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Nick Arzani - Technical Director

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.

Michelle Alioto

Alianza '07, 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 '07 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.

Eric Dougnaglo

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. 

Equipped with exceptional technical ability, Eric's skill on the field allowed for him to play at a high level in his youth and professional career.  While in America he spent time with Crystal Palace Baltimore as well as the Northern Virginia Royals. Prior to this, he played professionally in England for Leyton Pennant. Growing up in France, he played with some of the top youth programs in the nation, including A.S. Red Star and U.S. Palaiseau.

Mike Franks

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.

Omar Gonzalez

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. 

Todd Hamlin

United '99, Storm '99, Hurricanes Black '03                        A License, NSCAA "Premier" License 

Todd grew up playing Todd grew up playing soccer in the Chantilly, VA area and began coaching in 2004. He currently holds a US Soccer Federation National “A” License as well as an NSCAA "Premier" License.  He played collegiately at George Mason University. He also holds an NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma.
Todd currently leads the Herndon United/Storm '99 program as well as the Herndon Hurricanes ('02) program.  Working with these teams since 2011, he has molded them into some of the strongest programs in the area.  United and Storm compete at the Regional level and Hurricanes Black is among the strongest teams in it's age group. 
Over the years Todd has gained extensive experience working with teams of all ages and levels. He has won Division 1 of both NCSL and WAGS as a Head Coach and has guided numerous other teams up multiple divisions in their respective leagues while teaching them to play a beautiful possession style of the game. He believes strongly in the technical development of individual players while developing their tactical ideas to function effectively in a team environment.
His experience also includes Head Coach of a national finalist Super Y team, working with the Virginia Youth Soccer Association ODP program, and coaching high school soccer at WT Woodson HS in Fairfax, VA. With the ODP program, Todd has served as a Staff Coach with the Academy program which focuses on preparing players in the U10-U12 age groups for their future in ODP. In his 2 years at Woodson as the JV Head Coach and Assistant to the Varsity team, Todd saw many of his players move on from JV to Varsity and immediately contribute to the team. At the same time, his JV teams were very successful, culminating in his 2nd year at the school where he guided his squad to the best record in the Liberty District by going undefeated District games.

Dudley Hawkins

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

Hawks '99

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. 

Shota Javakhishvili

FC Ciclones White '05, Estudiantes Red '06               D License 

Shota originally from Buenos Aires , Argentina, moved to United States in 2005.
He grew up playing Div 1 Cat.89 such as Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo  (Youth) teams in Argentina from the age of 9 to 16.  In 2005 when Shota  moved to US with a scholarship, he played with Herndon High JV and Varsity team, Herndon Travel and also Reston Travel and many other travel teams around the area. After a career ending injury forcing him to give up his scholarship, he quickly turned into coaching. He currently holds a "D" National License and the "National Youth" License. He has coached youth as well as all ages until 18. In 2012 he was the Assistant Coach of Carlos Alarcon, and has worked for Soccer Bugs and Soccer Shots as the head coach of the Northern Va divisions for ages 3 to 9. Shota has an associates degree from NVCC and currently coaches multiple teams in HYS.
Shota is currently the Head Coach of Herndon FC Ciclones White '05 and Herndon Estudiantes Red '06. Shota is also part of the Arzani Soccer Academy team of professional trainers.

Matt Lee

Hooligans '01                                                        E License

Matt grew up playing soccer in Swindon, England. He currently holds an FA Level One coaching license as well as his USSF "E" License. 
He has coached the Herndon Chaos '96 and Hooligans '01.  The Chaos began in WAGS Division 5 and graduate in the Spring of 2015 in WAGS Division 1.  
He began full-time coaching in America in 2009 and spent the next few years running camps up and down the East Coast for players from age 4 to 19, becoming a Camp Director in this time.
Growing up in England, he was a professional with Swindon Town Football Club for a year. During this time he had trials with a number of other professional sides, including West Ham United and Watford. Matt settled on continuing his playing career at the semi-professional level with Cirencester Town so he could focus on continuing his education at the Hartpury College Academy.

Rich Martinez

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

Rich Martinez is a youth coach who focuses on total player development, Rich has been involved with HYS since 2000 as a house coach, commissioner and travel coach. He started his professional coaching career with HYS as a trainer with the pre-travel development program, since then coach Rich has been an assistant coach (HYS Rangers and Curve) under HYS previous Technical Director Roy Soule. He took charge of his first team with The Herndon Saints F.C '00, he is also the co-coach of the Herndon Sting '03 and Herndon Curve Black & Red '05. Coach Rich, is also part of Arzani Soccer Academy team of professional trainers.

Dan Merold

FC Elite '00                                               C License


Dan grew up playing soccer in Chantilly, Virginia. He currently holds his USSF National “C” License.
Dan served as Head Coach of Herndon Comets Black ('95) and Assisted Comets White with their progression from WAGS Division 5 to Division 1.  He currently coaches the Herndon FC Elite ('00).  FC Elite have had an instant spark since Dan began working with them, progressing from NCSL Division 6 to Division 3 in less than two years. 
He played collegiately at Sehpard University, a Division II program in Shepardstown, West Virginia after graduating from Oakton High School.  Playing for the Rams, Dan was a 4-year starter and finished his career with 11 goals and 18 assists in the midfield. Dan received a degree in Fitness and Exercise Science from Shepherd.  He played for the Chantilly Magic, a Division 1 NCSL team, during his youth career.
Outside of soccer, Dan is a certified personal trainer. He is a Performance Enhanncement Specialist (NASM PES certified) and his experience and knowledge of strength, speed, and agility training is used extensively throughout his training sessions.

Ricky Ramirez

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.”

Andy Retamal

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.

Paul Robson

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.

Mark Roe

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.

Martin Sanchez

Nacional White '03, River Plate '04                                         D License

Martin is an Argentine international soccer player and a USSF "D" and National Youth Licence coach who is currently working in the Arzani Soccer Academy of Herndon.
He has played alongside top figures such as Diego Maradona. His experience extends from his early beginning in Argentina in the late 80's on the U16 National Team and the Club Atletico Tucuman.
By the late 90s , he began playing internationally with top clubs in  Bolivia (The Strongest, Club Deportivo Municipal). 
From Bolivia he moved onto Ecuador (Club Deportivo Cuenca) and by 2010 he came to the US and played with ABSL, Arlington, VA.
He started his coaching career with the NVSC Manassas United U16 before joining Arzani Soccer.
Currently coaching Herndon Nacional White '03 boys and Herndon River Plate '04 boys.

Fede Santiago

Estudiantes White '06, Asst. Coach - River Plate Red '04                    

Federico was born and raised in Argentina.  His soccer career began at an early age when he played on various teams such as Argentinos de Del Viso, Club Atletico Platense and Malvinas Argentinas.  Federico continued his journey when his family moved to the USA and played for Potomac Falls High school and Park View High School varsity team.  His varsity was 2003-2004 District Champions.  He also played for various travel teams.  
Federico wanted to combine his passion for the sport with his desire to help today’s youth develop their soccer skills and decided to join forces with Arzani Soccer.  He is quite pleased and feels very fortunate to be a part of such a great club.  
Federico is the current head coach for the '06B Estudiantes White team and the Assistant Coach for the '04B River Plate Red team.  
Federico Currently holds a USSF F license, NSCAA National Diploma and National Youth License.

Mani Santos

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. 

Guillermo Tolaba

Argentinos Black '02, FC Ciclones '05                                   C License 

Guillermo originally from Jujuy, Argentina, moved to United States in 2004.
He grew up playing Div II and III (semi-pro) teams in Argentina from the age of 15 to 21.  In 2004 when Guillermo moved to US, he played with Salem International University, he was first team all-conference, all region, and MVP on 2006. Played for C. D.  Mixco (Guatemala) 2008.  He currently holds a "C" National License.  He has coached youth as well as collegiate teams.  In 2007 he was the Assistant Coach West Virginia University Tech, 2009-2010 Grad Assistant at Salem International University.  Currently he coaches multiple teams in HYS, Boys Varsity Head Coach at Herndon High School, and VA Boys ODP Academy.  
Guillermo is currently the Head Coach of Herndon FC Ciclones Black '05 and Herndon Argentinos Juniors Black '02.  The Herndon FC Athletics graduated Spring of 2014 with many players advancing to collegiate play.  Guillermo is also part of the Arzani Soccer Academy team of professional trainers.

Kati Williams

Alianza Red '06                                                     E License

Kati Williams is the head coach of the Herndon Alianza Red '06 team and assistant coach for the U9g Alianza Black team. Her coaching philosophy is centered on making the game fun for all players while helping them develop technical and decision making skills and reinforcing the values of hard work, integrity, leadership, teamwork and competition. 
Kati is a native of the Northern Virginia area and played competitively with Annandale Soccer (ABGC) and Lake Braddock Secondary School. She was a regional ODP player and recruited by several universities but chose to focus on academics, receiving her undergraduate degree from George Mason University and her law degree from Saint Louis University. Kati has coached with SOL Soccer and assisted with Herndon’s Premier Program and the Arzani Soccer camps. She holds the National Youth and USSF E licenses.