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Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club

Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club Coaching Staff


Front Row (L to R) - Christo Tenev, Gavino Asteghene, Xavier Herschberg, Timur Yakhin, Doug Yearwood, Danny Clavijo, Marius Neacsu
Second Row (L to R) - Elena Danilova, Ismail Satubalov, Marcos Roberto, Matt Edmiston, Toby Ozias, Nyambi Jabang, David Eristavi, Juan Carlos Madrid

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 (Jan 2019)

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Boys and Girls Jr. Academy
-Boys Academy
-Boys SCCL Club


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 (Jan 2019)

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Boys Academy
-Boys SCCL Club

See Coach Marcos Score for Corinthians vs Flamengo in 1987
(White team #16)

https://youtu.be/2qdvDHfiagI

 






Juan Carlos Madrid - USSF National 'A' License



Coach Juan Carlos calls  Temuca, Chile his home. Soccer was much of his early life.  Juan Carlos played for several professional clubs in his playing career most notably Club de Deportes Cobreloa, Deportes Temuco and Aiaza FC all of which are in the Chilean Professional 1st Division.  Coach Juan Carlos has competed in the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana.  He also was a member of the U20 Chilean National Team that participated in the U-20 1995 World Cup in Qatar.  

Coach Juan Carlos has his Bachelor's degree in Sports Human Physiology and Kinesiology which led him to the Alpharetta, GA area to continue his career in these fields.   

In the short time Coach Juan Carlos has been in Alpharetta, he has already obtained  his USSF "A" license. 

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 (Jan 2019)

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Boys Academy
-Boys SCCL Premier
Boys SCCL Club

Previous Coaching Assignments:
Universidad Catlolica de Temuco - Asst. Coach Boys and Girls
Clbu de Deportes Temuco - Head Coach Boys U11 and U12
Chilean Government Soccer Program - Head Coach U11 - U14 Boys Program

See Coach Juan Carlos in Action
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzwNIA315CU&feature=share

Christo Tenev - UEFA 'A' License



Coach Christo is originally from Bulgaria and has been involved with soccer his entire life.

Coach Christo has his UEFA ‘A’ License and will be traveling back to Bulgaria in the summer of 2021 to recertify and maintain this prestigious license.

Coach Christo played in the first and second division in Bulgarian professional leagues for 12 years (2001-1989).

He then began his coaching career for 10 years (2001-2011) in Bulgarian first and second professional leagues as Assistant mens official team coach, goalkeepers coach and youth BU12-14 Head Coach.  

After moving to the U.S. in the Atlanta area in 2011 , Coach Christo coached elite level youth teams for a neighboring club in the following categories: BU10, BU13, BU14, BU15, BU16, BU19 as well as the GU11 and GU16 teams.

Coach Christo is also one of the most respected referees in the Atlanta area also.

Current Coaching Assignments:
Boys Academy
Boys SCCL Club

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 Amatuer League Terminus FC in Atlanta where he is one of the leading scores in the league.

He currently holds his USSF "B" License and is in the process of obtaining his USSF "A" License. He is also a NASM Certified Professional Trainer, specializing in speed, agility, strength, balance and injury prevention. Coach Ismail 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 (Jan 2019)

Current coaching assignments:
-Boys Academy
-Boys SCCL Club


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.  Most impressively, Coach Gavino has also been named GSSA Coach of the year three different times by his peers and dignitaries within Georgia soccer.  Coach Gavino has also coached teams to several State Cup championships.
 
Coach 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
President of local Juventus Offical Fan Club Atlanta

Coach Gavino currently holds his Italian Professional UEFA-FIGCA Soccer Licence.

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 (Jan 2019)

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Girls Academy
-Girls SCCL Club
-Boys and Girls Jr. Academy

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


Doug Yearwood - USSF "C" License




Coach Doug is originally from Atlanta, Georgia where he played youth and adult amateur soccer throughout the 70's, 80's and early 90's. Coach Doug played his college soccer at Georgia State University where to this day he remains the all-time leader in points (Goals and Assists combined).  Coach Doug was twice named to the All-Area First Team for Div 1 soccer by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as well as being named two time First Team All Conference in the Trans American Athletic Conference.  Doug is also currently listed three times in the NCAA soccer record books for Division 1 (career assists, assists per game and overall career for players with 40 goals and 40 assists).

Coach Doug went on to play adult 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 and one time national finalist in the Men's Indoor Amateur Cup. 

In 2008, Coach Doug retired from Datagraphic in the printing industry and made the move into coaching assuming positions at  Mt. Pisgah Christian School middle school girls and Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club U13 girls.

Coach Doug currently holds his USSF "C" license.

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 (Jan 2019)

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

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Girls SCCL Club


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 also 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, Coach Danny was an integral part of the team that won the 1984 Division I Soccer National Championship.  From there, Coach Danny played for the Mens Amateur team Datagraphic Soccer Club.  During this time, Coach Danny helped lead this team to mulitiple State Cups, Region Championships, and three time National Finalist.  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.  Coach Danny currently holds his USSF National "C" License.  Coach Danny also has extensive experience in team related European soccer travel.

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 (Jan 2019)


Current Coaching Assignments:
-Girls Academy
-Boys SCCL Premier
-Boys ODP Staff Coach

Timur Yakhin - USSF National 'C' License




Coach Timur have been coaching youth soccer since 1998. In 2001, he made a 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 USSF National "C" License and his USSF National Youth License

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 (Jan 2019)

Accomplishments:
2001 Riverwood HS Varsity Boys AAA State Finalist
2002 Riverwood 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:
-Boys SCCL Premier

Xavier Herschberg - USSF National Youth License




Coach Xavier began his coaching career in 2013 making his debut with Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club in 2015.  Quickly becoming a very popular coach at Ambush, Coach Xavier has progressed quickly.  Coach Xavier came to Ambush with experience coaching in the Jr. Academy and Academy.  With tremendous organizational skills, Coach Xavier quickly became a co-director of the Ambush Jr. Academy program.  While joining the coaching ranks, Coach Xavier was also juggling the very challenging work load of obtaining a Financial degree from Georgia Tech.  Coach Xavier has now graduated and works locally in the Alpharetta, GA in the Financial industry.

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

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 (Jan 2019)

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Girls SCCL Premier
Girls SCCL Club

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.

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 (Jan 2019)
Sporting Clube de Portugal - Course for Coaching Soccer (Jan 2012)

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Boys and Girls Jr. Academy
-Girls Academy
-Girls SCCL Club

Matt Edmiston - USSF National 'C' License



Coach Matt, originally from Oxford, GA played his youth soccer career at RYSA in Conyers, GA.  In 2014, he got into youth coaching, making his debut with Alpharetta Ambush Soccer Club.  Matt is currently the U8 Jr Academy Director.  Matt is a recent honors graduate from Georgia State University (May 2017).

Coach Matt currently holds his USSF "C" license.

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 (Jan 2019)
Coach Matt also recently completed the Atlanta United FC Coaching Education Program (Dec 2018)
United Soccer Coaches - Small Sided Games Diploma
United Soccer Coaches - Sports Psychology and Individual Mental Skills Diploma
United Soccer Coaches - Diversity and Inclusion Diploma
United Soccer Coaches - Get aHead Safety Diploma
United Soccer Coaches - 11v11 Formations and Systems of Play
US Youth Soccer - Coaching Healthy Habits Diploma
United Soccer Coaches - Advanced Technical Training:  Individual and Pairs Defending
English FA: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Certification - Aug 2020
English FA:  Introduction to Talent Identification - Aug 2020

Current Coaching Assignments:
-Boys and Girls Jr. Academy
-Boys Academy
Boys SCCL Premier


elena danilova - USSF National 'B' License in Process



Coach Elena has recently joined the Ambush Soccer Club coaching staff to continue her coaching career.  Elena is an Elite technical skills training of youth girls and boys and has been coaching since 2018.  Elena is in the process of obtaining her USSF National 'B' License.  Elena has lived in the Atlanta area for over 2 years and is now beginning her youth coaching career after an extensive professional playing career.  Elena is originally from Voronezh, Russia. She has spent 20 years playing soccer professionally for some of the best teams in Russia as well as the Russian National team where she spent 15 years as a player.

Playing Accomplishments
At 16 Elena took part in the 2003 World Cup and scored Russia's last goal in the tournament, in the quarterfinals against future champions Germany. She has participated in European Championships and World Cups. Elena was named Best Player and Top Scorer of Women's Under-19 Championship in 2005, Top Scorer of UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship in 2006, the following years was included in the 2006 U-20 World Cup All-Star Team. She also won US NPSL Championship with FC Indiana in 2007. She was awarded as Russian League top scorer in 2013, 2017, and 2018 as well as Russian League Best Player in 2018.  

Other Accomplishments
In 2010 Elena graduated from Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism with major in Physical Education and Soccer.

Other Certifications

Soccer Fitness and Trainer Certificate by National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) (Jan 2020)

Grassroots 11v11 Coaching License (Jan 2021)

Grassroots 7v7 Coaching License (Jan 2021)

Grassroots 4v4 Coaching License (Jan 2021)

Enjoy this video of some of Elena's incredible accomplishments as a player.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0VDYE9vfRs 

Nyambi Jabang - USSF National 'D' License




Coach Nyambi Jabang is one our newest coaches at Ambush.  Nyambi is originally from Gambia in Western Africa and now lives in Alpharetta.  He began his playing career in the Atlanta area at Cobb FC and Paulding County HS.  When Nyambi was a high school senior, he was the ESPN Rank No. 52 of all seniors in the United States. Nyambi signed and played collegiate soccer at UNC Chapel Hill from 2012-2016.  At UNC, Nyambi majored in Sports Administration with a minor in African studies as well as coaching.  Nyambi was part of multiple teams winning the ACC championship and qualifying for the NCAA tournament.  In the 2013-2014 NCAA Elite 8 and Quarterfinals, Nyambi scored an amazing 8 goals.  In 2016, Nyambi helped UNC reach the NCAA Final Four. Playing experience beyond college was shortened due to unfortunate knee injuries but included stops with:
Carolina Railhawks, NC FC U23 in 2014
Atlanta Silverbacks 2018-19
Hebro IK Division I in Denmark

Coach Nyambi has spent time playing under the watchful eye of senior coaches at some of the best clubs and teams in the world.  He has spent time observing and playing for coaches at FC Dallas, UNC, Hebro in Denmark, as well as local Atlanta youth clubs such as Cobb FC and KSA.

Coach Nyambi has his USSF National 'D' License and will soon be working towards his 'C' License.

Coach Nyambi was a very disciplined and skilled player.  He is anxious to begin with Ambush and share his incredible abilities with our boys Academy.