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Rudy Meredith, the winningest coach in Yale history with a 138-82-14 mark. He is a three-time Northeast Region Coach of the Year and has guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA College Cup in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Meredith has coached 20 players to first team All-Ivy honors during his tenure. In May of 2007, Meredith served as an assistant coach for the United States Under-20 Women's National Team that played three matches against top English clubs in Manchester, England. Prior to being named head coach at Yale shortly before the start of the 1995 season, Meredith served three years as an assistant coach under Felice Duffy. Meredith, who has the United States Federation license, also has considerable experience coaching youth teams, including working with the Kenyan National Team for six months. He has guided six Connecticut state champions, two regional champions and two national champions, the under-16 Weston Wild Things in 1998 and the under-19 Yankee United Nova in 1997. Meredith is currently on the Region I Olympic Development coaching staff. As a player, Meredith was a member of the 1990 Southern Connecticut State University Division II national champion men's soccer team. He was an All-American at Montgomery Junior College and a high school all-state player in Maryland. He was inducted into the Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. In recent years, Meredith has continued his playing career in Stockholm, Sweden. While serving as an assistant coach at Yale, Meredith was a physical education teacher at Vincent Muro Elementary School in New Haven.

 

Brian Matzke is a co-owner of CFC and currently the Director of the West girls program based out of Newtown, CT.  Brian has worked with various age groups over the past 20 years winning five Connecticut State Cup titles and the 2010 U.S. Club Soccer National Championship.  Brian also spent five years in the Connecticut Olympic Development Program.   Brian is currently coaching the West U13 girls that play in the CJSA Elite League, pre-ECNL and NPL regional leagues.  He is also in his 5th year as Assistant Coach at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  

 

 

 

Cristiano Pereira

Playing Experience:
Flamengo FC, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coaching Experience:
Rye Country Day School, Boys' Varsity, Head Coach 2006-present
Yankee United FC, Head Coach 2010-2015
Beachside Soccer Club, Head Coach 2003-2010
Quinnipiac University, Mens' Assistant Coach 2004
Connecticut Olympic Development Program, Head Coach 2003-2005,2007-2008
Soccer Extreme, Director of Coaching and Head Coach 1997-2003
Bethel High School, Girls' Assistant Coach 1997-1998

 

‚ÄčNelson Mingachos

Immaculate High School Class of 89

SWC Championships
(2004,2005,2012)

CIAC Class S State Championships
(2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012 )

CIAC Class L State Championship
2014

CIAC Class S Semi Finalist
(2002,2007)

CIAC Class L Semi Finalist
(2013)

Danbury News Times Coach of the Year
(2004,2005,2006,2008,2009)

South West Conference Coach of the year
(2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)

Connecticut High School Coaches Association Coach of the year 2012
The Connecticut Girls Soccer Association Coach of the Year 2008
NCSAA New England Coach of the year 2009
NCSAA National Finalist Coach of the year 2009
CT Sports Writer Alliance Coach of the Year 2009
Coach's for Premier U17 CFC Extreme Soccer team.

 

 

The all-time winningest head coach in Fairfield women’s soccer history, Jim O’ Brien completed his tenth season at the reigns of the Stags. During his campaign, the Stags have won two MAAC Championship and have played in the Championship game four times. O’Brien has coached the league’s Defensive Player of the Year four times including three-straight from 2011-13. Fairfield has been a fixture in the classroom during O’Brien’s ten seasons, with his squad earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award seven times during those seasons.  In total, 48 Stags have been named to the conference’s All-Academic team with one student-athlete being selected to the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-American team. The 2008 squad set a program record with 15 victories and was one of two O’Brien coached squads to finish in the top-75 in the nation in RPI rankings. Fairfield developed one of the best home stretches in program history during the 2013-15 seasons, recording a 20-game unbeaten streak on Lessing Field, which was one game shy of ranking in the top-25 in NCAA history. During his career O’Brien has won 210 games on the collegiate level, including starting the women’s soccer program at his alma mater, Southern Connecticut State University.

 

Olgert Dalipi 

Playing Experience:
Former Albanian National Team Player 
Played  for Skenderbeu Superliga Korce Albania.
Played on Balkan Championship in Macedonia  and Euro Championship  in Italy.
Played in Italy and Greece.
Coaching Experience:
Central Connecticut  State University  Division 1 Men's  Team Assistant  Coach 2013 to present. 
CFC West/Gunners Head Coach and Director of Coaching 2007 to present.
CFC Valley Director of Coaching. 
CFC Azul PDL Men's  Team Coach 2011 - 2014. (Team this year made it on U.S Open Cup)
Former Newtown and Joel Barlow High School Coach.
Head Coach/ Director of  Coaching in Fairfield  County 2001 to 2007 .

 
 

Magnus Nilerud

U of Bridgeport Women’s Soccer Coach, 1999-Present
Coaching Record at UB 208-96-19

Conference Coach of the Year 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011
NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year 2011
NCAA Tournament 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Conference Tournament Champions 2009, 2013Conference Champions 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

Director of Coaching Trumbull United Soccer Club

Co-Owner of CT Summer Select

 

 

 

   

Coach Bri Casey

CFC Sound Coach Bri Casey was named as an Assistant Coach with the women’s soccer team at Southern Connecticut State University. She is a CFC alumni and holds her National D coaching license. While playing at Central Connecticut she helped her team win a Northeast Conference Tournament Championship and made an appearance in the NCAA tournament. She played her final season of eligibility at Southern Connecticut State University where the team earned a 3rd place finish in the conference and an NE-10 Conference tournament appearance. Bri currently coaches the Sound 2002 Girls Team.

 

 

 

 

Coach Jim Ferro

Director of NWSL U-23 College Summer League

Coaching for 15+ years

Former Asst. varsity coach of Shelton HS (2010 state champs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justine Lombardi

Quinnipiac University Women’s Asst. Soccer Coach

NCSA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

CFC Coach since 2008

Quinnipiac University captain

Former CFC player from 1999-2008

NSCAA E License

 

 

Coach Jamie Shure

No. 1 Soccer Camps Director

Soccer Shots Director

CFC Arena Manager

E License

 

 

 

Coach Mark Morazes

Director of NWSL U-23 College Summer League

CT Coaching License

CIAC High School Coaching License

Played at Sacred Heart

 

 

 

Coach Christine Huber

General Manager at the CFC Arena 

CFC Sound Director 

No.1 Soccer Camps Regional Director 

University of New Haven Hall of Fame 

No.1 Soccer Camps Regional Director 

D License 

CAO License

 

Coach Rick Koczak

Choate Rosemary Hall Head Coach

US National team player U-16 – U-23

Inducted into the CJSA Hall of Fame

NCAA National Player of the Year

NCAA All American

 

 

Coach Sebastian Wojdaszka 

Head Coach Bunell HS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Ashley Kaufman
Coach Ashley Kaufman
 
Ashley Kaufman is just completing her first season as a member of the Yale University Women's Soccer coaching staff.

Ashley joined the Yale staff after spending one season at Washington & Lee University where she helped the Generals to a 15-4-1 overall record and a No. 20 national ranking. W&L captured the program’s fourth ODAC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Ashley came to W&L from St. Lawrence University, where she served as a graduate assistant for the women’s soccer team 2014-15. Over two seasons, Ashley helped the Saints to a 25-11-4 overall record and an 8-6-2 mark in the Liberty League. SLU also made an appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2015. 

A 2014 inductee into the Utica College Athletic Hall of Fame, Ashley was a four-year letter-winner in soccer and ice hockey, and a one-year letter-winner in softball. She earned all-conference honors in soccer all four years, including three first-team laurels.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Utica in 2009 and a master of education leadership from St. Lawrence in 2016.

Ashley also has experience serving as head coach for the GirlsCan Football Academy in New Haven, Conn., and with the Lake Placid soccer camp in Canton, N.Y. She also holds a NSCAA Level 2 goalkeeping diploma.