We will post updates here as we make our way back onto the field! Rule Number 1 (and this will be hard for a lot of you!), please, no spitting on gloves as we get back into training!! And bring your own ball, as well -- if you need a new soccer ball provided for you, ask Hemant.
For the week of June 8, based on ECNL "Phase I" guidelines, we will not be offering a full keeper training session. Keepers are to report to their assigned team training slots. Certainly, that's disappointing for many of us. However, there is some good news! Number one, at least we are back on the field. Number two, we WILL have keeper coaches at practice sites AND we can bring keepers over to a separate training area for individualized instruction. All services must come from the coach's feet, not hands, and you must bring your own soccer ball to that grid when you are called over. The exact timing mechanisms of this process will be explained on site at the beginning of each training time slot. Our plan is to bring keepers over for quick blocks of training, in shifts of ten to fifteen minutes each. Obviously, this is something we have never done before, but we will figure out the specifics through trial and error! Please understand that with five different practice sites and three time slots per night, we might miss some keepers on a given night. We will do our best to provide equal opportunities for keeper training over the course of this month. Once we move on to "Phase 2" of ECNL's guidelines (hopefully) in a couple weeks, our traditional keeper sessions will resume. As always, email Hemant with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Current FC Alliance GK Staff:
Hemant Sharma: Director of Goalkeeping
Carrie Ollom: Assistant Director of Goalkeeping
Allison Whitworth: Former Auburn and women's pro keeper
Jon Taylor: Tennessee Wesleyan Univ. goalkeeper coach
Jordan Beets: Former High Point University goalkeeper
Bogachan Akyildiz: Former Tennessee Wesleyan Univ. goalkeeper
Matt Carr: Carson-Newman University Assistant Coach
Ben Patin: Former Union College goalkeeper
Former FC Alliance Coaches in the College Ranks:
Marty Baker: Virginia Commonwealth University
Ben Munger: Samford University
Bryan Walker: Tennessee Wesleyan University
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 topbarkeepers.com for information about summer and winter goalkeeping camps in the Knoxville area!
Hemant Sharma: email@example.com
Carrie Ollom: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Hailey Abston, UT-Chattanooga
Daniel Adelman: ETSU
Taylor Bailey: Nova Southeastern Univ.
Jordan Beets: High Point 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
Brayanah Hack: Tennessee Tech
Rose Hull: Furman University
Maggie Jones: Berry College
Ryan Jorgensen: ETSU; Maryville College
Mayson Liner: Wofford University
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: University of Arkansas; UTC
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
Mackenzie Haba: UT-Chattanooga
Maddie Williams: Milligan College
Austen Meyers: Tennessee Wesleyan
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!