Dany O’Rourke, Director of Player Development
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Dany’s early playing career included local club teams Dundrum AFC and St. Joseph Boys FC. He has coaching badges with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and also holds NSCAA Diplomas. Arriving in the US in 2010, Dany attended and graduated from Keystone College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Recreation Management in 2014. At Keystone he was a four-year captain and starting goalkeeper, receiving awards for CSAC Honorable Mention, Team Defensive MVP and the N. Scott Thurston Award. After graduation he continued his playing career with the Pocono Snow and Electric City Shock of the National Premier Soccer League.
Pursuing a passion in coaching, Dany then worked as a graduate assistant with the soccer programs at Frostburg State University where he received a Master of Education in Physical Education and Business. O’Rourke’s team was a CAC Conference Champion, making a NCAA tournament appearance in his first year as a college coach. Currently he is the assistant soccer coach at East Stroudsburg University.
Dany’s coaching experience ranges from U6 through college and semi-pro. Locally he has coached several club teams, conducted training at camps and clinics and previously worked here at Riverfront assisting with soccer and goalkeeper training. His hope is to create not only an understanding of the game but also a love and passion for it. Development and progress through positive reinforcement is the foundation for Dany’s coaching principles.
Carey Newman, Director of Micro Soccer Academy – Adult Leagues Coordinator
Carey Newman is the Director of Micro Soccer Academy. He grew up in the Baltimore area and then moved here to attend Baptist Bible College. Carey played soccer at Baptist Bible College for two years under Coach Jacobs while enrolled in the Counseling Program. After college he took a job as a Therapeutic Staff Support at the Youth Advocate Program. He has had a love of soccer his entire life and enjoys the opportunity to teach it to children.
Tom Nichols, General Manager
Tom has gained great benefits from his soccer, basketball, and baseball seasons at a suburban Philadelphia high school to his four seasons of basketball at Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Tom’s college education provided him with opportunities to invest in young people through directing summer youth and sport camps and working with youth in recreational environments. He continued his education at East Stroudsburg University earning a master’s degree in health and physical education with a sport management concentration highlighted by a marketing internship at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre. Tom holds a strong belief that sports and recreation can enrich the lives of their participants and looks forward to using his experience and education to this end.