Academy Coaches

Alex Armas

Born: Knoxville, TN

Education: Student at the University of Tennessee

Coaching License: USSF State “E” License

Playing History: Played at various local clubs in Knoxville.

Accomplishments: He won the District championship 3 years in a row with West High School and beat Farragut for the regional championship in 2008. His team finished as Semi-Finalists at State.


Craig Shields

Born: Norris, TN

Coaching Licenses: USSF State “E” License

Coaching History: Coached U6-U12 for 6 years.

Accomplishments: Co-founded FC Norris to provide Eastern Anderson County players a technically focused program that provides player development beyond rec league.


Daniel Vieira

Born: Londrina, Brazil

Education: Savannah College of Art and Design

Coaching License: USSF State “E” License

Playing History: Played collegiate soccer at SCAD as a goalkeeper.


Darrick Lubell

Born: Oak Ridge, TN

Education: Economics and Finance Degree -  University of Tennessee

Coaching License: USSF National “C”....Youth Module 1....Youth Module 2....National Youth License

Coach History: Started coaching through Thunderplex Elite 15 years ago....merged into Smokey Mountain Soccer Club which merged into TN Elite, which merged into Knoxville Crush, which then joined FC Alliance.

Notable Wins: Vulcan Cup Top Bracket Champion (multiple times) Atlanta Cup top bracket Champion multiple times) ...D3 finalist multiple times ....D2 finalist....D1 champion


Dean Ward

Born: Birmingham, England

Education: BSC Coaching Science with Sport and Exercise Science from Manchester Metropolitan University – Cheshire. Currently, Masters in Coaching Education from Ohio University.

Coaching License: NSCAA Premier and Advanced National Diplomas in Coaching.  UEFA Levels I and II. NSCAA National, Regional and State Diplomas in GK Coaching.  

Playing History: Played in England at youth level representing Birmingham County sides.  

Accomplishments: Numerous tournament successes in South East and in California.  99B side recently won South Atlantic National Premier League.  Coached players that are now playing NCAA D1 soccer and also professionally in Europe.  


Frank Cravens

Born: Orange City FL

Education: HS/Some college/technical training

Coaching Licenses: NSCAA National Diploma

Coaching History: Been coaching for 11 years and have coached both boys and girls teams (all ages) with the highest level being a division 1 girls team.

Playing History: Played for 33 years. I played Club soccer in FL, played for FL ODP & played for the U.S U15 youth national team.

Accomplishments: 2nd place in division 2 state tournament, 1st place in several tournaments such as Nike Norcross Cup.


Isaac Gwin

Born: Knoxville, TN

Education: Senior in Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee

Coaching Licenses: USSF National "D" License

Coaching History: Coached soccer for 3 years in the Academy and Academy Select programs with FC Alliance. Coached Sacred Heart Cathedral School Boys team for a year.

Playing History: Played for local clubs in Knoxville, TN for 6 years with fellow FC Alliance coaches Alex Armas and Landon Monday. Played for Bearden High School and received All-District, All-Region, All-PrepXtra honors. 1 State Finals, 2 State Semis. Won the South Atlantic Region Conference in the USL Super-20 league and made a USL Super 20 National Tournament Appearance finishing second in the group to Chicago Fire. Played  for the University of Tennessee Men’s Club Soccer Team and achieved Regional Finalist in 2010. Playing in two Hispanic Leagues currently.

Accomplishments: Champion of U8 Jamboree, Semi-finalist U10 Jamboree, 3rd place in World Championship Futbol 3v3 Tournament U9 division.


Jeremy Ray

Coaching Licenses: USSF National "C", NSCAA National Diploma, USSF National Youth,  USSF National "D", NSCAA Youth Levels I, II, III, NSCAA Regional Diploma, NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I, Enrolled in NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, future USSF "B"

Coaching Experience: 12 years

East Tennessee Soccer Federation: ’89 Lady Falcons, ’91 Falcons, ’94 Falcons

Holtson Valley Futbol Club/Tri-City Force: ’90 Green, ’95 Green

Sullivan County Soccer Association: Staff Coach

Tennessee State ODP Staff Coach: ’90, ’91 Boys

Madison United Soccer Association: ’96 Flyers, ’99 Flyers, ’00 Flyers, ’02 Flyers, ’03 Flyers Gold

Madison Central High School Boys Head Coach

Playing History:

East Tennessee Soccer Federation: ’90-’97

4-Time State Champions (’93-’96)

Science Hill High School: ’94-’97

State Runner-up ’96, Final Four ’95

ODP Region III Team ’94-’95

Milwaukee Rampage: ’00-’02


State Cup Semi-Finalists (3 times) Div 2 TN (U11-U12 age groups)

Eurosport Cup Semi-Finalists KY (U12 age group)

Elite Division Champions or Finalists in Raleigh Shootout, Atlanta Cup, Nike Challenge Cup, Kings Academy Elite Thaw, Ohio Elite Spring Classic, CUP Elite Invitational


John Robert Giles

Born: May 25th 1971 in Manila, Philippines

Education: 2 years at Pellissippi State Community College

Coaching License: USSF State “E” License, USSF National “D” License, NSCAA Goalkeeper 1, and a National Youth License

Playing History: Played Competitive D1 Soccer up till 19.  Played Semi-Pro indoor soccer for the Chattanooga Generals

Accomplishments:  Won the Atlanta Cup in the U10 Boys second Division. Won the Cobb Classic in Atlanta in the U9 division.


Junior Santos

Born: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Education: Pursuing Associates Degree Mechanical Engineering

Coaching License: USSF “D” License

Coaching History: Blount United Soccer Club 7 years.

Playing History: Played for Escolinha do Clube Portugues da Bahiafor 4 years; played for Esporte Clube Vitoria for 6 years; Galicia Esporte Clube for 2 Years; played Professional for Vitoria da Conquista for 2 Years; Portuguesa Carioca 1 year; CaboFriense 1 year.


Kevin Keck

Born: Knoxville, TN

Education: Hiwassee College

Coaching License: USSF State “D” License, NSCAA National GK Diploma

Coaching experience: Maryville College Assistant Coach (Men’s and Women’s), Head Coach (Men’s Reserve Team), Goalkeeper Coach


Lance Moore

Born: San Diego, CA

Education: University of Tulsa  M.A., BCBA 

Coaching License: USSF “D” License

Playing History: University of Tulsa, UT Internationale (club)

Accomplishments: TSSA State Finalist DIII 2011


Paget Morris

Born: St. Johns, Antigua

Education: BA in Religion from Southern Nazarene University

Coaching License: USSF State D

Coaching Experience: 0Been coaching 3 years. Won ERSA with U9 Boys.

Playing Experience: 10 years for the Antigua national team; youngest ever member of the Antigua National Team at 15; lettered all three years at Southern Nazarene University - this team won the Christian college championship all three years that I played on the team.


Steve Feather

Education: Bucknell University

Coaching experience: Coached at both club and high school level for over 10 years. Currently the head Boys Coach at Maryville High School.

Coaching License: NSCAA Advanced National and NSCAA National Diploma

Playing Experience: Played both club and high school soccer. Honored as player of the year in county, All-State and the first ever NSCAA All-South (Regional All-American) our of Maryville High School. Played Division 1 soccer at Bucknell University.


Tim McMahan

Birthplace: Waynesville, NC

Education: BS Organizational Management, Tusculum College

Coaching License:  TN State D License

Coaching history: Coached boys and girls teams, ranging in ages from 4 years old thru high school for the past 10 years.  Currently coaching U12 and U15 boys at the FC Alliance North Academy, and both the boys and girls teams at Holston Middle School. 

Coaching accomplishments (state tournaments, major tourney wins, etc.):99 North Girls Gold State Finalist TN Division III

Playing history: KMSL locally and various other indoor leagues.


Tom Leonard

Birthplace: Greeneville, TN

Education: BS, East Tennessee State University

Coaching License: E, D and NSCAA National Diploma

Coaching history: Coaching for 12 years D1, D2, D3 boys and girls U10 - U18

Coaching accomplishments: Finalist D2 U14 Girls, 4th place D1 U17 Girls, Champions U16 Girls Nike Norcross Cup, Finalist  U18 Boys 2012 Ocoee Cup

Playing history: Played on the first Greeneville High School team


Zach McWhorter

Born: Knoxville, TN

Education: Student at the University of Tennessee, Studying World Business and Language

Coaching History: Has been coaching for 1 year in the Academy and Academy Select programs with FC Alliance. Coached high level youth indoor in Atlanta, and 3v3 outdoor.

Playing History: Played for North Atlanta Soccer Association and other clubs in Atlanta. Played for Woodstock High School. All-County first team honors, All-County player of the year, holds goal scoring and assist record for single season.


Accomplishments: Champion of 3v3 U13 North Metro tournament and U13 Champion of Wolf’s indoor soccer league.