Technical Director Nick Arzani has led the development of Herndon Youth Soccer since 2009, overseeing both the travel and rec programs within the club. Arzani dedicates staff and resources to both pillars of the club, understanding each as an integral partner in growing a strong club identity of player-centric development.
Arzani directs all camps, training clinics and programs, all instituted with his curriculum emphasizing ball mastery. Upon taking the helm, he established U5, U6 and U7 programs centered around the individual player development with maximum opportunities presented in the format of small-sided games. He also created the U7/U8 Premier Program to bridge the levels of rec and travel, preparing this age group of players for the commitment of skill development crucial to succeed in travel. The implementation of these and other programs have proven successful in advancing skill development, dedication and enthusiasm for the young players emerging in the travel league.
Arzani has brought in a high-quality professional staff to help facilitate trainings, clinics, camps and programs. In addition to the programs offered to travel players, he and his staff also provide the rec program with opportunities of professional team trainings, skill clinics and coaching education for volunteer parent coaches.
Having grown up in Argentina and playing with the famed Boca Juniors club, Arzani has cultivated relationships with many professional coaches and players. He has given Herndon players the chance to meet and train with world-class professional soccer players and coaches through his relationship with the Argentina National Team. He currently acts as a technical liaison with the Argentina National Team in the U.S.
Arzani made his footprint in Northern Virginia when he founded his company, Arzani Soccer, in 2005. He led his respective teams to successful seasons and guide individual players to advance their careers to college soccer. Through Arzani Soccer, he has traveled internationally to share his training methodology and knowledge. In 2013, he led coaching education and trainings for several clubs in China. He has also led extensive trainings in Europe, South America and the Caribbean, while also working in the U.S. for the L.A. Galaxy on behalf of its youth academy.
Nick currently coaches the Herndon Estudiantes Black ’06 and the Herndon Nacionals Black ’03, in addition, he is a State ODP Coach.
Alianza '06, Deportivo '04 C License
17 Years Experience - College, ODP, High School, Youth. A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Michelle Alioto currently holds a USSF National “C” license with 17 years experience coaching soccer at every level from U4 to college. She is the head coach of the '04 Girls Herndon Deportivo and '06 Alianza travel program, leads the HYS U5 Microkicks program, and assists in coaching for the HYS U8 Premiere Training program. She has been Director of Operations for SOL Soccer since 2011.
Prior to coming to the D.C. Metropolitan area, Alioto was the head coach for the NCAA Division III women’s soccer program at MSOE in Milwaukee. In her second year at the helm, she rebuilt the program into a competitive league contender that placed five players to the All-Conference team. While coaching college, she also led trainings for the Wisconsin Olympic Development Program (ODP). Alioto also coached girls’ and boys' travel soccer in the Milwaukee area, as well as girls’ soccer for Rufus King High School. For almost 10 years, she coached at several summer camps around Wisconsin for organizations such as the Milwaukee Wave of the MISL and the British American Soccer Program.
After a standout high school soccer career that included being named Conference Player of the Year and named to the Wisconsin State All-Star team, Alioto played NCAA Division I locally at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As a defender/defensive midfielder, she helped the program win its first conference championship and earn its first NCAA Tournament bid in school history. Her dedication and leadership earned her the captaincy and the Laura Moynihan Award.
Now with three children of her own, Alioto has experienced soccer as a player, coach, and parent and therefore takes special interest in nurturing passion for the game in players of all ages.
Thunder White, Lightning Black C License
Eric grew up playing soccer in France. His skills led him to play among the top youth programs in France as well as professionally in England and the U.S. He's served extensively within Herndon Youth Soccer, Crossfire ('01). Eric's work also included assisting with Herndon Firecats ('94) throughout the course of their illustrious career and he was pivotal in the early years of developing players teams that ascended to the heights of elite youth soccer. He currently serves as an assistant with the Herndon United & Storm ('99) programs.
Red Devils '97 (graduated), Pegasus '98, Zephyr '99, Ajax Black '08
Michael brings over 25 years of soccer experience to the Herndon Youth Soccer coaching staff. During his playing years he was regarded as the top recruited goalkeeper in Western Pennsylvania for national colleges and universities. During this time he was a 4 year starting goalkeeper at McDowell High School (Top 3 AAAA school in the state of Pennsylvania), number 1 goalkeeper for Beadling Soccer Club and winner of 5 Pennsylvania state championships, 4 year starting goalkeeper for the PA West state Olympic Development team, Region I Olympic Development team member. After graduating High School, Michael played 1 year NCAA Division I college soccer; 4 years NCAA Division II college soccer where he earned honors of All Conference and All Conference Academic Dean’s List; and played semi-professionally in the Premier Development League (PDL – USA). Since then, Michael has played competitively in the Washington Premier League (WPL) and Lumar Hunt US Open Cup for the Conquistador/ Cavaliers of Washington DC, member of United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Michael is a strong believer of the Total Football system and has worked to integrate this style of play and methodology into Herndon Soccer Club where he has called home for the last 9 years.
Zorro's Black, Zorro's Red D License
Omar Gonzalez originally from Los Angeles California. Moved to Herndon in late 1999. His team helped him propose to his wife in 2014, as they are big part of his life. Omar started playing for Herndon in 2000. He played for Parkview High School from 2004-2008. Won district and regional championships with PV. Played a season at UDC and got ECC defensive player of the week one week. Started coaching in Herndon in 2008 with Herndon Hawks assistant Ricardo Silva. 2012 Started coaching with Dudley Hawkins assisting with the Rovers Goalkeepers. 2013 he coached Rovers South for one season. In 2014, he took over the Herndon Gunners at u-12 div 6 and continued working with the Rovers program. Gunners are continuing to develop and increase in their division ranks, in addition, the team was a finalist for the Presidents Cup. Omar continues to support Herndon Rovers, Parkview Highschool JV and keepers.
United '99, Storm '99, Hurricanes Black '03 A License, NSCAA "Premier" License
Rovers N, E, W '98 C License
Dudley Hawkins is currently the head coach of the Rovers Program which is comprised of 4 U-17 boys teams. Rover East recently finished in 1st place in Region 1 and has been ranked as high as #9 in the country. She has a US Soccer Federation National “ C” License. She was a 3 year captain at Maryville College where she also received All-Conference, All-South, and All-American Awards. She was very active in ODP playing for Tennessee from U-12 through U-23 and was invited to National Team try-outs twice.
In addition to her highly successful boys program she has coached and trained several high level women’s teams. Dudley takes pride in the number of student-athletes she has trained that have gone on to play DI, DII, DIII and NAIA collegiate soccer. She dedicates herself to ensuring that players she trains become life-long lovers of the beautiful game.
Marcelo Iarussi, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, playing from 1983 to 1989 in Boca Juniors, youth divisions, from 1991 to 1992 in Corporacion Deportiva Tulua (Colombia) and in 1993 moved to Club Atletico Guadalajara (Colombia). Marcelo holds the (VYSA) National Youth License and the (NSCCA) National Diploma. He is currently training WAGS and NCSL teams. Recently Marcelo took the Sterling F. C. Elite Fusion '01 to win the VA State President Cup 2013. He has a great passion for the sport, and his experience as a professional player is what he tries to transmit in each of his training sessions.
FC Ciclones White '05, Estudiantes Red '06 D License
Hooligans '01 E License
Saints '00, Sting '03, Curve '05 C License
Coach Rich, born in Colombia has played soccer during his entire life at different levels including an organizing Chaos F.C: Loudoun Adult Soccer over 30 division 2 2013 to Present, Herndon Attack: NOVA-CL Over 30 & over 35 (divisions 1 & 2) 2003 to 2013, Herndon Attack: Indoor played in under 30, under 35 (divisions 1-2) 2003 to 2012, Millos FC/Tequendama Travel: Metropolitan Soccer League of Los Angeles California in First Division “A’ League one of the top amateur/semi-pro leagues in the Southern California Region from 1990 to 1994, including taking part on the Taca Cup 1991,1992,1993
FC Elite '00 C License
Hurricanes Red '02 C License
Ricky grew up playing highly competitive soccer in Northern Virginia with various top level teams including Alexandria. Ricky currently holds his USSF “C” License and a NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Diploma. He also has NSCAA Diplomas in Attacking Principles of Play, Defending Principles of Play, and Small Sided Games, and was the lead instructor for the MSI Coaching course.
Ricky began coaching in 2010 and joined Total Futbol in 2012. He is currently the head coach of Herndon Thunder Red 02 and FPYC United 01 as well as the assistant coach for Herndon Thunder Black 02 and Herndon Hurricanes Black 03. Under Ricky’s direction his teams have won numerous club tournament championships.
Ricky graduated in 2010 from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He is now working as the Director of Marketing for Total Futbol to promote the various programs and further expand the developmental opportunities for the players.
Ricky’s Coaching Philosophy:
“I strongly believe that winning is not the primary goal, but rather the outcome of our hard work, determination, preparation, and our tactical and technical execution. I stress the importance of the aforementioned qualities to my players so that they may carry over not only in soccer and team sports, but into other aspects of their daily lives as well. I believe in not only developing strong athletes, but strong people who will be pillars in their communities and an example for others.”
Argentinos Red '02, Nacionals Red '03 C License
Andhy Retamal has over 8 years of experience teaching the game of soccer. Retamal has worked with several clubs in the Northern Virginia area teaching youth players of all ages and skill levels. Coach Retamal currently holds USSF C and National Youth Coaching license. Coach Retamal currently coaches in National Capital Soccer league, Old Dominion Soccer league and Washington Area Girls Soccer League. Born in Santiago, Chile where he played at Universidad de Chile youth academy prior to moving with his family to Northern Virginia. Retamal holds a BS in Information Technology- Information security from George Mason University.
Pegasus '98, Zephyr '99, Rising U9 ('08) C License
Paul is originally from England but has lived in the United States for most of his life. He played travel soccer in NCSL for BRYC when he was young and for Woodson High School. Paul got his coaching start as an assistant coach for his sister's high-level WAGS team.
For the next eight years, Paul coached and trained a variety of high division WAGS teams from U8 – U17 and worked for a couple of years with the Woodson High School girls team. Since 2006, Paul has coached and trained the Herndon Zephyr (Formerly known as Calypso) as well as the Herndon Pegasus and the Herndon Phoenix. Many of the girls on his teams have been with Paul since they went to travel soccer. Paul holds NFICA and ASEP certifications as well as a national C license.
Sting '03, Curve Black & Red '05 D License
Mark has been coaching at Herndon for over 18 years, graduating the Herndon Sting '93 and Herndon Curve' 95 both division 1 WAGS teams. Now in continuing that legacy he is currently coaching the Sting '03 and Curve Black & Red '05. Mark has enjoyed soccer since a young age playing through High School and local club associations throughout his early career. He continues his love of soccer playing in adult leagues as available. Mark holds his D license.
Nacional White '03, River Plate '04 D License
Estudiantes White '06, Asst. Coach - River Plate Red '04
Argentinos Red '02, FC Ciclones '05 B License
MANI SANTOS is originally from Brazil and has decades of experience playing and coaching all over the world. Mani has played professionally for 5 different clubs around the world including many First Division teams in Brazil. In the US he has coached both boys and girls at all levels from college to very young for MSI, Bethesda, DC Stoddert and others. He has a Masters from Rice University in Material Sciences Engineering. Mani is also a coach for the Maryland ODP program (Olympic Development). He holds a national B license.
Argentinos Black '02, FC Ciclones '05 C License
Alianza Red '06 E License