Kevin Ireland grew up in Kilmarnock, Scotland where he was a professional youth player with a number of elite soccer academies. Most notably, Ireland played with Glasgow Celtic FC’s prestigious youth academy, but he also spent time at Glasgow Rangers FC, Queen of the South FC, and Ayr United FC. As a youth player, Ireland was capped 5 times at the International level and won two Scottish National Championships with his regional team.
In 2010, he received a Scholarship to join the men’s soccer program at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach. In his time playing for the Sailfish, Kevin won several individual and team honors, most notably an NCCAA National Championship in 2010. During his college career, Kevin also played for the Ocala Stampede in the Premier Development League, (PDL). Ireland graduated Palm Beach Atlantic with a degree in Physical Education: Concentration in Exercise Science. Kevin is currently pursuing his Masters in Organizational Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Kevin began his coaching career in Scotland, receiving a National Certificate in Sports Performance with an emphasis in Soccer from Cumbernauld College, and started coaching a U11 boy’s team at his former high school. During this time, Ireland gained his level 1 and 2 children and youth coaching badges from the Scottish FA. Kevin continued his coaching career at The South Florida Soccer Academy and worked under elite coaches who instilled a Curriculum modelled after the philosophies and systems of European and South American professional youth training programs. He has developed collaborations with a number of UEFA licensed coaches working within the St Mirren Youth Academy set-up, including Brad Cathie with whom he is looking to create pathways for Jupiter United and St Mirren to work together. Over the past two years, Kevin has also established a relationship with David Longwell, Head of Orlando City’s Youth Program, with the goal of producing elite technical soccer players in South Florida, who can play at the academy level.
Kevin’s vision for Jupiter United’s new soccer program is to grow a vibrant, passionate group of soccer players within the community, who love the game. In this environment, the goal is to develop the complete soccer player who will possess the technical ability and desire to move on from the program and play at the collegiate level and beyond. His ultimate goal is to see a player join the program at a young age and progress through the club from U8 to U18 with no need to play elsewhere. Ireland believes that by providing the players with a great curriculum, high level coaching and tremendous facilities, he can see this vision fulfilled.