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STAFF

WORLD-CLASS

COACHES & STAFF

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Our diverse and accomplished coaches and staff are dedicated to elite player development.  In conjunction with our technical and support staff, our coaches utilize a player-centered training model that enables players to take control of their own development. Each of our coaches holds USSF and/or UEFA accreditation(s). Our coaching staff includes ex-professionals from top leagues around the world, ex-NCAA college athletes, and active, U.S.-based, USL League Two players.  Our coaches and staff understand that player development requires more than technical, tactical, and physical proficiency, but also the development of the essential human qualities that define each and every one of our players: great players, greater people.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Our senior management, comprised of former professional players, corporate professionals, and sports-specific facility experts, draws more than a century of combined knowledge in the New York soccer community to prepare the foundation and provide the resources that allow our technical staff and coaches to give our players the best chance to achieve their unique goals.

 
MARCO BALSAMO
OLEG SARUMOV
ELSHAN GAMBAROV
JOE BALSAMO

PRESIDENT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

GRASSROOTS GENERAL MANAGER

GRASSROOTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

TECHNICAL STAFF

Our world-class technical staff includes a former AC Milan Primavera coach with the highest UEFA licensure, a UEFA Cup winner, and staff highly licensed by the US Soccer Federation. Our technical staff works to provide the framework for each developmental phase that allows our coaches to develop elite, highly-motivated, team-oriented players.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR OF COACHING

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH OPERATIONS

DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS

ARTEM MAKARENKO
JULIA TROSKOT

DIRECTOR OF SPORTS TECHNOLOGY

SKILSU DIRECTOR

COACHES

Our highly-licensed coaches are here to provide our players with all the technical, tactical, physical, and emotional tools they need to achieve their unique goals - despite whether those goals being on the field or off.

 
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VINCENT BALSAMO
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ARTEM MAKARENKO
ARSEN ISMAILOV

GRASSROOTS HEAD COACH

2012 HEAD COACH

2010 HEAD COACH

2011 HEAD COACH

MOMODOU SAWANEH
RAFAEL VERDOV
NIKOLOZI KEVLISHVILI
ARTEM MAKARENKO

2009 & 2007 HEAD COACH

2007 HEAD COACH

2006 HEAD COACH

2006/5 HEAD COACH

ADAM MARCU
GLENDON CATEAU
BORIS KRAYTMAN
ANGELO ORLANDO

2005 HEAD COACH

2004 HEAD COACH

2003 & 2002 HEAD COACH

2003 & 2002 HEAD COACH

NICOLÒ BAUDO
JOSEPH CAYENNE
JOE BALSAMO

2001 HEAD COACH

GOALKEEPING HEAD COACH

USL LEAGUE TWO HEAD COACH

CONSULTANTS AND OUTSIDE EXPERTS

Our outside consultants include ex-international players and coaches, a US Soccer Federation A-licensed coach and US Youth National Team Scout, and a world-renowned international scout and youth coach with a U-19 European Championship to his name. We are lucky to have such strong relationships with these incredibly talented outside consultants on whom we often call for advice, relationship development, and expertise.

 
FERDINANDO DE MATTHAEIS
KAI HAASKIVI
EDSON AGUIAR