Staff

The SoccerPlus Staff are what makes us special. All of our staff, from our brilliant directors and experienced soccer professionals to our passionate corps of aspiring young coaches, are dedicated to our #1 priority: helping our students become better players in just one week. Click on the links to learn more about who we are. Coaches, if you’re passionnate about mentoring the next generation of players, click on the links to learn more about becoming a part of our staff.

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Eric Ploch- Eric spent three years as the Director of Women’s Soccer Operations at the University of Connecticut while getting his degree in Sports Operations and Promotions. Following that, he spent 9 months working for U.S. Soccer as a Youth National Teams Coordinator. Eric handles staffing, customer service, individual and group sales, as well as securing new and existing sites for the summer and the goalkeeping side of camp. He can be reached at eric@soccerplus.org.


Alan Jones- Alan is one of the founders of Challenger Sports Corporation. His role as Senior Vice President includes the recruitment and training of over 500 coaches from Europe and Brazil, in addition to overseeing the programming and curriculum development of all camp programs including Soccer Plus. Alan was a high school Physical Education teacher in the UK and worked with the English Football Association on their Centers of Excellence. He holds coaching licenses from the Football Association of Wales, US Soccer and the United Soccer Coaches, and was the State Coaching Director for Girls for Kansas and is an inductee in the Kansas Soccer Association Hall of Fame.  He can be reached at ajones@challengersports.com.


Steve Richards- Steve is a current Director of Soccer and Collegiate Development in Georgia, ODP Region III staff coach, and on the staff at Landers University, and a US Youth Soccer staff coach. With years of additional experience coaching in the professional game and playing throughout Europe and North America, he also carries coaching licenses from UEFA, formerly the NSCAA, the English and Welsh FAs and US Soccer. The former European pro is also a head scout for Marbella FC Utd Academy, out of Spain. With one if the widest networks of college coaches and contacts in the United States, Steve handles the Fieldplayer Academy powered by Post-To-Post Soccer Pathways, and the Post-To-Post College ID experiences, as well as professional and collegiate networking opportunities for all of our campers. He can be reached at srichards@challengersports.com.


Roby Stahl- Roby is a former executive director  and DOC at numerous clubs across the country, as well as a former World Cup and Olympic Committee member. The former European pro spent time with Cork Celtic FC and in the English Premier League with West Ham United. Following his successful career, he spent time coaching professionally in Sweden, in the United States collegiate game and in MLS.  Roby holds a U.S. Soccer A License, a formerly NSCAA Premier Diploma and numerous European licenses. With one if the widest networks of college coaches and contacts in the United States, Roby will hanlde the Fieldplayer Academy powered by Post-To-Post Soccer Pathways, and the Post-To-Post College ID experiences, as well as professional and collegiate networking opportunities for all of our campers.


Derek Shoare- Derek is the Sr. VP of Sales, as well as in charge of full time employment for Challenger Sports. In addition he is in charge of sales for the SoccerPlus Baker University location. He joined the Kansas University women’s soccer coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach in the summer of 2015 after a highly successful club coaching career in the Kansas City area. He is a three-time KS Coach of the Year and has won 17 Kansas State Cup Championships with the KC Dynamos club team.


Heath Creager – A former letter winner at San Diego State University, he finished his career appearing in 75 games, scoring 15 goals and had 7 assists and was the 2001 Arizona High School Player of the Year. Following his collegiate career, he went on professionally in Belgium with Royal Racing FC Montegnee and in the American Indoor Professional league with the Anaheim Bolts and real Phoenix FC. In addition, he has donated over four years of his time to Ironwood High School in Arizona as a volunteer coach. In the off-season, he has worked in Lift Operations at Vail Resorts in Colorado.


Brad Gieske – Currently a Missouri ODP coach, Brad was a member of Truman State University’s soccer team and has a B.S. in exercise science, and an M.S. of Human Performance as an exercise, nutrition, as a psychology researcher at Lindenwood University. His most recent research relates to fluid intelligence in sports, an assessment of how players solve new challenges presented in the flow of a game. Traveling the United States with SoccerPlus, working on outreach projects and coaching in Kenya and Brazil, studying the academy structure and running sessions in Iceland, and coaching a team in Hungary, Brad has had many great experiences in the beautiful game. Brad currently holds a USSF National D License.


Nick DiCicco – Former Suffolk University varsity player and current U.S. Youth National Teams equipment manager. He also has been heavily involved in SoccerPlus’ outreach program and attended a trips to Kenya and Haiti, where the group has brought over 650 pounds of sports equipment to the countries, in addition to running various clinics and training sessions.


Dr. Jason Hamil – After winning two state championships as a high school player, Dr. Hamil played collegiately at Lander (SC) University. While at Lander, he earned his Bachelor’s in Physical Education as well as his Bachelor’s in Exercise Studies with an emphasis in Athletic Training. He earned his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Walden University and his Doctorate in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy. He served as the Assistant Coach and GKer Trainer for the College of Charleston women’s soccer team from 2004-2006 and has been the head coach for the Academic Magnet High School boys varsity team since 2004. He has won five state championships and has been named United Soccer Coaches (USC) Regional Coach of the Year twice and State Coach of the Year four times. In 2015, Dr. Hamil was named the Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the state of South Carolina. Also in 2015, he was named the #1 boys soccer coach in South Carolina by both the United Soccer Coaches (USC) and the National Federation of High Schools. He holds the USC Premier Diploma. Dr. Hamil has been with SoccerPlus since 1998 and is one of the top goalkeeper instructors and lecture based teachers on staff.


Leszek Wrona – Currently runs Leszek Wrona’s Soccer Academy and AJAX Premier in Bristol, CT. Former professional player in Europe in the top divisions of Poland and Germany. Was player/coach of both the CT Wolves and Vasco Da Garna before taking over as head coach of the Western Mass Pioneers in USL 2, where he led the Pioneers to a National Championship in 1999 and a runner-up in 2005. Also has coached high school varsity soccer for over 30 years in Connecticut. A member of the Connecticut Soccer hall of Fame, Wrona holds a USSF A License.