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 Academy Instructors:

The SFC Academy instructors consist of talented and motivated individuals who devote their time and expertise to create learning opportunities for dedicated local soccer players. Their love and dedication to the game creates an environment in which players can develop and enhance their soccer skills while focusing on getting to the next level.


JIM TSAPRAILIS,

Academy Technical Director


Jim has completed his Ontario Soccer Association C License, all four OSA youth courses and has completed his Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma.  Additional, he currently coaches the Sarnia FC boys 2005, 2009 Academy team and the SFC 2005 Girls team.


As a player, Jim has won provincial championships while playing for Western and national silver and bronze medals at CIAU nationals.  As captain at Western, he was voted Rookie of the Year, twice named to the All-Provincial team, twice to the All-Canadian team and was one of four nominated as National CIAU player of the year in 1996.  He also has won several Premier Level Championships for the Sarnia Men’s Team and London AEK.  While playing for London City in the CSL, he got the opportunity to play against Lalo Maradona, Diego’s younger brother.  Jim’s claim to fame in soccer is that he met and had the great Diego Maradona in the stands watching one of his games when Diego was visiting his brother, not to many can say that!


As a coach, Jim preaches the importance of soccer fundamentals and developing the technical skills to allow one to advance their soccer careers.  To become an elite player he stresses the requirement to develop a great 1st touch, exhibit confidence and creativity on the ball and be able to confidently and effectively use both feet.  He believes there is no substitute for hard work, repetition and a desire to learn in a fun, encouraging environment.  

PAUL BURKE,

Academy Instructor



ADAM LAKEY,

Academy Instructor


Adam began his youth soccer career with Bluewater SC.  At age 16, Adam made his senior debut, playing four games for the Ontario Cup finalists Bluewater Blaze Men's team.  Adam finished his youth career with Forest United in London where he had the opportunity to play in the  quarterfinals of the Ontario Cup and the USA Cup (Blaine, Minnesota) and  the semifinals of the Cocoa Expo Cup and College Showcase (Cocoa Beach,  Fla.).

 

Adam offers a varied and extensive background as both a head coach and an assistant, from his fifteen years of coaching experience at the club, high school and collegiate levels.  At the youth level Adam was part of coaching staffs that won numerous league and tournament titles with both Bluewater SC and Sarnia Fury.  He also served an assistant coach with the first Sarnia Spirit team to earn promotion to OYSL (L1) and winners of the prestigious Robbie International Soccer Tournament.  At the senior level Adam helped guide the Sarnia Fury from the WOSL 3rd Division to the Premier Division as they earned promotion in three successive seasons.  Adam coached at the senior men's level for nine seasons.  The current head coach of the Northern Collegiate high school soccer program, Adam has led the Vikings boy’s teams to five senior titles, one regional title and four berths at the provincial championships.  Throughout his coaching career Adam has had the opportunity to work with dozens of players that have gone on to play at the NCAA, CIS and OCAA levels.

 

Adam holds an OSA C License and Goalkeeping Diploma and is currently coaching the Lambton College Lions men's soccer team in the OCAA.  Adam has spent fourteen years as a teacher with the Lambton-Kent District School Board.



PAULINE TSAPRAILIS,

Academy Instructor


Pauline has completed her Ontario Soccer Association Pre B level Certificate, all four OSA youth courses and has completed her Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma. She also has experience as an assistant coach for the Western Women’s Soccer Team and coached her al mater high school team to win several city titles.  Currently, Pauline coaches the Sarnia FC 2007/2008 competitive girls team as well as a Sarnia FC developmental team.


As a player, Pauline was a regularly starter for the Western’s Women’s team for 5 years in which she captained her last year. She was named MVP for her last 2 years played and won Ontario Champions in 1988.  She grew up playing competitive soccer in London with London United and Marconi and currently still plays for Sarnia City in the Women’s Division One level.


Pauline thrives on having players and especially girls reach their highest soccer potential by teaching them soccer specific skills and learning soccer tactics in a fun and caring manner.