer Coach at Neelsville Middle School. This is Fernando’s 5th year at Montgomery Soccer Academy|
||This will be Lauren’s 5th year at MSA. Lauren has been coaching soccer for the last 5 years. Her love for soccer started back at Quince Orchard High School on the varsity team. She is also the Junior Varsity lacrosse coach for Wootton High School, and is the Director of the youth development program for Rebels lacrosse.|
||Assistant Soccer Coach at the Academy of the Holy Cross; teacher for PGCPS. Erin has been an MSA Counselor for seven years.|
||After playing in goal for over 20 years at the travel, college club and local amateur teams, Guido is now focused on training the next generation of goalkeepers, working with players from young first-timers to the high school varsity level. Most recently, Guido was the goalkeeper coach for the Region 4 State Champion, Walter Johnson High School boys team. He also holds a National E License from US Soccer.|
||Current Club Goalkeeping trainer for Montgomery Soccer. This is Paul’s 2nd year coaching for Montgomery Soccer Academy|
||Currently playing in Spain’s 4th Division, US Soccer E License, MSA counselor for six years.|
||US Soccer E License, MSA counselor for nine years.|
||Current Education major and member of Women’s Soccer Team at Washington College. US Soccer E License, has worked as camp counselor at Academy of the Holy Cross, Washington College and fourth year at MSA.|
||Currently playing club soccer for University of Maryland, US Soccer E License, MSA counselor for six years.|