G07, G06 & Commissioner of Juniors League

Meet The Select Coaching Team

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Aaron Byers

Director of Coaching

Girls 2010 Navy - BUFC

Playing Experience - Aaron has been a student of the game since he began playing at 6 years old. He grew up in the Highline area playing with the infamous Highline Heat teams who boasted some of the top players and coaches to ever come out of WA State. He has travelled the world furthering his soccer education having done extensive residential courses at: FC Barcelona's FCBEscola, World Football Academy's at Feyenoord in Rotterdam (Netherlands), Benfica in Lisbon (Portugal), Valencia CF (Spain), 3four3 in Los Angles at LA Galaxy, 3four3 in Los Angles at Chivas USA

 

Coaching Experience - Aaron has an extensive track record for developing players by developing teams who understand to play the game in possession, out of possession and in between. His teams always play an attractive brand of possession soccer. He has helped develop hundreds of players that have gone on to play Sounders Academy, Reign Academy, represent WA State in ODP/EPD, ECNL and other top RCL players. His 2006 Mercer Island girls (from just 3 elementary schools) played RCL 1 and made the quarterfinals (4 consecutive years) of state cup playing one year up.

 

He has also instructed the annual EYSA Coaching Clinics to which over 400 coaches have attended over the years. He takes great pride in helping coaches understand how to use age appropriate tactical references to teach young players. He has been VP of Coach and Player Development at MIFC for 8 years, and served in the same capacity in EYSA for 2 years.

 

Licenses/Coaching Education – USSF and United Coaches licenses

 

Personal Bio - Aaron resides in Mercer Island and is married with 3 children. 

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Coaching Experience - Rogers has previously held positions with MLS LA Galaxy Academy as it's U12 Head Coach. Prior to LA Galaxy, Rogers spent time with FC Barcelona USA and Total Futbol Academy. Aside from his Tactical Director role, he will also head coach the Boys 2010 group as they prepare for competition at Benfica (Portugal) in November.

 

Coach Danny has a storied coaching career having coached with Brian Kleiban at overseas events in Barcelona where they played notable academy opposition like FC Barcelona, Ajax, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid. In 2018, he coached at the Prospects Cup where his BU12 LA Galaxy side squared off with Manchester City, C.D. Guadalajara, Real Madrid and other MLS competition.

Danny Rogers

Tactical Director

Boys 2010 Navy - BUFC

Boys 2008 - BUFC

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Casey Gilbert

Boys 2009 Navy - BUFC

Playing Experience - Casey has played soccer since he was 9 years old. He started playing club soccer and high school soccer in Wisconsin before playing for two years in college at Cornell College in Iowa. He then made the move to Minnesota where he played for two years at Gustavus Adolphus College. While at Gustavus, he was fortunate to have played in two NCAA National Tournaments.

Coaching Experience - Casey has been coaching soccer since he was in High School. While at Cornell, he helped train a few youth teams as well as running the high school girls varsity soccer program at Anamosa High School. In Minnesota, he began helping with regional ODP trainings and evaluations, as well as becoming involved with Coerver Coaching. After graduating, he also went on to be the assistant soccer coach for the Gustavus Adolphus College Women's Soccer program.  Since moving to Washington, Casey has been coaching with BUFC since 2017, and is most recently the head coach of the Select B09 team.

Casey's favorite part about coaching is seeing the improvement in a player or a team within training sessions and between games. He loves being able to isolate an aspect of the game and structure a training session around improving that skill and seeing the players reach new milestones as a result of their practice. He places a large emphasis on teaching players to think and make decisions real-time, regardless their age group.

Licenses / Coaching Education - Casey holds a USSF National "C" License and a NSCAA National Diploma

Personal Bio - Casey loves to spend time watching sports, mostly Wisconsin sports (Go Pack Go, Fear the Deer). He also enjoys going to Sounders games whenever possible, and playing himself in a men's league on Thursday nights. He also likes to spend time outdoors. Ever need a dog sitter? Casey is a big fan of dogs and will happily borrow people's dogs for a day or weekend at a time to hang out with and bring to the dog park.

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Playing Experience - Kevin played collegiately for Bellevue Community College and Seattle University and played semi-pro with Seattle FC.

Coaching Experience - Kevin has an extensive amount of coaching experience having served as a youth soccer coach for over twenty-five years. He has been with BUFC for the past 8 years serving as a team trainer and Select Coach. He currently also coaches with our Premier Sister Club- Eastside FC and has coached several teams for EFC for the past fourteen years. In addition to his coaching Kevin provides private training and offers summer camps through KVG Soccer LLC.

Licenses / Coaching Education - Kevin holds a USSF National "C" License

Personal Bio - Kevin grew up in Seattle and currently resides in Bellevue with his wife.  His three adult children all reside in the greater Bellevue area. During his time away from soccer he enjoys playing golf and cooking.

Kevin VanGaver

Girls 2007 Navy - BUFC

Girls 2006 - BUFC

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Playing Experience - Dylan has over twenty-seven years of playing experience having played for Eastside FC, Olympic Development Program, and Newport High School (1st team All Kingco). He continues to play currently on various over-30 teams.

Coaching Experience - Dylan began his coaching career with the G02 BUFC team in 2013. Under his leadership the team has won 6 summer tournaments and 2 Founders' Cup Select State Championships.

Licenses / Coaching Education - Dylan holds a USSF National "E" license

Personal Bio - Dylan grew up in Bellevue, WA and attended the University of Washington for undergrad and UCLA for graduate school. He currently resides in Bellevue with his wife.

Dylan Hargreaves

Boys 2007 - BUFC

Girls 2009 - BUFC

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Playing Experience - Coach Leo grew up playing in the highly regarded Boca Juniors system in Argentina (Diego Maradona, Carlos Tevez, among many) before going on to an extensive collegiate and professional playing career in Argentina and the USA (UPSL). 

 

Coaching Experience - Leo has coached at many levels from Santa Cruz Youth Soccer Club to San Jose State University Club Head Coach. He spent the past 4 years with  West Valley Youth Soccer coaching 2009 and 2006 premier teams. Coach Leo has Bachelor and Masters degrees in Sports Kinesiology.

 

Licenses/Coaching Education - He has a USSF C License and his NSCAA Goalkeeper certifications.


 

Leandro (Leo) Peralta

Girls 2007 Gold - BUFC

Boys 2011 - Newport

Girls 2011 - Newport

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Playing Experience - College Ball (Western Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University), 8 years of Crossfire Premier A, 4 Years of Varsity @ Mt Si High School, 3 Years of ODP

 

Coaching Experience - Private Soccer Trainer for 10 years, Assistant Coach - Mt Si High School Varsity, Camp Coach (Peter Fewing Soccer Camp, Sounders Camp, Northwest Soccer Camp)

 

Licenses/Coaching Education - USSF Grassroots 7v7, USSF Grassroots 11v11, USSF D License

 

Personal Bio – Born and raised in Redmond, Washington. Soccer has always been part of my life and I’ll forever be involved in the game.  It has taught me so much, and I hope to give back at least half of what the game has given me. I look forward to this new ride and I’m excited to improve myself through coaching and learning experiences. 


 

Nate Popp

Girls 2011 Gold - BUFC

Girls 2008 - BUFC

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Coaching Experience – Kara has been coaching youth soccer for past 20 years. She began at the recreational level which lead to coaching at the select level with Issaquah Soccer Club and Cascade FC and then most recently at the premier level with Eastside FC. She has also coached at Eastlake High School for the past 9 years.

 

Licenses/Coaching Education – She has earned her National D license coaching credential.

 

Personal Bio – Kara manages a local toy store when not on the field. She has raised five children in the Snoqualmie area with her husband Dan.  All 5 children have played in the local premier clubs and went on to play collegiate soccer.

Kara Popp

Girls 2008 - BUFC

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Coaching Experience – 15 Years coaching, premier, select, HS, College, 11 State Championships, 14 RCL/NPSL league championships, Over 30 summer tournament championships across 8 states, Dozens of players placed on college programs

 

Licenses/Coaching Education - UEFA B license

Simon Robinson

Girls 2005 - BUFC

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Playing Experience - Originally from the suburbs of Chicago where I spent my entire youth playing soccer, including four years of Varsity, and then moving on to play four years of collegiate soccer and beyond.

Personal Bio – My coaching philosophy: to foster an environment that provides players with the opportunity to learn self-expression, self-motivation, and self-belief while also building the players understanding of accountability, character and interconnectedness.

Asa Goldsmith

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Playing Experience - Cameron Andrews is a local product of the Washington Youth soccer organization. Growing up in Fife, Washington Cameron has been playing soccer since he could walk and is a student of the game. He spent his youth soccer career playing for WPFC and HPFC while also being named to the first team all-league his Sophomore, Junior and Senior year while attending Fife High School. Cameron attended the University of Washington and played on the Club team while earning his Bachelor’s degree. Upon graduation Cameron’s love for the game of soccer led him to pursue a career in coaching.

Coaching Experience - Cameron began coaching for Newport FC as an assistant coach back in 2014. After a successful year, Cameron was offered a full-time head coaching position and has never looked back. He looks forward to helping young athletes develop their skills both on and off the field while also instilling lifelong values.

Licenses/Coaching Education - Cameron holds a USSF E level license and will be continuing his coaching advancement.
 

Cameron Andrews

Boys 2007  - Newport

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Playing Experience – Cristian is a local product with Chilean roots. He made his mark playing locally for Juanita High School, Alliance FC and Eastside FC. He returned to Chile to further his football education, playing professionally for Santiago Wanderes de Valparaiso. In 2005 he returned to Seattle and continued his career in the PDL, NPSL, and USL2.

 

Coaching Experience – Coaching has always been a dream of Cristian’s, and he began when he was just 15. A member of the IAS Academy coaching staff, he has also coached with MIFC. He loves to challenge himself with new ways to pass on his love of the game and the opportunity to develop players and help them see the opportunities soccer can bring to their lives.

Cristian Pintone

Boys 2008 - Newport

Boys 2002/2003 - Newport

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Mark Calleja

Boys 2005 - Newport

Girls 2005 - Newport

Playing Experience – Mark is from Sydney, Australia. He played all his youth soccer in Australia with some professional playing experience in Europe.

 

Coaching Experience – Mark has been coaching for over 15 years. He has been with Newport/Bellevue select soccer since 2015. Before joining Newport/Bellevue, Mark held coaching roles as Overlake HS Varsity Boys Assistant Coach, Mountlake Terrace Varsity Boys Head Coach, and Liverpool Select (Australia) BU93 Head Coach. He won a state championship in 2012 with Overlake HS.

 

Linsenses/Coaching Education – USSF C DIPLOMA, NSCAA ADVANCED NATIONAL DIPLOMA, NSCAA NATIONAL DIPLOMA, NSCAA ADVANCED REGIONAL DIPLOMA, WFA FOOTBALL FITNESS AND FOOTBALL BRAINING

 

Personal Bio – Mark spent one year travelling to South America and Europe visiting professional youth academy teams in an effort to learn the best soccer player development practices. The goal is to educate, be a teacher of the game so young soccer players can gain knowledge and experience so they too can develop skills required to perform in games and reach their goals. 

 

Mark is the founder of Champions Soccer School which provides private, small group, team training as well as coach education sessions. He has helped over 1000 soccer players from beginner to college players succeed.

 

It gives me so much happiness to work with young players, to teach them the game and then see them perform so well.

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Playing Experience – Born and raised in Iran, Navid played Semi-Pro until coming to the US in 2006.

Coaching Experience - One year LWYS, 5 Years Newport Youth Soccer, 2 Years Bellevue High School Varsity Assistant Coach.

Licenses/Coaching Education - USSF, E (2009) D (2011), and C (2013)

Personal Bio – Soccer is a sport that I grew up with, banned by the government to being a pro player, I’m eager to teach what I know to other kids. I devote my time to teach the younger athletics how to deal with the ball in the field and how they can integrate the experience of learning and communication into their personal life in the future. I coached from the beginner all the way to High School and understand the needs of each age group and how to coach them.  Navid is married and has two boys 12 years old boy and 8 months old.

Navid Hosseini

Boys 2010 - Newport

Girls 2005 - Newport

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Playing Experience – Cayla has been playing soccer since the age 10. She grew up in Enumclaw, WA playing for clubs such as Rainier Valley Slammers and PAC NW. Cayla also played for Enumclaw High School where she was a four year girls soccer athlete, lettering for 3 years on Varsity and finishing her senior year as captain and earning All League Awards. Cayla played collegiate soccer for Shoreline Community College and Pierce College before she moved on to finish her degree at UW.

 

Coaching Experience – While obtaining her Bachelors degree in Communications she coached Enumclaw Middle School girls soccer as well as Assistant coached for Rainier Valley Slammers G03 White team.

 

Licenses/Coaching Education – Cayla holds a USSF D level license and plans to continue her coaching advancement.

 

Personal Bio – Her passion for the game and working with kids has now opened up an opportunity to coach for Newport FC having a U11/U12 girls team. Cayla looks forward to helping young athletes develop skills which make them better soccer players but also better people and hopes to instill the same morals and values she has learned in her time playing Washington Youth Soccer.

Cayla Dahl

Girls 2009 - Newport

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Playing Experience – Radcliffe grew up and played soccer locally on Mercer Island, and for several premier clubs in the area.

 

Coaching Experience – After a standout college career at Concordia University, he returned home and has been coaching for local clubs as well as Mercer Island High School.

 

Personal Bio – He brings enthusiasm and a strong understanding of the game, and a knack for teaching the technical aspect that is so important for youth development and enjoyment of the game.

Radcliffe McDougald

Girls 2010 - Newport

Boys 2009 - Newport

Girls 2004 - Newport

Girls 2002/2003 - Newport

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