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ADAM
DECLERICO

Owner/Sporting Director

Adam grew up in Sarasota, FL and played club locally. He was apart of several very successful programs and played ODP during high school. He received a full athletic scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan in the toughest Division II conference at the time. His Leadership and abilities helped him to be selected as Captain during his junior and senior years. His accolades includes First Team All-Conference and All-Region. After college he chose to play in Italy for Acilia AS, then Chicago Fire U-23s. After Chicago ended, he came back to Sarasota and got into coaching, which included Assistant Coaching at Eckerd College, Director of Competitive Boys at FC Sarasota and Data and Analysis Coach with Sarasota Metropolis. He currently holds a C license, and in queue for his USSF B.

Adam’s vision of what a soccer player should be is very clearly outlined in the Next Generation Soccer Academy plan. He has worked with players over the years using unique methods that help with ball mastery, enhancing soccer IQs and leading them down the right pathway for college. His passion for the game has helped over 30 players become collegiate players. His organization, concepts and attitude will bring players forward, exposing them to Next Generation opportunities.

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JOHN
DAMICO

COO

First and foremost, John is a die-hard La Liga fan, a passion he cultivated while living in Madrid, Spain with his family 2015-2016. With two children currently playing youth soccer, John is excited to be a part of a club strategically designed to develop and empower young athletes. For 25+ years, John has founded, funded, and consulted for multiple successful businesses within the service, financial, healthcare, and gaming Industries. His experience will help ensure Next Gen successfully advances its core mission to become the best player and ‘coach centric’ elite youth soccer club in Florida.

“The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low, and we reach it.” – Michelangelo

OUR DIRECTORS

Our Directors are crucial to the long-term success of our coaches and players.
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TECHNICAL DIRECTORBILL ARBOGAST

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DIRECTOR OF COACHINGROY HILL

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Roy joins the Director team with an extensive soccer background, both playing and coaching. He began playing as a young boy, eventually entering West Ham United at the age of 13 and played 14 games with the first time. In addition, he went on to play semi-professional with Yeading FC, Hillingdon Borough FC and Chalfont St Peter FC.  He has previously held Director roles at various soccer organizations. In his coaching career, he has won many competitive league titles and multiple state title runs. in Previous roles, he oversaw large Academy age training groups, working alongside National team level coaches. He currently holds license for UEFA “B” (license taken in England), International Coaching Association License (USA) and USSF “D” License, 9v9 and 11v 11 and Grassroots. He is beloved by his wife Kim.

OUR COACHES

Our coaches have been hand-selected to help deliver the NextGen curriculum.

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ACADEMY COACHJOHN 'JT' TAYLOR

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My name is John Taylor and I have been playing soccer since I was 5. I was born in Paris, France and my European background is where my love for soccer comes from. After I moved here, I played on the IMG academy team, played for Riverview Varsity soccer, and went to pro trials in Europe. I have been coaching for three years with players ranging from 10 to 17 years old.
My wife, Anna, and I live in Sarasota, FL with our two dachshunds Loulou and Luca. I love working out and going fishing. I joined Next Generation soccer academy to further my potential with coaching and share my passion for the sport with young athletes. My goal at Next Generation Soccer Academy is to give all my athletes the opportunity to reach their full potential and play at a high level, college or pro.
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ACADEMY COACHGREG ATKIN

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Greg grew up in a soccer family and has been passionate about the sport since before he could remember. This passion led him to play all throughout his childhood. His coaching experience includes Riverview high assistant coach 1 year, Venice high coaching staff 3 years (1 state semifinal appearance) 1 year as varsity head coach, Vaysa (Venice club) coach for 4 years, won 18/19 and U17 commissioners cup statewide and U14 team presidents cup quarter-finalists.
He chose to join Next Generation Soccer Academy due to the vast resources available to give me the coaching experience needed pursue his dream of becoming a professional coach.
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ACADEMY COACHMARISA MERLINO

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Marisa Merlino, fondly know as “Coach Reese,” grew up in Northfield, New Jersey, where her love for soccer began at four years old. With no girls soccer leagues in her small town, she was forced to play on an all boys team until she was 13 when she moved to Sarasota and finally began to play with the girls for Sarasota Storm. Marisa was the only freshman to make the varsity soccer team at Riverview High School and transferred to Sarasota High during her junior year where she captained her senior year. Marisa attended Polk State College in Lakeland on a full athletic scholarship where she started her freshman year and was Captain by her sophomore year leading the team to an undefeated season.

Most recently, Marisa volunteered at Sarasota High School as the Girls Varsity Assistant Coach during the 2018-2019 season and coached the U14 girls team for FC Sarasota during the 2019-2020 season. Marisa enjoys playing co-ed softball and soccer, snowboarding with her husband in Colorado, volunteering at First Step for the mothers and infants program and being an amazing boy mom to her soccer-loving, 5-year-old son, Liam.

As a coach at Next Gen, Marisa hopes to encourage, support and empower young women, while coaching them to their fullest potential. As a soldier of its mission, she believes Next Gen is a place where elite athletes can be serious and dedicated to their craft while also being a family for the Sarasota soccer community.

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ACADEMY COACHREGGIE THOMAS

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Edy “Reggie” Thomas comes to NextGen with a fantastic passion for the sport and players. He has enjoyed professional stints in Brazil with clubs Nacional A.C and C.A Juventus. Last year he joined the USL 2 side Sarasota Metropolis FC where he was often a starter. He speaks 3 languages and is excited to take his abilities to the next level at NextGen. His Coaching experience includes Nacional A.C / Aux U-14 (2013) / U-15 (2014), Nepean City-Ottawa Canada Clinica with U-15 in Brasil, Head Coach (2015) and FC Sarasota for the last 2 years.

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ACADEMY COACHROY HILL

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Roy joins the Director team with an extensive soccer background, both playing and coaching. He began playing as a young boy, eventually entering West Ham United at the age of 13 and played 14 games with the first time. In addition, he went on to play semi-professional with Yeading FC, Hillingdon Borough FC and Chalfont St Peter FC.  He has previously held Director roles at various soccer organizations. In his coaching career, he has won many competitive league titles and multiple state title runs. in Previous roles, he oversaw large Academy age training groups, working alongside National team level coaches. He currently holds license for UEFA “B” (license taken in England), International Coaching Association License (USA) and USSF “D” License, 9v9 and 11v 11 and Grassroots. He is beloved by his wife Kim.

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ACADEMY COACHJIM BURNS

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SPORTS PERFORMANCE

The team that assists our athletes in becoming elite.

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SPORTS NUTRITIONISTBONNIE LONDON

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Bonni London began her career as a personal trainer in New York City in the early 1990’s, motivating and challenging people to achieve their health and fitness goals. During this time, she realized her passion for nutrition and acquired her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition from New York University.  She has provided nutritional services as an accredited, registered and licensed dietitian since 1999.

Bonni’s work experience includes a decade of long-term healthcare and physician concierge services before beginning her own private practice. Other professional experience includes Past President of the Manasota Dietetic Association, visiting lecturer at Parkinson’s Place, and media industry expert for ABC TV 7 Suncoast news and appearances on radio station WSLR 96.5 and Suncoast News Network.

Bonni, a working single mother of twins, demonstrates what is possible when you are determined and goal oriented. Her passion is to utilize the latest research, separating fact from fiction, to educate patients to take care of their bodies. She stays up to date by attending the latest cutting edge nutritional conferences in New York and Miami.  As an authority on lifestyle coaching, Bonni will ensure that you have all the tools to achieve your goals.

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MENTAL PERFORMANCE COACHJOSH KOZUCH

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Josh is a former college baseball player who immediately found his passion in Mental Performance for athletes. He received his Master’s from Barry University in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. His goal is to make sure NextGen athletes have a positive experience through playing sports, utilizing methods like imagery, relaxation techniques and biofeedback.

He currently lives in Sarasota and works as the Mental Performance Coach for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball organization with their High A, Double A and Triple A divisions.

OUR ADMIN

The folks that make our Academy work flawlessly.
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REGISTRARSTACEY MONROE

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Stacey Monroe has been in the soccer arena since 1991. Started as a mom just watching soccer to becoming the Registrar for Sarasota Storm Soccer and FC Sarasota. She was the Registrar there until 2009. She switched clubs and was the Registrar for Suncoast Spartans until present and is really looking forward to the future with Next Generation Soccer Academy. Stacey also began coaching at Riverview High School in 2012 as an assistant coach for JV Boys soccer. In 2016 she began as an assistant Girls Varsity Coach to the present. Stacey lives in Sarasota with her husband and Loves to play with her 4 grandchildren.
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COLLEGE RECRUITING COORDINATORPENNY PEARCE

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Penny is a native to Sarasota, having been a parent to a professional soccer player. Her son was also a full-scholarship soccer athlete, which is where Penny honed her skills for college recruiting methods.
Regarding becoming a collegiate player, she said: “It’s a lot of it was repetition of drills. Like learning and playing the skills of a piano. The more you practice the better you get. After a few years of playing the same local teams, you start to have team tryouts, go to tournaments in other counties. It’s exciting, then, you see your team, your kids, get beat by a team that has such talent.  That’s because they have coaches and staff that have vast, and sometimes personal knowledge of the Game of Soccer.  Trust me, it makes all the difference. Being a team mom back in the day, and an age group coordinator for several years,… All I can say is NextGen will be the greatest evolution of soccer there will be in the area!”

ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

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COACH ASSISTENTSAM ROBERTS

As well as being passionate about soccer coaching Sam is a very busy as soccer expert away from field.

SECOND COACHHANNA MELANSON

Hanna has been a coach at Oxygen Club since 2012. She is a former Schools Soccer Champion.

MANAGERDAVID DA COSTA

Outside of soccer David was a successful GAA Minor, winning 3 County Armagh Gaelic Championships.

CEOPETER FLAGG

Peter moved from Greece last year. He is a Sport Science graduate from the National University of Athens.

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ABOUT NEXTGEN

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Next Generation Soccer Academy or "NextGen" is an elite youth soccer club in Sarasota, FL. Our goal is to bring dynamic, highly focused training methods to the practice field and enrich the players to become better, faster, stronger and smarter. We are driven by a laser focused plan of execution which includes a well-defined curriculum.

Contact Us

NEXT GENERATION SOCCER ACADEMY

P.O. Box 18664
Sarasota, FL 34276

info@nextgensocceracademy.com

Facebook: @nextgensocceracademy


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