VYS Travel Coaches
Technical Director Kevin James is the Head Coach for the U9 and U10 Red boys teams. Kevin has a broad range of soccer management experience, serving most recently as the Technical Director of the Culpeper Soccer Association and in the past, as the Academy Director of the Culpeper Soccer Association and the Camp Director for Future Soccer Pro. He has been the Head Coach and Program Director at Fauquier High School, the Assistant Coach at Middleburg Academy, and an Assistant Head Coach for the VYSA-Olympic Development Program (ODP). He holds a US Soccer B License, an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and a US Soccer National "Youth" License.
Director of Coaching Girls U13-U19 Michel Vanderhart is the Head Coach for the U18 and U19 Phoenix girls teams. As the VYS Director of Coaching Girls U13-U19, he helps to develop and implement the VYS coaching curriculum and is responsible for supervising and overseeing the head coaches and assistant coaches within the girls travel program. His Super Y experience includes coaching 2 teams at the North American Super Y Finals, winning a Championship and one semi-final berth. Michel is a long time Vienna resident with an intimate knowledge of the Northern Virginia soccer landscape. Michel earned a PhD in economics from Texas A&M University. He currently holds a USSF B license and is a former VYSA Coach of the Year.
Director of Coaching Boys U13-U19 Steve Lehany is the Head Coach for the U19 boys and the U10 girls Red teams. Steve comes to Vienna with a background of youth, college and semi-pro soccer level experience. As a youth player, he has been a member of the Plymouth Argyle FC Academy and Bristol Rovers FC Academy. At the age of 16, he began playing semi-professional soccer for Weston-Super-Mare FC while pursuing a degree at Weston College in Sport and Exercise Science. During the course, he also became involved in coaching, working with college players and Weston-Super-Mare FC. Steve earned a B.S. Degree in Sports Studies at the University of Glamorgan. He has a Level 3 Coaching Certificate (UEFA B).
Director of House Programs Stephen Bird started his playing career with Newcastle United Academy and continued to play until university. He went to the University of Sunderland and graduated with a degree in Sports Coaching.
After finishing college, he obtained his UEFA B and is currently working towards his USSF B.
After having coached overseas, he moved to the U.S., where he's continued coaching and overseeing programs in the Northern Virginia area for the past five years.
VYS Operations Director Roger Wimmer is the Head Coach of U13 and U15 Red boys teams. Prior to VYS, Roger served as the Head Coach of DC United’s U15 Academy team, Assistant Coach for U16, and U23 NPSL Goalkeeper Coach. He has played for George Mason University 2003 CAA Runner-Up, Charleston Southern University 2002 All Big South, and Louisburg College, 2001- First Team All Region X, First Team All South, NJCAA National Quarterfinalist and 2000- First Team All Region X, Region X Champions. Roger holds a USSF B license, a NSCAA Youth National Diploma, a NSCAA National Goalkeeper license, and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.
Oliver (Oli) Freeman is the Head Coach for U14 and U16 Red boys teams. He is from London, England where he played soccer in elementary school, middle school where he represented his local cup team, and high school where he was invited to play for the Fulham Football Club Junior Academy. The Fulham FC is in the English Premier League (EPL). He received a very high level of coaching and was surrounded by the best players in South West London. Oli has spent the last four years coaching and learning the game. He has coached in Pittsburgh, head coach of 3 teams at the North United Club, likely the most successful team in the PA West region. He has worked with a player development organization called QuikSkills. In the UK, he has coached for the Chelsea FC, who has one of the most advanced training facilities in Europe. Oli has my Level 2 coaching badge, which is the equivalent to a USSF Level C coaching badge.
Hank Leung is the Head Coach for the U13 and U15 Phoenix girls teams. Hank is knowledgeable, experienced and has been successful at all levels of soccer - professional, amateur, collegiate and youth, winning state, regional and national championships along the way. He joined the VYS Patriots program June 2012 as the head trainer for VYS. Since then, he has lead the Phoenix '99 to the 2015/16 Virginia State Cup Championship and semifinal appearances, two USYS Region I Championship appearances; two Virginia Premier League Championships, and two National Premier League appearances. He has developed innumerable scholarship athletes, All-Americans and national team players. Hank is a member of the Virginia-Washington, D.C. Soccer Hall of Fame and a 3-time National Coach of the Year. He was a Region II ODP Girls Staff Coach and previously has been the Region I Girls ODP Head Coach and a Region I Boys ODP Staff Coach. He is a former U.S. National Team Coach, a former U.S. National Staff Coach, a former Assistant Coach with the Philadelphia Fury of the NASL (the precursor to the MLS), and a former Director of Coaching for the VYS Association, the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association and the former Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association.
As a collegiate women’s head coach at George Mason University, Leung won a 1985 NCAA Division I National Championship. In March 2011, Hank attended the UEFA Pro Course in Estonia. In the Fall of 2011, he took on the role of Technical Advisor for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Women’s Soccer Team. They won their league tournament championship and earned an NCAA Tournament bid - only their second in the program’s history. He holds several licenses: US Soccer A, US Soccer National Youth, FIFA International Academy, KNVB International Coaching Course.
Ben Mork is the Head Coach for the U11 and U12 Red boys teams. He has been with VYS for 5 years. Ben was a 4-year starter for the men's soccer team at High Point University before playing 3 years in the USL. He has coached at the travel, high school, and ODP levels. Ben has earned two graduate degrees from George Mason University, Education and Educational Administration. He holds a USSF D license.
Keith Moser is the Head Coach the U17 and U18 Red boys teams. He is also the Head Coach for Marymount University Men’s Soccer. Prior to VYS, Keith served on the ODP staff for Maryland and Virginia and was a Head Coach at Arlington Soccer and FYPC. As a player Keith was a 4-year starter at University of North Carolina Greensboro where he won two National Championships. He holds a NSCAA Advanced National diploma.
Nicole Peters is the Head Coach for the U17 Phoenix and U19 Black girls teams. Joining VYS in 2012, Nicole has been coaching soccer for 5 years, and a trainer for 7, working with Golden Boot, Drake Soccer LLC and Burke Athletic Club. She is also the VYS Super Y Director. Nicole grew up playing soccer in the Northern Virginia area with the Vista Hotshots, a 4-time State Cup Finalist, with Regional, and National appearances. She played at Oakton High School where she was the team captain and a 2-time MVP with all district accolades. She went on to George Mason University where she was a 4-year starter and team captain her junior and senior years. She continues to play in adult leagues throughout the year, continuing to keep her skills and talent fresh. Nicole holds a USSF D license.
Michael Roman is the Head Coach for the U9 Black boys, U10 White boys, and U11 Phoenix girls teams. He also works with the VYS Development Center. Michael grew up in California playing for Real So Cal Soccer Club where he won three national championships, was selected for the U15 and U18 Men’s National Team, and played for the LA Galaxy U20 Team. He attended and played at UCLA and the University of Louisville where he studied Sport Administration. Michael is currently working towards his D license.
Tim Venn is the Head Coach for the U9 Red and U8 Black girls teams. He has been part of the VYS coaching staff for 3 years. Prior to VYS, Tim was the girls travel head coach at SYC for 5 years and the Girls Varsity Assistant Coach and JV Head Coach at W.T. Woodson HS for 8 years. Originally from England, Tim came to attend George Washington University earning a BBA Degree in Accounting. Tim holds an USSF C License, National Youth Coaching License, NSCAA Advance Regional Diploma and National GK Diploma. He is a VHSL certified Master Athletic Coach, has a VHSL Coaching Education Diploma and NFHS certified in coaching education and sportsmanship.
Curtis Wilson is Head Coach for U11 and U12 Phoenix girls teams. Curtis also serves as the Assistant Coach for the Marymount University Women’s team. Prior to VYS, he was on the ODP Staff for the state of Virginia. Curtis has coached Super Y for 3 seasons. Curtis holds a USSF B license and a USSF National Youth Coaching License.