COACHING STAFF

Roger Castle, Senior

Roger Castle, Sr.

Strikers FCMV President
Director of Coaching
Coach, BU19


Born in Southern England, Roger Snr played for some of the best English coaches of his era. As a youth player, he played under Jim Ryan, Academy Director at Manchester United who has produced many great players.

On moving to the States he started coaching and was appointed the Director of Development at the Mission Viejo Soccer Club when the club was a powerhouse. He then accepted a position Head Boys Coach at Mission Viejo High School, building the Diablos into a Nationally ranked school within five years. He took a position as a coach with Irvine Strikers and won State Cup. He started his own club SC Athletic, who entered the SCDSL and then to strengthen the clubs position Nationally he rekindled his old alliance with the Strikers FC..

Roger has a strong network of College and USSF connections to assist players moving forward beyond Club and High School soccer. He also has contacts in his Native England and regularly takes teams to Manchester to compete. He has developed youth players and assisted in placements to Indiana, UCI, UCSB, USF, Sonoma State, Vanguard University, West Point, St. Mary's, and CS Northridge.

Coaching Background:
Over 30 years coaching experience from youth to adult in the U.S.

  • President & DOC Strikers FCMV
  • Coach, BU16-19 Teams, SC Athletic
  • President SC United
  • Coach, Older Boys Teams, SC United
  • Head Coach Mission Viejo High School
  • CIF SS – D1 Advisory Board, Boys
  • State ODP staff BU16
  • Boys coach, Irvine Strikers
    • State Champions
  • Director of Development, MVSC
    • State & Regional Champions
  • USSF Nat'l boys U16 - U19 player scout

Credentials and Accomplishments:

  • National D license
  • Coerver Licensed 2005-2010
  • Club Level:
    • State Championships
    • CSLLeague, League Cup & Tournament titles
  • Mission Viejo High School:
    • League Playoffs 5 of 7 seasons
    • 3 times South Coast League Champion
    • 1 time Sea View League Champion
    • League MVP three times
    • Twice All American Western Regional team
    • Nationally Ranked #4

Personal Details:
Roger is full time DOC of Strikers FCMV having retired from the Oil and Gas industry. He resides in Mission Viejo with his wife of 35 years Cecilia, has two children Roger Jr. and Joanna, and has two granddaughters.

Roger Castle, Junior

Roger Castle, Jr.

Coach, Strikers FCMV
BU 16, 17
Director of Coaching SVSA


Roger Castle, Jr. has a strong background in playing and coaching, both in Southern California and in England. He began his career as a youth player at Mission Viejo Soccer Club. His High School experience was at RSM High School. Upon graduation, he was accepted into the PACE program at the Dover Football Club in England. While there, he earned his Levels 1 & 2 Coaching Badges.

Roger Jr. is truly a "players' coach." He forges strong relationships with his players and is always a advocate for their development and advancement. Based upon his own experiences in youth and Club soccer, he has a good understanding of the challenges facing today's youth soccer players, and can use that to good advantage when coaching.

Roger Jr. has recently accepted a position at Saddleback Valley Soccer Association as Director of Coaching. He will be managing SVSA's coaching program, as well as providing training and coaching resources on the field.

Coaching Background:
Roger Jr. has coached both boys and girls at the Club level, and boys at Mission Viejo High School.
    • Vice President, SC Athletic
    • Coach, SC Athletic Boys and Girls
    • Director of Coaching, Saddleback Valley SA
    • SC United Soccer Club, Boys Coach
    • SC United SC, Girls Development Program
    • JV & Frosh/Soph Coach, MVHS
    • Varsity Assistant Coach, MVHS
    • Coach, Coerver Coaching camps
    • Skills development sessions, Coerver Coaching

Credentials and Accomplishments:
    • Level 1 & 2 Coaching Badge, England
         – Endorsements in Sports Injuries
    • USSF "B" National License
    • Club Level, SC United:
         – Boys U14 League Championship

Personal Details:
Roger Jr. lives in Costa Mesa, CA. He still plays in a local league with some of his former club and high school friends.

Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

Academy Director, Boys Teams
Contact for BU6-12
Coach BU9, BU11, BU13


Dan Harrison recently moved to California from London, England, and brought with him some excellent coaching and playing experience. He began playing soccer in his native England. During his time at the University of Greenwich, he played 3 years of competitive soccer in which he was a member of the first team. At University, he received his BSC Honors in Sports Science, with Professonal Football Coaching emphasis.

After University, Dan coached in Arsenal Footbal Club's youth system, advanced players. In the US, he coached and directed camps for UK International for 4 years and later moved to SC United Soccer Club where he coached in the boys' program.

Coaching Background:
    • SC Athletic Academy Director, BU6-8
    • SC Athletic Coach, Boys U9 Black & Red, U11
    • SC United Soccer Club, boys coach
     • UK International Soccer Camps
         – Directing & Coaching
   • Arsenal FC youth system, England

Credentials and Accomplishments:
    • BSC Honors, Sports Science
         – Professional Football Coaching empasis
    • Junior Team Manager's Award
         – Level 1 in England
    • FA Coaching License, Level 2
    • FA Coaching License, Level 3 (UEFA B)
    • FA First Aid Level 1
    • USSF "C" Coaching License
    • US National Youth License

Jim McCarthy

Jim McCarthy

Treasurer
Coach, BU13 Red


Jim McCarthy is a seasoned coach with over 30 years experience coaching youth soccer association and club teams. As a coach, he is able to reference his own 15 years of playing experience on college and top flight amateur teams, as well as earlier experience on high school and youth soccer teams.

Playing Background:
    • '86-'87, San Jose Oaks
         – San Jose Major Division
    • '78-'85, San Francisco Scots
         – San Francisco Major & First Division
    • '76-'80 Santa Clara University
    • '72-'76 Saint Ignatius College Prep
         – All League

Coaching Background:
    • Coach, SC Athletic
    • Coach, San Clemente United Soccer Club
    • Mission Viejo AYSO
    • Almaden Valley Soccer Association
    • Peters Township (PA) S.A.
    • Fairfield (CA) Youth S.A.
    • St. Ignatius College Prep – Freshman
    • Bellarmine College Prep – Frosh & J.V.
    • Santa Clara University soccer camps
    • San Jose Earthquakes soccer camps

Credentials and Accomplishments:
    • USSF "E" License
    • AYSO Advanced & Intermediate
    • 1977 U19 McGuire Cup Nat'l Champs
         – Santa Clara University
   • BSC, Santa Clara University

Personal Details:
Jim is the Vice President - Finance and CFO for a transportation company located in Long Beach. He currently lives in Mission Viejo with his wife; they have been married for 27 years and have five children.

Leon Zavalkov

Leon Zavalkov

Coach BU 15, BU19 Red
Strikers FCMV Board Member
USSF National "D" License


Leon Zavalkov's playing experience began in Odessa, Ukraine where he played youth soccer at the Chernomorets Youth Soccer Academy. He progressed in 1985 to the Chernomorets Premiere Division reserve team, and in 1990 came to the United States where he joined the Hewlett-Lawrence Soccer Club in New York.

Leon began coaching in Orange County for the OC Kings where he was the Boys U9 Coach 2006-2007 season, and Boys U13 Coach 2007-2008 season. In December of 2008 he moved to the San Clemente United Soccer Club where he continued to coach older boys.

Leon's love of the game and of coaching is apparent in his coaching style. He brings his international playing and coaching experience to the field, he loves to scrimmage along with the boys where he can give on-the-spot training and advice. Leon is very straightforward with high expectations for his players, but earns their respect through his dedication and passion.

Coaching Background:

  • Strikers FCMV Coach
    Boys U15, BU19, 2013 - present
  • SC Athletic Coach
    Boys U14 & U19, 2011 - 2012
  • SC United Coach, BU14, BU19 2008 - 2011
  • OC Kings Coach, BU13 2007 - 2008
  • OC Kings Coach, BU9 2006 - 2007

Team Achievements:

  • Strikers FC BU17 Red - SCDSL Flight II South-East Champions (June,2013)
  • Strikers FC BU17 Red - Carlsbad Cup Champions (August, 2013)
  • Strikers FC BU17 Red - Copa Del Mar Champions (July, 2013)
  • Strikers FC BU16 Red - HB Sand Soccer Champions (June, 2013)
  • SC United BU14 - HB Sand Soccer Finalists (June, 2011)
  • SC United BU19 - CSL Silver South Champions (2010 season)
  • SC United BU13 - HB Sand Soccer Champions (June, 2010)
  • SC United BU13 - Copa Del Mar Finalists (August, 2009)
  • SC United BU12 - RSM tournament Champions (July 2009)

 

Brandy Holley

Brandy Holley

Academy Director, Girls Teams
Coach


Coming soon.

Brandon Dela Cruz

Brandon Dela Cruz

Coach



Brandon Dela Cruz is the Assistant JV Coach at MVHS and a former MVHS Student and Soccer Player. Duiring his career at MVHS he was named Offensive MVP; he scored 20 goals in his senior season and led his team to the South Coast League championship. Brandon was named First Team All-South Coast League, All-County selection, Team Captain during the 2005-2006 season, and Scholar Athlete from 2002-2006.

During his Club career, Brandon played for the Pateadores and was part of the Pateadores' first National Championship team in 2005.

After MVHS, Brandon attended Sonoma State University where he continued playing soccer. He was part of 2 conference championships (2008, 2010), participated in NCAA tournaments 2007-2010, and won the NCAA regional Championship 2007. He was Team Captain in 2010 and graduated with a BA in Communication Studies: Film Production.

Brandon followed University with time in Europe where he trained at Heracles in Germany and played soccer against Quick VC, HVV, Weslandia, Oranjuit, Ado Den Haag, and Ajax in Holland.

Alexis Ubillus

Alexis Ubillus

Director of Player Development
Coach BU14, BU16


Alexis Ubillus is a native of Lima, Peru where he began playing soccer as a youth. His professional soccer career spans 15 years. He played midfield for a number of footbal clubs in Peru including Universitario, FBC Melgar and Alianza Lima. His international career includes 11 apperances for the senior Peru National Team from 1994 - 2001. In 1995 he played Copa America with the Peruvian National Squad.

In 2007, Alexis joined Atlanta FC, a National Premier Soccer League club in the United States, which made it to the National Cup Finals in 2007.

After retirement from professional play, Alexis began his coaching career with Atlanta FC. He joined the SC Athletic Coaching Staff in spring 2011.

Credentials & Accomplishments:
    • USSF "B" License
    • National Championship, Sporting Cristal, 1996
    • National Championship, Alianza Lima, 2001
    • Peruvian National Team, 1994-2001
    • Copa America, 1995, Peruvian Squad
    • National Cup Finals, Atlanta FC, 2007

James Turner

James Turner

Skills Development Coach
Coach, Youth Academy


James Turner is the skills coach for SC Athletic. He is also currently a Midfielder/Defender on the UCI Men's Soccer Team, and a coach at Mission Viejo High School.

James grew up in Mission Viejo, CA and his playing experience includes youth, Club and High School Soccer. He has played for three local clubs and was team captain at two of those. He won the National Cup with another team, Barcelona FC.

At Mission Viejo High School, James was honored for both his athletics and academics. He received the Diablo of the Year Award 2007, Athletic Scholar MVHS 2005-2006, and Spirit of the Diablos Award for academics from 2004-2006. He was Team Captain at MVHS from 2006-2008.

Accomplishments & Coaching:
    • Skills Coach, SC Athletic
    • Frosh/Soph and JV Coach MVHS
    • 2007 South Coast League MVP at MVHS
    • 2007 Diablo of the Year Award
    • Twice All South-Coast League
    • Twice MVHS Team Captain
    • National Cup winner with Barcelona FC

Personal Details:
Jim is currenty a student at University of California, Irvine where he is majoring in History with a minor in Education.

Paul Wheatley

Paul Wheatley

Coach
BU10, BU12


Paul Wheatley's coaching background includes Club and High School experience both in England and in the United States. He holds a BSC Honors degree in Physical Education from Sheffield Hallam University where he also played at the Division 1 level for three years.<

After University, Paul played semi-professional soccer in England for several different clubs. In 2005 he relocated to California where, among other experiences, he spent 6 years Directing and Coaching for UK International soccer camps.

Paul also works for Coerver Southern California, where he provides high level technique training in camps and with small private groups.

Coaching Background:
Paul has coached at the Club level in the United States, and in schools in England and the U.S.
    • Coach, SC Athletic, Boys
    • Coach, SC United Soccer Club, Boys
    • JV Coach, MVHS, 05/06; 08/09
    • Conditioning Coach, MVHS, 05/06; 08/09
    • Varsity Assistant Coach, MVHS, 05/06; 08/09
    • Head Coach, Silverdale School, Sheffield, Eng.

Credentials and Accomplishments:
    • BSC Honors, Plysical Education
    • US and UK Coaching Licenses
    • Club Level, SC United:
         – Boys League Championship
         – Won boys Nomads College Tournament
    • Mission Viejo High School:
         – South Coast League D1 Champions
         – Nationally Ranked Teams
    • Silverdale School, Sheffield, Eng.
         – Twice winners Yorkshire Schools Comp

Gil Yeboah

Coach
BU11
 


 

Keith Townson

Coach
GU14
 


Jim Colfer

Goalie Trainer
 
 


Katie Frattone

Coach
GU12, GU16
 


Eric Sauk

Coach
GU16
 


Dairen Shelton

Coach
GU13, GU16
 


Josh Smith

Coach
BU10
 


Jason Sorrell

Coach
BU14, GU16