Staff Profiles

Nathan Bechtold

Nate Bechtold is a long-time player of the Buffalo area. He played with the Buffalo Premier Futbol Club for many years and captained his team to 4 State Cup championships. Bechtold hails from Lockport, NY where he played 4 years of varsity soccer and led his team to numerous league and sectional titles, earning him both all-state player and all-state academic awards. He was also a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and was part of a winning team at the prestigious Empire State Games (representing the western region). After high school, Bechtold studied Chemistry and played soccer at Hobart College. His Hobart team was ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation, racking up won many league championships and NCAA tournaments.

Gary Boughton

Boughton is entering his 2nd season as Head Coach of Women’s Soccer at Erie Community College. He also plays professionally, and currently is under contract with the Rochester Lancers.

Boughton played his college soccer at Medaille College, where he currently holds the NCAA Record for Assists in a Career, with 82. He led his Medaille team to four straight undefeated conference championships and three trips to the NCAA tournament. He also tallied 35 goals in 86 career collegiate games. Boughton’s individual achievements include being named an NSCAA Scholar All-American twice, an NSCAA Regional All-American four times, AMCC Conference Player of the Year twice, AMCC 1st Team All-Conference player four times, and AMCC Newcomer of the Year. During his college years Boughton also played extensively in the USL Premier Development League, for Fort Wayne Fever, the Austin Aztex U23s, Newark Ironbound Express and the Houston Leones.

Boughton has been playing professionally since 2011, when he first joined FC New York of the USL. Following that season, he joined Sporting Kansas City of the MLS. Following his time in KC, he joined the Rochester Lancers of the MISL, spending the last 4 seasons in the indoor game, while spending his outdoor seasons in the CSL with Niagara United.

Kevin Brenner

The men's soccer team announced the addition of Kevin Brenner to the coaching staff for the 2014 season. Brenner will be an assistant for the Bulls after four seasons across town with Canisius.

"I am extremely pleased that Kevin has accepted the assistant coaching position with us," head coach Stu Riddle said. "He has terrific ties locally and is well respected in the soccer community which will help us with recruiting and as we continue to brand our program."

While with Canisius, Brenner helped lead the team to a number two ranking in the 2012 NSCAA North Atlantic poll and received votes in the national poll for the first time in the program’s history. Canisius matched a school-record with eight wins during the season and had three players selected to the NSCAA All-Region Team during the last two years – matching the program’s all-time total before his arrival. The Griffs went from three wins in the season before he joined, to 15 in his two final seasons.

Prior to his time with the Griffs, Brenner spent six seasons as an assistant coach with his alma mater, Buffalo State, guiding the team to the best record in nearly a quarter century. With the Bengals, Brenner assisted with the day-to-day operations of the program and training sessions, and also served as the team's recruiting coordinator from 2007 to 2010.

In his playing career, he was a two-year captain and three year starter at Buffalo State after transferring from SUNY Cortland. While at Buffalo State Brenner helped lead the team to a regional ranking during his senior campaign and an 11-5-2 record, the team's best mark since 1984 to date. He finished the campaign ranked third on the team in points and led the Bengals in game-winning tallies.

After finishing his collegiate career, Brenner was a scout and a reserve player for the Queen City Football Club of the NPSL from 2006 to 2008, while also serving as a head coach in the Buffalo & Western New York Junior Soccer League for Amherst from 2005 to 2008. He won two BWNYJSL titles at Amherst and also guided the team to the quarterfinals of the 2008 New York State Cup.

Brenner also serves as the head coach with Empire Buffalo, which is a member of the US Soccer Developmental Academy and participates in the US Soccer Region 1 League.

A member of the NSCAA, Brenner holds two USSF Licenses, while completing his NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma, NSCAA National Diploma and his NSCAA Advance National Diploma.

A native of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Brenner captained the Hornets during his high school career and is a two-time All-Champlain Valley First Team selection. He earned his bachelor's degree in business management with a minor in business economics from Buffalo State in 2004 and is currently pursuing his master's in applied economics and finance.

Frank Butcher

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Nick Clause

Nick played for Empire United (Buffalo Premier Futbol Club) from 1995-2001.  After graduating from North Tonawanda High School he joined the United States Air Force where he continued to play overseas for PACAF base teams.  He is currently the women’s goalkeeper trainer at Canisius College. Nick holds a USSF “E” License, and a NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma.

Dave Coulter

Dave is a former All-American in college with over 30 years coaching experience from U6 through collegiate while at clubs in PA, TX, and NY.  Locally, Dave coached for the Aurora Arsenal Soccer Club for 18 years, guiding various teams to several league and tournament championships, as well as serving as the Director of Coaching.  Dave assisted with the Hilbert College women’s team for five seasons where they finished as league finalists two years and league champions two years.  Dave has also assisted with the East Aurora High School varsity boys’ team, which has regularly won divisional, sectional, and regional titles as well as being NY State Finalists in 2008.  Dave has been with Empire (formerly Buffalo United) for nine seasons during which he guided teams to the NYW State Cup Final 4 in each of the past eight years, winning the title four times and finishing as finalists twice.  Dave’s Empire teams have also won two US Club Regional Championships.  In 2012, Dave’s Empire team finished 3rd at the USYSA Region 1 Championships, resulting in an invitation to join USYSA’s top youth league, the National League…a first for Buffalo.  Approximately 20 of Dave’s former players have been selected to Empire’s US Development Academy rosters.  Dave is a strong proponent of long-term, total player development and currently holds the USSF "C" License.

Brian Cribbs

Brian played for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) State Team and the Empire State Games Western Region. In college played for nationally ranked UB (division 2) and Fredonia (division 3).

He has served as an ODP district coach, local select clubs including Buffalo Soccer Club and Buffalo Premier Futbol Club and as an Assistant coach at Canisius and Niagara colleges.

Brian currently holds his NSCAA National, Advanced National Diploma, and Premier Diplomas, and a NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeping Diploma.He graduated From the University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s in Legal Studies.

Corey Deville

Corey DeVille is a long time player of the Buffalo Area. Corey played with the Buffalo Premiere Futbol Club for many years where he helped lead his team to four State Cup Championships. Corey is from Kenmore NY and played Varsity Soccer for two years. His senior year, he captained his team to a section 6 AA championship as well as earning an All-section and All-WNY player. Corey was also a member of the Olympic Development Program. After high school Corey attended SUNY Cortland where he played for four years earning All-tournament team freshmen year in the SUNYAC championship. Corey's sophomore year, he helped the team in winning the SUNYAC title and was ranked as high as the number 12 team in the nation. When Corey's playing career was finished at Cortland, he served as a student-assistant coach while finishing his degree. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education. Corey is currently a physical education substitute in several districts around the buffalo area. He has assisted and headed several coaching jobs including Boys JV soccer at Kenmore West, Kenmore Middle school Modified girls, and currently the Kenmore West Varsity Girls.

Kathleen DiPasquale

Kathleen, a WNY native out of Williamsville, has competed locally since the age of 5. A four-year Varsity letter winner at Williamsville North HS in both soccer and lacrosse, she was a 3-time All-WNY and All-State selection for her efforts on the pitch. Outside of school, she played soccer for Amherst, BPFC & Buffalo United, and NY ODP West. In addition, in 2005, she captained the Empire State Games WNY Women’s scholastic team to a gold medal.

DiPasquale completed her undergraduate education at Canisius College from 2006-2010 and played four years of Division I soccer for the institution. During her junior year, she helped anchor the team’s defense to achieve its first post-season berth in 14 years, and captained the team during her senior season again to the playoffs, achieving the 3rd and 2nd winningest seasons in program history, respectively. In 2010, during the spring of her senior year, she joined the school’s lacrosse program there. She played for two seasons with the team, earning the programs first conference title. Over the course of her college career, she was named to the All-Academic team five times and earned All-Tournament and All-Conference accolades, as well as NSCAA All-Region honors in 2009 for soccer.

Kathleen's Master’s in Sports Administration from Canisius College, and time spent working with the WNY Flash during her internship hours, has also readied her to help Manage the WPSL Empire Revs since 2013. As a coach, she has worked at a variety of local soccer camps, and currently assists with the REVS, is the Head Coach at NCCC, and she will be entering into her fifth year coaching with Empire.

Dan Dolan

Dan, an active coach in the Buffalo soccer community, has been with the club since 2004.  He is entering his fifth year with New York West Olympic Development Program.  Dan also runs his own soccer business, Top Level Soccer - which provides individual and small group training to WNY’s best players.  Currently entering his sixth year as the head women’s coach at Daemen College, he has already broken the Lady Wildcats single-season win total and won their first regular season conference championship in 2011.  Prior, he was the Niagara University women’s assistant coach and the head coach of the boy’s varsity soccer team at Cardinal O’Hara.  Dan holds his USSF National C License, USSF National Youth License, NSCAA National and Advanced National Diplomas, and his FA Psychology for Soccer Level 1 Certificate.

Mike Ertel

Mike earned his Bachelor's degree in Physical and Health Education from Canisius College. Beginning in June of 2015, he will be a part of Cohort 5 of the Soccer Coaching Master’s program at Ohio University. Mike believes that the most important aspect of developing as a coach is the educational opportunities you seek. He attained the USSF National "B" License. He has recently created a Soccer Blog from which he comments on books and education he has received. Mike published an article in the May 2014 edition of the NSCAA Soccer Journal titled "Transformational Leadership in Youth Soccer". 
 
In addition to Mike’s education, his coaching experience is extensive. In 2010, Mike was a part of the inaugural class of the NYSWYSA Coach Development Initiative. This mentorship program for young aspiring coaches allowed Mike to gain coaching positions in the NYSWYSA Olympic Development Program. This culminated in 2013, when Mike helped lead the 98' boys team to the Region 1 ODP Finals. Also, since 2010, Mike has been on staff with Empire United Soccer Academy. He currently works with the U16 and U18 US Development Academy teams. 
 
From the 2011 season up until this past fall, Mike was the coach of the Boys Varsity Soccer team at West Seneca East Senior High School where he gained experience running their soccer program, and equipping young adults with tools for the next phase of their life. Mike sought out an opportunity for a coaching position with FC Buffalo in the NPSL. He was fortunate to be able to facilitate and implement training programs for current division 1 players throughout the season. His main duties were match analysis, practice planning, and strength and conditioning. FC Buffalo qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 2013. This was a successful experience which gave him valuable insight into the craft of coaching college level players. 
 
Mike was recently hired to become the inaugural Head Men's Soccer Coach at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY. Villa Maria College is getting back in the game with athletics, and Mike has been tasked with building the foundation for a successful Men's Soccer program at the NCAA Division III level. 

Dayna Fralicker

Dayna is a National D licensed soccer coach who recently relocated to Buffalo from Chapel Hill, NC. While in North Carolina, she coached U10-U12 girls teams with Triangle United Soccer Association (TUSA) for six years. Prior to that, she had four years of coaching U9-U10 girls teams with the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville-Albemarle (SOCA). As a youth, she played on a Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS) Premier team in Northern Virginia that won State Cup 3 times and also played multiple years on the VA State ODP team. Between the ages of 13 and 16, however, she tore my ACL four times and thus her playing career ended very early. Outside of soccer, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, going to sporting events, running, and reading.

Jason Fralicker

Jason played for Empire United from 1992-2003. Went to SUNY Albany where he was a scholarship athlete. Graduated and moved down to North Carolina where he coached youth soccer. Jason coached U9-U15 for Several years before he returned to Buffalo to coach in his former club. He was a 4 year varsity starter at North Tonawanda, all-State athlete and in college 2 time team MVP, 9 time league player of the week, 1 time 1st and 1 time 2nd team all conference. He holds multiple high school and college performance records and played professional arena football.

Luciano Gallo

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Andrew Gow

Andrew Gow is a native of Gasport, NY.  Andrew attended Royalton-Hartland where he was a 4 year varsity soccer player, 2 year captain and 4 year Scholar Athlete.  While at Roy-Hart he was named to first team All-League for Niagara-Orleans Section 6.  Andrew has also played in multiple travel soccer programs including Lockport Soccer Club and Buffalo United Soccer Club.  He also has experience in officiating local travel leagues around the Buffalo area.

Andrew is a recent graduate (Spring 2014) of Niagara University where he earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management and a minor in Sports Management.  While at Niagara, Andrew returned back to Royalton-Hartland where he has coached the Boys JV Soccer team, and will be returning for his third year as the head coach.  He is also the assistant coach for the Varsity Boys Soccer team at Roy-Hart.  Andrew is in the process of completing his coaching certification which is required by the New York State Education Department.

In the near future, Andrew plans to pursue a Masters in Business Administration and continue to play soccer in local clubs.

Johnny Grabowski

John Grabowski joined the men's soccer coaching staff prior to the 2011 season after a four-year collegiate playing career with the Blue Devils. A 2010 graduate, he was a member of the 2007 team that won the SUNYAC Tournament and participated in the SUNYAC Tournament.

A native of Middleport, N.Y., Grabowski attended Royalton-Hartland High School, where he set career goals and assists records. He played 73 games for the Blue Devils and earned 2010 All-SUNYAC Second Team recognition as a midfielder. He also was a four-year academic standout which earned placement on SUNYAC All-Academic and Commissioner's List teams.

Grabowski holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology and is studying for a Master's of Art degree in Teaching. He is a member of the Football Club of Buffalo as a player, and has coached with numerous local youth clubs.

Frank Huber

Frank holds a USSF National D License and has been coaching youth soccer for 12 years including several teams with Empire and Northtowns.  He guided the boys Northtowns Rage to three consecutive State Cup final fours and currently a large number of those players are now playing with EUSA.  In addition to coaching Frank is also a USSF State Referee, NISOA Collegiate Referee, WNYSOA Boys High School Referee and also serves as the Referee Assignor for EUSA.  Currently he has a daughter playing in the EUSA program.

Rob Jackman

With the club since 2006, Rob Jackman is also a New York West ODP Head Coach and the men’s Assistant Coach at Daemen College. He likes to emphasize technique, decision making, and fun in his training sessions and firmly believes that every youth player should strive to play the ball under pressure with confidence and composure. Rob has received his National "B" and National "Y" licenses through USSF as well as a State Goalkeeping Certificate from New York West.

Thomas Karanas

Karanas joined the Buffalo State Bengals' coaching staff in 2013.  A four-year player with the Bengals from 2008-11, he captained the team during his junior and senior seasons.  He was a Buffalo State Scholar-Athlete, a two-time member of the All-SUNYAC All-Academic Team and Commissioner's List, and was voted team MVP as a freshman. A native of Tonawanda, N.Y., he completed his bachelor's degree in criminal justice and is currently pursuing his master's degree at Buffalo State.

Greg Kaszubski

Greg is currently the athletic director at Clarence High School. Greg brings a wealth of youth coaching experience to the club with over 20 years of coaching. Greg has coached with Germania and Amherst Soccer Associations over the years.

Dave Kreger

Dave is currently the Director of Coaching for Stallions Soccer, an Empire Revolution Program. Dave also spent several years as a Director of Coaching for a few other clubs in the Buffalo area.

He has also spent over 20 years on the NYSWYSA ODP Staff and Instructional Staff. He was also a member of the Virginia State ODP staff for two years.

His previous experiences include Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at the University at Buffalo and the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Canisius College. Before coming to Canisius, Dave was an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro during the 1995 and 1996 seasons. Over the two year span the team had a combined record of 35-5-2, and made two appearances in the NCAA Division I National Tournament. Dave was also the men’s soccer coach at Erie Community College from 1993 to 1994.

Dave holds a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and has also earned his “A” License and “National Youth License” from the United States Soccer Federation.

Dave holds a master’s degree in Physical Education from Canisius College, and has 12 years of experience teaching Physical Education.

Tim Kronenwetter

Tim Kronenwetter will be goalie coach for Empire Buffalo for a fourth season along with coaching the mens/womens goalies this upcoming season at Medaille college. He has been named Associate Womens head coach for the 2014 season. Also in 2014 he will be helping Holland CSD defend their state title for Class C as a girls staff coach at the school. He has served seven years as head men’s soccer coach at Hilbert College in the same conference [AMCC]. Kronenwetter has more than 28 years of experience coaching youth soccer. Tim was the Cheektowaga Soccer Club DOC for 4 years. Since 2004, Kronenwetter has also been the chairman for our areas Exceptional Seniors match. From 1992-97, Kronenwetter served as the boys’ varsity soccer coach at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster. Kronenwetter has also completed the USSF "D" license to go along with a NSCAA National Youth Diploma. Kronenwetter earned an associate’s degree from Niagara County Community College in 1987 and a bachelor’s degree in 2003 from Buffalo State. More recently he has completed a Master of Science degree in Education also from Buffalo State. Tim runs numerous goalie camps in the summer in the WNY region outside of his level 7 USSF referee responsibilities.

Jeff Lewis

A graduate of Syracuse University (1989) Jeff has 25 years experience coaching at virtually all levels, including Semi-Professionally (Niagara Falls Club Italia); Collegiately (Buffalo State College Women); the High School level (Durham School of the Arts Men and Women; North Tonawanda HS; Amherst HS), Olympic Development Program (NY West State) and the Club level (Buffalo Dynamo, Carolina United, Durham Chapel Hill Strikers, Triangle United Soccer Association).

In addition Jeff has worked camps at the universities of Buffalo, North Carolina Chapel Hill, Clemson and Duke.

As a player Jeff was a walk on at Syracuse University and an All SUNYAC player at Buffalo State College as well as a Player-Coach at Niagara Falls Club Italia in Ontario.

Robert Mahany

Currently holds his NSCAA Premier Diploma. Bob has over five years of coaching at the premier level as well as over twenty years of high school teaching and coaching experience, and a Masters Degree in Education.

Ryan McCaffery

Ryan grew up playing soccer in Western New York.  As a goalkeeper he played for Sweet Home High School, WNY ODP, and other Premier level clubs throughout WNY.  Ryan continued his soccer career as a goalkeeper for Daemen College, which is where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Education.  Later earning his Masters of Science in Education from Buffalo State College.

Ryan returned to Daemen College as an assistant coach and the goalkeeper coach for the women’s team, helping them return to the USCAA National Championships.  Ryan was also an 11-year coach for the Sweet Home High School men’s team, helping them receive Section 6 A1 Championships and an ECIC Division II titles.  As an Empire coach Ryan has helped lead the 16 boys to a State Championship and is also a goalkeeper coach for the club. Ryan holds his USSF National D License.

Kendell McFayden

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Taylor Miller

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Peter Olsen

Peter holds his National USSF B license. In addition to his playing experience, he has been coaching soccer for many years, including with Amherst and EUSA. He also served on the coaching staff of the ODP program for many years.

Charlene O’Neil

Charline has been part of WNY soccer scene since the age of 4. Growing up she played for Tonawanda Soccer Club, Delaware Soccer Club and  then for Germania where she was captain and helped lead the storm to four straight State Championships.  Was kind of She was also on the ODP NYW Team and Region I pool. From there she played division 1 soccer at Canisius College and was the Captain for the Buffalo Fillies Semi-pro team in the W-League.

Her coaching career started in 1999 for ODP Buffalo u14 and Buffalo Premier u11. In her first two years of coaching her team won State Cup and went undefeated. Charline took a few years off of coaching for becoming a mom and recently came back since her and Kevin's two kids are old enough to be in the club.  Currently Charline has her National D coaching license and is teaching elementary physical education in Lockport.

Kevin O’Neil

Kevin O’Neil is the former Head Coach of 2 Time State Cup Champion and Region 1 Finalist Buffalo United 90’ Boys Team. And Two time State Cup Champion and Regional Semi Finalist Buffalo Soccer Club Boys Dynamo Team. Kevin also was an assistant coach for the DIVISION 1 Canisius Mens Soccer team and was the Soccer Director for the Sportsplex Soccer Academy, Professional Academy Summer Soccer camps and one of the Director’s for the Buffalo Premier Futbol Club. He has served as a member of the New York State ODP Coaching Staff and currently Holds his National U.S.S.F. D license. 

Kevin played in the National Professional Indoor Soccer League with the Division Winning Buffalo Blizzard from 1995-1997. He Also Played with the Division 1 University at Buffalo Bulls Where he was an all-conference player. Kevin Graduated From the University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s Degree in Early childhood Education.

As a High School player, Kevin played for State Ranked North Tonawanda High School team and received All NFL, All League, All State and Eastern All American Honors.  Kevin and his wife, Charline, reside in North Tonawanda with their son Braeden and Daughter Mckenna O’Neil.

Danny Panaro

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Chris Peehler

Chris didn’t start playing soccer until he was age 15. From there he played for Ken-East where his team went undefeated as Sectional champs. Chris was the leading goal scorer in the Niagara Frontier League and earned All-N.F.L. 1st Team and All-American honors. Later he would play club soccer for Germania Juniors, Buffalo Soccer Club, Germania Seniors, and the Buffalo All-Stars. Chris played college ball for Monroe Community College (Ranked 2nd Junior College). At M.C.C. he was captain and named to All-Regional Team, All-Regional Tournament 1st Team, and All-American Team. While at M.C.C., they finished 4th place in the National Tournament.  Chris also attended the 1973 Olympic team tryouts and was called back only to miss the cut before the final tryout. Finally, Chris also played for Hamilton in Canadian National League. Presently Chris coaches premier and travel teams in the WNY area and has earned his USSF National “D” License. Chris also belongs to the Ken-East Athletic Hall Of Fame.

Molly Rouse

Molly Rouse begins her first season as assistant coach for the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York women's soccer team. Rouse’s responsibilities will include, recruiting, travel, camps, day-to-day activities along with working with the UB midfielders.

Rouse comes to UB after one successful season at Alabama State where she served as an assistant coach. Her main responsibilities for the Lady Hornets were recruiting coordinator and positional coach (midfielders).

Rouse helped lead the Hornets to an 11-10 overall record and a 7-3 conference mark while advancing to the semifinals of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament.

Prior to ASU, Rouse served two years as assistant coach at Shattuck-St. Mary's, College Prep Boarding school in Minnesota. While at Shattuck, Rouse played a key role in all facets of the program's development towards new heights, which went beyond her primary duties as the assistant coach for the U18 team.  Rouse was responsible for the program's alumni relations, travel coordination and organizing recruiting events.

Before arriving at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Rouse capped her stellar career playing in the Women's Premier Soccer League with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

As a player, Rouse starred at the University of Minnesota where she earned All-Big Ten honors twice. Rouse helped lead the Gophers to two NCAA Tournament appearances, 2008 and 2010, and played a major role in the Big Ten Championship game in 2008. The four-year starter in the midfield helped lead her squad to a pair of Sweet 16 appearances and served as the team captain during her junior and senior campaigns.

Rouse was named to the All-Big Ten freshman team during the 2007 season and then earned second team All-Big Ten honors as a junior.  She was also named to the All-Big Ten Academic team three times during her outstanding collegiate career. The team leader also earned the team Midfield Most Valuable Player award as a junior and senior.

She graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education, a minor in Child Psychology, with an emphasis on American Sign Language from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Rouse currently holds a U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) National "C" License (pending results from January 2015 “B” License).

Tony Schiappa

Tony Schiappa will be joining the U.S Soccer Developmental Academy as assistant coach for the Empire Boys 16s/18s Academy teams in 2012-2013.

He joins the Academy after coaching with the Empire Buffalo 16s in 2011-12 and the Amherst soccer program from 2008-2012. Tony helped the Empire 16s to finalist in the 2012 State Cup and led Amherst to two BWNYJSL titles in three years.

Schippa has a wealth of experience with the club that began as a player over a decade ago. He has played in U.S Regional Tournaments and State championships for the program.

As a former standout in the SUNYAC for Buffalo State, Schiappa garnered All-Conference honors for the Bengals. The former playmaker amassed 61 points throughout his college career which put him in elite company. He led the SUNYAC conference in assists three out of four years and was instrumental in the Bengals attack. The two year captain received several athlete of the week honors throughout his four years.

Tony played his high school soccer locally, at Williamsville East, leading the program to four straight league championships (04-07). Schiappa was a three time All-League pick and a two year All-Western New York selection for the flames as a midfielder. He also won a sliver medal at the Empire State Games for Western in 2006.

Despite spending the majority of his time coaching with Empire/Amherst, he has coached at the high school level for Williamsville East. He also plays a role in helping facilitate training for the Exceptional Seniors high school all star game.

Tony just recently implemented his own High School Training Camp for youth players striving to gain the competitive advantage heading into their season.

Schiappa, a well respected area coach, possesses a U.S Youth Intermediate Certification and a USSF National D License. His coaching philosophy begins with work ethic and ends with maximizing player development.   

Kelly Starchok

Kelly Starchok is in her fourth season as the head women’s soccer at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY. Kelly has many years of collegiate playing and coaching experience. As a player, Starchok competed at the Division I collegiate level at University at Buffalo. Currently, she is an active player in various women and co-ed soccer leagues in the Buffalo area.

Her collegiate coaching career began in 1998, as an assistant coach at Niagara County Community College. In 2001, Starchok assisted the Division I Canisius College women’s soccer team, and from 2008 - 2010 Starchok was the head coach at Genesee College in Batavia, NY.

During her four years at Genesee Community College (GCC), she led the Cougars in the 2009 fall season to the final four of the national tournament. This was the college's first ever appearance and the squad was honored with the NJCAA Division III National Tournament Sportsmanship Award.  The 2010 season brought more accolades to the team and to Coach Starchok as they placed second in the nation and two of coach Starchok’s players got national recognition as well.

Personally, Starchok was named the NSCAA/Mondo Junior College National Northeast Coach of the Year (2010), the NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year (2009, 2010), District A Coach of the Year (2009) and the New York State ODP Coach of the Year (2008).

For over 15 years, Starchok has been involved in coaching premier soccer in WNY.  She also currently assists with the Olympic Development Program, based out of Western New York.

Coach Starchok holds her USSF national “C” license and is the recipient of the Bob McNulty Award.  Starchok holds a BA in Early Childhood Development from the UB and a Master of Science in Education from Canisius College

Selim Talbi

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Ben Thorn

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Bob Vorburger

Bob has coached travel soccer since 1991, mostly with Kenton Soccer. He has also coached Varsity and JV at local High Schools, as well as working several camps around the area. Bob is co-founder of what is now Kidsplay. Vorburger holds a USSF ’D’ License, NSCAA National Youth Diploma, and a US Youth Intermediate Diploma.