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The Chiefs Way: Coaching Development

The Chiefs Way:  Coaching Development

Chiefs FC prides itself on being a premier youth club for coach development and for providing coaching consistency and continuity throughout the program to manage player development and the overall experience of Chiefs  players.  In order to make the Chiefs Way a reality on every team for every player, regardless of ability or level of team, the Chiefs FC embarked on a major coaching development initiative three years ago under the leadership of the McNab coaching trio.

Summary - Chiefs Way Coaching Development

Coaching education series
Professional coaches attend mandatory sessions, where the coaching directors and outside leaders from a variety of sports fields show best practices and help educate Chiefs FC staff. There are a minimum of six sessions per year that coaches attend.

Club curriculum and lesson planning
Academy staff follow a set curriculum throughout each season, and submit lesson plans before every practice session to one of the Coaching Directors. This ensures that the principles of the Chiefs Way and that age appropriate player development is being delivered to every Academy player.  Coaches have the freedom to be expressive in their delivery of the curriculum, as we all learn new ideas and techniques to share among the coaching staff.  

Game reporting

Chiefs FC coaches are required to provide a written report by email on each Academy and Select game to the coaching directors. This helps track team and individual development and ensures proper lesson planning for future practices.

Coaching feedback
Written feedback, in the form of twice a year performance reviews and outside evaluation reports, provides coaches valuable feedback from experienced coaches and “another pair of eyes” on ways to continue to improve.   

Coaching mentorship program
Senior coaches are paired with younger coaches to reinforce the Chiefs Way principles and curriculum, while providing another avenue for coaches to receive feedback.   

Staff coach retreat
New in 2016, Chiefs FC staff members are encouraged to attend educational trips set up by the club. The staff coach retreat serves as an opportunity to observe and work alongside some of the world leaders in soccer, while also having a chance for team building.

Monthly coaching newsletter/social media articles

With the use of regular newsletters and social media coaches are constantly kept up to date on new trends, articles and items that can further enable them to promote The Chiefs Way.

Bottom Line

The Chiefs Way Coach Development program  is a major investment by our club - one we believe is among our most important as it directly impacts the development of well-rounded youth soccer players.  Providing a well-defined set of player development standards, expecting a high level of professionalism by all coaches for every team, and providing meaningful feedback and support to every coach are the ingredients to being in the position to develop players at all levels of play to best of their ability AND to have fun with soccer in the process. 

We whole heartedly believe Chiefs FC is a great place to play and coach soccer, and we work hard together every day to bring that mission to reality.

Go Chiefs!

Professional Coaching Staff

  Name: Neil McNab Jr.
Executive Director

Playing Experience: 8 Years professional player, Portsmouth FC, Utah Blitzz, Long Island Rough Riders, Syracuse Salty Dogs, Wilmington Hammerheads

Coaching Experience: Chiefs FC Founding member, various youth programs throughout the U.S.

License Level: USSF A, UEFA C, NSCAA DOC Diploma, USSF Grassroots Instructors License
Name: Matt Holmes
Managing Director/Director of Coaching

Playing Experience:
Professional Birmingham City FC, Kettering Town FC, and Belper Town FC, youth regional, national Nottinghamshire FA and English Schools Football Associations, British Universities/Colleges of Sport, Methodist University

Coaching Experience: 
NCAA Assistant MU, UAH, UAB Residential Camps, AL & GA ODP, DOC Huntsville FC, Randolph & Woodward Academy four state champs, five state runner-ups, nine region champs, eight time state coach of year, one National Federation of State High School Associations Coach of Year Award (NFHS), Atlanta Silverbacks Elite Youth US Club regionals, Academy Director Atlanta Spurs FC, GSA 99 ECNL 20th in the ECNL National Rankings, ECNL southeast conference runner-up, ECNL National Champs Event FL, qualified ECNL National Champs three consecutive years, USL W-League Atlanta Silverbacks, GA ODP 05 Girls Head Coach 

License Level:
U.S National B License, U.S National Youth License, NSCAA Advanced Diploma, UEFA B
  Name: Andrew Crittenton
Staff Coach

Playing Experience: Coastal Carolina (2 years), Southern Polytechnic (1 year)

Coaching Experience: Dunwoody UMC Academy Program (2 years), Assistant JV Coach Dunwoody High and Peachtree Middle (2 Years), Chiefs FC (3 years)

License Level:
Name: Lucas Moreno
Staff Coach

Playing Experience:

Coaching Experience:
TYSA (3 Years) Davis Academy, Chiefs FC (6 Years), St Pius HS (2011 ESPN High School Soccer National Champions, 2011 Georgia High School Boys Soccer State Champion, 2013 Georgia High School Boys Soccer State Champion) 2011 Georgia Soccer Boys Select Coach of the year, Elite Athlete Performance Atlanta Soccer Trainer, Current Pace Boys Varsity Head Coach.

License Level:
Name: Amadu Ndaiye
Position: Staff Coach

Playing Experience:
4 years Furman University

Coaching Experience: 5 years Chiefs FC, 5 years Chiefs FC Summer Camp staff

License Level: USSF D

Name: Matt Cross
Position: Staff Coach, Girls Academy Coordinator

Playing Experience: Cobb FC, Campbell HS

Coaching Experience
: 1 year at Cherokee Soccer, 3 years at Georgia FC

License Level
: USSF D, Coerver Youth Diploma, NSCAA National Youth Diploma, NSCAA GK Level 1 & 2 Diploma


Name: Michael Spivey
Position: Staff Coach

Playing Experience:
University of West Florida, ADASL Wings
Coaching Experience:
Wesleyan Collage, Georgia Gwinnett College, UGA Soccer Camps, Macon Soccer Club

License Level:
NSCAA Advanced National


Name: Riley Sumpter

Position: Staff Coach, Boys Academy Coordinator


Playing Experience: Clemson University (2008-2011), Georgia Revolution 2012-2013 (NPSL), Silverbacks Reserves 2014-2015 (NPSL)


Coaching Experience: Chiefs FC (6 years) Chiefs FC after school programs


License Level: USSF C, USC Advanced National Diploma


Name: Ivey Feldman
Position: Staff Coach

Playing Experience:
Club, High School, College Club Soccer

Coaching Experience:
Athens YMCA (3 years),  Chiefs FC Internship program, Chief FC (3 Years)

License Level:
USSF D License

  Name: Colin Wilson
Position: Staff Coach

Playing Experience:
 Club, Georgia ODP, Super-Y
Coaching Experience:
Georgia Revolution Women in the WPSL for 3 years, RYSA for 5 years, and assistant Coach with Georgia Gwinnett College women's team & Super Y.

License Level:
U.S National B Coaching license, U.S National Youth Coaching license, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA Level 2 GK Diploma


Name: Steve Reid
Position: Staff Coach, Director of Recreation

Playing Experience:
Club, High School, College Club Soccer

Coaching Experience:
TYSA 16 Years, Tucker High School Girls Varsity 1 Year, Chiefs FC 4 Years

License Level:


Name: Tiffany Rodriguez

Position: Staff Coach

Playing experience:
Club, St. Pius X Varsity Soccer, Georgia Gwinnett Women’s college soccer  

Coaching experience:
Chiefs Internship Program, After School Program (2 years), St.Pius X Middle School Girls Coach

Name: Callum Mordey ‬
Position: Staff Coach 

Playing experience: 4 years Georgia Gwinnett college. Former youth player Sunderland, Hartlepool Academy and u16 England Schools National Team. 

Coaching experience: 1 year Chiefs FC, 2 year Chiefs summer camp staff. Emory camp coach. Archer after-school program coach. U9 youth coach in England. 

License level: FA level 1. USSF G, 7v7 grassroots. 

  Name: William Larios
Position: Staff Coach 

Playing Experience: 
1 year Trinity Baptist college 

Coaching Experience: 4 years Providence Christian Academy Varsity Assistant Coach, 4 years Providence Christian Academy Summer camps, 2 years FCA summer camps

License Level: 
USSF  D licences 
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