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

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