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Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club Coaching Staff


Front Row (L to R) - Marius Neacsu, Marcos Roberto, David Eristavi, Doug Yearwood, Timur Yakhin, Juan Carlos Madrid
Second Row (L to R) - Guy Valcourt, Xavier Herschberg, Sergei Podgornyi, Matt Edmiston, Danny Clavijo, Ismail Satubalov, Gavino Asteghene

David Eristavi - Director of Coaching - USSF National 'A' License





Coach David is from Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. His youth training was at Dynamo Tbilisi Youth Academy. Professionally, he played for Dinomo and Skuri Tsalenjikha First League.

David received his Master's Diploma from the Republic of Georgia Institute of Sports and Physical Education. He then went onto Moscow, Russia where he received his Certification to Train and Develop Major Soccer Coaches.

Coach David currently holds his USSF "A" License, along with his USSF Youth National License. His professional coaching experience includes head coach of the Atlanta Ruckus (A League) and head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks (A League).

Following his professional coaching career, David found his niche in Youth Soccer. He's been coaching elite level youth teams since 1996. In 2003, he took over as the Ambush Soccer Club, Director of Coaching.

Coaching Accomplishments:
-2010 U17 Ambush Boys USYSA National Champions - Head Coach
-2014 U13 Ambush Boys USL Super Y National Champions - Head Coach
-Multiple Athena, Classic, and Tournament Champions

Other Related Certifications:
CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.
Emory Sports Soccer Medicine Injury Prevention and Safety Preparedness Program Completion.

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Boys Academy
-Boys Classic
-Boys National League


Marcos Roberto Sampaio Pimenta - USSF National 'A' License



Coach Marcos calls Sao Paulo, Brazil his home. As a Brazilian, soccer was much of his early life. 

Beginning in 1982, Coach Marcos spent 4 years playing for the Brazilian Youth National Team, earning 10 caps. Professionally, he played for multiple clubs including S.C. Corinthians, Sporting Cristal, Elimai F.C., Atlanta Ruckus, and Atlanta Silverbacks. In 1997, he made the League All Star Team playing for the Atlanta Ruckus.

Coach Marcos currently holds his USSF "A" license along with his USSF National Youth License.

In 2001, he got into youth coaching, making his debut with Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club.

Other Related Certifications:
CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.
Emory Sports Soccer Medicine Injury Prevention and Safety Preparedness Program Completion.

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Girls Academy
-Girls Athena
-Girls National League



Guy Valcourt - USSF National 'A' License




Coach Guy currently holds his USSF "A" license.

In 2001, he got into youth coaching, making his debut with Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club.

Other Related Certifications:
CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.
Emory Sports Soccer Medicine Injury Prevention and Safety Preparedness Program Completion.

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Boys Academy
-Boys Classic



Sergei Podgornyi - USSF National 'B' License




Coach Sergei has been playing soccer professionally since 1980. He played professionally in Russia's first    division for clubs such as Volga Tver, Baltica Kaniningrad  & Locomotive St. Petersberg. He was invited 5 times to play for the National Russian team. In 2011, he earned 2nd place in the Thailand 6th Seniors World Cup!

Coach Sergei has been with Ambush since 2006. He currently holds his USSF "B" license. He's been in youth soccer since 1998.

Other Related Certifications:
CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.
Emory Sports Soccer Medicine Injury Prevention and Safety Preparedness Program Completion.

Current coaching assignments:
-Boys Academy
-Boys Classic 

Ismail Satubalov - USSF National 'B' License






Coach Ismail is from Mozdok, Republic of North Ossetia, Russia. He played professionally in Russia in 2008 - 2009 with Mashuk-KMV. He currently plays for the ADASL Adult League Vahi-Athletic in Atlanta.

He currently holds his USSF "B" License. He is also a NASM Certified Professional Trainer, specializing in speed, agility, strength, balance and injury prevention. He has been with Ambush since 2010.

Other Related Certifications:
CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.
Emory Sports Soccer Medicine Injury Prevention and Safety Preparedness Program Completion.

Current coaching assignments:
-Boys Academy
-Boys Select


Gavino Asteghene - UEFA/FIGC Coaches of Italy Professional Coaches License



Coach Gavino Asteghene, originally from Italy, has a very distinguished 35 year career in Georgia soccer with close to 10 of those years at Ambush.  Gavino has coached many successful girls and boys teams with players going on to play NCAA Div I soccer and many of those players now college head coaches or directors of coaching at soccer associations across the country.  Gavino is currently the:
Founder of the Cleats Soccer Club 
Founder of Atlanta Calcio Academy Select International Soccer Team Tours
Organizer of the UEFA Coaching Program Training & Learning Clinics and Tours
Organizer of professional tryouts/stage opportunities for young Amerincan players
Sales Representative for Soccer Genius and Dragon Goal USA

Coach Gavino currently holds his Italian Professional Soccer Licence.

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Girls Academy
-Boys Classic
Mt. Venron Presbyterian High School Girls

Previous Coaching Assignments:
Johns Creek High School Girls
Lovett School Boys
Pope High School Bosy


Other Related Certifications:
CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.
Emory Sports Soccer Medicine Injury Prevention and Safety Preparedness Program Completion.

Juan Carlos Madrid - USSF National 'B' License



Coach Juan Carlos calls  Temuca, Chile his home. Soccer was much of his early life. 

Coach Juan has accumulated an extensive playing and coaching career in Chile before moving to Alpharetta in 2016. 

Coach Juan Carlos has already obtained  his USSF "B" license in a very short amount of time.

Current Coaching Assignments:

-Boys and Girls Jr. Academy
-Boys Academy
-Boys Select

Coach Juan Carlos is CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.

Doug Yearwood - USSF "C" License




Coach Doug is originally from Atlanta, Georgia where he played youth soccer throught the 70's and early 80's. He played his college soccer at Georgia State University where to this day he remains the all-time leading scorer.  His is also listed three times in the NCAA record books for Division 1 soccer (career assists, assists per game and coverall career with 40 goals and 40 assists).

Coach Doug went on to play amateur soccer for Datagraphic Soccer Club for 15 years. Competing in the US Soccer National Amateur Cup the team won multiple local, state and regional titles. They were also three time national finalists.

In 2007, Coach Doug retired from the printing industry and made the move into coaching youth soccer at Ambush and middle school soccer at Mt. Pisgah Christian School and Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club. He currently holds his USSF "C" license.

Coach Doug is also the President of Ambush Soccer Club and Director of the Ambush Super Y Program.

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Girls Select

Coach Doug is CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.

Danny Clavijo - USSF "C" License



Coach Danny is a native Atlantan growing up in Decatur. He played his youth soccer in Dekalb County with the American Soccer Association. He played for the Datagraphic U16 and U19 team, reaching the National Semi-Finals in 1980.

He went to Georgia State University and Clemson University. While with Clemson, he helped them win the 1984 Division 1 Soccer National Championship. Professionally, he played with the Atlanta Lasers in the USISL (current USL).

Coach Danny has been coaching youth soccer since 2010. He joined Ambush in 2012.


Current Coaching Assignments:
-Girls Academy
-Boys Select
-Boys ODP Staff Coach

Coach Danny is CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.

Timur Yakhin - National Youth License




Coach Timur have been coaching youth soccer since 1998. In 2001, he made to move over to Ambush. In addition to coaching for Ambush, he has coached many high school varsity teams. He is the former head coach of the very successful Fellowship Christian Academy Varsity Girls.

Timur currently holds his National Youth License.

Accomplishments:
2002 Reverwood HS Varsity Boys AAA State Champions
2011 Fellowship HS Varsity Girls A State Semi finalist
2012 Fellowship HS Varsity Girls A Finalist
2013 Fellowship HS Varsity Girls A Finalist
2014 Fellowship HS Varisty Girls A Semi Finalist
2007 GSSA Girls Coach of the Year Nomination
2010 Alpharetta United Super 20 National Playoffs
2015 Fellowship HS State Championship Finalist
2016 Fellowship HS State Champions

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Girls Academy
-Boys Classic

Coach Timur is CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.

Xavier Herschberg - USSF National Youth License




Coach Xavier currently holds his USSF "National Youth" license.

In 2013, he got into youth coaching, making his debut with Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club in 2015.


Current Coaching Assignments:
-Boys and Girls Jr. Academy
-Girls Athena

Coach Xavier is CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.

Marius Neacsu - USSF National 'C' License



Coach Marius, originally from Romania, has been involved with soccer his entire life.  Coach Marius played in the 3rd division of the Romanian professional league.  His coaching career began in Timimsoara, Romania where for two years he led the boys academy at LPS, Bauatal.  After moving the Atlanta area, Coach Marius coached at the Georgia Futbol Club, GFC for two years.

In 2015, Coach Marius made his debut with Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club.

Coach Marius recently obtained is USSF National "C" License.


Current Coaching Assignments:
-Boys and Girls Jr. Academy
-Girls Academy
-Girls Select

Coach Marius is CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.

Matt Edmiston - USSF National 'D' License



Coach Matt, originally from Oxford, GA currently holds his USSF "D" license.
Coach Matt also recently completed the Atlanta United FC Coaching Education Program (Dec 2018).

In 2014, he got into youth coaching, making his debut with Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club.  Matt is currently the U8 Jr Academy Director.


Current Coaching Assignments:
-Boys and Girls Jr. Academy
-Boys Academy
Boys Select

Coach Matt is CPR and AED certified (10/9/2018) through the American Safety and Health Institute.