Springfield Directors & Staff

Directors & Staff Listing

We are here to provide you and your family with the best youth soccer experience possible! We are proud to bring you a group of highly accomplished coaches and administrators. Read the bios below to learn more about your coach and other leaders in our community.

John Whitacre
Club Director
  • Club Ohio Summer Camp Director (2019)
  • Club Ohio Juniors Academy Director/Trainer (2018-20)
  • Club Ohio Asst Coach U9 Boys & U10 Boys (2019-20)
  • Club Ohio Asst Coach U9 Boys & U11 Boys (2018-19)
  • Club Ohio Summer Camp Trainer (2018)
  • Club Ohio Asst Coach U11 Boys (2018-19)
  • Board of Directors Springfield Thunder (2017-2018)
  • Springfield Thunder Juniors Academy Director (2017-18)
  • Springfield Thunder U12 Boys Coach (2017-18)
  • Springfield Thunder U9 Boys Coach (2017-18)
  • Springfield Thunder U11 Boys Coach (2016-17)
  • USSF F License (2017)
  • 7v7 Grassroots Coaching License (2018)
Steve Dawson
Director of Coaching
  • English FA Coaching Badge
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • USSF "A" License
  • Wittenberg University Head Coach, (1983-87, 1989-2014)
Tommy Spijkers
Director of Coaching
  • UEFA B License
  • Coerver Coaching Skill Coach diploma
  • US Soccer Director of Coaching diploma
  • 19 Years of professional coaching/training experience
  • PDSA Soccer (Individual & Small Group training) founder & director (2013-current)
  • Soccer Homework Academy founder & director (2019-current)
  • CUP Girls Associate Director (2019-2020)
  • Gem City Director of Coaching (2016-2018)
  • Bellbrook Soccer Director of Coaching (2014-2015)
Jonathon Meade
Staff Coach

Coaching Experience

  • (255-129-27 All Time Record)
  • NSCAA National Coaching Diploma
  • USSF National “D” License
  • Master of Sports Science (United States Sports Academy 2005)
  • Serves on the NCAA DII Midwest Regional Regional Advisory Committee (2018-Present)
  • AMC Women’s Soccer Chair & NAIA National Rater (2008, 2007)
  • National Christian College Athletic Association Women's Soccer National Chair (2003-2005)
  • Cedarville University Head Coach Women's Soccer March 2016 - present. 43-30-4
    • NCCAA National Champions (2019)
    • USC NCCAA National Coach of the Year (2019)
  • Ohio Dominican University Head Coach Women's Soccer July 2009 - February 2016. 78-38-16
    • GLIAC Regular Season Champions (2014)
    • GLIAC South DIvision Regular Season Champions (2011)
    • GLIAC Coach of the Year (2014)
    • Ohio Coaches Soccer Association Coach of the Year (2012, 2007)
    • Association of Independent Institutions Coach of the Year (2009)
  • Mt. Vernon Nazarene University Head Coach Women's Soccer January 1999 - June 2009. 134-61-7
    • AMC South Division Champions (2007, 2006, 2004, 2003)
    • AMC South Division Coach of the Year (2006, 2004, 2003, 2002)
    • NAIA Region IX Coach of the Year (2007)
    • NCCAA National Champions (2006, 2003)
    • NSCAA NCCAA National Coach of the Year (2006, 2003)
    • NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year (2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003)
  • Naple Central High School Assistant Coach Varsity Girls Soccer (1995)
  • Mt. Vernon Nazarene College Assistant Coach Men's Soccer (1994)
Brian Solomon
Staff Coach

Playing Experience

  • Played for North Glenn Thunder from U12-18
  • Played in the USA Cup (Minneapolis, MN) 1989, 1991
  • All-Conference Player Award Thornton High School (Thornton,CO) 1992
  • Played for Baptist Bible College (Clarks Summit, PA) 2005

Coaching Experience

  • Asst. Coach Broomfield Blast (Broomfield, CO) 1994-1997
  • Head Coach Community Christian High School Boys Varsity (Northglenn, CO) 1997-1999
  • Head Coach U9/U10 South Webster, OH (2002-2004)
  • Asst. Coach Shawnee High School Boys Varsity (2007-2008)
  • Head Coach Shawnee High School Boys Varsity (2009-2010)
  • Youth Coach for U7-U9 National Trails (2011-2015)
  • Head Coach Springfield Thunder U12 Girls (2017-2018)
Deann Meade
Staff Coach

Playing Experience

  • Cornerstone University (NAIA)(1998-2002)
  • NCAC Offensive Player of the Year, 2018
  • All-Great Lakes Region 3rd team, 2018

Coaching Experience

  • NSCAA/USC Regional Coaching Diploma
  • NSCAA/USC National Youth Coaching Diploma
  • Holds a Minor in Coaching from Cornerstone University
  • Michigan Club Coach U16 Girls (2000-2002)
  • Grand Rapids Baptist HS Assistant Coach and JV Head coach(2001-2003)
  • Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Women's Soccer Assistant and Head Coach (2003-2005)
  • Mt Vernon Naz University Women's Assistant Coach (2006-2008)
  • Won NCCAA National Championship in 2006
Krista Mattern
Staff Coach

Playing Experience

  • Cedarville University (2002-05)
  • Awarded MVP of team as a college freshman (2002-03)

Coaching Experience

  • Assistant Cedarville University Women's Soccer Coach (2006-12)
  • -Holds a Minor in Coaching from Cedarville University (2006)
  • -Internship with OnGoal Soccer (2005)
  • -7v7 Grassroots Coaching License (2020)
Alberto Zaragosa
Staff Coach
  • Wittenberg University (2015-2018)
    • North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Player of the Week, 2018
    • NCAC Offensive Player of the Year, 2018
    • All-Great Lakes Region 3rd team, 2018
  • Dayton Dynamo Soccer Club (2017)
  • Dayton Dutch Lions Soccer Club (2018)
    • Member of the Semi-Professional soccer club that competed in the NPSL AND PDL
    • Qualified for the U.S. Open Cup
Aaron Bair
Staff Coach
  • Cedarville University (1998-99)
  • Woodrow Wilson High School (1995-97)
  • West Virginia State Cup Champion (1997)
  • Director of Armory Sports Performance (2013-Present)
  • Assistant Coach, Springfield Thunder, (2016-2017)
  • Head Coach, Appalachia Bible College Men's Soccer (2001-2003)
  • Student Assistant Coach (2000-2001)
Alberto Gonzales
Staff Coach
  • Wittenberg University (2014-2017)
  • Wittenberg University MIP Award (2014)
  • Manager/Head coach Sauz FC ’04 in Buckeye Elite (2016-2019)
  • Wittenberg Youth Soccer Camps (2014-2016)
  • Club Ohio Soccer Dublin & Springfield Camps (2018)
  • Club Ohio Springfield Team Trainer (2018)
  • Coach Northmont Men’s Reserve B Team (2019)
Austin Lewis
Staff Coach

Playing Experience

  • Wittenberg University (2015-18)
  • Dayton Dynamo Soccer Club (2017)
  • Dayton Dutch Lions Soccer Club (2018)
    • Member of the Semi-Professional soccer club that competed in the NPSL AND PDL
    • Qualified for the U.S. Open Cup

Coaching Experience

  • Volunteer Coach for Northwestern Women’s Varsity Soccer (2016)
  • Club Ohio Soccer Dublin Camp Trainer (2018)
  • Club Ohio Springfield Camp Trainer (2018)
  • Club Ohio Springfield Team Trainer (2018)
Justin Helt
Staff Coach

Playing Experience

  • Wittenberg University (2015-18)
  • Dayton Dynamo Soccer Club (2017)
  • Dayton Dutch Lions Soccer Club (2018)
    • Member of the Semi-Professional soccer club that competed in the NPSL AND PDL
    • Qualified for the U.S. Open Cup

Playing Experience

  • Bellarmine University (2014-16)
  • Lake Erie College (2011-2013)
  • Tecumseh High School (2007-2010)
    • 2010 - CBC All Conference Special Mention
    • 2010 - All Miami Valley 3rd Team
  • Ohio South Boys 1993 State Team
Kevin Helt
Staff Coach

Playing Experience

  • Wittenberg University (2015-19)

Coaching Experience

  • Wittenberg Youth soccer camps (2015-2016)
Chad Haemmerle
Staff Coach
  • United Soccer Coaches National Diploma
  • United Soccer Coaches Advanced Regional Goalkeeping Diploma
  • Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach at Springfield North High School (2004-2006)
  • Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach at Piqua High School (2006-2012)
  • Springfield Thunder SC Coach U8-U13 (2014-2020)
Damien Dennis
Staff Coach

Playing Experience

  • New York University (NYU) : 3 years of Varsity Soccer 1998 - 2000 NCAA Division III , League UAA
  • Kenton Ridge High School : Earned 4 Varsity Letters 1994 - 1997 Senior Captain 1997

Coaching Experience

  • Head Coach for 3 Fall Seasons 2017 - 2019 & 1 Spring Season 2018 Boys & Girls age: 4-5 and Boys & Girls age: 5-6
  • Head Coach for GrassHoppers and Kickers Divisions 2017 - 2020 6 Seasonal Sessions

Springfield Info

Springfield Info

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International Coaches

International Coaches

Club Ohio has more than 70 experienced staff coaches from around the US and Internationally. Many of our coaches lead high school programs, and some have taken their team to the State finals and won. Some of our club coaches have coached State Cup Champions that have also gone on to the Regional and even the National level tournaments for both USYS and US Club. A few of our coaches have played or coached at the collegiate or professional level. Furthermore, we have a diverse group of former players and coaches from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, England, Georgia, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, and Tunisia who bring an international perspective.