Kevin Ireland

Technical Director

2007 Girls

Kevin grew up in Kilmarnock, Scotland and played for several professional youth Academies including Celtic, Rangers and Ayr United. As a high school player, he was capped five times for the Scotland School Boys U18 team. After leaving high school, Kevin played for several years at Ayr United before receiving a scholarship to play with Palm Beach Atlantic University men's soccer team. Kevin holds Scottish Football Association (SFA) Level 1 and Level 2 children's coaching badges, as well as Level 1 and Level 2 SFA youth coaching badges. In addition to coaching with Jupiter United, Kevin is a member of Boca Raton FC and plays in the National Premier Soccer League.

"I create an environment in which the emphasis is placed on technical development, while at the same time instilling hard work and a positive attitude. This allows players to challenge themselves and get better every day."

 

Brad Cathie

2010/2009 Boys, 2006 Girls, 2004 Boys

Brad is an experienced and highly qualified youth soccer coach, and joins Jupiter United after 6 years working as a Pro and Youth Academy Coach at Saint Mirren Football Club, a professional soccer club in Scotland. In addition to a degree in Sports Development, Brad has numerous coaching licenses from the Scottish Football Association including the Advanced Children's License, Youth and Adult C License, as well as a UEFA B license.

"My goal is to develop and nurture technical development, game intelligence and physical attributes to ensure players play attacking, attractive and innovative football."

 

Dan Cooke

Head of Sports Science

2008 Girls, 2006 Boys, 2003 Boys

Dan Cooke is an Exercise Physiologist and is currently pursuing his PhD in the Muscle Physiology Lab at Florida Atlantic University. Before moving to the US, Dan was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Academy & U18s at Plymouth Argyle Football Club, a professional soccer club in Plymouth, UK. There he was responsible for programming and implementing gym and pitch based strength and conditioning training for U14-U18s and fundamental movement training for U9-U13s. More recently he was Head of Physical Preparation and First Team Coach, Boca Raton Football Club, Boca Raton. Dan holds a Level 2 coaching license from the English Football Association.

"My approach is to provide a fun and challenging environment within which children have the opportunity to develop football-specific creativity and problem solving qualities."

 

Liam Gourlay

2008 Boys, 2005 Boys

Liam was a winner of the prestigious Scottish high school national championship while playing for Greenwood Academy. He went on to become a distinguished four-year collegiate soccer player at Northwood University and was an NAIA Academic All-American in 2014 and 2015. Liam has coaching experience both in the U.S. and throughout Scotland and holds a Scottish Football Association Level 2 Youth Coaching Badge. His experience in advanced European youth academies has influenced his approach to training elite youth players and he believes that a strong technical foundation is necessary to advance in the sport.

"I focus on nurturing and improving technical ability, while also challenging the players to think about and visualize the game, thus improving their overall play. I also like to create a positive team environment in which the players encourage & motivate each other, which ensures they have an understanding of what it means to be a good teammate."

 

Thadeu Goncalves

2012/2011 Boys, 2008 Boys, 2002+ Boys

Goalkeeper Trainer

Thadeu Goncalves grew up playing soccer in Brazil for Sao Paolo FC and played professionally for Paulista FC for several years. After studying Physical Education in Brazil, he completed a Masters degree in Human Movement-Coaching, Teaching and Sports Medicine at Boston University. He is an accomplished youth coach and established the Instituto Brasileiro de Futebol where he developed BFut methodology to teach the Brazilian style of soccer to children of all ages. Thadeu holds a USSF A coaching license.

"In the youngest age groups, I believe in building a strong technical foundation and a love for the game. In older players, my approach is to develop player intelligence - being able to identify the best decision technically, tactically, physically and physiologically when under pressure. I educate players to become unpredictable."

 

Neil McKay

2010/2009 Girls, 2004 Girls, 2002+ Girls

Neil McKay is a professional soccer coach with 11 years of experience working with semi professional teams, as well as working in schools and with youth soccer clubs all over the world. After gaining a degree in Sports Coaching in the UK, Neil coached in the UK and Australia before moving to the USA, where he worked with Chicago Fire Juniors and more recently at Palm Beach Gardens Predators. Neil has multiple coaching licenses from the English FA including Soccer Coaching Level 2, Advanced Goalkeeping Level 2 and he is a certified Personal Trainer.

"I create a training environment in which players strive to be better than they were yesterday. I combine demonstration-based technical training and game time applications, with mental training to improve reading of the game, decision making and tactical understanding."

 

Daniel Peña

2007 Boys, 2003 Girls, 2002+ Boys

Daniel is originally from Bogota, Colombia and played professional soccer for two years at Equidad Seguros, followed by one year in the second division team Bogota F.C., before moving to the U.S. in 2011 to finish college. In the US, he played for two seasons at Southern Wesleyan University where he received numerous awards including being named NAIA All-American, All-Region and All-Conference in 2012. After earning his degree from SWU, he started his MBA at Palm Beach Atlantic University. While completing his remaining two college seasons he was named NCAA All-American in 2014.

"My sessions are built around technical development and soccer-specific problem solving activities, so that not only their bodies, but also their minds are challenged. The goal is create players that challenge themselves to improve day after day, share the passion and love of the beautiful game and develop highly technical skills that will allow them to play on any team, at any level."

 

Eric De Sousa

2012/2011 Girls, 2005 Girls

Eric De Sousa grew up playing soccer in South Florida and played with Palm Beach United and Schulz Academy, where he was a member of the U17 Boys National Championship team. His coaching experience includes a spell as the Santaluces High School Girls Varsity goalie/team trainer and he spent 4 successful years at Palm Beach Gardens Predators. He is currently Arthur Meyer Academy Head Coach for Boys and Girls Soccer and Director of Soccer Operations for Mandel JCC.

"I strive to develop the mind of a champion, instill the passion of the beautiful game, and develop top physical form, in order to create success both on and off the pitch. All while developing a strong technical ability and a better understanding of the tactical and creative aspects of the game."

 

Henry Taramona

2006 Boys, 2004 Girls

Henry is originally from Lima, Peru and has played competitive soccer throughout his whole life. He has over 15 years of experience coaching boys and girls soccer teams and he has worked with athletes of all skill levels between the ages of 9 and 16. While in New York, he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education in 2008, his Master's Degree in Exercise Science in 2011 and he currently teaches at Watson B. Duncan Middle School. In 2016, Henry spent the summer in Barcelona, Spain where he obtained the Spanish Level 1 (UEFA B) license. He also has a USSF D license. Henry has worked with a number of clubs in South Florida, including Palm Beach Gardens Predators and most recently with the  FC Barcelona Escola in Sunrise, FL.

“I believe that coaching soccer is a teaching & learning process with the objective of providing players with tools that give them the ability not only to learn the game and necessary skills but to also put them in practice. I strongly believe in exposing the players to multiple game situations during training to challenge them to think and make decisions on their own.”