Jim has run Montgomery Soccer Academy for 28 years, including summer camps and other specialized clinics. He has an NSCAA Premier Coaching Diploma, currently coaches WAGS teams, gives coaching clinics for Montgomery Soccer Inc. 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.
Assistant Director, Nelson Abreau
Nelson has been the Assistant Director of Montgomery Soccer Academy for several years and also runs clinics and camp during the indoor season. He has been the coach of High School Varsity and currently coaches WAGS teams, and has won Coach of the Year honors from the WCAC and the Gazette. He is also a certified trainer and teaches at the Academy of the Holy Cross.
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 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.|
|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 18 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.|
||Boys Soccer Coach at Neelsville Middle School. This is Fernando’s 4th year at Montgomery Soccer Academy|
||This will be Lauren’s 4th 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 six 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 five years.|
||US Soccer E License, MSA counselor for eight 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 third year at MSA.|
||Currently playing club soccer for University of Maryland, US Soccer E License, MSA counselor for five years.|