Director of Coaching – Callum Mackay
Callum Mackay is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and joins SC Gjøa after a playing and coaching career that has so far taken him across Scotland and to America. His family moved to East Brunswick, New Jersey when he was 7 years old, where he went on to play travel soccer at the highest level, and also played for the East Brunswick High School varsity team. Upon moving back to Scotland after graduating high school, he played on the University of Glasgow soccer team and also spent time as a player/coach with semi-professional side Southside United.
He has been coaching since 2007 and has coached with Drumchapel United's academy, while also doing community coaching throughout Glasgow, Dunfermline, and Edinburgh. He is a qualified futsal coach and has worked with Brazilian Soccer Schools, coaching at their national academy in Leeds. He has spent the last year coaching in America and has worked with teams from u9 through u19 age groups, from recreational to college level players.
Callum comes in to SC Gjøa with the club in a very strong position, and he is looking forward to maintaining the already excellent standards that
have been set while helping the players reach their highest potential.
He is a UEFA license coach and also holds an SFA Children's Award, and will be attending the USSF courses in 2015. His favorite team is Hibernian FC in Scotland, and his favorite player is Zinedine Zidane.
David Atkinson - Born in Plymouth, England. David joined SC Gjøa in the summer of 2013 having gained a degree in Sports Development at University of St Mark and St John Plymouth (Marjon). In his youth David spent many nights after school with a ball at his feet and this sparked the love and passion he has for soccer today. David started coaching in 2010 and became involved in many local clubs and initiatives. Working with his University academy teams as head coach, he soon joined both community academies at professional clubs Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City during his studies, whilst also holding down a part time job. In addition to these roles, David also gained valuable experience working at Bolton Wanderers' Community Trust (then a Barclays Premier League team) as part of his degree. An experience he thoroughly enjoyed as he is an avid fan of the club. Having spent time working in both New York and New Jersey. David has finally made the move to the big city and is loving life in Brooklyn.
David is an FA Level 2 licensed coach and also holds specific youth coaching qualifications in the form of the FA Youth Modules 1 & 2 (he is looking to complete Module 3 in 2015). Alongside these FA coaching qualifications and University degree in Sports Development, David also holds his NSCAA Goalkeeping Level One (and again is looking to take his Level Two in 2015).
An avid sports fan, David also enjoys music and film. He will try his hand at most sports to varying degrees of success but tends to enjoy Badminton and going to the gym along with his huge passion for Soccer. Since coming to America and watching Friday Night Lights, he has actively tried to understand 'American football' (as it's known to the rest of the world) and believes he is a Houston Texas 'fan' despite understanding little of the rules and having never seen them play.
Anthony Brockbank - Anthony is a coach with varied experience having spent time coaching around the world. In addition to working in his home country, he has worked in the USA, Australia and Ghana, as well as studying the game in the Netherlands. Anthony holds the English FA Level 2 licences in both outfield players and goalkeepers, as well as the FA Youth Modules that focus on the specific needs of youth players. A fan of the Dutch style of soccer that the successful Barcelona and Spanish teams of the last decade were modeled on, Anthony travelled to the Ajax Amsterdam Academy to complete a training programme with them in 2013.
Anthony co-founded the Ghana Football Project in 2011 - https://www.facebook.com/ghanafootballproject - and has been to Ghana 3 times so far, working with extremely talented but underprivileged players across 3 academies in Accra, arguably the biggest city for soccer in Africa. Players he has worked with have been on trials in European countries such as Italy, Russia, Cyprus and the Netherlands, and have also represented Ghana at youth levels.
In the US, Anthony has worked mainly in New Jersey, but has also spent time coaching in Connecticut, Maryland and Rhode Island with male & female soccer players aged 5 to 18.
In Australia, Anthony was based in Sydney and worked as a freelance coach. He worked for the world famous AC Milan Academy that trained at Sydney Olympic Park, the Galaxy Football School who were international partners of Ajax Amsterdam/West Ham United FC, and the Football Flair Academy; a program run by an ex-professional Brazilian player with an emphasis on foot skills and the game of futsal. Anthony loves coaching, enjoys seeing players develop, and is excited by the challenge of working in New York City.
Ian Wilson - From the United Kingdom, Ian Wilson joined SC Gjoa in March 2014 and has 7 years of coaching experience covering a wide range of age groups and abilities. Prior to joining SC GJOA, Ian held a Futsal coaching position in the UK where he spent 4 years developing elite players in the art of i indoor soccer. Ian has also gained coaching experience at professional club Swindon Town's Elite Centre and spent 3 summers working in Greely, PA.
Ian holds a variety of soccer qualifications including FA Level 2, FA Level 1 in Goalkeeping and Level 1 Futsal. Ian also completed a Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness course at College and is a qualified fitness instructor. Ian will be expanding his knowledge of goalkeeper coaching by taking his FA Level 2 Goalkeeping course in December 2014 and also plans to complete further Futsal and elite UEFA courses in the next 18 months.
Ian’s playing history consists of playing for Forest Green Rovers at Youth level and representing Gloucester County at U18 level.
Holly Miles - 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.
Lee Kellett - 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.
Guido Niehof - A native of the Netherlands, Guido joined SC Gjoa in the Fall of 2014. Before arriving in the USA, Guido coached different clubs at various levels in Holland with several different age groups (U8 – U16). His biggest coaching achievement to date was coaching his U14B team to the final of the Holland Cup. After 4 years of coaching in his home country, Guido went in search of global coaching experience and in 2013 found himself in Cape Town, South Africa where he spent 5 months. Whilst in South Africa, Guido coached various youth teams of the professional soccer club Ajax Cape Town and for Lifezonesoccer. Lifezonesoccer uses soccer as a tool for underprivileged kids to educate them in life skills that they may otherwise have excluded from learning without soccer as an educational influence. Coaching underprivileged kids definitely made Guido change his mind about the positive influences (physically and mentally) soccer can have on kids.
Guido studied at the University of Nijmegen where he successfully graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science. Whilst attending University, Guido also spent two years of his studies qualifying as a CIOS Physical Educator (as a minor study to his overall major degree). During his studies, Guido was able to follow the KNVB coaching course (National Association course of the Netherlands). Guido is a KNVB 3 and youth coach. He is also determined to be enrolled upon a UEFA B license course soon to further his coaching education. Alongside being a qualified soccer coach, Guido is qualified as both a personal and fitness trainer respectively. He is also part owner in sport marketing and advice company SportAAN, a company set up jointly with a friend.
As a player, Guido played one division below professional in his native Netherlands. Besides soccer, his other passion is Judo in which is the former Eastern Champion of Holland. He supports local soccer club NEC Nijmegen (Holland) and Ajax Capetown (South-Africa). Other passions are running, going to the gym, music and film.
Marcus Herron - Born in the United Kingdom, Marcus has worked as a coach since the age of 15 and spent time working for Professional club Reading F.C. during his time at university. He was able to learn in an elite environment overseeing the development of young professionals whilst gaining his FA level 1 and 2 coaching awards alongside his Bachelors degree in sport and social sciences from the University of Bath.
Throughout his time at university he was able to work within both the University Football and Futsal club. He became interested in Futsal when he played for Team Bath during his first year of study. He later went on to coach for the club and assisted the Team Bath 1st team whilst also coaching the University 2nd team. This allowed him to work with elite international players from a range of countries in a semi-professional environment. During his last year of study Marcus coached the Women’s development squad and was successful in leading the team back into BUCS competitions, the governing body for higher education sport.
Marcus has had previous experience coaching in the US at a club in North Carolina. He starts at SC Gjoa this summer whilst additionally coaching teams in New Jersey.
He is a supporter of hometown team Reading F.C, and considers Johan Cruyff his sporting hero. Marcus has interests in American Football as a Packers fan, Aaron Rodgers is his favourite player.
Sam Hudson - Sam was born in Derby, UK, and had brief spells as a youth player with county and professional level teams in the form of Derby County F.C academy, before moving onto to study two sports coaching degrees at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, Wales. Sam also played college soccer for all 3 years and graduated in May 2014.
He began his coaching career in 2010, volunteering for a local grassroots Under 18's men's team. Along with this he assisted various physical education teachers at local secondary schools, working with players of all ages. Whilst at university, Sam gained his Football Association Wales level 2 and his UEFA B license and coached in the foundation phase at professional club Cardiff City F.C's Academy.
Sam arrives at SC GJOA on the back of various coaching experiences within the United States over the last three years where he has worked for the Disney Soccer Academy, based in Orlando, Florida. This involved working with current and former professional Premier League and International players and of course, Mickey Mouse!! He spent a further 2 months after his duties with Disney, working for the Midwest Soccer Academy based in Grand Blanc, Michigan. He directed and co-ran over 10 separate week long camps, travelling and working in states such as FL, MI, NH, and NY.
Away from Soccer, Sam is a keen fan of Golf and Cricket, and enjoys watching films, mostly James Bond.