US Development Academy Staff

Capital Area RailHawks USSDA Academy



               U12                           U13                             U14                               U16                             U18            
North ('04)
Head Coach: Steve Covino
Assistant Coach: Dan Popik
     Head Coach: Steve Covino
Assistant Coach: John Bradford
  Head Coach: Paul Forster
Assistant Coach: Dave Costa
  Head Coach: Greg Shields
Assistant Coach: Kelly Findley
  Head Coach: John Bradford
Assistant Coach: Carlos Somoano
South ('04)
Head Coach: TBA
Assistant Coach: John Kerr
Del Sol ('04)
Head Coach: David Maddren
Assistant Coach: Ramon Gallardo







John Bradford


  Academy Director & CASL Elite Programs Director
  Played for the Furman University Men's Soccer Team (1998-2001)
  Coaching Experience: Youth Academy Director for Capital Area Soccer League
                 Boys Classic Director for Capital Area Soccer League
                 CASL Chelsea FC Academy Manager 
                 CASL YTS/Youth Director
                 Assistant Director of Coaching for Dallas Texans Soccer Club
                 Assistant Men's and Women's Soccer Coach at the University of Texas Permian Basin
                 Assistant Coach for the Carolina RailHawks
  Licenses: USSF A License, USSF National Youth License, USSF Academy Director License, NSCAA
                 Premier Diploma, NSCAA DOC Diploma



Colin Clarke

   Staff Coach
   Carolina RailHawks Head Coach

  Northern Ireland World Cup player (1986) 
  Played at Peterborough United then Southampton, Queens Park Rangers and Portsmouth. 
  Coaching Experience: Davidson Assistant Men's Soccer Coach (1992-2000)
                                    Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Classic Coach (2001-2004) 
                                    Richmond Kickers Head Coach (1998-2000)
                                    FC Dallas (formerly known as Dallas Burn) Head Coach (2003-2006)
                                    Puerto Rico Islanders Head Coach (2007-2011)
                                    Carolina RailHawks Head Coach (2011-Present)
  Fun fact: 

Dave Costa

  U14 Academy Assistant Coach
  NC State Men's Assistant Men's Coach

Played at UNC-Charlotte (2000-2003) 
Graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and History (2004) and received his Master's Degree in Liberal Studies from Charlotte in 2005.
 Coaching Experience: Charlotte Unived Futbol Club Soccer Trainer & Game Coach (2004-2006)
                                    UNC-Charlotte Volunteer Assistant Coach (2005 
                                    University of Butler Men's Assistant Coach (2006-2012)
                                    Carmel United Academy Head Coach (2008)
                                    NC State Men's Assistant Coach (2012-Present)
 Licenses: USSF A License
 Fun fact: Father of three-year old son, Nicholas

Steven Covino

 U12 North & U13 Academy Head Coach
  Click here for press release

Played at Siena College (2007-2011) 
Played at FC New York of the USL (2011)
 Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History
 Coaching Experience: University of Hartford Assistant Coach (2012)
                                    Alleycats Premier Soccer Club & Academy Staff Coach (2013-2015) 
                                    Siena College Assistant Men's Soccer Coach (2013-2016)
 Licenses: USSF B License, Advanced National Diploma
 Fun fact: 

Kelly Findley

  U16 Academy Assistant Coach
  NC State Men's Head Coach

 Played midfielder at Judson College (1986-1990)
      -Four-time MVP        -Three-time NAIA All-American        -Three-time NCCAA All-American           
 Played professional soccer for the Charlotte Eagles (1991-1996)
 Coaching Experience: Judson College Assistant Coach (1992)
                                    Charlotte Eagles Professional Team Assistant Coach (1997-1998)
                                    Miami Ohio Assistant Coach (1998)
                                    Mars Hill College Head Coach(1999-2000)
                                    UNC-Charlotte Assistant Coach(2001-2005) 
                                    Butler University Head Men's Coach (2006-2011)
                                    NC State Men's Head Coach (2011-Present) 
 Licenses: USSF A License, NSCAA Premier Diploma
 Fun fact: Father to 5: Gabriel, Elysia, Corinne, Stephen and Keane

Paul Forster

  U14 Academy Head Coach

  Received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington
  Received his Master's degree in Education Administration from State University New York at Buffalo
  Played defender at the Universtiy of North Carolina Wilmington (1994-1997)
  Coaching Experience: University of North Carolina Wilmington Assistant Men's Soccer Coach (1998)
                 State University New York at Buffalo Graduate Assistant Men's Soccer Coach (1999)
                 Head Men's Soccer and Golf Coach at NC Wesleyan College (2000)
                 Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Wake Forest University (2001-2003)
                 Director of Coaching at Twin City Youth Soccer Association (2003)
  Licenses: USSF A License, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma


Ramon Gallardo

  U12 Academy Del Sol Assistant Coach

John Kerr

   U12 South Academy Assistant Coach
   Duke Head Men's Coach           Click here for press release

Played at Duke University (1982-1986)
     -Two-time first team All-ACC and All-America choice
U.S. National Team player (1984 -1995)
Played in English Premier League (first American) with Portsmouth
Played for Washington Stars of ASL then went back to Europe and played in Englad Ireland and France. 
Played for Hamilton Steelers of the Canadian Soccer League.
Played in Major League Soccer as a member of Dallas Burn and New England Revolution (1996-1997)
 Coaching Experience: Duke Assistant Coach (1992)
                                    Boston Bulldogs Coach and player (1998-1999)
                                    F.C. Greater Boston Soccer Club Coaching Director (2002-2007)
                                    Harvard University Head Coach(2000-2008)
                                    Duke University Head Coach (2008-Present)
 Licenses: USSF A license
 Fun fact: 

David Maddren

Capital Area RailHawks U12 Academy Del Sol

Received his bachelor's degree in Human Performance and Exercise Science with a concentration in coaching from the University of Mobile
  Received his master's degree in Athletic Administration from Mississippi College
  Played as a defender for The University of Mobile Men's Soccer Team (2007-2010)
  Coaching Experience: Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Mississippi College (2011-2014)
                 Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Holmes Community College (2014-2015)
                 Mississippi Rush Staff Coach (2011-2015)
   Licenses: USSF National B License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
   Fun fact: Son of Middlesbrough FC legend Willie Maddren 

Christian Neagu

   Technical Staff Coach
   Head Men's Soccer Coach at Eckerd College

Played at Bryant & Stratton (NY) (1999-2000) and Virginia Commonwealth University (2000-2002)
Played in USL on F.C. Syracuse (YEARS), Player Development League on Richmond Kickers (YEARS) and Major Indoor Soccer League on Baltimore Blast (YEARS)
 Earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Sports Management from Virginia Commonwealth University
 Coaching Experience: Capital Area RailHawks Academy Staff Coach (2013-Present)
                                    Louisburg College Head Coach (2012-2014)
                                    Eckerd College Head Men's Soccer Coach (2014-Present
 Licenses: USSF A License, UEFA "A" prep license
 Fun fact: 

Dan Popik

  U12 Academy North Assistant Coach
  Received his undergraduate degree in Sport Management from North Carolina State University (2009)
  Received his Master's degree in Sport Management from North Carolina State University (2011)
  Played at St. John's University (1997-1999)
  Played with Milwaukee Rampage (2000-2003)
  Played with LA Galaxy (2004-2005) 
  Played with Columbus Crew (2006)
  Coaching Experience: Men's Soccer College Assistant Coach at North Carolina State University (2005-2010)
                 Men's Soccer College Assistant Coach at Furman University (2011-2012)
                 Men's Soccer Head Coach at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay (2012-2014)
  Licenses: United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A License, USSF Development Academy Scout

Greg Shields

  U16 Academy Head Coach & Assistant Academy Director
  U12-U14 CASL Boys Classic Director
  Played with the Glasgow Rangers (1993-1997) 
  Played with Dunfermline Athletic FC (1997-1999) (2004-2009)
  Played with Charlton Atheltic (EPL) (1999-2002)
  Played with Kilmarnock FC (Scottish Premier League) (2002-2004)
  Played with Carolina RailHawks (2009-2013)
  Coaching Experience: Dunfermline Athletic FC (2006-2009)
                 Triangle Futbol Club (2010-2012)
                  Carolina RailHawks (2011-present)
                 Capital Area Soccer League (2012-present)
  Licenses: UEFA A License, USSF A License, Scottish FA Childrens and Youth Level Licenses

Carlos Somoano

 U18 Academy Assistant Coach
 University of North Carolina Men's Soccer Head Coach

Played at Eckered College (1989-1992) 
 Received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eckered College and then earned a Master's of Sport Management degree in 2000.
 Coaching Experience: Eckered College Assistant Men's Coach (1992-1995)
                                    Virginia Commonwealth University Assistant Men's Coach (1996-2001)
                                    USYS Region III Staff Coach (2004, 2006 and 2007) 
                                    CASL  Chelsea Academy Head Coach (2009)
                                    UNC Men's Assistant Coach (2002-2010)
                                    UNC Men's Head Coach (2011-Present) 
 Licenses: USSF A License, NSSCA Premier Diploma, Director of Coaching Diploma
 Fun fact: