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Ajax Black

Ajax Black is a 2008 age group team, Coached by Mike Franks.  Ajax Black is currently playing in the Premiership Division of the Club Champions League (CCL).

Current accomplishments: Champion 2019 Baltimore Mania tournament, Semi-Finalist 2019 Jefferson Cup tournament. 

Ajax Black has participated in the following tournaments:  President's Day Cup 2019, Lou Ramos Classic 2018, Dulles National Soccer Tournament, Virginian Elite Soccer Tournament 2018, 2017, Baltimore Mania 2018, APC Beast of the East 2017, APC Premier Cup 2017 , NVSC Battlefield Tournament 2016. 

Coach Mike Franks

Coach Mike 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); starting goalkeeper for Beadling Soccer Club - winner of 5 Pennsylvania state championships; 4 year starting goalkeeper for the PA West State Olympic Development team; and Region I Olympic Development team member.  After graduating High School, Michael played at Coastal Carolina University - NCAA Division I and Mercyhurst University - NCAA Division II; during this time he earned honors of All Conference and All Conference Academic Dean’s List. He also has experience playing semi-professionally in the Premier Development League (PDL – USA) for the Columbus Crew/ Shooting Stars. 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. He is a member of United States Soccer Federation (USSF), National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB). Michael is a strong believer of the Total Football system that aims to develop all players to be able to understand and play all field positions. He has served as a Head Coach at the Herndon Youth Soccer Club for the last 13 years.

Coaching Certifications/ Memberships:
  • KNVB Youth Coaching Certification
  • NSCAA Member
  • USSF F License 
  • Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA)

Spring 2019 Tryout Information

Herndon Ajax will hold tryouts on the six dates listed below. Players are not obligated to attend every session, but it is advantageous for them to attend as many as they can:

  • Tuesdays: April 23, April 30, May 7 at 7:00-8:30p, Hutchison Elementary School turf field, 13209 Parcher Ave, Herndon, VA 20170
  • Thursdays: April 25, May 2, May 9 at 6:30-8:00p, Bready Park at Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave, Herndon, VA 20170


Mike Franks -

Novi Cornell -

Future International Competition

Ajax will compete in the 2019 Donosti Cup, in San Sebastian, Spain.

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