President & Founder
Chris is a highly-respected sports professional in local, regional & international circles, within the football (soccer) community. He is the President and Founder of several sport focused companies, including Passing Hope, a non-profit charity that works with those who are either economically or physically challenged through The Beautiful Game and has been working in Haiti and with the less fortunate since 2010. He has held executive positions with several companies, including a leading design and marketing company based in NYC and has worked directly with Fortune 500 companies manage their branding and marketing collateral. He has also been instrumental in the launch of various sports properties, including the Texas Pro Soccer Festival, a 4 team Major League Soccer pre-season training and pre-season tournament. Chris was also been a key member of several expansion groups looking to obtain a professional soccer franchise.
Chris started his career in the sports industry as the Operations Manager of the High Altitude Sports Training Complex (HASTC) in Flagstaff, Arizona, which was the preferred high training facility for elite athletes, including national teams from various sports, such as the Australian National Swimming Team, US National Swimming Team, Dutch Rowing Federation, German U15 National Team, Canadian U15 National Team, and many others. The athletes that trained at this facility amassed over 215 Olympic Medals and numerous World Championships in their respective sports. Chris’ educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Arizona State University, and a Masters in Organizational Management from The University of Phoenix. Chris is married with two children and resides in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
Sr. Director of Recruiting
Mark is a former professional soccer player, having played three seasons in the United Soccer League. He played four years of college soccer at Cal State University Dominguez Hills where he was a two-time All-Conference selection and a three-time Academic All-American. He was also named the CSUDH Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years.
Mark is currently one of the longest tenured Directors of Coaching in the State of Arizona, a position he has held for almost 20 years with the Fountain Hills Soccer Club, and has run hundreds of weeks of soccer camps during his years as a professional soccer trainer and has also taken youth teams to participate in European tournaments. He has coached at the club, high school and junior college levels and holds a USSF “B” National Coaching License. He has coached many future collegiate, pro, and even national team players, including:
- Tony Cascio – University of Connecticut & Houston Dynamo
- Jason Cascio – Seattle University & Seattle Sounders
- Kiersten Dallstream – Washington State University, Seattle Reign, & US Women’s U20 | U23 Teams
- Kayla Pedersen – Stanford University & Connecticut Sun (Women’s National Basketball Association)
Mark is also an accomplished journalist, author and blogger as he has written for numerous football magazines, including 90:00 Magazine, and has written several books in the soccer genre including “A Soccer Life in Shorts.”, “The Gift of Stoppage Time”, and co-authored “How to Prepare for a College Soccer Career”. Mark lives in Gilbert, AZ with his wife and son.
Thomas Alward, Ed.D.
Director of Academics
Recruiting Director - New Zealand
before deciding to get fully involved in coaching. Ryan is currently the Director of Coaching for Ellerslie AFC in Auckland, New Zealand. This is one of the biggest clubs in the country with over 1000 players 5-19 years old. In the last 5 years, Ryan has coached players who have gone on to play in the US college system, become a contracted professional player, and players who have been selected for the U17, U20, Men’s and Women’s National Team for New Zealand.
Recruiting Director | Wales
Tom played with the Welsh Schools Football Association and Aberystwyth Town FC. He started his journey in the US at nationally ranked, Barton Community College where he is still one of the all time assist leaders at the school and had all region and conference honors. He then transferred to Adelphi University where he helped the Panthers win their regular season and tournament championships. After the 2010-11 season, he transferred again to St Peter’s University where he finished career making 17 appearances and played in the MAAC Tournament in Orlando, Florida. After college, he played for the Nashville Metros in the USL Premier Development League for the Nashville Metros and became an assistant coach for St. Peter’s University, in which he was responsible for the team’s recruiting.
Recruiting Director| California
Nick Webster is a former coach at Occidental College (NCAA Division III), in Los Angeles, where he helped lead the team to a 2nd place finish in the SCIAC. He then became the Head Boys Soccer Coach at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, CA, and Head Girls Coach at Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles. Webster is currently the Head Boy’s Soccer Coach at Windward School in Los Angeles, California and 1st Team Coach for Cal FC, a high level amateur club in the United States Adult Soccer Association, under the management of former US Men’s National Team player, Eric Wynalda. In May 2012 he coached Cal FC to an historic feat in the US Open Cup as they became the first amateur club to defeat an MLS team (Portland Timbers) in the Open era.
Recruiting Director | Massachussets
Recruiting Director | New Jersey
Niko was a four year starter for his high school’s varsity team, and earned a scholarship to play college soccer at Davis & Elkins University (NCAA Division II). At age 19 he took a shot at going back to Europe and trying his hand a professional football and was successful as he received offers from a couple of second division teams as well as from Olympiakos F.C., in which he played on both an amateur and professional contract. Niko transitioned into the corporate world becoming a Mortgage Banker, but his love for football continued as he continued to play in the semi-pro leagues around New York and New Jersey. He is the President and founder of the soccer-focused company, SoccerSkillz, and is the New Jersey Academy Owner and Director of Just4Keepers. He is also involved with several local youth clubs and select programs in New Jersey as a Coach and Trainer.
Recruiting Director | India
Ray is a graduate of Anderson University and holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology (and minor in Athletic Coaching). He is familiar with the college recruiting process, as he was slated to play college soccer for Anderson University, but decided to focus his attention entirely on studies and opted to play for the University’s Club Rugby Team. Ray has extensive experience various industries, including the NGO | Non Profit sector, in which he worked with World Vision International, focusing on Child Relief and Development projects as part of their North Korean Office. His brother, Donald, played soccer at the NCAA D3 region and also is the Athletic Director for an international school in Qingdao, China.
Recruiting Director | California
Jennifer won a NCAA Division II National Championship with Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1991. She was a three time captain (1991-1994) who had All Conference Honors, as well as CSUDH Senior Scholar/Athlete of the Year award in1994 (Most Valuable Player Award) and is still the #2 all time assist leader at the school. Prior to her collegiate career, she was one of the top prep (high school) prospects in San Diego, being recruiting by United States International University, Chapman University, University of California – Berkeley, and CSUDH. Prior to her collegiate career, she was one of the top prep (high school) prospects in San Diego, being recruiting by United States International University, Chapman University, University of California – Berkeley, and CSUDH.
Recruiting Director | New Jersey
Plaugic played goalkeeper for one season at Monmouth University (NCAA D1) and then finished his collegiate career at Caldwell College (NCAA DII) College. At Caldwell College, Plaugic was a 3 year starting goalkeeper, team captain, 2009 Regular Season CACC Champion and a two time All-CACC selection for the Cougars. Plaugic was a graduate of Kearny High School, and a 2002 NJSIAA Boys Group IV State Champion at Kearny. Plaugic previously was a staff member for Red Bull NY Regional Developmental School (RDS) as the Head Goalkeeper Coach at the Pre-Academy level. Plaugic was the Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, widely recognized as one of the top H.S. Boys Soccer program in the US, and has trained GK at Rosenborg Football Club in Norway.
Recruiting Director | Ireland
Darren played for several youth teams in Ireland and the UK, including Lakewood Athletic FC (where he was named Cork Schoolboys League Overall Player of the Year) , Colchester United, and Cork City FC. and won a Youth Olympic Bronze Medal with the Ireland National Team. Darren started his collegiate career at the University of Texas at Brownsville (NAIA) and led the Scorpions to a Red River Athletic Conference Championship. Darren transferred to NCAA Division I program, the University of Delaware, and made the All-Tournament and All-Conference team in 2010, and Captained the Blue Hens to the Colonial Conference Champions in 2011. Darren made the Regional All-American team, All-Conference, and Playoff All-Tournament Team. Darren also played for Reading United in thee USL Premier Development League.
Soccer Scout - Women
Tennis & Golf Scout
Maury (Mo) Samilton
Mo played college basketball at Foothill Junior College (NJCAA), where he was named a Junior College All-American and broke 12 scoring records, then transferred to Boise State University (NCAA D1). He played professional basketball in Australia and tried out with the Chicago Bulls. He has coached at the High School and College level and currently is a Coach and Athletic Director at Precision High School in Phoenix, AZ
- Rowing: Former NCAA Division I Men’s Rower
- Swimming: Former NCAA Division I Women’s Swimmer
- Baseball: Former NCAA Division I and Major League Baseball Coach
We want to ensure that we will have success with every athlete that works with us, so our pre-assessment process not only confirms that our recruits can play at the college level, it also identifies what level it ultimately will be.