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.
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.
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 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.
Gavin has completed his OSA youth courses and has completed his Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma. Additional, he currently coaches the Sarnia FC 2005 boy’s team.
Gavin won the CIAU National Championship and silver medal, along with 3 Provincial titles during his playing days with the Western Mustangs. He also played one year in Australia for the University of Wollongong.
Growing up in Mississauga, Gavin played for Dixie S.C., winning the league 6 straight years along with many local and international tournaments (U.S.A and Italy). He played a few seasons for Burlington S.C. where he won the league title for another 2 seasons, along with finishing second in Ontario Cup and third in a prestigious youth tournament in Denmark. He played with the u14 provincial team and eventually played two seasons in the OSL with Mississauga United, where he played in the Dallas Cup against many pro youth academies.
Gavin still plays today in Sarnia in the over 35 league for Olympic F.C., as his love for playing the game still burns bright.
As a coach, Gavin believes that development starts with a ball at your feet, the more touches the better. Dedication towards this concept will develop a strong skill set in soccer fundamentals and an enjoyable soccer future. He promotes that a strong work ethic is extremely important in training and in competition, but the most important aspect is having fun playing the beautiful game.
Alyssa has completed her OSA youth courses and she currently coaches the Sarnia FC 2006 girls team.
Alyssa competed at the CIAU National Championships in Victoria B.C., and won the Provincial title during her playing days with the Western Mustangs.
Growing up in Bright's Grove, Alyssa played for 8 seasons with Sarnia Spirit S.C. She played many of her seasons competing in a higher age bracket, winning the league along with many tournaments. In her final season with the club, Alyssa helped lead her team to the Ontario Cup finals, finishing second.
As a coach, Alyssa believes that commitment to training is of utmost importance. She promotes that development of skill and touch on the ball is a fundamental first step in the overall soccer player.
Alyssa began coaching 15 years ago when she began her teaching career. She has coached children from 2 years up to 14 years of age. She carries a specialist in Health and Physical Education and continues to coach her students to this day.
Alyssa promotes the love for the game! It is all about having fun and enjoying the sport.