NLSTA Training Staff
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Brian Thomsen is NLSTA's Director of Operations.
Brian’s love for soccer started early in his life; It all started when his grandfather came to the United States via Scotland in 1963. Coming from a long line of soccer players within his family dynamic, Brian, along with his brother and sister, jumped on board and got involved in the world’s sport rather quickly.
After an exciting youth career, Brian attended Monsignor Donovan High School in Toms River, New Jersey where he was named Ocean County Player of the Year, and garnered with All-County, All-Conference, and All-State awards during his senior year. Brian finished his high school career with 56 goals and 25 assists. He also played with Player Development Academy (PDA), NJ State ODP, and Region 1 ODP during these years and competed in the top leagues and tournaments in the country. After high school, Brian attended Northeastern University of the Colonial Athletic Conference. While there, he played a role in helping the team get into two straight conference final appearances. Brian then attended the Richard Stockton College of NJ (now Stockton University) where he helped lead the Ospreys to a NCAA tournament appearance in 2010. He then captained the 2011 Ospreys, and was in the top 5 in points during both years on the team.
Brian started training teams with his uncle and father in the New Jersey shore region while in high school. He began to realize his desire to “teach” soccer when his high-level playing days were finally over. Brian would like to help transfer all the soccer information he learned during his soccer career and connect with today’s youth soccer players. He specializes in technique, reading the game, passing, and tactical awareness.
In addition to his work as NLSA's Technical Director, Brian is an Assistant Coach at the College of New Jersey, a trainer with the New Jersey Olympic Development Program, and the Director of Operations for Next Level Soccer Training Academy.
Brian's Professional Licenses include a USSF "F" License, USSF "E" License, USSF "D" License, La Liga Training Methodologies Level 3, and the NSCAA Futsal Diploma.
Jose was born in Costa Rica where he learned to play the beautiful game and became passionate with it. He later moved to the US and played for state, regional and national pool USA teams.
Jose played for 2 years at Mercer County Community College and 2 years at NJCU, where he broke the school record for most goals in one season.
Jose also played for Princeton Union under Bob Bradley (former US National Team and current Swansea City coach). He also played in the US U18 National Tournament Final.
Jose has been coaching youth soccer for more than a decade.
Scott is the younger brother of NLSTA Director of Operations and NLSA technical director, Brian Thomsen. His youth soccer career includes time spent with PDA and the Red Bulls u18 Development Academy teams, where he played with current Red Bull First team players Sean Davis, Dan Metzger, and Brandon Allen. During his youth career Scott was involved with the US Youth National team program from the u14-u18 age groups.
Scott attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey, and had a successful high school career. He was a two time All-State player and helped his team win a state championship and number 1 ranking in the state his senior season in 2011, scoring the winning goal in overtime.
He continued his soccer career at the University of Virginia in the ACC. After leading the team in minutes and assists his freshman season, Scott helped lead the team to an ACC Tournament final and NCAA College Cup Final Four appearance his sophomore year, and was able to win an NCAA National Championship in 2014, winning the final in penalty kicks.
After graduating from UVA, Scott was fortunate enough to sign an MLS homegrown contract with New York Red Bulls. After being released, he continued his professional career with the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League, America's second division, where he helped lead the team to the playoffs. In 2017, he signed with Orlando City B of the USL and continues to play professionally today.
Scott brings a wealth of high level soccer experience that he cannot wait to share with the next generation of players. He currently holds his USSF "F" Coaching license, and is working on continuing his coaching education through the professional offseasons.
Jake Nesteruk was born and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and found his love for soccer watching his older sister play at FC Delco and the University of Rhode Island. He would attend CB East, a state powerhouse under coach Mike Gorni.
Jake would then go on to attend The College of New Jersey under Coach George Nazario, where he was a three-year starter and would conclude his senior year as a team captain. Jake will graduate in May of 2017, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.
Jake is also a senior-staff member at the private training academy, Total Soccer. It is here where he first began coaching and training, and fell in love with the game all over again. Jake is also the Assistant Varsity Coach for the girls program at Hatboro Horsham High School.
Jake holds a USSF ‘E’ license and his biggest passions are getting players to think differently and pushing players to make developments they did not think were possible. Jake’s an avid supporter of wherever Jose Mourinho goes, and his favorite player of all-time is Demitar Berbatov.
Tina holds her US Youth Soccer National C license, and has over 35 years’ experience in soccer with 25 years as a coach and trainer. She was a four year starter and two year captain at Muhlenberg College, earning all-conference awards all four years, the player’s player award for two years, and the scholar athlete award her Senior year.
Tina worked as a referee for over 5 years. She also worked as a professional trainer through EPYSA for 6 years. Tina coached at numerous private and college team and youth training camps and sessions. Tina also started her own youth soccer camp at her former elementary school in Pennsylvania. She was a graduate-assistant coach for the Women’s soccer team at Arcadia University. Over the past ten years, Tina has coached numerous teams for the YMCA and Hopewell Valley SoccerAssociation.
In 2007, Tina earned her Masters in English and Education. She spends many volunteer hours working in the schools. Tina feels fortunate to be able to combine her love for soccer and her love for teaching, and hopes to be inspire youth soccer players to develop a lifetime love of the game. She specializes in the technical aspects of the game.
Whitney Lewis has held her US Youth Soccer F License since the age of fifteen and has since obtained her E License. Whitney is the trainer and coach for our Fury team. She was a four year starter and three year captain for Ewing High School. She played youth soccer locally with the Hopewell Wildfire and the Lawrence Union. Whitney is a graduate of TCNJ where she majored in Communications and was a member of the women's Club soccer team. She has coached with Phenoms Soccer for the past eight years and has worked as an assistant trainer under fellow. In addition, she has trained teams for the Hopewell Valley Soccer Association and the Ewing United Soccer Association. Currently, Whitney is the manager of the Retro Fitness in Lawrenceville, where she has worked the past several years.
Sara Keane comes to NLSA after a highly successful playing career, and will be serving as our Head Goalkeeper trainer. Sara attended Bishop Eustace Prep High School from 2005-2009 and played varsity soccer all four years. During those four years the team won four Conference Championships, one South Jersey Coach’s Cup Championship, and two Parochial B State Titles.
After high school, Sara played collegiately for West Virginia University from 2009-2013. At WVU, the team won two Big East Conference Championships and two Big 12 Conference Championships. In all five seasons the team reached the NCAA tournament, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2010. Following her tremendously successful college career at WVU, Sara played professionally in the National Women’s Soccer League for FC Kansas City, winning the 2014 NWSL Championship.
NLSA welcomes Matt to its staff as an Assistant Coach. His passion for soccer started when he was very young, joining in on his older brother's practices for Warminster Soccer Club. Eventually, he started his playing career when he was seven, for local club Vereinigung Erzgebirge, located in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Matt was part of several highly successful club teams during his youth, including training under goalkeeper coach Elvir Prasovic.
In college, Matthew initially played Division 1 soccer at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Matt started both of his first two years at FDU, before transferring to Bloomfield College. Matt is a business administration major, and plans on furthering his development as a coach at NLSA, having previously been mentored by NLSA's technical director, Brian Thomsen, at Total Soccer. Matt will also assist with Goalkeeper training.
Collin has returned to his roots, having played as member of one of NLSA's most successful teams, the NLSA Warriors, under NLSA senior trainer Everard Lewis. As a member of the Warriors team, Collin and his teammates won the New Jersey Youth Soccer State Cup, the Region 1 Championship, and were finalists in the President's Cup National Championship match. Collin is currently continuing his soccer career as a member of the Arcadia University Men's Soccer team, under coach Rob Nydick.