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Return to Play Time!

We will continue to post our schedules on our Twitter account each week. Please note that current conditions regarding COVID-19 protocols necessitate daily updates at this time. Our goal is to offer some type of training every day from Monday through Thursday. We will post the exact training times and locations by noon each day on our Twitter page. Follow us @fcalliancegk to see the updates. Once things become more settled and the world returns to normal, we will return to a formal monthly schedule. Until then, we will figure it out as we go and continue to offer high-level training as much as possible!

Welcome to Our Keeper Page!

We will now be posting our training schedule updates on Twitter. You do not need to have a Twitter account to view these, just click on the Twitter box on the right side of this page or use this link:

We have linked the right side of this page to the Twitter feed as well, so you can still see updates there (be sure to refresh your browser).  Also, if you use the Twitter "push notifications" feature, it will alert you when new posts are made.  

FC Alliance Goalkeeper Staff

Current FC Alliance GK Staff:

Hemant Sharma: Director of Goalkeeping
Carrie Ollom: Former Samford Univ. goalkeeper
Allison Whitworth: Former Auburn Univ. and NWSL pro keeper
Jon Taylor: Maryville College goalkeeper coach / former GK
Bogachan Akyildiz: Former Tennessee Wesleyan Univ. goalkeeper
Ben Patin: Former Union College goalkeeper
Daniel Adelman: Former ETSU goalkeeper
Luke Wheat: Former Maryville College Goalkeeper
Alyssa Whitehead: Milligan Univ. Women's Soccer Head Coach

Former FC Alliance Coaches in the College Ranks:

Marty Baker: Virginia Commonwealth University
Ben Munger: University of Texas 
Bryan Walker: Tennessee Wesleyan University

Goalkeeper Program

FC Alliance offers at least four goalkeeper sessions per week.  Our staff includes former collegiate and professional goalkeepers.  Led by former Lady Vol assistant coach and pro indoor keeper Hemant Sharma and former Samford goalkeeper Carrie Ollom, the program offers a wealth of high level experience.  We often offer guest sessions led by college coaches and current & former professional players.  U.S. National Team Goalkeeper and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Luis Robles has joined us for training before!

Topics covered at sessions include every aspect of being a successful goalkeeper: ready position, catching, breakaways, crosses, footwork, punting, goal kicks, throwing, communication and more.  Goalkeeper coaches also observe keepers in their team practices and provide feedback. 

Non-club keepers may be permitted to attend sessions for a fee, provided their club coach AND club director grant permission in writing. See our written policy on this below under Resources.

Be sure to check out for information about summer and winter goalkeeping camps in the Knoxville area!

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Contact Information

Hemant Sharma:

Carrie Ollom:

Congratulations to Marty Baker on being named assistant coach at VCU! Thanks for all you have done for our goalkeepers and good luck!

MLS Goalkeeper of the Year (NY Red Bulls) and US National Team Goalkeeper Luis Robles at FC Alliance Training

FC Alliance Keepers in the Pros!

Taylor Bailey: Oakland Roots (USL Championship)

FC Alliance Keepers in MLS Academies

Robert Eaton, 2004: FC Cincinnati 
Adam Leonard, 2006: Nashville SC
Harrison Odell, 2008: Nashville SC

FC Alliance Keepers to Play in College

Hailey Abston: UT-Chattanooga
Daniel Adelman: ETSU
Taylor Bailey: Nova Southeastern Univ.
Jordan Beets: High Point University
Anthony Bernardi: King University
Levi Burdette: Carson-Newman University.
Katelyn Cooley: Xavier University
Katie Cottrell: Carson-Newman Univ.
Liz Denton: Trevecca Nazarene University
Erin Douglas: Freed-Hardeman University
Lindsey Dunham: King University
Katie Emig: UT-Chattanooga
Bijan Gloston: Marshall University
Mackenzie Haba: University of Tennessee
Brayanah Hack: Tennessee Tech 
Rose Hull: Furman University
Maggie Jones: Berry College
Ryan Jorgensen: ETSU; Maryville College
Mayson Liner: Wofford University
Austen Meyers: Tennessee Wesleyan Univ.
Molli Miller: UT-Chattanooga
Shayne Miller: Doane University
Carter McAdoo: Maryville College
Keagan McCoy: University of Texas
Tess Mrozek: ETSU
Jasmine Rizk: Carson-Newman University
Abbey Saddler: Univ. of Arkansas; UT-Chatt.
Luke Semann: Maryville College
Sarah Slusher: Georgetown (KY) College
Dezmond Thompson: Northern Kentucky
Lindsey Todd: Austin Peay University 
Mollie Wheeler: Lee University
Jared Whittenbarger: Milligan College
Maddie Williams: Milligan College

Here is former First Team All-SEC goalkeeper Julie Eckel from the University of Tennessee. Thanks for helping out with FC Alliance keepers during your time in Knoxville!

FC Alliance Coach Allison Whitworth takes out Abby Wambach in a women's pro league game. Whit played for the Atlanta Beat and FC Gold Pride. Thanks for all of your coaching efforts in Knoxville!

Resources for Goalkeepers