Juan Porras
Director of Coaching

License: USSF B

Coaching History
• Burlingame Soccer Club (10 years)
• DeAnza Force (3 years)
• NorCal Assistant Director of PDP (player development programs)
• Master courses for youth development: Fiorentina (Italy), Benfica (Portugal)

Coaching Successes
• Seven regional tournament victories with Burlingame Soccer Club (head coach)
• National Championship with De Anza Force U15 girls (assistant coach)
• Surf Cup finalist with De Anza Force U13 Girls (head coach)
• Surf Cup 2017 championship with Star U-15 boys

Playing History
• Argentina First Division — Velez, San Lorenzo, All Boys, Los Andres
• Mexico 1A

In His Own Words
"I think I fell in love with soccer the first time I touched a ball. I can't remember a time when I didn't adore the game,and it's hard to find a photo from my childhood where I'm not cradling or kicking a ball. I often see a little brother or sister on the sidelines of a sibling's game,longingly watching the action,a ball tucked under one arm. When this happens I make eye contact and point my feet,and before I know it those kids and I are passing that ball back and forth. Not a word is spoken, but the smiles on their faces say it all. The language of futbol is powerful and pure,and those interactions represent the joy the game has brought me for my entire life. Every single time I step on the field and breathe in the scent of the grass, the sensation I had when I first came into contact with a ball,that love,is renewed."



Sennay Ghebresellasie
Technical director and Coach

• Sports Management degree, The Hague University, 2009

Coaching History:
• Burlingame Soccer Club (2 years)
• SMC Star (4 years)
• East Bay United (2 years)
• Ballistic United (2 years)

Coaching Successes
• NPL champions league championship with SMC Star U18/19 boys
• Santa Clara Sporting Championship, first place with SMC Star U18/19 boys
• San Jose Showcase Championship with SMC Star U16 boys
• US Club West Far Regionals finalist with SMC Star U17 boys
• NorCal State Cup Premier Championship with SMC Star U19 boys
• NorCal league Championship with SMC Star U11 girls
• NorCal Gold State Cup championship with East Bay United U17boys, SMC Star U15 girls and SMC Star U19 boys

Playing History
Hoofdklasse (highest amateur level at the time in The Netherlands)

In His Own Words
"I first fell in love with soccer when I moved to The Netherlands from Eritrea as a small child. I remember that my mom.with the little means she had,would always buy me soccer balls to play with,and right from the beginning I loved the purity and perfection of the game. I didn't speak a word of Dutch, but I saw kids playing soccer, and that connected me to them right away. The ball brought us together. We shared the same passion, and no language or explanation was needed. All of us understood how to play the game, and it was beautiful. Soccer is exactly that:a universal game that allows anyone to play anywhere. Whether you're rich or poor,no matter what background you have, all you really need is a ball. I love that!"



Yvan Trevino
Coach, director of marketing & recruitment

 License: USSF C and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma

Coaching history
• Star Academy 05 Boys – Head Coach
• Star Academy 04 Girls Head Coach
• DeAnza Force (1 year)
• Force North (1.5 years)
• Burlingame Soccer Club (4 years)
• Manhattan Soccer Club (1.5 years)
• New York Fusion Soccer Club (1.5 years)

Playing history
• Community College Soccer league – Canada College
• University of San Francisco Club League
• Premier League San Francisco
• Peninsula Soccer League

In his own words 
"I am positive that I didn’t learn to love futbol, instead I believe I was born with the passion.  In 2009, I was able to attend Argentinian First Division Final match where Velez Sarsfield beat Huracan.  The intensity and loyalty of the fans, as well as the heart and commitment of the players reignited my love for the game.  This match is my fondest memory yet, as it was the moment where I realized the passion I was witnessing was the type of passion I wanted to transmit to my players through coaching.  Futbol taught me that nothing is granted, everything is earned and anything can be achieved.  This is the reason why futbol will always be part of my life."  



luciano estrada



paul medeiros
Coach, Director of Schools & Programs

Licenses: USSF C license

Portuguese Football Federation Coaching Certifications:
• Level 1 Scouting and Player Observation
• Tactical Periodization
• Defensive Organization and Systems

Bachelor of Science Kinesiology and Physical Education, graduated with honors (2018),
San Francisco State University
Coaching History                                                                             
• Fundação Pauleta, Portugal
• Burlingame High School
• Pacifica United SC
• San Bruno Lowens
• Star Academy 04G & 05B 
In His Own Words
"I was captivated by the culture and positive energy of football since I was 9 years old. When Portugal made it into the finals of Euro 2004, I had never felt such vibrant energy. Cars honked, people hugged and cheered in the streets, and children flocked to the alleyways to play, including me. Strangers became friends and rivals cheered alongside other rivals. The team and the sport had the power to bring people together and unite an entire country despite differences. I knew I had to be part of that culture, and strive to share that spirited feeling from the greatest sport on earth."



Jorge “Tubo” Fernandez
Goalkeeping Coach

• UEFA A and B
• SP Goalkeeping Coaching
• Fiorentina Course Level 3
• LaLiga Advanced Course

Coaching History
• Star Academy Goalkeeper Head Coach
• Albacete Balompie 3 years for 1st team and youth and head Goalkeeper
• Real Murcia 5 years for 1st team and youth
• International camps and clinics including Isreal, Japan, Qatar, Spain, Mexico, USA and Argentina
• Force North and The Anza Force head of Goalkeepers
• NorCal Premier Soccer Goalkeeper director

Playing History
• 1st division Argentinian League
• 1st division Spanish League
• U20 Argentina National Team

In His Own Words
"In Argentina, my country, we are in love with soccer.  I think the ball has accompanied me since I was a baby.  I still love the game and helping young goalkeepers be the best they can be."



Ross Klinefelter

Licenses: UEFA B License
English Football Association Level 3
English Football Association Youth License, Levels 1, 2 & 3        
Coaching History                                                                             
• West Ham United Academy (7 years)
• West Ham United Ladies (2 years)
• Chievo Verona Academy
• Crystal Palace Ladies 
Coaching Achievements
• Coached five of the current West Ham United first team squad at youth level. 
Playing History
• Played Academy level until age 15 and then moved directly into coaching. 
In His Own Words
"Football has given me everything and taken me to every continent either playing, coaching or scouting. The best part of the job is watching young people develop into quality footballers but more importantly quality people. Football teaches so many life skills such as team work, resilience, flexibility and empathy and I place just as much emphasis on this in my coaching as I do the technical and tactical sides of the game. It is the international language and I feel extremely lucky to have made a life out of it. "



Bryan Warren

Licenses: USSF D-License        
Coaching History                                                                             
• Saint Mary’s College HS (2 years)
• Mavericks SC (6 years)
• East Bay United (1 year) 
Playing History
• BAASL Over 30s
• San Francisco Premier League
• AS Aix-en-Provence (France)
• University of Arizona  
In His Own Words
"I remember when I was 5 years old, my dad woke me up early one Sunday morning with a pair of shin guards in his left hand. He shook my shoulder and said “Good Morning, I got you these and we’re going —” before he could finish I was up, had my shorts on and was waiting by the front door to leave to my first organized soccer experience. I often think back on that day, trying to recall if I had ever been as excited to go do anything since. It was a strange sort of epiphany, knowing then and there that this was going to be my calling. Next to meeting my wife, it has been the one unquestionable love I fully know to be true. Soccer has been a huge part of who I am today, and as long as it remains in my life, I will be living the dream."



Mark Lopez

Licenses: Grassroots 9v9, 11v11        
Coaching History                                                                             
• Star Academy (1 year) 
Playing History
• Community College Soccer League (Foothill College & Canada College)
• Peninsula Soccer League
• Premier League San Francisco  
In His Own Words
"Fútbol, for me, is everything. It is the most beautiful sport in the world. My fondest memory involving the sport is when I traveled to Europe and watched Real Madrid play in the Santiago Bernabeu and PSG play in the Parc des Princes. It was a dream come true and an unforgettable experience. The love and passion the fans, players and community displayed was truly remarkable. People from all over the world are connected through this amazing sport and I appreciate everything it has given to me"



james varas



sergio rivera



sebastian trevino



Enrique Rosales
Director of programs and Coach

• USSF A license
• Certification in the Fiorentina basic course
• FC Barcelona Training Methodology course
• La Liga Methodology formation course
• NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Soccer course

Coaching History
• Star Academy 05 Boys team 1 and 2- Assistant Coach
• Star Academy 04 Girls team 1 and 2- Assistant Coach
• USSDA 04 Boys-Assistant Coach
• 03 Girls NPL and Gold- Assistant Coach

Playing History
• Team Captain at Skyline College
• Club America of San Francisco

In His Own Words
"The first soccer ball I ever owned was one that had different flags of the world on it in every hexagram. Based on how hard it was and how much it peeled over time, I can safely assume it was not an expensive one, but that did not matter as it was all my parents could afford. Honestly, I wish I would have conserved it to this day. I would have liked to see how many people from those different countries I have now met-all through futbol. The joy that the game has brought to my life and now I'm able to share it with my two boys,8 and 2, is a feeling I love to see reflected on the faces of the players I've coached. Once on the field, it doesn't matter where you come from,we are there for a common purpose and we communicate through the universal language—fútbol."



Daniel Zerabruk

License: FA Level 1,2,3
• BA Hons, Youth and Social Work - University of East London
• NVQ level 3 Activity Sports Leadership - Lewisham College
• BTEC First in Sport Science - Harrow College
• 6 GCSE’s - St Thomas More Secondary School          
Coaching History                                                                             
• Head Coach, Cricklewood Wanderers FC(5 years)
• Summer Program Coach, East Bay United
• Coach, Chelsea Football Club Youth (4 year)
• Assistant Coach, Spaartan FC (1 year)
• Assistant Coach, Westway Football Development Center(2 years)
Coaching Achievements
• Seven students from the program were scouted to club football, four of which from u14 & u16 team went on to be signed with professional academies
• Coached the First Team to win the Middlesex County League First Division
• Coached the Under 21’s team to win three consecutive league title and cup double in the Islington Midweek Football League
• Reached the second round of the FA Vase
• 9 players from the Regional team I coached went onto join professional and semi-professional football clubs
Playing History
• 2011 - 2015 Cricklewood Wanderers FC
• 2008 - 2009 Hayes & Yeading FC        
• 2007 - 2008 RBC Roosendaal FC(Holland)
• 2006 - 2007 Harrow & Wealdstone FC      
• 2004 - 2006 Lewisham Academy  
• 1998-1999 Brentford School of Excellence
• 1995 - 1998 QPR Youth Academy
In His Own Words
"Liverpool vs. AC Milan 2005 in Instanbul for the Champions League final. It was the best comeback in futbol history. " (3-3, Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties).  That's football to me,  you never give up."



Carlos Salcido

• National A license (Mexico).
• Certification and post graduate studies from the University CAECE in Argentina

Coaching History
• Star Academy 03 Girls NPL and Gold Head Coach
• Star Academy 03 Boys Assistant Coach
• Professional teams in Mexico: Mazatlan-3rd division, Irapuato-1st A Division, Quertaro-1st A Division
• Gryphons Head Coach
• Alpine OLE of Portola Valley

Coaching Successes
• 1st A Division of Aquascalientes- 2000 Champion
• 1st A Division of Queretaro- 2005 Champion

Playing History
• 3rd Division - Mazatlan
• 2nd Division - Jalisco Oro
• 2nd Division - Tecoma
• 2nd Division - Pachuca
• 1st A Division- Chivas Tijuana
• 1st A Division - National
• Tijuana1st A Division - Aquascaliente
• 1st A Division - Leones de Morelos
• 1st A Division - Zacatepec

In His Own Words
" I will always remember my childhood years running after a soccer ball on Mazatlan beach where I was born and raised. Those are my favorite memories because from that moment there was no turning back. I've been 40 years in love with soccer and the fact of knowing that I can also teach this amazing sport is one of my everyday mottos. I honestly do not know how many more years I am going to be here but I want you to know that I will never leave it because soccer is a natural passion for me. Well, I guess it is not all about soccer because there are important things in my life such as FAMILY,RELIGION, VALUES, and FRIENDS. I feel very lucky because I am able to share my knowledge and experiences of soccer and I never want to stop learning. The opportunity to pass this on to a new generation is something that as a coach means the world to me because I feel that soccer is not only a sport but a lifestyle."