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Coaches

We have recruited an elite staff of professional soccer players and coaches from across the globe. Read their descriptions below:

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Stepan Bardizbanian

Camp Director
Director of Camps and Founder

Stepan Bardizbanian is the Camp Director and Founder of the Predator Soccer Program. He is originally from Bulgaria where he earned a Bachelor Degree in kinesiology and sports management. Stepan has been coaching youth soccer since 1990.

During his successful career as a soccer coach, he has developed numerous collegiate and professional soccer players who are still performing at a high level throughout US and Europe.
Stepan is certified USSF and NSCAA “B” licensed coach.

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Velko Iotov

Coaching Director
Director of Coaching and Founder

Velko started his professional soccer career for Levski in 1988. As a member of Levski he participated in 7 UEFA Cup games and in the summer of 1993 Velko was transferred to Espanol in Barcelona, Spain.

He played 13 UEFA Cup games during his European soccer career. In the summer of 1995 Velko transferred to Argentina’s, Newell’s Old Boys, with which he played 4 years until the fall of 1999. He played 147 professional games and scored 40 goals. He ended his professional soccer career in 2004 with the Atlanta Silverbacks. Iotov also held the Silverbacks MVP for 2002 with 19 goals and 15 assists in 47 games.

Iotov competed as a member of the Bulgarian National Team in the 1994 World Cup in the United States where he received a bronze medal.

Iotov was recently named the 2016 GA Boys Soccer Coach of the year.

Velko is a certified UEFA “A” licensed coach and also possesses an Argentine professional coaching license.

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Alan Woods

Professional Coach

He started his college career at the University of Notre Dame, where he was on the All-Big East Rookie Team, and was named All-Big East and All-East Region. The team won a Big East championship during his time there. He completed his college career at Clemson University, where he was named First-Team All-ACC, First-Team All-South Region and an All-American. He also helped Clemson to an ACC championship.

After college, Woods was a first round pick(10th overall) in the 2000 Major League Soccer draft by the Colorado Rapids. He has played professionally for the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution of MLS, as well as the Charleston Battery (Rookie of the Year), Atlanta Silverbacks (Team Captain, All League and Team Player Of The Year) and Virginia Beach Mariners (Defensive Player Of The Year) of USL 1. Woods has been called into  US National Team Camp with the Olympic Team and full men’s national teams.

Woods was the assistant coach at Nichols College (MA) and spent 8 years as the head coach of the Oglethorpe University Women’s Soccer Team. He has 14 years of experience coaching at the youth level.

 

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Jon Akin

Professional Coach

After an outstanding career in college, Jon was drafted by The Charleston Battery in the first round of the A-League draft. During the 2000 off-season, Jon played with Kilkinney City of The Irish Premiere League.He began the 2002 season with The Charleston Battery before being traded to The Atlanta Silverbacks. Currently Jon is the Head Coach of the Oglethorpe Men’s Soccer Team.

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Gilbert Jean-Baptiste

Professional Coach

After a successful college career, he signed his first professional contract with the Charleston Battery where he was named Rookie of the Year. He was rewarded for his impact in the A-League and named to the All-Star Team for three consecutive years. In 2002, he signed for the Atlanta Silverbacks, where he continued with his success. In his four years as a professional, he participated in two World Cup Qualification campaigns, and fell twice to Trinidad. He has represented his country in two Gold Cups and amassed a total of 11 caps with still more to come. He was the Haitian National Team’s Captain.

Glen James

Professional Coach

Glen has been a soccer coach for the past 12 years. He spent the last two seasons as Director of Coaching Academy level (U12 ages)  10sport Maccabi. Glen holds a USSF D license as well as NSCAA level 4 license (Advanced National Diploma).

His playing experience includes: 2000- 2001 Toronto Thunderhawks (NPSL) youth Academy and 2002-2005 Northwood University (West Palm Beach).

Glen coaching experience includes the Lake Worth Sharks from 2002-2005, Dreyfoos School of the Arts 2003-2004, North Miami Maccabi (10sport) 2006-2009, 2001-2013, and the Coral Springs Renegades from 2010-2011. Glen coaches the Coral Springs Renegades 93/94 Girls to a Florida Youth Soccer Association State Cup champion in 2010.

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Ivo Ilarionov

Professional Coach

 

Renata Peixoto

Renata Peixoto

Professional Coach

Renata is a native of Brazil and is a former collegiate and semi-pro athlete.  She has extensive personal experience and education in Human Performance, Health and Masters in Business Administration as well as team building and motivational techniques.  She is an experienced athlete and qualified coach who teaches, guides and empowers each athlete to optimum athletic and personal success.