Union Staff

TECHNICAL STAFF

Tommy Wilson, Philadelphia Union Academy Director:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • UEFA Pro License Diploma
  • UEFA Advanced License Diploma
  • UEFA Basic License Diploma
  • Scottish FA Youth Director’s Award
  • Scottish FA Advanced Youth License
  • Scottish FA Advanced Children’s License

Coaching Experience:

  • 2006–2013, Academy Technical Director and Reserve Team Manager for Rangers FC (Scotland)
  • From 2004 to 2006, Head of Coaching and Education for the Scottish Football Association (SFA)
  • Scottish National Team Coach from 2004 to 2007 and as the Head of SFA's Youth Development from 2000 to 2004
  • Led the U19 National Team to the European Championship Finals in Poland, 2006 (lost to Spain 2–1 in the final)
  • Led the U20 National Team to the FIFA World Cup Finals in Canada, 2007
  • Developed and implemented the much acclaimed Scottish FA UEFA Pro License Diploma

Jeff Cook, Philadelphia Union Academy U18 Head Coach:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • UEFA Pro License
  • UEFA Advanced Coaching Diploma – SFA “A” License
  • US Soccer Federation “A” License
  • National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Coaching Experience:

  • Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Dartmouth College (2001–2013)
  • Head Men’s Soccer Coach, University of Cincinnati (1996–2001)
  • Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, Dartmouth College (1994–1996)
  • Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Wheaton College (MA) (1991–1994)
  • Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, University of Massachusetts (1990–1991)

Chris Brewer, Philadelphia Union Academy U16 Head Coach:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • USSF A License
  • National Youth License
  • FIFA Futuro III

Coaching Experience:

  • US Soccer U18 BNT Assistant Coach  (2012–Present)
  • US Soccer U14 BNT Assistant Coach (2010–2011)
  • US Soccer Technical Advisor (2009–2013)

Darren Back, Philadelphia Union Academy U15 Head Coach:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • USSF B License
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

Coaching Experience:

  • Houston Dynamo Academy, U15 Head Coach  (2015–2016)
  • Houston Dynamo Academy, U16 Head Coach  (2014–2015)
  • Houston Dynamo, Youth Programs Manager  (2014–2016)
  • RAGE Soccer Club, Technical Director  (2012–2013)
  • Northwestern State University (NCAA D1), Asst. Coach, Women's Soccer  (2010–2012)
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University (NCAA D2), Asst. Coach, Men's Soccer  (2008–2010)

Gary Lewis, Philadelphia Union Academy U14 Head Coach:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • UEFA A License
  • USSF A License
  • FA Academy Managers License
  • FA Psychology for Soccer Level 3
  • FA Youth Module 3

Coaching Experience:

  • National Director of Coaching, FCUSA (2014–2015)
  • Head of Youth Development, Liverpool FC (2008–2014)
  • Lead Academy Coach, Everton FC (2005–2008)
  • Lead Academy Coach, Derby County FC (2001-2005)

Kevin Coleman, U13 Head Coach

Coaching Qualifications:

  • USSF National "A" License
  • NSCAA Advanced Regional Coaching License

Coaching Experience:

  • FC Delco Academy (2008–2013)
  • Villanova University (2010–2011)
  • LaSalle University (2007–2010)

Phil Karn, U12 Head Coach:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • USSF National “A” License
  • USSF National Youth License

Coaching Experience:

  • YSC Staff Coach (2006–2015)
  • Philadelphia Union U16 Academy Head Coach (2011)
  • Philadelphia University Assistant Soccer Coach (2004–2006)
  • Abington High School Assistant (1999–2003)

Iain Munro, Head of Coaching Development:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • UEFA Pro License
  • Scottish FA “A” License

Coaching Experience:

  • Ayr United F.C. Assistant Manager / Team Coach, Scottish First Division (1997–2001)
  • Manager / Team Coach, Raith Rovers F.C., Scottish Premier League (1996–1997)
  • Manager / Team Coach, Hamilton Academical F.C., Scottish First Division (1992–1996)
  • Manager / Team Coach, Dundee F.C., Scottish First Division (1991–1992)
  • Assistant Manager / Manager / Team Coach, Dunfermline A.F.C., Scottish First Division / Scottish Premier (1987–1991)

Jay Cooney, Head Union / YSC Youth Goalkeeping Coach / Director of Video Technology:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • USSF National ‘C’ License

Coaching Experience:

  • Assistant Coach, Stanford University (2003–2014)
  • Director of Goalkeeping USSF IMT - Northern California (2011-2014)
  • Director of Goalkeeping MVLA (2010-2014)
  • Assistant Coach, WPS (FC Gold Pride) (2009–2010)
  • Assistant Coach, WUSA (San Jose CyberRays) (2001–2003)
  • Assistant Coach, William & Mary (2000-2001)
  • Assistant Coach, Providence College (1999-2000)
  • Head Coach, Wellesley (1995–1999)

Adrian Heredia, Union / YSC Youth Goalkeeping Coach / Video Technology:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • SAFA Introductory Coaching License

Coaching Experience:

  • First Assistant and Goalkeeper Coach, Eastern University (2014–2016)
  • Goalkeeper Coach and U13 Academy Head Coach, Michael Mount Waldorf - South Africa (2012-2014)
  • Goalkeeper and JV Coach, T3 Soccer Coaching Camps (2007–2011)

Professional Playing Experience:

  • First Team Goalkeeper, Supersport United Soccer Club, Premier Soccer League (PSL) Pretoria, South Africa (2013–2014)
  • First Team Goalkeeper, FC AK, South Africa (2013–2013)
  • First Team Goalkeeper, Club Social Xelaju Mariocamposeco, Guatemala (2012–2013)

Pete Pososki, Director of Talent ID:

Coaching Qualifications:

  • USSF National A License
  • NSCAA Member

Coaching Experience:

  • Asst. Men's Soccer Coach; Recruiter, University of Pennsylvania (2005–2011; 2012-2016)
  • Asst. Women's Soccer Coach; Recruiter, Virginia Tech (2011-2012)
  • Staff Soccer Coach; Eastern PA Olympic Development Program (2006-2010)
  • Asst. Women's Soccer Coach; Recruiter, Northern Illinois University (2004-2005)
  • Asst. Women's Soccer Coach, Eastern Michigan University (2002-2004)
  • Staff Soccer Coach; Evaluator, Michigan Olympic Development Program (2002-2004)
  • Staff Soccer Coach, Eastern Michigan University, Summer Camps (2000-2010)

SPORT SCIENCE & PERFORMANCE STAFF:

 

Dr. Cristina Fink, Director Sport Psychology:

Cristina Fink, PhD, is a highly experienced sport psychologist with over 18 years of experience in teaching, counseling and sport administration. Counseling clients include Olympic Medalists and World Champions as well as professional and national soccer teams. Cristina competed in two Olympic Games (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992) and held the Mexican High Jump Record with a 6’4 jump for 22 years. She has a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Family and Consumer Resources from the University of Arizona, Tucson. She has a Masters Degree and PhD obtained in Sport Psychology from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Fink is the author of a number of published papers and books, and a keynote speaker in many national and international conferences. She is the Director of Sport Psychology for YSC / Union Youth Development and is responsible for helping implement its core values and behavioral learning into its soccer education curriculum. Cristina also supports the Philadelphia Union working directly with first team athletes as directed by Philadelphia Union Technical Staff. She is the first non-European to be invited into INFP (International Network of Football Psychologists) where her peer group includes sport psychologists from top professional European clubs (including Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, etc.).

 

Bill Knowles, ATC, CSCS — Director of Recondition and Athletic Development:

Bill Knowles is world-renown in the field of Sports Reconditioning and Athletic Development. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with 24 years of experience at the Professional, Olympic, and Elite Junior levels of sport. He specializes in developing Planned Performance Reconditioning strategies for elite athletes following injury.  These same concepts are also designed for athletes and teams to improve performance and reduce the incidence of injury.

Bill has lectured and trained staff around the world on his concepts of managing Joint Compromised Athletes in their quest for a return to competition following injury. He has been invited to work with staff and athletes at such Clubs as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, The FA, and England Rugby to name a few. His work has brought him high profile athletes such as Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, Peyton Manning, Frank Lampard, Michael Owen, Mario Ballotelli, and swimming legend Dara Torres.

Garrison Draper, M.Sc., CSCS - Performance Director: 

Garrison is an up an coming sport scientist with experience throughout Major League Soccer (MLS). Before coming to Philadelphia, Garrison worked with the Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders. Garrison has implemented an athlete monitoring system which follows players through physical testing, GPS and Accelerometry, heart rate monitoring, and non-contact injuries. This data is used to better understand player response to training an player growth and development. Garrison supports Philadelphia Union Academy, YSC Academy and Philadelphia Union First Team players and staff.

John Cothran, M.S., CSCS - Sport Scientist: 

John has worked with NCAA Division 1 soccer players, including the University of Kentucky Men's Soccer Team. His focus is on physical preparation and performance and recovery trends based on GPS, heart rate variability, and subjective wellness data, which is implemented into training and recovery modalities. John's background as a strength and conditioning coach further enhances his approach as a sport scientist. He supports YSC Academy and Philadelphia Union Academy players and staff.

 

Finn Gundersen, Director of Sport Education: 

Finn Gundersen is the former Director of Sport Education at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), and co-founder of Burke Mountain Academy, the first ever “sports high-school,” which was developed for the sport of alpine ski racing in 1970. Burke Mountain Academy is the conceptual genesis and sister school for YSC Academy, a soccer specific high-school for grades 8–12. Gundersen has over 40 years of youth development and coaching experience, including coaching at the Olympic and Alpine FIS World Cup levels. He has worked with athletes from youth grassroots to the elite Olympic level. Finn travels the world attending and presenting at leading youth development and sports science conferences seeking to keep YSC and Philadelphia Union on the cutting edge of youth development “best practice” methodologies.

Dave Peck,  Athletic Development Coach:

Dave holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he lettered three years playing football. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a USA Weightlifting Level I Sports Performance Coach. Dave works with the Philadelphia Union First Team, Bethlehem Steel FC, Philadelphia Union Academy, YSC Academy and world-class and professional athletes from around the globe.

Eric Gorman,  Athletic Development Coach:

Eric has a Masters Degree in Exercise, Science & Wellness, and a BS in Sports Management.  He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  Eric implements the day-to-day Athletic Development programs for all six Philadelphia Union Academy teams and is instrumental in daily training for all YSC Academy athletes.  With a background playing collegiate soccer, Eric works closely with the Academy Technical Coaching Staff and the Union First Team Performance Director to keep our "one system" approach toward performance and prevention across all ages.  Eric also assists with the Union First Team and Bethlehem Steel FC throughout the year.  

Matt Siniscalchi,  Athletic Development Coach:

Matt holds a Bachelors Degree in Health & Exercise Science from Rowan University and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  Matt works closely with Bill Knowles, implementing Reconditioning and Performance programs or professional and world-class athletes.  He is also fully committed to the Philadelphia Union Academy's six teams, and the YSC Academy.  Matt is also involved with the Union First Team and Bethlehem Steel FC throughout the year.  With a strong multi-sport background, Matt guides our athletes toward becoming better "soccer-playing-athletes".  This is achieved through the development of a robust foundation that tolerates the physical journey of our athletes.

OPERATIONS STAFF:

Maura Ryan, Head of Academy Operations:

Maura joined the Philadelphia Union Academy Staff in 2015 as the Head of Academy Operations.  Maura is a graduate of Penn State University, where she played on the Varsity Women's Soccer Team for four years.  Maura has been active in the NSCAA locally and coaches various local girls soccer teams, she also played professional Soccer in Iceland for one year.