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Coach Craig Hollis

Coach Craig Hollis

Director of Coaching
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Home Town:

Kingston Upon Thames, London, England

Supported Team: Chelsea Football Club

About Me: I was born and raised in a busy town about 20 minutes outside central London in England. Naturally I grew up living and breathing the beautiful game of football. Stayed local through my years of school at Corpus Christi primary School and Richard Challoner secondary school where I stayed on with a 6th form college program. I played football for both my school's and college, with a short spell at a semi pro club. Right out of secondary school I knew I wanted to focus on coaching where I started my career at my unconditionally loved football club Chelsea FC.

Coaching Experience:

 Craig started his professional coaching career at Chelsea Football Club in London, England. He spent 4 years at the club developing his coaching abilities working with players of all ages and levels. From starting with grassroots level players working up to coaching the elite levels. During his time at Chelsea FC, Craig spent some time branching out and specializing in goalkeeping working with Chelsea’s Elite Training Center. In 2012 Craig brought his experience over to America where he spent 3 years coaching with UK International Soccer Company. During these 3 years, Craig coached and trained local club teams, developing their club programs and players. Craig was named UKI Regional Director of Goalkeeping for UK International. His job was to produce Goalkeeping Academy’s and write program curriculums for local clubs to develop young goalkeepers, and perform goalkeeping training to not only players but to his peers and local coaches. In furthering his career Coach Hollis took up a role as Director of Soccer in Upstate NY newest 48,000 square foot multiple story indoor sports facility Accelerate Sports. During his short 2 year spell with the facility before taking up the role at Impact FC, Hollis was able to produce Accelerate with a youth soccer development program complete with Goalkeeping Academy and winter leagues and some tournaments. One of his greatest achievement whilst at the facility, is the Accelerate High School Preseason Summer soccer league. Starting with just 10 teams participating now unites over 40 local boys and girls high schools from across the north section of the state. Coach Hollis also spent some time whilst in the Upstate NY area building and coaching within the Adirondack High School men's soccer program, coaching at both modified and varsity levels.

Qualification:

BTEC Diploma in Sport level 2, BTEC National Level 3 in Sports Development & Coaching, English FA coaching Licence level 1 and 2, CJSA coaching Licence E, NY State High School Coaching License,  U.S. Soccer National C Coaching LicenseNY State Education First Aid qualified, American Heart Association First Aid, CPR & AED, CDC Concussion certificate, & US Youth Soccer Risk Management and Background checked.

Fun Fact:

Not only do I love to cook up a storm in the kitchen, I'm a certified gymnastics instructor.


Coach Jason Stock

Coach Jason Stock

Technical Director

                                                 

Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa and Southampton, England Team

Supported Team: Southampton FC

About me:

I was born in South Africa, before moving to England at the age of 13. I spent two years traveling around Australia, before I eventually made the move over to the United States, residing in Connecticut for 7 years before moving down to North Carolina. Soccer has always been a big part of my life and has been my passion. I began coaching soccer at 17 years old and have developed a coaching philosophy based around the overall development of every player he encounters. Aside from soccer, I have always enjoyed any sport I’ve been involved in and have my BSc Hons degree in Sports Management from Loughborough University.

Coaching Experience:

I began coaching in my hometown club, Southampton FC. Starting off as a community development coach, I was soon moved into coaching role in the girls center of excellence. While studying for at University, I continued to be involved in coaching, taking the role of assistant, then head coach for the Men’s University 5th team. After University I took the opportunity to move to the USA to continue my coaching development. After two years as a coach, I decided to make the move permanent and took a role as a Regional Director for UK International Soccer. Alongside this I took the role of Director of Coaching for Burlington Junior Soccer Association, a role I was involved with for 7 years. I have been fortunate enough to coach at two high school programs, spending 3 years at each program and winning a combined 3 conference championships and two state finals appearances. At the youth level I have coached recreational, competitive and premier teams from 4 to 18 years old and have taken teams to 2 Connecticut cup championships and one state championship.

Playing Experience:

During my playing career I was fortunate enough to play for the Southampton FC academy youth academy program until the age of 16. I went on to play for the Loughborough University football team, winning 3 British Universities National Championships. After University I spent a year playing professionally with Eastleigh FC in the English Conference league, prior to moving to the US.

Qualifications:

I have taken various coaching qualifications, including my UEFA B Coaching license and United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma. Additionally, I am certified as an associate staff instructor for the United Soccer Coaches organization and am an Advanced National coach instructor for the American Youth Soccer Organization.

Interesting Fact:

At the age of 12, I played for the South African development squad. We played a game as a curtain raiser for an international friendly between South African and Brazil at the South African national Stadium in front of 27,000 people.


Coach Joe Hollis

Coach Joe Hollis







Hometown: London, England

Supported Team: Chelsea

About Me:

I was born in the south of London not too far from Wimbledon, I have grown up to love soccer and supporting the mighty Chelsea. Back in the UK if I’m not watching soccer, I always try to find something to do in my spare time such as taking the train to hang out in London, go out with friends and spend some time with family.

Coaching Experience:

I was part of Fulham FC for the best part of 2 years where I coached football and physical education in local schools in and around the London area. I was also part of the Fulham FC Player Development and Goalkeeping Centers. I also have experience with UK international including coaching a range of teams from travel, high school and college level. I was lucky enough to work with some very experienced coaches who helped me to learn and understand more about American soccer, how it was structured and how it was coached. I was also very fortunate to have mentored some coaches by giving them points from my own experience and how they can use these in their own sessions. I also had the fortunate opportunity to travel up and down the East Coast visiting amazing places such as Wisconsin, Washington DC and by far may favorite, Miami, FL. This stage of my coaching career is one I shall not forget as this made me develop both as a coach and analyst of the game.

Coaching Qualifications:

English FA Level 2 Coaching Badge Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport National Diploma In Sports Coaching Currently studying for a UEFA B License and an Honors Degree in Soccer Coaching, Development and Administration through the University of South Wales (UK)

Playing Experience:

I played for my High School and also at travel level. Usually I was always the first on the field and the last off.

Fun Fact:  I love to travel and see new places at every opportunity I get.

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