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Wayne Harrison

Wayne Harrison

Technical Director

Phone: (612) 381-7685

Qualifications

UEFA "A" License

Professional Player (Blackpool) and Oulu Palloseura (Finland)

NSCAA Premier Diploma holder and Staff Coach

Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Psychology / Applied Physiology

Background

Wayne Harrison is a former professional player and has been a highly qualified professional coach for many years. He has held the position of Academy Director at Blackpool Professional Football Club in England and at Al Ain Professional Fooatball Club in the UAE.

Wayne's  highlights and credentials:

 

  • Represented Great Britain Soccer team in the World Student Games in Mexico

 

  • Proponent of a revolutionary proven one-touch training program to develop a quick playing and quick thinking mindset in the player and creator of many age group related coaching programs for players and coaches

 

  • Educational Soccer Symposium Clinician for the NSCAA, World Class Coaching, Reed Swain and many State organizations throughout the USA as well as in the UAE and Japan.
  • Author of 12 Coaching Books and four DVD’s on Soccer Training plus 28 E Books

 

  • Produced 7 National Championship winning Professional youth teams in 2 years in the UAE 2009 – 2011 as the Director of Coaching for Al Ain Soccer club with his Soccer Awareness coaching program

 

  • The Al Ain Academy as voted the Number One Professional Academy in the United Arab Emirates by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council Consultant Marco Monte of Inter Milan who described it as the closest model to the best European professional club academies. Using Wayne’s Soccer Awareness training model for the Thinking Player developed over many years; plus added the actual “Barcelona” training model from La Mesia for youth development to the program.

 

Wayne joined the club in June 2017. He has been a massive hit with players, coaches and parents alike. His passion, knowledge and experience in both youth player and coach development is plainly evident since his arrival last year. Wayne's sense of humour also bring an added quality to his coaching philosophy.

 

"I have really enjoyed my 1st season here at the Chill.  With my experience and knowledge, I look forward to working alongside our great coaching staff in the times ahead. My personal philosophy shared by Whitey, is very similar to the GPS model. I will be working on the HOW of coaching and implementing the various strands using my past experiences. I look forward to the remainder of this spring season and beyond, as we aim to make the club stronger and provide a great product for the young players."

 


Hayden Welsh

Hayden Welsh

Premier Program Director

Phone: 517.303.2831

Qualifications

USSF C License

NSCAA National Diploma

FA Level 2 

Bsc Hons in Coaching Performance in Football 

 

Background


Hayden began his journey in soccer playing for his local team Folkestone Invicta and progressed to be play for his county team (Kent). He also played for his school soccer team who toured North America in the summer of 2012. He maintained this level throughout his youth playing days playing professional clubs such as Millwall and Gillingham both football league sides. At an early age Hayden was a soccer coach at his local soccer club and decided to work towards gaining relevant coaching qualifications. He went on to obtain his FA Level 2 coaching badge in the UK and looks to pursue further coaching qualifications in the USA during his employment with the Chill SBC Soccer Club.
 
Hayden worked with all ages at his local club which is a semi-professional club which entailed organization of the team and fixtures, academy training, individual training, training games and quarterly reviews on players performances from analysis to improvement and possible movement of players between 1st and 2nd teams as well as working in primary and secondary schools. After acquiring the valuable experiences in professional coaching field, Hayden decided to pursue a career in the US with the soccer company Youth Elite Soccer who assigned him to his current role as a staff coach at Chill SBC.


Jack  Albanese

Jack Albanese

Grassroots Director

Phone: 630-805-4292

QUALIFICATIONS

FA Level 2 Coaching Award

FA Level 1 Youth Module

Coerver Youth Diploma Level 1  & 2

USSF 'E' License                                                                   

BACKGROUND:

Coach Jack has a BA in Business Studies but his real passion is soccer. Throughout his youth and late teens, he played for his college team as well as for English Football League club academies at Chester City and Macclesfield Town. He always wanted to be a professional player but when this didn't happen, professional soccer coaching proved to be a real alternative after visiting a friend in India. His friend was involved with the Indian club SOUTH UNITED and asked Jack to help coach their youth team. Jack was immediately struck by the enthusiasm and willingness of the children he coached - despite the poor training facilities. He decided to return to England and get his FA coaching badges. After getting his FA level 1 coaching badge, he went back to India for 6 months to head SOUTH UNITED’s soccer schools in Mumbai.  

On his return to the UK after 6 successful months in India. Jack got his FA level 2 coaching badge in 2014 and carried on coaching at several local clubs in Macclesfield. In January 2015, he was asked by the local FA to form the Under 11 Macclesfield Schools District team. As the head coach, it was Jack’s responsibility to select players and coach the squad. By May 2016 Jacks’ U11 team was one of 8 that had qualified to compete in the English national district finals held at Premier League Club Leicester City’s King Power Stadium. The team reached the semifinals. 

In the 2015/16 season, Jack was also recruited by English Football League Club, Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC, as part of their 1st team coaching staff. In addition to coaching duties, Jack was also sent on scouting missions to assess the opposition for upcoming matches. 2015/16 proved to be the most successful season for Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC as they won the North-West League Premier division & County Cup. 

In July 2016, Jack decided to test his coaching skills in the USA and started coaching in, and around Chicago and Pittsburgh. During this time, he was asked to join the Chill in November 2016 and is looking forward to working with both players and staff here at CHILL SBC.


Anuj Shah

Anuj Shah

Staff Coach

Phone: 248.251.5074

Qualifications

USSF "F"

USSF "E"

B.A. in Hospitality Business and Real Estate Investment

Background

Coach Anuj Shah was born in Sterling Heights, Michigan, but lived most of his childhood in Mumbai, India. He grew up playing soccer, even in Michigan, and got his soccer start as an AYSO player of just 4 years old. In Mumbai, Anuj played soccer throughout school and then played MDFA Division Two and Three briefly.  Coach Anuj also enjoyed playing Handball while growing up in India.

In 2009, Anuj decided to return to Michigan to attend MSU and completed his B.A. in Hospitality Business and Real Estate Investment in 2013. He then took a job at local economic consulting firm Anderson Economic Group, before moving to IBM as a Learning-Experience Designer in 2016. While working his day jobs, Anuj pursued his passion for soccer in some capacity or another. He began his coaching career at Haslett Soccer Club in 2016 with the U19 Boys team. While coaching there, he also played and coached briefly at Lansing City Futsal. Anuj then coached the Haslett High School team in summer 2016 during preseason.

Anuj’s coaching foundations have been greatly influenced by his favorite team Arsenal and his favorite coach Arsene Wenger.  Developing young players and human beings, style of play, sustainable business models, and learning from failures and successes are important principles for Anuj. Anuj has been with the CHILL since fall 2016 and is extremely excited to continue developing his coaching skills here under the GPS-CHILL axis.

Anuj is currently the Head Coach for the 2000 Boys White team and assistant to Whitey Anderson on multiple teams. He holds his USSF F and E Licenses and looks forward to receiving his D License soon.

We are excited to have Coach Anuj back coaching the 2000 Boys White team for the 2017-18 soccer year, in addition to the 04Boys White team and 09 Boys Blue team!


Ian Kurth

Staff Coach

Phone: (810) 986-5067

Qualifications

Head Coach of the Men's Soccer program for Great Lakes Christian College

USSF “C” License

USC Level 3 goalkeeping diploma

Master’s degree in Business Administration/Strategic Leadership

Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics

Background

Kurth is a local coach who grew up in St. Johns and played club soccer in the Lansing area during his youth. 

In September 2018, Ian was appointed  head coach of the Men’s Soccer Program for Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Michigan.  

 

He formerly served as an assistant coach with the Alma College men's program from 2011 – 2015 helping the Scots back to their first winning season in over 13 years in 2013. Kurth handled many responsibilities at Alma College as an assistant but excelled in his work with the Reserve team and recruiting.  He also has extensive experience coaching youth players having coached with Michigan Rush Jackson (2013 – 2016) prior to joining Chill SBC in June of 2016.  

 

A graduate from Alma College, Kurth earned his bachelor of arts in mathematics and history.  He was a two-year starter and four-year player for the Scots.  

 

Kurth currently lives in Mason and works full time as a Manufacturing Supervisor for a specialty chemical company in Howel.


Michael Erfourth

Michael Erfourth

Juniors Director

Phone: 989-413-6085

QUALIFICATIONS

USSF "C" license 2018 candidate

USSF "D"  Coach License 

USSF "E"  Coaching License

USSF "F"  Coach License 

NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1&2 Certification

Futsal Certification

 

Background

Coach Mike Erfourth started coaching with the Owosso Soccer Club at the urging of the Club's president several years ago when he also took over the Marketing and Communications role there from 2014-2017, and currently serves as the Club's Vice President and Coaching Director. During his stint as Marketing Director, he oversaw annual team building drives through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and email campaigns and the club increased its total team enrollment from 4 co-ed teams to its current 11 teams with consistent teams at each age group from U9-HS and forming 3 separate girls teams, a first for OSC. In 2016, Mike oversaw the rebranding of the club from generic uniforms to a more formal kit with new uniforms being delivered for each player every Fall with the addition of each team having a unique local team sponsor. In 2016 with the help of a local landscaping company he started an annual field maintenance plan for the team’s home fields. Starting in 2017, Mike was asked by the OSC Board to take on the role of Coaching Director to help organize a more complete and organized training curriculum for every coach and to share feedback across teams. As part of his role as Coaching Director in Owosso he has dedicated himself to ensuring that each coach is working on obtaining USSF certification and education with every coach there now having at least a USSF F license. In addition to coaching soccer, Mike has been working on establishing an Owosso Futsal league with the goal to kick off play in February of 2018 to offer indoor soccer opportunities to all of Owosso’s players and provide a local option. If successful, the program will provide over 100 players across 12 teams a new avenue to the game. Mike is passionate about learning and studying the game and has obtained his

Mike obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Michigan State University in 2000, and has worked professionally as a commercial real estate banker since 2001, working for Republic Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Level One Bank and currently works for Mercantile Bank of Michigan out of their Troy, MI office. He is married to wife of 15 years, Voula and has two sons, both of whom play with the Chill Soccer Club and locally with the Owosso Soccer Club. He is a passionate Liverpool Football Club fan.

Dave Littleton

Dave Littleton

Goalkeeping Coach & Staff Coach

Phone: (517) 204-4209

Qualifications

NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1&2 Certification

USSF "E" Coaching License

Former College Soccer Player – Western Michigan University Position: Goalkeeper

BA in Business (Computer Information Systems) from Western Michigan University 

Background

Coach David grew up in the Detroit area playing soccer for multiple teams and clubs. After a successful senior year in high school, David continued his playing career by playing for Division 1 Western Michigan University and became the starting goalkeeper his Freshman year.  Because of an injury, David was forced to end his college career playing soccer before his junior year. 

David began his coaching career in 2010 working with youth players in Haslett.  In 2014, he joined the Haslett High School Girls soccer program as the JV Coach and became the Head Varsity Girls Coach in 2016.  He has helped the Girls Varsity team to the CAAC Gold Championship, one District Championship and one CAAC Red league championship.  

In 2017, he was named Lansing State Journal Division 2 coach of the year. 

David earned his BBA in Computer Information from Western Michigan University in 1990 and currently works at Michigan State University as a Senior System Analyst with the IT Services department.


Dean Jong

Dean Jong

Staff Coach

Phone: (517) 614-4001

Qualifications

  • USSF F License

 

  • USSF E License

 

  • M.M. in Collaborative Piano

Dean grew up playing soccer in the Lansing area for East Lansing High School and the local MSPSP club, CA United. Now he spends his free time playing in various leagues and managing teams. Dean also organizes pickup soccer for the community to continue the growth of the sport. He is an ardent FC Barcelona fan.


When not watching or playing soccer, Dean works as a professional musician. He received his Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano with a Concentration in Opera Coaching from Michigan State University in 2015. He now works as the Director of Music & Liturgy at St. Therese Parish in Lansing. He has worked with school music programs at Herbison Woods in Dewitt, St. Thomas Aquinas in East Lansing, and St. Michael in Grand Ledge. You can also find Dean playing for voice students at MSU and choirs around the area from time to time.

Dean’s coaching experience began in gymnastics where he was a staff coach at Red Cedar Gymnastics. He worked with all age groups and discovered a real passion for developing athletes. He later applied that to coaching at Rush Lansing North and Rush Lansing Junior Academy. Dean is excited to be part of the SBC Chill family and looking forward to working with the staff and players.