Travel Coaches

NJSA Coaches 2019/20 Season:

Edwin Miller (Director or Coaching)


Kurt Jacob (U12 Boys Blue)

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Mike Surace (U12 Girls Blue)

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Joe Surace (U14/U15 Boys Post HS, U13 Boys Blue)

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Nicolae Piperea DOC (U10 Boys Blue)

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Coaching Licenses
Romanian Coaching Licenses: UEFA ‘A’ Soccer License
NSCAA International Coaching Diploma
NSCAA Premier Coaching License
USSF Youth National Coaching License
USSF D National Coaching License

Coaching Experience
NJSA Travel Coach (2011-Present)
Former Head Girls Soccer Coach – Greenwich High School, 1998-2004
Former Head Boys Soccer Coach – Darien High School, 2006-2010
Connecticut Olympic Development Program coaching staff member, 2009-Present

Playing Experience
Former Professional Soccer Player – Romania & Germany

Kathleen Early (U09 Girls & U10 Girls Blue)

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Oscar Tabora (U14 Girls)

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Coaching Licenses
USSF D Coaching License
USSF E Certificate
USSF Youth National Coaching License
Technical Training State Youth Module
Skill Progression State Youth Module

Coaching Experience
NJSA Travel Coach (2007-Present)
NJSA Recreational Coach (1997-present)

Joe Surace (U14/15 Boys)

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Coaching Licenses
USSF D National Coaching License

Coaching Experience
NJSA Travel Coach (1994-2010; 2015-Present)
Varsity Assistant Coach and Junior Varsity Head Coach for Norwalk High School Boys Soccer (2002-Present)
NHS State Championship, State Finalist, two-time FCIAC Champions, five-time FCIAC Central Division Champions
Head Coach of State Cup Champion NJSA Strikers, two-time State Cup Finalist and four-time State Cup Semi-Finalist
Head Coach of Stamford FC Premier Girls, 2010-2011
Head Coach of Westport Boys Travel U19, 2013-2015
Seven “A” District Travel League Titles

Anthony Fraioli (U11 Girls)
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Coaching Licenses
CT SDE Certification #044- Physical Education, Pre-K through Grade 12
CT SDE Certification #600- Interscholastic/Intramural
CPR/First Aid Certified
USSF F license
Pursuing USSF E license

Coaching Experience
Darien assistant varsity soccer coach 2010-2014
Darien travel coach U-13 and U14 2008-2014
Darien club excel coach 2016-present
Boys soccer coach for New Haven Public Schools 2014-2017

Playing Experience
NJSA- State Cup Champion with NJSA
Norwalk High School- FCIAC Champion 2002, State Finalist 2004, FCIAC Finalist 2004
Southern Connecticut State University-Northeast-10 Conference Champion
2005 All-state first team
2006 Athlete of the year

Odie Gomes (U14/15 Boys Blue)

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Coaching License
USSF D National Coaching License

Coaching Experience

NJSA Travel Coach (2015-Present)
Bridgeport Travel Coach – U9, U10, U14, U16, U18 boys travel teams
Former Assistant Soccer Coach – Bassick High School

Playing Experience
Former College Soccer Player – Western Connecticut State University and Southern Connecticut State University

Christopher Mattera (U15 Premier)

Coaching Licenses
USSF National D License

Coaching Experience
NJSA Travel Coach (2010-Present): one state championship, one runner up finish, four state semifinal appearances
and four Southwest Division titles
NJSA Asst. Coach U17 Boys NJSA Tornados 2010-2011 (2011 CT Cup Runner Up)
NJSA Asst. Coach U11 Girls Blue Thunder 2011 (2011 CT Cup Champions)
Trinity Catholic High School Boys Varsity Assistant Coach (2008-2010)
Wilton High School JV Girls Soccer Head Coach (2014)
New Canaan High School JV Girls Soccer Head Coach (2015)
2008 CT ODP I.D. Camp Coach

Playing Experience
Notre Dame of Fairfield Varsity Soccer (2003)
Norwalk High School Varsity Soccer (2004-2006)

Rodrigo Guzman (U19 Spring)

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Playing Experience:

All Conference player at Brien McMahon HS
Former NJSA travel player
Thomas College Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame

Coaching Experience:

NJSA Travel coach (2010-Present)
Head Varsity coach of Brien McMahon Boys Soccer

Coaching Licenses:

USSF F license
USSF E license
USSF D license