Position: Player Development Officer
Preferred Position: Goalkeeper
FAI (Football Association of Ireland) Level 2
UEFA Youth Cert, FAI Goalkeeper Intro Cert, B.A (Hons) Recreation and Sport Management
FETAC Cert : Sport and Recreation (Distinction)
Club that you support: Leeds United
What you love about Coaching?: Playing a part in young people’s experience of playing the game, developing as players and as people and growing to love the game of soccer as much as I do!
Best moment in Football so far?: Seeing my Villa F.C U15 team come from behind in the Waterford Cup Final to equalize in the last minute of normal time, battle through extra time and win the game in a penalty shootout.
What makes coaching for Smyrna Soccer Club/GPS Different from any other club?: The professional structure and player-centric ethos will be wholly beneficial to our players so, as a coach, that is a very exciting thing to be a part of.
Name: Pascal Dupas
Position: Youth Coach (Academy)
Preferred Position: Center Midfield
NSCAA Level I & II
Club that you support: Arsenal FC (UK)/ Olympic de Marseille (France)
What you love about Coaching?: Noticing how much the players can improve while having fun. Looking at my players trying their hardest because of the love they have for the sport. Sharing the love for Soccer that I have with them is ultimate price.
What makes coaching for Smyrna Soccer Club/GPS Different from any other club?:
GPS’s affiliation with AS Roma as well as their involvement with SSC makes coaching position extremely exciting. I feel privileged to be part of this incredible adventure from the get-go.
I think that what makes SSC/GPS different from other clubs is that SSC remains a community Soccer club, family oriented, while growing dramatically its approach on player’s development as well as the club’s competitiveness. GPS is growing SSC from a city level to a county, state, regional and ultimately national recognition. I can’t think of another club with identical goals and opportunities.
Name: Enrique G Gomez
Position: Youth Coach
USSF National “C” AYSO Advance / Futsal license. Referee USSF Grade 8, Futsal, AYSO Section, FHSAA.
Club Affiliations: Southern Soccer Coalition, West Kendall Soccer Club, Homestead United, Atlanta Silverbacks, Smyrna Stealth, Boca Juniors Georgia
Associations: National Soccer Coaches
Association of America (NSCAA)
Name: Stephanie L. Smith
Playing Awards: Senior MVP Award
Played in the following: Olympic Development Program (ODP), Eastern New York State Team
Eastern Regional Team Member , U-16 National Team Pool, Adidas Elite Soccer Program (ESP) Camp
Pennsylvania State University Women’s Varsity Team (2000 – 04)
Team, Vancouver Whitecaps ( 2005 – 2007), Atlanta Silverbacks (2008)
Name: Juan Gomez
Position: Youth Coach
Coaching Qualifications: Coached with Cobb FC, YMCA and now Smyrna Soccer. As a coach of many different age groups, U8- 16, he has coached his teams to League Championships and had had numerous Tournament Champions.
What do you love about Coaching?:
My focus is now is developing Academy and Select teams. I have a passion for youth soccer and want to make a difference in a young player’s life and give them something to last a lifetime.