Director of Coaching – Dean Selvey
A Native of the United Kingdom, Dean joined SC Gjøa in the summer of 2011 having previously held the position of Youth Academy coach at Barnet FC in London, England. Having spent his youth as an academy player for Derby County of the English Championship, Dean started coaching in 2006 and progressed through coaching roles with club teams, semi-professional adult teams and West Ham United FC (English Premier League) before joining Barnet FC in June 2009. In addition to assisting with the set-up of the Barnet Academy, Dean expanded his coaching experience by working with academy players aged between U7 and U18.
Dean has prior experience of working in the US having spent time in NJ, MD, VA and PD but has thrived since his move to New York with additional season roles with Millburn Magic of the WPSL and within the minor-league infrastructure of US Club Soccer. Having assisted in the resurgence of the club, Dean is now concentrating on developing the players of tomorrow with the design of a cutting edge curriculum for both the Gjøa travel and academy players.
Dean is a UEFA ’B’ licenced coach and also holds additional youth coaching badges from the English FA, NSCAA and the Brazilian Soccer Federation. Alongside these association qualifications, Dean is also a qualified Coerver skills coach and an accredited Nike Sparq trainer.
A trained lawyer, Dean enjoys music & film, is a 12-handicap golfer and plays competitive 9-Ball pool.
Holly joins SC Gjøa having worked with clubs throughout New Jersey and New York in the Spring and Summer 2012. Before moving to the States from England, Holly coached with the Arsenal girls Centre of Excellence and also for Bury Rangers.
Holly has a BA (Hons) Coach Education and Sports Development and is a FA Level 2 qualified Coach and has also completed the FA Youth Award Levels 1 and 2. Holly has played for Millburn Magic, Watford, Bristol City, Team Bath and Queens Park Rangers. Highlights of Holly’s playing career include winning two Home Nations tournaments with the England Universities team, playing in the National Futsal Finals, and winning the Umbro Fives competition at Wembley with Watford.
Holly’s other claim to fame is that she appeared in the movie Bend it Like Beckham. Holly’s favourite player is Homare Sawa of the Japanese women’s soccer team.
Steve joined the coaching staff at Gjøa in 2011 and has been an integral part of the club’s development over the past 12 months. Despite his English origins, Steve has a huge amount of experience in US youth soccer having spent time coaching in CO, MD, VA, PA, NJ and NY.
Steve played soccer for Chelsea FC, Farnborough Town FC and Team Bath before gaining a BA degree in Coach Education & Sports Development. A desire to assist in the youth of today led Steve to different coaching positions at Fulham FC, Barnet FC and Cambridge Centre of Excellence. More recently, Steve has worked for the English FA in the Skills Programme, designed to provide specialist coaching to children, teachers and coaches of the ’beautiful game’. Throughout these positions, Steve has gained English, American, and Brazilian Coaching Qualifications, giving him an insight into how different countries develop their players.
Aside from coaching, Steve has worked in gyms as a Personal Trainer & Sports Masseur, as a ’Jump Rope for Heart’ Instructor, a Support Worker for Children with Special Needs, and in schools as a Learning Support Assistant. Steve’s first experience of the US was in Denver Colorado, working as a Counsellor at a Special Needs Camp. This summer still lives as the best experience of his life, and helped develop life skills that are used in his coaching today.
Steve is an avid Manchester United fan, and has a keen interest in NFL (Cowboys fan), ice hockey, beach volleyball, waveball and enjoys keeping himself fit by running. He has a large interest in movies and food (he does miss English food) and appreciates any meals cooked for him. His soccer hero is David Beckham.
Lee joins SC Gjøa with over 9 years of coaching experience and has been in the US since 2007, mainly in NJ and CT where he has worked with players of all levels from Travel Teams to High School and College players.
Lee has completed many coaching qualification including a Uefa B License and English FA Coaching Goalkeepers Level 2. As well as coaching in the US and England Lee has also coached in Africa, where is co-founded a charity in Ghana called The Ghana Football Project and continues to work in Africa to help the local soccer players.
Lee is from the North West of England and is a Manchester United fan, his favorite player of all time is Eric Cantona. Lee played soccer for his college and also for the Royal Engineers while in the British Army, playing right midfield or right defense.