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Sporting CT's aim is to provide top coaching for all our teams.  We strive to provide highly credentialed staff to ensure our players have the best experience on and off the field. Our coaches are reviewed by the Sporting CT Board of Directors to ensure we are providing top quality coaching to all our members. 


Goran Vasic - Executive Director (goran@sportingct.com)                                                  

Teams: 2006 Girls, 2003 Boys and 2006 Boys


COACHING CREDENTIALS                                                                                                                                    

  • USSF "A" National Coaching License
  • USSF "B" National Coaching License


COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2007-2011 NORTH BRUNSWICK SOCCER CLUB (North Brunswick, New Jersey), Training Consultant
  • 2001-2005 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP SOCCER CLUB (Washington Township, New Jersey), Coach
  • Coach of U-11 WT-LIGHTNING and U-13 WT –BULLDOGS, Two NJ state number one youth soccer teams
  • 2000-Present GORAN VASIC PRO SOCCER ACADEMY, Founder & Director
  • 2008-09 NEW JERSEY IRONMEN (Newark, New Jersey), Assistant Coach
  • 1998-01 CLEVELAND UNITED (Cleveland, Ohio), Director and Coach


PLAYING EXPERIENCE

  • 2007-09 NEW JERSEY IRONMEN (Newark, New Jersey), Major Indoor Soccer League Captain and player/coach
  • 2006 MILWAUKEE WAVE (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Major Indoor Soccer League
  • 2001-06 PHILADELPHIA KiXX (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Major Indoor Soccer League
  • 2000-01 MISL Champions, Twice led MISL in assists
  • 1999-00 PITTSBURGH RIVER HOUNDS (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), USL A-League
  • Team leader in points, goals and assists
  • 1998-01 CLEVELAND CRUNCH (Cleveland, Ohio), National Professional Soccer League
  • 1998-99 NPSL Championship
  • 1999 NPSL Newcomer of the Year Award winner
  • Elected to NPSL All-Star Team
  • 1997-98 HOUSTON HOTSHOTS (Houston, Texas), Continental Indoor Soccer League
  • 1997-98 CISL Rookie of the Year
  • 1988-97 RED STAR BELGRADE (Belgrade, Serbia)
  • Began playing for one of the best youth teams in the world at age of seven and stayed with them for the next nine years.
  • At the age of 17, I become a professional soccer player playing for first division teams in Serbia and former Yugoslavia.

Nicolae "Andrei" Popescu - College Pathway & Futsal Director

(popescu8@hotmail.com)
Teams: 2004 Boys, 2007 Girls.                                                                                                    
 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • USSF "B" National Coaching License
  • USSF Licenses: 11vs11, 9vs9, 7vs7, 4vs4
  • USFF Futsal State License 2
  • United Soccer Coaches - Director of Coaching Diploma
  • USC Futsal Level 1 Diploma
  • USC Key Moments In The Game
  • USC Defending Principles Of Play
  • USC Sports Psychology & Mental Individual Skills
  • USC - Creating Talent Diploma
  • CCEP (Connecticut Coaching Education Program) - High School Coaching Certificate
  • AIC Level 1 of the NFHS Coach Certificate Program
  • NFHS Fundamentals Of Coaching

 
COACHING EXPERIENCE
  • Sporting CT (2016 - Present)
  • LEAD SOCCER - Advanced One on One and Group Training / Soccer Consulting (2014 - Present)
  • CT SOL GVSA (2017 - Present)
  • Ginga FC (2013-2016)
  • Brazil CT (2010-2016)
  • Everson Soccer Academy (2005-2016)
  • Wallingford Youth Soccer Club (2008-2016)
  • Guilford Youth Soccer Club (2008-2016)
  • Madison Youth Soccer (2008-2012)
  • Hamden Youth Soccer Club (2010-2014)
  • Woodbridge Youth Soccer Club (2012-2014)
 
PLAYING EXPERIENCE
  • Quinnipiac University Men's Soccer
  • Ulster County Community College
  • IMG Soccer Academy
 
LANGUAGES
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Romanian
 
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
  • Quinnipiac University NCAA D1 Men's Soccer - Full Athletic Scholarship 
 
LEADERSHIP

Jarice Manson - Academy Director 

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Teams: 2004 Girls, 2002 Girls, 2001 Girls. 

COACHING CREDENTIALS:
  • USSF "C" National License
  • CJSA Boys Coach of the year 2008

COACHING EXPERIENCE:
  • Oakwood Soccer Club
  • Windsor High School
  • Mitchell College, Men's Soccer Program

Dino Rocco – Staff Coach

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Teams: 2010 Boys, 2008 Gold Boys

 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

USSF D National License

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE

coming soon...

 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

coming soon...

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

coming soon...

 


 Carl Lombardo - Staff Coach  

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Teams 2006 and 2003 Gold Boys                                                                                                                            

COACHING CREDENTIALS                                                                                                                                                       

USSF B License

USC Premier Diploma

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Oakwood Soccer Club

Connecticut Football Club (CFC)

Rocky Hill High School Boys Varsity Coach

Columbus Soccer Association

Arsenal Soccer Club

Ohio ODP

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Ohio State University Men's Soccer 

All Regional 4 various All-Tournament Teams

Oakwood Soccer Club and Vinal Tech High School:

1st Team All American

Region 1 ODP

                                                                                                                                                                                          


Victor Lopez – Staff Coach
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Teams: 2005 Girls Gold and 2008 Girls

 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

USSF "D" National License

CT High School Coach Certification

USC Goalkeeper Level 1

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE

Sporting CT (2016 - Present)

CT SOL (2017 - Present) 

Lyman Hall High School

2016 CFC Sound

2012-16 Cheshire Soccer Club

2013-15 Brazil CT

2012-15 Everson Soccer Academy

2009-11 North Haven Soccer Club

 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

DC United Reserves

Universitario de Deportes


 

Branislav Obrenovic – Staff Coach    

(obrenovic.b@gmail.com)Teams: 2008 Boys  and 2009 Boys      

                                                                                                                                                        

 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

2009 – present            Faculty of Sport and Physical Education,
                                    Belgrade University – Phd, Sport Science                                                                                   

 

2009                            Faculty of Sport and Physical Education,
                                    Belgrade University - Masters Degree
                                    Bachelor of Sports Professor, Football department

2009                           Football Coaches School, FA Serbia,
                                   UEFA "A" License.


2007                           Faculty of Sport and Physical Education,
                                    University of Belgrade
                                    Personnel Centre - Football coach


2006                            Faculty of Sport and Physical Education
                                    University of Belgrade
                                    Professor of Sports, Football department

2003                           Football coaches School, FA Serbia,

                                   UEFA "B" license
 

2003                            High School of Coaching Belgrade
                                    Senior football coach
 

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE

2000 - 2011                 F.C. Zarkovo, Belgrade, Serbia
                                    Head coach: U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18, U-21.
                                   Senior team Head coach, 3rd League (2003),

                                    Senior team Assistant coach, 3th League (2006)
 

2012                            F.C. Zvezdara, Belgrade, Serbia
                                   Senior team Assistant coach, 3th League

                                   Coordinatior for youth categories

 

2013 - 2014                F.C. IM Rakovica, Belgrade, Serbia

                                   Senior team - Head coach and Assistant coach – 3th League

 

2012 - 2016                F.C. Borca, Belgrade, Serbia

                                   Head coach: U-16,

                                    Head coach - Youth team - Serbian national League

                                   Senior team - Assistant coach – Serbian 2th League

 

2001 - present             Football Academy Zarkovo, Belgrade, Serbia (co-founder)

                                   Head coach: U-6, U-7, U-8, U-9, U-10, U-11, U-12,

                                   Coordinator of coaching staff

 

2008 - 2016                JT International, Belgrade, Serbia
                                   Head coach of company’s football team for The Adriatic region  

                                   (Serbia, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia)

                                    Selection and preparation for Regional JTI championships:

JTI CE Football Championship 2008, Switzerland,
            JTI CIS+ Football Championship 2010, Russia,

JTI CIS+ Football Championship 2012, Serbia,

JTI CE Football Cup 2014, Poland

JTI CE Football Cup 2016 Romania


2011                            Goran Vasic Soccer Academy, Middletown, Connecticut,
                                    United States of America
                                    Guest - expert observer: U-7, U-8, U-9, U-10, U-11


                                    Middletown "Magic" Youth Soccer, Middletown,
                                    Connecticut, United States of America
                                    Guest - expert obserever: U-11, U-12, U-13, U-14

 

2017                           Goran Vasic Soccer Academy, Middletown, Connecticut,
                                    United States of America
                                    Volunteer: U-7, U-8, U-9, U-10, U-11

 

                                    Sporting CT, Middletown, Connecticut,

                                    United States of America

                                    Volunteer: U-9, U-14

 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

1996 - 1999                 F.C. Zarkovo, Belgrade, Serbia
1992 - 1996                 F.C. Knezevac, Belgrade, Serbia
1981 - 1992                 F.C. Cukaricki, Belgrade, Serbia

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Coming soon...

 


HIKMET ASLAN - Staff Coach       Teams: 2002 and 2005 Boys                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • 2000                NSCAA National Diploma, Amherst College, MA
  • 1995                Technical Director, Turkish Soccer Federation, Ankara, TURKEY

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2017-Pre.         Head Coach, Kingswood Oxford School-Boys Varsity Soccer Team, W. Hartford, CT
  • 2017- Pre.       Coach, MYS Sporting CT 2005 Boys,and 2002 Boys Premier Team, Middletown, CT
  • 2014-2017       Coach, FSA FC United U18/19 Boys, U13-Boys, U23 Men’s Team, Juniors U10/11, CT
  • 2008-2011       Instructor, Teach a for-credit soccer class at Manchester Community College
  • 1999-2005       Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, University of Hartford, W. Hartford, CT
  • 2003-2004       Assistant Coach, U-17 Boys ODP Team, CT
  • 2000-2003       Coach, FSA Premier Club U-14 Boys Team, Farmington, CT
  • 2001-2003       Coach, U-14 Girls and U-13 Boys, Glastonbury Club teams, CT
  • 1996-1999       Coach, Boys Varsity and  Boys JV Soccer Team, Watkinson School, W. Hartford, CT
  • 1994-1995       Assistant Coach, Petrol Ofisi Sports, Pro. Youth Soccer Team, Ankara, TURKEY
  • 1993-1994       Coach, Petrol Ofisi Sports Club, Amateur Soccer Team, Ankara, TURKEY

1982-1986       Coach/Player, Hacettepe University Men’s Soccer Team, Ankara, TURKEY

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

  • 2004-Present   Player, Southern New England Amateur Soccer League (SNEASL)
  • 1984-1988       Turkish National Team Player, TURKEY
  • 1980-1995       Professional Soccer Player, TURKEY
    • 9 Division I Teams, 4 Division II Teams
  • 1982-1984       Amateur National Team Player, TURKEY
  • 1980-1982       Youth National Team Player, TURKEY

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

  • 1994                Golden Boot/The highest goal scorer of the year, TURKEY
  • 1993                Fair Play Award, TURKEY
  • 1985-1988       Outstanding Soccer Player award, TURKEY
  • 1985                League MVP/The Best Soccer Center-Forward of the year, TURKEY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

‚ÄčDylan Hogan - Assistant Coach  

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Teams: Assistant 2007 and 2004 Girls                                                                                                                     

COACHING CREDENTIALS:
USSF E license
heads up: concussion in youth sports
IYCA Youth Nutrition Specialist
IYCA Certified Speed and Agility Specialist
 
COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Sporting CT 2017-present
Everson Soccer Academy 2015-2017
Brazil CT 2015-2017
Wallingford Youth Soccer club 2015-2017
 
PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
Southern Connecticut Men's Soccer, CT
Wallingford Warriors state and region 1 champions, CT
Lyman Hall High School, CT
CFC Wildcats, CT
Brazil CT Futsal, CT
 
RECOGNITION / AWARDS:
2014 Boy's All Housatonic Team and Senior Bowl selection
Lyman Hall High School Co-Captain 2014
SCC Allstar Academic Team
 
 

Hector Ballesteros - Staff Coach

Sporting CT 2007 Boys

 

Rocco Christiana - Staff Coach

Sporting CT 2009 and 2003 Girls

 

Krzystztof Giezek - Staff Coach

Sporting CT 2004 Boys and 2003 Gold Girls

 

 

Daniel Ferrari - Staff Coach

Sporting CT 2007 Gold Boys

 

 

Gustavo Villagra - Staff Coach

Sporting CT 2010 Gold Boys

 

 

 

Rachel Lemke - Staff Coach

Sporting CT 2006 Gold Girls