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TRYSA Coaching Staff

Director of Coach Development

Director of Coach Education & Development

Lynda Bowers, Ph.D.

Hometown: Palmer, Alaska

Playing Experience: Lynda came out of Alaska Youth Soccer and played for Team Alaska Soccer Club. She was named to the Alaska All-State team every year in high school and earned the Gatorade Alaska State Player of the Year as a junior. She still holds school all scoring records at her alma-mater, Palmer High School. As a collegiate player, Lynda attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL. She was a 4-year starter, 2-year captain, 2x 1st-team all-conference selection, and twice voted team MVP. 

Coaching Experience: Lynda has over 10 years of collegiate coaching experience. She started the first women’s program at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park in 2001 and was later hired as the head coach of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2003. SIUE began as a NCAA Division II school and transitioned to a Division I school at the end of Lynda’s tenure. During her time at SIUE, Lynda finished with a 70% winning record including two regular season first place conference finishes, two NCAA bids, and was named 2007 Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year. On the youth soccer side, Lynda has coached at nearly every age group from U5 to high school. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Lynda was coaching U8 and U9 at the Mountain Area Soccer Club in Southwest Pennsylvania and served as their director of coaching. 

Education and Licensure: Lynda has an earned doctorate in Coaching and Teaching Studies from West Virginia University. During her time at WVU, she studied coaching development and organizational sport leadership. She has a Level I certificate for Learning and Facilitation from the United States Center for Coaching Excellence. Lynda holds a USSF “D” coaching license. She is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist from the American College of Sports Medicine. 

Coaching and Teaching Philosophy: I greatly value hard work, perseverance, and preparation. I carry those values into every coaching or classroom session. I believe in controlling what you can and adapting to the variables. As a coach developer, I appreciate the coaches who are willing to grow and learn new things, as well as those who want to fine tune their strengths. It is always about learning and growing. 


Academy Director & Staff Coach

Isai Gonzalez

Hometown: Homestead, Florida

Playing Experience: Isai began playing soccer at age 9 after moving to the Rocky Mount area.  His journey began at the Rocky Mount Area Youth Soccer Association playing for Rocky Mount United who earned promotions up to the premier level.  He attended High School at Northern Nash where he was the top scorer and they won several conference titles.  He went on to play college soccer at NC Wesleyan where he was a 4-year starter under Fankie Taal because of his playmaking ability and versatility in the midfield. 

Coaching Experience: Isai began coaching in 2015 for TRYSA in the Academy program as an assistant.  He has since coached in the Academy and Classic programs and has been promoted to Academy Director and head coach.  He is well known throughout Eastern NC as a top-level coach and was selected in 2019 to be on the Olympic Development Program coaching staff for North Carolina working with the 2008 boys East. 

Education and Licensure: BA Degree from NC Wesleyan.  USSF “D” coaching license. 

Coaching and Teaching Philosophy: I believe in commitment and self-discovery.  Commitment will have a huge impact throughout a player’s life.   Arriving on time, being prepared, and working hard to achieve goals are important to learn at a young age.  Along with a player’s commitment to learning, self-discovery is a powerful way to learn through experimentation.  All players are different, and it is okay for them to fail.  That is the way to learn the game through trying things and discovering what will work and what will not.”    


Technical Director & Staff Coach

Kingsley McLeod

Hometown: Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Playing Experience: Kingsley was an All-Conference and All-State player for Rocky Mount High. He went to play Division 1 soccer at Saint Francis University where he was selected for the All-Region team. After university he went on to play in Canada and Australia.  

Coaching Experience: Kingsley has coached all ages from 2 - adult in the USA, Colombia, Australia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and England over the course of 12 years. In the USA he has coached at the youth level and the Division 3 collegiate level at NC Wesleyan College and William Peace University.

Education and Licensure: Master's Degree in Sport and International Development.  USSF “D” & FA Level 1 coaching licences. 

Coaching and Teaching Philosophy: I believe "soccer is life" in the sense that the majority, if not all, of psychological and sociological aspects of life can be learned and displayed on the pitch. My desire is to coach players the technical and tactical aspects of the game, but more importantly skills and values they can incorporate in their life.


Assistant Academy Director & Staff Coach

Carl Taylor

Hometown: Swartz Creek, Michigan

Playing Experience: Carl began playing soccer at 5 years old.  As a teenager he played at the club and high school levels with some international experience on the Flint Michigan CANUSA team and Staffordshire Stone Dominoes in England.  He was twice named captain of his High School team and received honors of all conference, all district, and all region as an outside defender.  As an adult he played for the Marine Corps regional team as a left back and left midfielder.   

Coaching Experience: Carl began coaching in 1999 as an assistant at Swartz Creek High School.  He continued coaching, when possible, while stationed in Jacksonville, NC on Marine Corps Air Station New River from 2001 - 2006.  He moved to the Rocky Mount area in 2006 and started coaching as an assistant with a girl’s 1st division team which then went on to premier in 2008.  In 2008 Carl was assigned as the head coach of a 13U girls team which he coached for 6 years taking them to the state cup final four and multiple tournament championship matches along with 1 league title and 5 finishes in the top 3.  More recently he has taken two teams to the Singer State Cup final 4 in 2018 & 2019.  Winning it in 2019 with an 18U team.  Carl has had 17 players in the last 5 years go on to play at Western Carolina, UNC Pembroke, ECU, Appalachian State, NC State, NC Wesleyan, Louisburg College, Barton College, NC State club team, and ECU club team.  

Education and Licensure: BS Degree in Electronic Systems and Technology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  USSF “D” coaching license. 

Coaching and Teaching Philosophy: "I believe in a holistic approach to coaching where we develop kids to be great soccer players that contribute to the collective team goals, but most importantly great people who will be successful in life.  I hold players to a higher standard than a lot of coaches because I want them to hold themselves to a higher standard as adults.  I will know how well I did as a coach when I see the type of person they have become years after they graduate."


Staff Coach

Brett VanPelt

Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina

Playing Experience: Brett began playing soccer at an early age and still plays today. During High School he was twice named All Region, was the 2009 Region player of the year, was selected to the North vs. South All star game and was the AAA South Carolina State player of the year in 2009. He then moved onto USC-Aiken where he was named to the All Conference team twice, one All Tournament team, and was a 3 year captain.

Coaching Experience: Brett began coaching in 2013 as an assistant for his former High School. He was also involved with the local club as an assistant. He moved to North Carolina for work in 2016 and began coaching with TRYSA in 2017 as an assistant for an 18U boys’ team. That Fall he became the Head Coach of a 12U boys’ team where he had immediate success.  They had back to back winning seasons which culminated with winning a large tournament at the end of the Spring season.  Brett has coached a number of different teams with TRYSA including working with kids in the Academy Program.

Education and Licensure: BS Degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina, Aiken.  USSF "D" coaching license

Coaching and Teaching Philosophy: "I believe in a well rounded development philosophy. Players should learn all aspects of the game ranging from the technical and physical side to the mental and emotional facets. Each one of these plays a critical role in player development. My favorite players to coach are the ones who are passionate, eager to learn, and have a burning desire to compete. I look forward to watching and helping players grow into the best players they can be."

Drew Thompson

Hometown: Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Playing Experience:  Drew began playing soccer at 3 years old. He played club soccer at RMAYSA until age 13.  He later played for FVAA and NC Alliance at the premier level winning 3 state championships and the Disney Cup championship.  Drew went on to play 4 years as a goalkeeper for NC Wesleyan College. 

Coaching Experience: Drew began coaching  as a student assistant coach at NC Wesleyan.  In 2018 he began coaching with TRYSA as an assistant coach of a 12U classic team.  Since then he has coached within our academy and classic programs at various levels.  in 2019 he was an assistant coach of 2 teams that both won the Singer state cup.  Drew is now the club's head goalkeeping coach in charge of developing all our players at this very specialized position.  .    

Education and Licensure: Grassroots Coaching License having completed the 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11 modules and preparing for the USSF "D" coaching license course.

Coaching and Teaching Philosophy: “I believe that every time you step on the pitch, you should give everything you have because you may not be able to step on it again."


Staff Coach & Assistant GK Coach

Kim Lamm

Hometown: Wilson, North Carolina

Playing Experience: Kim began playing soccer at 3 years old. She played club soccer at WYSA and TRYSA as a youth player.  She was a 4 year high school varsity starting goalkeeper at Wilson Christian Academy earning all-state honors her final 3 years and a state championship her senior year. Kim is now a senior on the North Carolina Wesleyan Women’s Soccer Team. 

Coaching Experience: Kim began coaching in 2019 with TRYSA as an assistant coach of our 12U academy. She has continued on as the primary coach of our 12U academy girls team as well as the head coach of the 13U girls first division classic team. She served as an assistant this past spring season for the Faith Christian School Varsity Girls soccer team and will be the head coach of that team Spring of 2021.

Education and Licensure: Grassroots Coaching License having completed the 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11 modules and preparing for the USSF "D" coaching license course.

Coaching and Teaching Philosophy: “I believe in a more hands-off coaching style where I work to develop players’ skills and techniques in game-like situations, so that they can eventually be able to make decisions on their own. I believe that is the best way to develop a player’s skills because kids learn more by actually being able to do things on their own. It is so rewarding getting to teach kids the game that I have loved my whole life and seeing them have that same passion and drive. I truly care for my players more than just as my players but as human beings and I love seeing them be successful on the field and in all aspects of their life.”


Staff Coach

Kenneth Nowell

Hometown: Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Playing Experience: Kenneth has been playing soccer since he was 13 years old. He started out playing recreation soccer at the City of Rocky Mount.  At the age of 15 he started playing with TRYSA and went on playing till the age of 18. He developed as a player and went on winning the Singer Cup in 2019 18U division with TRYSA. He is now a Sophomore on the NC Wesleyan Men's Soccer Team.

Coaching Experience: Kenneth began coaching at the age of 17 as an assistant coach with recreational soccer teams. He began coaching at TRYSA at the age of 18, with teams in the Academy program.

Education and Licensure: Currently enrolled in courses to achieve his Grassroots license and prepare for the USSF "D" coaching license course.   

Coaching and Teaching Philosophy: “I believe in helping players develop as a better person for the future while developing them as a soccer player. I like to keep positive spirits during training while pushing them to their full potential hoping they will receive that energy and be successful in whatever they want to do.”


Staff Coach

Maximo Bompart

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Playing Experience: "Max" began playing soccer at 6 years old. As a teenager, he played at the high school level for eight years as outside-back winning 4 titles, then he had the chance to play two years in the U16 National League. He was named captain in his last year of high school and decided to move out and play college soccer in the United States; where he played three seasons at North Carolina Wesleyan College winning USA South Regular season champions in 2016 and USA South Conference champions in 2017-2019.

Coaching Experience: Max began coaching in 2018, spending three months in a summer camp in Austin, Texas being the Head coach of the program. Then, in 2020 he had the opportunity to coach a U15-U12 co-ed team at the recreational league of The City of Rocky Mount.

Education and Licensure: Bachelor's degree in Organizational Administration with Sport concentration from NC Wesleyan.

Coaching and Teaching Philosophy:  "I believe that in order to have a successful group of people, you have to establish discipline. A lot of teams are full of talent but only the great ones are built off of discipline. It is the only one that will make you keep pushing forward no matter at what point of your life"

Coaching with TRYSA


Coaching youth soccer can be extemely rewarding.  Many coaches become involved when their children start playing, or they evolve into coaches when their own playing days lessen.  Whatever level you may coach, it's important to make a commitment to doing your best, and to giving your best to your players, who are your students. In every way, a coach is a teacher.

 

At TRYSA, we aim to be a leader in the teaching of soccer and in the development of players to their highest potential. But, beyond tactics and techniques, our Club intends to provide an environment where young soccer players build character through the development of important life skills such as time management, responsibility, resilience, sportsmanship, work ethic, and teamwork.  Our coaches are the first line of teaching these values and skills.

 

Expectations of our Coaches

In order to create and maintain that environment, we ask our coaches to recognize that they are first-and-foremost teachers, that they have high expectations for their own performance and growth, and that they echo the Club’s values in significant ways:

  • TRYSA Coaches will want to provide a structure where winning is important but development is paramount; they believe that winning comes from the development of players to their highest level

  • TRYSA Coaches are willing and interested in expanding their own coaching knowledge; they have personal growth and development plans and recognize the positive impact on players and teams

  • TRYSA Coaches are active in setting goals for self and team and players

  • TRYSA Coaches don’t hesitate to examine innovations and different coaching methodologies in order to benefit player development

  • TRYSA Coaches are licensed, or actively seeking licensure, through US Soccer Federation

  • TRYSA Coaches are knowledgeable and caring about the game; they help create an environment that grows the sport of soccer and fosters a love of the game

  • TRYSA Coaches understand and practice a culture of preparation and planning for training and matches; they subscribe to the idea that thoughtful and deliberate actions are a path to positive effects

 

 


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