MONMOUTH COACHES

TAB RAMOS

 TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

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Recognized internationally as one of the top 10 USMNT players in history, Tab Ramos is a focal point of soccer in the United States.

 

As a two-time, high school All-American for St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, NJ), Ramos led the Gray Bee’s to a New Jersey State Championship in 1983. Following a decorated collegiate career at NC State, which was highlighted by four, All-ACC honors and three, All-American selections, Ramos began his professional career with the New Jersey Eagles of the American Soccer League. Simultaneously, in 1989, Ramos joined the USMNT.

After playing for Real Betis in Spain and for Tigres in Mexio, Ramos became the first ever player to sign with Major League Soccer in 1995.

 

The inaugural season of MLS in 1996 marked Ramos’ first of seven seasons with the MetroStars, three of which were All-Star campaigns. 

 

On the International stage, Ramos earned his first cap in 1988 and quickly become a focal point of the 1990 World Cup team, the same year he was named U.S. Soccer’s Athlete of the Year.

In 1994, Ramos started in every World Cup Match for the U.S. International success would continue on the pitch for Ramos when he scored for the USMNT in 1997 during the team’s 1-0 victory against Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier.

 

Sideline presence has led to great success for Ramos as well, both on the youth and International levels. Most recently, in 2017, Ramos led the U20 USMNT to the CONCACAF Championship and a 6th place finish at the U20 World Cup.

In 2016, following the merger of regional youth soccer powerhouse NJCSA (formerly NJSA 04) and Cedar Stars Academy, Tab Ramos was named Technical Director of the youth soccer program with locations throughout the east coast.

 

Since this time, the United States Soccer Youth Technical Director and U20 USMNT Head Coach has led the program to significant technical development, which has ultimately translated to great success and the individual growth of the players within the green and white family.

Under the technical leadership of Ramos, all branches of Cedar Stars Academy are primed to lead their athletes to continued success, both on and off the field, which has already placed the youth soccer academy on the map as a leader in professional player development.

 

DAVIDE CORTI

 DIRECTOR of COACHING EDUCATION

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Coach Corti, a former player for Italian Serie A club A.C. Milan, is the Director of Coaching at Cedar Stars Academy – Monmouth. The UEFA A Licensed coach brings more than 23 years of experience in the game, as he has seen success on the youth, amateur, semi-professional, and professional levels. Following his time as the Soccer School Director for A.S. Ostia Mare of Rome, Italy, where he won a U18 Youth Championship, Corti returned to A.C. Milan in 2006 as a Youth Talent Scout. Prior to being named the International Coaching Consultant, Corti served as the Supervisor for Coach Development for five seasons where he oversaw the coaches’ training for on-field drills and game day preparations.

 
 

JOHN SAUNDERS

 ACADEMY DIRECTOR

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Coach John Saunders, a UEFA A Licensed and NSCAA Premier Licensed coach, brings  more than 10 years of incredible knowledge and experience to the sidelines as he assumes a role to assist in the on-field and off-field developments of the players and coaches. Prior to joining CSA, John spent time with EDP as the Technical Director, he was an Academy Coach and the Director of Youth Development at TSF Academy before serving as the Technical Director for Princeton Soccer Association in 2011.

 

As a youth soccer player, Saunders trained at both Everton FC and Liverpool FC academies prior to his professional career with Oldham Athletic FC in England. During his coaching tenure in England, Saunders held positions with the recognized international cubs, such as Liverpool FC and Wgian Athletic. Coach Saunders currently oversees both the U14 and U16/17 Boys DA teams.

ANDREW GIALLOMBARDO

 DA GIRLS MANAGER / NATIONAL LEAGUE GIRLS MANAGER

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Coach Giallombardo’s played professionally at Southampton FC and Belgian professional club Lokoren. In addition, coach Giallombardo can count multiple caps to his name for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) at U15 – U20 levels.

 

Coach Andrew will serve as Director of Coaching for Soccer Specific Training, and will be taking the role of development of the 2007 Girls Green and 2006 girls USYS National League EDP Teams for the 2018-2019 season.

 

Other chief responsibilities will include developing exciting programming for the club and assisting with the implementation of new technologies within the program.

 
 

TOM NAPOLI
ZONE 1 GIRLS ASSISTANT COORDINATOR

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Coach Napoli will be joining the Cedar Stars Academy – Monmouth Girls coaching staff with more than 25 years of coaching and playing experience.  In addition to earning all-conference during his time at Kean University, the current USSF E Licensed coach’s experience includes time with NJ Wildcats and Match Fit Academy FC.

 

TYLER ISAACSON

INITIAL STAGE / ROOTS PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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As a player, Isaacson was captain of his varsity soccer teams, as well as the Millburn Strikers, and played collegiate soccer at Rutgers University. Isaacson had several honors, including 1st Team All-Region and Rutgers University Soccer ’87 Final Eight NCAA tournament. His coaching experience includes Matawan High School Varsity Coach, Aberdeen/Matawan Ages 3 – 15 and the Special Needs Division. Coach Isaacson is a USSF-accredited coach.

 

DEREK OGDEN
NATIONAL LEAGUE BOYS MANAGER / EDP BOYS MANAGER

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PHIL SWENDA

DA BOYS MANAGER

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Coach Phil Swenda joined Cedar Stars Academy - Monmouth for the start of the 2018-2019 season. ​As a member of the senior coaching staff, Swenda oversees the Boys U17 Development Academy Team, as well as the Development Academy Player ID process for the club. 

Swenda brings more than 15 years of playing and coaching experience to the program, as well as USSF A Licensing and NSCAA Advance National Diploma standards. On the field, Swenda was a four-year starter for Seton Hall University and went on the be drafted 26 overall by Chicago Fire in the 2003 MLS Superdraft. On the sidelines, Swenda served as the Assistant Coach for Seton Hall University for the 2009 & 2010 seasons prior to joining NJIT for the 2011-2013 seasons. From 2009-2018, Swenda served as an Academy Coach for the New York Red Bulls Academy program, overseeing the development of more than 20 players selected for USMNT camps, holding the standard for the highest MLS homegrown minutes out of any academy program in the U.S. and earning the #1 team ranking in the country 

 
 

ANNA LAZIK

COACH

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Coach Lazic joined Cedar Stars Academy – Monmouth in 2017, accredited with an NJYS F Coaching license, and a Athletic Training Certification with additional licenses held in New Jersey and Georgia. Coach Lazic played for the Brick Township High School Varsity team and Toms River Adult Coed League. Her coaching experience includes Middle School and High School Varsity Girls’ Soccer at Ranney School, and coaching at North Star Team Camp in New Hampshire.

JAVIER VELASCO

COACH

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Coach Velasco, has been with CSA-Newark since 2014, and is accredited with USSF National B License and United Soccer Coaches (previously NSCAA) “Director of Coaching Diploma”

Velasco played at various levels throughout his career, from top division high schools, to Division 1 colleges, then to semi-pro and pro level at the New Jersey Stallions, North Jersey Imperials and Central Jersey Riptide, all from the United Soccer Leagues (USL/USISL).

Coach Velasco’s has coached at Division 1 level at NJIT; Club soccer NJSA04, Jersey Knights SC and the Players Development Academy (PDA). He also spent time at various high school programs throughout NJ. He presently coaches Rahway HS and is Head Coach of NJ Teamsters FC in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) and the US Open Cup

 
 

CHRIS DUGGAN

CHRIS DUGGAN

GOALKEEPER COACH

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SHANNON POSER

COACH

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Coach Poser played for the North Jersey Imperials and Central Jersey Riptide during his playing career. Poser was an assistant and Head Coach of Men’s Soccer at Monmouth University, and has earned his USSF F License.

 

DIEGO MARTINS

COACH

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DINA SCHEUERMAN

 CLUB REGISTRAR

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GREG WIEBOLDT

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY U19G

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Coach Wieboldt will enter his second season with Cedar Stars Academy - Monmouth overseeing the inaugural U18/U19 Girls DA Team. With more than 20 years of coaching at the ECNL and other top, youth-level competition, the USSF A Licensed coach brings great experience, which includes multiple National Championships, and leadership, to assist with the technical development of the program’s youth athletes.  

 

JACK KOCZAN
COLLEGE LIAISON, ASSISTANT COACH

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Coach Koczan is an assistant coach for our DA U15 boys’ team and is the College Liaison for the Cedar Stars Academy - Monmouth Boys and Girls collegiate placement. Mr. Koczan has been approved by the US Soccer Development Academy as an Apprentice Coach and has initiated his B licensing program in 2018. He has earned progressive coaching credentials including, but not limited to,  USSF National C, USSF E and D Licenses .

 

To gain international experience, he has participated in Training Sessions at UK Premier league Academies, as well as other academies in Spain, France and Germany. Prior to joining Cedar Stars Academy, Mr. Koczan was an Assistant High School Varsity Coach and JV Coach St Rose High School. At the youth level he held coaching positions at Garden State Youth Soccer, Shore Boys Club, and Toms River Soccer Association.  

 

Mr. Koczan is a National Soccer Coaches Association member regularly participating in annual coaching seminars.

KAYODE MCKINNON

COACH

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MIGUEL NIETO

COACH

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Coach Nieto joined the Cedar Stars – Monmouth team in 2015. During his playing career in Bogoto, Colombia, Nieto played in High school and town leagues, at the Universidad de Santo Tomas, and in the Second Division Bogoto League. Nieto has coached for Linden Recreation Department, Linden Youth Soccer Association, Schulz Academy/Boca Juniors Soccer Club, and Wellington Soccer Club, all over the course of twenty-five years. Coach Nieto is certified with a USSF C License, FLYSA National D License, NJYS F and E Licenses, NSCAA Director of Coaching and Goalkeeping Level 1 Diplomas, NSCAA Player Development Curriculum Diploma, in addition to other specialized diplomas. Nieto has coached several teams to be Finalists and Regional Champions of the Mid-Atlantic Premier US Soccer National Cup.

 

PAUL NASH

ZONE 1 DIRECTOR

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YAVUZ OZKAN

COACH

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LEE POLLARD

COACH

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JORDAN JAMES

COACH

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