Brookhaven FC Coaching Curriculum & Coaching Staff

The coaching staff follows the United States Soccer Federation Coaching Curriculum. Our programs are designed to improve all players’ technical, tactical, physical, and psychological abilities. Younger players are heavily focused on developing their technical ability. As players develop we continue to focus on technical work, while including tactical concepts for the various situations that happen within games. BFC has a professional coaching staff that is dedicated to the development of each player both on and off the field. The Club is lead by Executive Director Jon Akin and Director of Coaching Luke Collins.

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Directors

Brookhaven FC

Jon Akin

Jon Akin
Executive Director

  • U.S. Soccer “A” coaching license.
  • NSCAA “Premier” license.
  • U.S. Soccer National “Youth” license.
  • Head coach of Oglethorpe University men’s soccer team – 16 years.
  • Played 5 years professionally in U.S. A-League and Irish Premier League.
  • 2x All-American player at St. Leo University.
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Luke Collins

Luke Collins
Director of Coaching

  • U.S. Soccer “A” coaching license.
  • Coerver Youth Coaching license.
  • GA Soccer ODP head coach.
  • Previous coaching/director experience at UFA, Forsyth Fusion, and HCSA.
  • Graduate of Clayton College & State University.
  • Clayton State University Men’s Soccer team.
  • NCAA Division II Soccer Championships.

Staff Coaches

Brookhaven FC

Wezly Barnard

Wezly Barnard

Staff Coach
  • Currently pursuing United Soccer Coaches “D” License.
  • Youth coach and goal keeper specialist coach for Brookhaven FC.
  • Goalkeeping Diploma 1, 2, & 3.
  • Previous coaching experience at Smyrna Soccer Club.
  • More than 25 years playing experience.
  • Played college soccer at Young Harris College (NCAA D2).
  • Played for Luso Africa – South Africa Semi-Pro Vodacom League.
Derrick Burgess

Derrick Burgess

USSF B License
  • U.S. Soccer “B” coaching license.
  • Advance National Diploma.
  • Director of Coaching Diploma.
  • Bermuda Youth National Team.
  • Coach at Cross Keys High School.
  • CPR certified, Heads Up Concussion Training.
  • Atlanta United CEP.
Alberto Gonzalez

Alberto Gonzalez

Staff Coach

 

  • U.S. Soccer “D” coaching license.
  • U.S. Soccer National “Youth” license.
  • Coerver Youth Coaching license.
  • NSCAA Goalkeeper 2 license.
  • Coaching experience includes Crooms High School Varsity Assistant, Edgewater High School Varsity Head Coach, Maitland Soccer Club (Academy coach), Orlando City Youth Soccer (Academy Coach), Orlando City Youth Soccer (director of little lions and soccer in schools), and soccer shots in Orlando.
Cameron Grassmyer

Cameron Grassmyer

Staff Coach
  • Currently pursuing United Soccer Coaches “D” License.
  • Coaching experience includes 7 years at NPSE elite soccer camps, 2 years at Arlington FC (Jacksonville, FL) and 1 year at GSA.
  • Played 4 years of college soccer – 1 year at Clayton State University and 3 years at Jacksonville University. Also played competitive youth soccer with GA United and Jacksonville Armada NPSL.
  • Graduated from Jacksonville University with a BBA in Marketing.
Jonathan Guy

Jonathan Guy

Staff Coach
  • 19 years of soccer experience including playing, coaching, watching, and learning the game.
  • S. Soccer “D” coaching license.
  • Played college soccer for Oglethorpe University (NCAA D3).
  • Played for Georgia Revolution/NPSL as youth.
  • Previous coaching experience at Cherokee Impact.
Johnny Lara

Johnny Lara

Staff Coach
  • U.S. Soccer “D” coaching license.
  • U.S. Soccer National “Youth” license.
  • 10 years coaching experience, including Atlanta Fire United, TYSA, and Concorde Fire.
  • Played college soccer at Clayton State University.
  • Also played in Mexico in LigaMX and Primera Division.
Matthew Lipscomb

Matthew Lipscomb

Staff Coach
  • Coaching experience includes 28 seasons and more than 100 teams at all levels – recreational, academy, and select. Previous clubs include YMCA, Buckhead FC, and Concorde Fire.
  • Enjoys teaching life lessons through the game of soccer.
Reed Norton

Reed Norton

Staff Coach
  • Current Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Oglethorpe University
  • Previously Assistant Coach at Georgia Southern University (2016-2018) and Club Coach for Tormenta FC (2016-2017).
  • Currently pursuing United Soccer Coaches “D” License.
  • Played Division I Soccer at North Carolina State University (2014-2015) and Georgia Southern University (2012-2013).
  • U-17 United States National Team member.
  • Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sport Management.
  • Master’s of Science degree in Coaching.
  • Played club soccer for Concorde Fire and Augusta Arsenal.
Devon Patterson

Devon Patterson

Staff Coach
  • U.S. Soccer “D” coaching license.
  • Previous coaching experience at Thunder Soccer Association and Future Stars Soccer Academy.
  • Playing experience includes Oglethorpe University (NCAA D3), Georgia United Development Academy, and American NPSL.
Sharpe Sablon

Sharpe Sablon

Staff Coach
  • Currently Pursuing United Soccer Coaches “D” License.
  • 4-year letter winner at Mercer University (NCAA D1).
Taylor Sclara

Taylor Sclara

Staff Coach
  • U.S. Soccer “D” coaching license.
  • Previous coaching experience at Spartanburg High School and BFC U-13 Girls.
  • Played collegiately at Pfeiffer University and University of South Carolina Upstate.
  • Degree in Exercise Science.
Daren Silberman

Daren Silberman

Staff Coach
  • Currently pursuing United Soccer Coaches “D” License
  • Coaching experience includes 5 years at various levels including select.
  • Playing experience includes college club team, high school and youth club soccer.
Alejandro Vivanco

Alejandro Vivanco

Staff Coach
  • Currently pursuing United Soccer Coaches “D” License
  • Previous coaching experience includes SSA Northside.
  • Played college soccer at Georgia State University (NCAA D1) and was a member of the Georgia ODP team as a youth player.