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Sporting CT's aim is to provide top coaching for all our teams. We strive to provide highly credentialed staff to ensure our players have the best experience on and off the field. Our coaches are reviewed by the Sporting CT Board of Directors to ensure we are providing top quality coaching to all our members. 


Goran Vasic - Executive Director 

(goran@sportingct.com)                                                  

Teams: 2007 Girls, 2003 Boys and 2007 Boys


COACHING CREDENTIALS                                                                                                                                    

  • USSF "A" National Coaching License
  • USSF "B" National Coaching License
  • CSHOF - Connecticut Soccer Hall Of Fame Inductee - Class of 2020


COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2007-2011 NORTH BRUNSWICK SOCCER CLUB (North Brunswick, New Jersey), Training Consultant
  • 2001-2005 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP SOCCER CLUB (Washington Township, New Jersey), Coach
  • Coach of U-11 WT-LIGHTNING and U-13 WT –BULLDOGS, Two NJ state number one youth soccer teams
  • 2000-Present GORAN VASIC PRO SOCCER ACADEMY, Founder & Director
  • 2008-09 NEW JERSEY IRONMEN (Newark, New Jersey), Assistant Coach
  • 1998-01 CLEVELAND UNITED (Cleveland, Ohio), Director and Coach


PLAYING EXPERIENCE

  • 2007-09 NEW JERSEY IRONMEN (Newark, New Jersey), Major Indoor Soccer League Captain and player/coach
  • 2006 MILWAUKEE WAVE (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Major Indoor Soccer League
  • 2001-06 PHILADELPHIA KiXX (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Major Indoor Soccer League
  • 2000-01 MISL Champions, Twice led MISL in assists
  • 1999-00 PITTSBURGH RIVER HOUNDS (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), USL A-League
  • Team leader in points, goals and assists
  • 1998-01 CLEVELAND CRUNCH (Cleveland, Ohio), National Professional Soccer League
  • 1998-99 NPSL Championship
  • 1999 NPSL Newcomer of the Year Award winner
  • Elected to NPSL All-Star Team
  • 1997-98 HOUSTON HOTSHOTS (Houston, Texas), Continental Indoor Soccer League
  • 1997-98 CISL Rookie of the Year
  • 1988-97 RED STAR BELGRADE (Belgrade, Serbia)
  • Began playing for one of the best youth teams in the world at age of seven and stayed with them for the next nine years.
  • At the age of 17, I become a professional soccer player playing for first division teams in Serbia and former Yugoslavia.

Andrei Popescu - Director of Marketing, College Pathway & Futsal 

 
(popescu8@hotmail.com)
Teams: 2004 Boys, 2008 Girls.                                                                                                    
 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • USSF "B" National Coaching License
  • USSF Licenses: 11vs11, 9vs9, 7vs7, 4vs4
  • USFF Futsal State License 2
  • United Soccer Coaches - Director of Coaching Diploma
  • USC Futsal Level 1 Diploma
  • USC Key Moments In The Game
  • USC Defending Principles Of Play
  • USC Sports Psychology & Mental Individual Skills
  • USC - Creating Talent Diploma
  • CCEP (Connecticut Coaching Education Program) - High School Coaching Certificate
  • AIC Level 1 of the NFHS Coach Certificate Program
  • NFHS Fundamentals Of Coaching

 
COACHING EXPERIENCE
  • Sporting CT (2016 - Present)
  • LEAD SOCCER - Advanced Training Center Program (2014 - Present)                                                               
  • CT SOL GVSA (2017 - Present)
  • Ginga FC (2013-2016)
  • Brazil CT (2010-2016)
  • Everson Soccer Academy (2005-2016)
  • Wallingford Youth Soccer Club (2008-2016)
  • Guilford Youth Soccer Club (2008-2016)
  • Madison Youth Soccer (2008-2012)
  • Hamden Youth Soccer Club (2010-2014)
  • Woodbridge Youth Soccer Club (2012-2014)
 
PLAYING EXPERIENCE
  • Quinnipiac University Men's Soccer
  • Ulster County Community College
  • IMG Soccer Academy
 
LANGUAGES
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Romanian
 
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
  • Quinnipiac University NCAA D1 Men's Soccer - Full Athletic Scholarship 
 
LEADERSHIP
  • Founder at www.Lead2Rise.com - Sports Consulting Agency (Workshops, Online Coaching, Leadership Academy) 
  • Founder at http://www.LEADsoccer.com (LEAD SOCCER - Elite Supplemental Soccer Training Program, One-on-One, Elite Small Group Training)
  • Coach Andrei Popescu - YouTube Channel

Dino Rocco – Head Coach

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Teams: 2009 Boys,

 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • USSF D National License

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • coming soon...

 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

  • coming soon...

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

  • coming soon...

 


Carl Lombardo - Head Coach  

 

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Teams 2011 and 2010 Gold Boys                                                                                                                            

 

COACHING CREDENTIALS                                                                                                                                                       

  • USSF B License
  • USC Premier Diploma

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Oakwood Soccer Club
  • Connecticut Football Club (CFC)
  • Rocky Hill High School Boys Varsity Coach
  • Columbus Soccer Association
  • Arsenal Soccer Club
  • Ohio ODP

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

  • Ohio State University Men's Soccer 
  • All Regional 4 various All-Tournament Teams
  • Oakwood Soccer Club and Vinal Tech High School:
  • 1st Team All American
  • Region 1 ODP

                                                                                                                                                                                          


Victor Lopez – Head Coach
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Teams: 2011 Girls  and 2012 Boys

 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • USSF "D" National License
  • CT High School Coach Certification
  • USC Goalkeeper Level 1

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Sporting CT (2016 - Present)
  • CT SOL (2017 - Present) 
  • Lyman Hall High School
  • 2016 CFC Sound
  • 2012-16 Cheshire Soccer Club
  • 2013-15 Brazil CT
  • 2012-15 Everson Soccer Academy
  • 2009-11 North Haven Soccer Club

 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

  • DC United Reserves
  • Universitario de Deportes

 

Branislav Obrenovic – Head Coach    

 

(obrenovic.b@gmail.com)

Teams: 2008 Boys, 2006 Girls and 2005 Boys                                                                                                

 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, (2009)                                                                                                                                                                      Belgrade University – Phd, Sport Science                                                                                   
  • Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Belgrade University - Masters Degree (2009)
  • Bachelor of Sports Professor, Football department
  • Football Coaches School, FA Serbia, UEFA "A" License.
  • Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Belgrade
  • Personnel Centre - Football coach
  • Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Belgrade, Professor of Sports, Football department
  • Football coaches School, FA Serbia, UEFA "B" license
  • High School of Coaching Belgrade, Senior football coach

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • F.C. Zarkovo, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Head coach: U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18, U-21.
  • Senior team Head coach, 3rd League (2003),
  • Senior team Assistant coach, 3th League (2006)
  • F.C. Zvezdara, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Senior team Assistant coach, 3th League
  • Coordinatior for youth categories
  • F.C. IM Rakovica, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Senior team - Head coach and Assistant coach – 3th League
  • F.C. Borca, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Head coach: U-16,
  • Head coach - Youth team - Serbian national League
  • Senior team - Assistant coach – Serbian 2th League
  • Football Academy Zarkovo, Belgrade, Serbia (co-founder)
  • Head coach: U-6, U-7, U-8, U-9, U-10, U-11, U-12,
  • Coordinator of coaching staff
  • JT International, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Head coach of company’s football team for The Adriatic region  
  • (Serbia, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia)
  • Selection and preparation for Regional JTI championship
  • JTI CE Football Championship 2008, Switzerland
  • JTI CIS+ Football Championship 2010, Russia
  • JTI CIS+ Football Championship 2012, Serbia,
  • JTI CE Football Cup 2014, Poland
  • JTI CE Football Cup 2016 Romania
  • Goran Vasic Soccer Academy, Middletown, Connecticut, Guest - expert observer: U-7, U-8, U-9, U-10, U-11
  • Middletown "Magic" Youth Soccer, Middletown, Guest - expert obserever: U-11, U-12, U-13, U-14
  • Sporting CT, Middletown, Connecticut,

                                   

 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

  • F.C. Zarkovo, Belgrade, Serbia
  • F.C. Knezevac, Belgrade, Serbia
  • F.C. Cukaricki, Belgrade, Serbia

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

  • Coming soon...

 


HIKMET ASLAN - Head Coach      

 

Teams: 2003 and 2006 Boys                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

COACHING CREDENTIALS

  • 2000                NSCAA National Diploma, Amherst College, MA                                                                                   
  • 1995                Technical Director, Turkish Soccer Federation, Ankara, TURKEY                                                         

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2017-Pre.         Head Coach, Kingswood Oxford School-Boys Varsity Soccer Team, W. Hartford, CT
  • 2017- Pre.       Coach, MYS Sporting CT 2005 Boys,and 2002 Boys Premier Team, Middletown, CT
  • 2014-2017       Coach, FSA FC United U18/19 Boys, U13-Boys, U23 Men’s Team, Juniors U10/11, CT
  • 2008-2011       Instructor, Teach a for-credit soccer class at Manchester Community College
  • 1999-2005       Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, University of Hartford, W. Hartford, CT
  • 2003-2004       Assistant Coach, U-17 Boys ODP Team, CT
  • 2000-2003       Coach, FSA Premier Club U-14 Boys Team, Farmington, CT
  • 2001-2003       Coach, U-14 Girls and U-13 Boys, Glastonbury Club teams, CT
  • 1996-1999       Coach, Boys Varsity and  Boys JV Soccer Team, Watkinson School, W. Hartford, CT
  • 1994-1995       Assistant Coach, Petrol Ofisi Sports, Pro. Youth Soccer Team, Ankara, TURKEY
  • 1993-1994       Coach, Petrol Ofisi Sports Club, Amateur Soccer Team, Ankara, TURKEY

1982-1986       Coach/Player, Hacettepe University Men’s Soccer Team, Ankara, TURKEY

 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

  • 2004-Present   Player, Southern New England Amateur Soccer League (SNEASL)
  • 1984-1988       Turkish National Team Player, TURKEY
  • 1980-1995       Professional Soccer Player, TURKEY
    • 9 Division I Teams, 4 Division II Teams
  • 1982-1984       Amateur National Team Player, TURKEY
  • 1980-1982       Youth National Team Player, TURKEY

 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

  • 1994                Golden Boot/The highest goal scorer of the year, TURKEY
  • 1993                Fair Play Award, TURKEY
  • 1985-1988       Outstanding Soccer Player award, TURKEY
  • 1985                League MVP/The Best Soccer Center-Forward of the year, TURKEY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

‚ÄčDylan Hogan - Head Coach  

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Teams:  2007 Gold and 2009 Girls

                                                                                                                     

COACHING CREDENTIALS:
  • USSF E license
  • Heads up: concussion in youth sports
  • IYCA Youth Nutrition Specialist
  • IYCA Certified Speed and Agility Specialist
 
COACHING EXPERIENCE:
  • Sporting CT 2017-present
  • Everson Soccer Academy 2015-2017
  • Brazil CT 2015-2017
  • Wallingford Youth Soccer club 2015-2017
 
PLAYING EXPERIENCE:
  • Southern Connecticut Men's Soccer, CT
  • Wallingford Warriors state and region 1 champions, CT
  • Lyman Hall High School, CT
  • CFC Wildcats, CT
  • Brazil CT Futsal, CT
 
RECOGNITION / AWARDS:
  • 2014 Boy's All Housatonic Team and Senior Bowl selection
  • Lyman Hall High School Co-Captain 2014
  • SCC Allstar Academic Team

Hector Ballesteros - Head Coach

Teams: Sporting CT 2010 Boys

 

 


 

 

 

Rocco Christiana - Head Coach  

Teams: Girls 2010 and 2003 Girls                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Daniel Ferrari - Head Coach

Teams: Sporting CT 2007 Gold Boys

 

 


Gustavo Villagra - Head Coach

Sporting CT 2004 Gold Boys