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Our Team of Professionals

At 7 Elite Academy we select coaches and staff members who have an incredible passion for soccer and want to become an intrinsic part of the success of the players and the teams. Their insight, experience and talents are the cornerstone of our Academy’s success. We’ve recruited men and women from literally around the globe to support the development of our players. With so much focus on coach development, we provide our teams the training, techniques and curriculum to help shape great athletes on and off the field.

Our team is encouraged to contribute, create, learn and share; and each coach has the support needed to help develop young athletes. This includes:

  • Access to our robust training platform and curriculum
  • One-on-one mentoring and support from the highest levels of the game
  • Sharing best practices to support players with any skill level

While they realize their potential to create outstanding young players through development and competition, our coaches also realize the tremendous responsibility they have for impacting the lives of their players. The responsibilities and the work ethic of our coaches and staff members are held to the highest standards in the world.

Simply put, we care about our players as individuals and work diligently to earn the honor of wearing Seven on our jerseys each day. Being part of 7 Elite Academy is an honor, a responsibility and a passion each coach and staff member embraces—this is evident in the way we respect our players and the enthusiasm we have for the game of soccer.

7 Elite Academy

Senior Academy Coaching Staff

David Mayer - Head of Foundation Phase

David oversees all football international programs at 7 Elite Academy across the world within the Foundation Phase (U5 - U11).

He brings an unparalleled passion for child development in the early phase of their soccer career.  David holds a UEFA A License and is an USSF A License candidate.  He has completed multiple English FA Youth Modules including but not limited to English FA Level 1, Level 2; English FA Module 1, 2 and 3, and English FA Youth Award and has spent his life around some of the top development coaches in the World, including Paul McGuinness, Neil Bailey, Andy Smith and many more. He has worked with youth at Manchester City Football Schools and International Academy as well as an assistant coach for National Champion Pfeiffer University.  

SHAYLEE WILSON - Head of Youth Development Phase

As the Head of Youth Development (U12 - U14), Shaylee is excited to create opportunities and pathways for athletes to reach their goals. Shaylee holds a USSF National B License and has been coaching and training kids of all ages for the past 14 years.

Shaylee was part of the DSU 2000 NJCAA National Championship team and received the NJCAA “Defensive Player of the Year” and All-American Awards for two consecutive years.

As a team captain, Shaylee completed her soccer career playing at Utah State University where she earned her B.S. in Health & Wellness and received USU’s first NSCAA Regional Scholar Athlete Award.

Jean Claude Gay - Head of Futures Elite Phase

As Head of Futures Elite (U15 - U19) Jean Claude Gay brings a wealth of experience at assisting athletes transition from youth to professional levels of the game.

He enjoys the challenge of polishing the talents of our athletes and assisting them in reaching their goals, both as athletes, but also as students in their academic pursuits and citizens of a global community. He is committed to helping young people at 7 Elite Academy maximise their potential.

He enjoyed a professional career, appearing for France Under-19s and playing against Eric Cantona and Zinedine Zidane at club level. Jean Claude holds a UEFA A license and is also a UEFA Pro License Candidate.

Nico Serolini - Technical Coordinator Northern Utah

Nico Serolini brings with him over 14 years of experience in the industry as coach and former professional player. He began his professional playing career at Defensor Sporting Club, Uruguay where he gained six Championships.

Nico oversees the Redslopes Training Program, along with other technical aspects for 7 Elite Academy in Northern Utah.

He is a popular member of our team, who is committed to ensuring young people at 7 Elite Academy are given every opportunity possible to develop and realise their potential, both on and off the pitch.

Before joining 7 Elite Academy, Nico enjoyed a successful tenure as Head Coach of Barca Academy Pro New York. He holds an USSF A License.

Stuart Dewey - Southern Utah Technical Program Manager

Stuart Dewey has a gift and instinct for coaching young people across a wide spectrum of abilities, and is one of the most popular coaches amongst players and parents alike.

He has been involved with the game of soccer since the age of five, whether playing or coaching, and is passionate about maximizing the potential of all players, whatever their level.

He has coached in southern Utah for 16 years and coached the 2001 boys to a Presidents Cup National Championship in 2018. He was also named Utah Youth Soccer Association Boys Competitive Coach of the year in 2019 and continues to work hard in the Saint George region. He holds an USSF D License.

Matt Brown - Head of Pre-Academy

Matt has a unique skill for developing  players of all ages, but excels at developing Pre-Academy aged players.  His engaging personality and soccer acumen translates well with players.

He currently holds the USSF D license, working on his USSF C license.  Matt oversees the Pre-Academy Program across the state of Utah. 

Matt also works with coaches in their education with Sports Session Planner, assisting coaches in building and creating top flight sessions for the development of the players in The Academy.  When he's not on the soccer field, Matt enjoys spending time with his family.

Damir Sabanovic - Head of Goalkeeper Training

Damir joins 7 Elite Academy at an exciting time, as more staff are recruited across the world. As our GK Trainer in Utah, Damir will work across the age groups to implement the academy's global coaching program.

Damir is also Assistant Coach at Westminster Women's Soccer.

He also holds an M.B.A. and B.S. from Westminster College and is already helping to develop a comprehensive strategy for all 7 Elite Academy goalkeepers in Utah.


Jonny is the current Head Coach for Division 1 side Dixie State University Men’s Team and was formerly an assistant coach at Utah Valley University. While coaching at the college level is his passion, he has also coached in the Olympic Development Program since 2013. His previous roles include Director of Coaching with other Utah clubs.

Jonny holds a USSF National C License and loves helping young athletes grow in the game and understand what it takes to build a solid profile for potential consideration at the college level.

Reggie Wilson - President of 7 Elite Academy Tanzania

Reggie Wilson fills a number of roles at 7 Elite Academy and is a key member of the team at all levels, both on and off the training pitch.

In the United States, he is Facilities Manager at the 7 Elite Academy indoor facility West Jordan and has been instrumental in developing it into a significant regional training location.

In Tanzania, Reggie is President of 7 Elite Academy Tanzania and has a hands-on role in creating a coaching facility for young people in Dar es Salaam and further afield in Africa. He continues to develop the academy in Tanzania, alongside coaches Amri Kiemba and Thomas Morris.

7 Elite Academy Coaching Structure

Futures Elite Phase Coaches

Jean Claude Gay

Shaylee Wilson

Ashley Pecht

Justin Skeen

Nico Serolini

David Mayer

John Evans

Charlie Cole

Jake Reed

Ben Cooper

Kassidy Kellogg

Youth Development Phase Coaches

Ashley Pecht

Craig Irish

Gabriel Ayala

Victor Cisneros

Adrian Sanchez

Ben Cooper



Foundation Phase Coaches

Matt Brown

Ivan Chavarria

Steven Flores

Mindy Zamudio

Nico Serolini

Randy Tate

Southern Utah (St George) Coaches

Stuart Dewey

Laura Evans

Juli Nield

Nick Nield

Shane Dewey

Crystal Soderquist

Nick Vorberg

Shawn Nelson

Joshua Taylor

Alexa Ashton

Justin Day

Jon Crosby

Joni Oswald

Kate Hegerhorst

Dave Du Rurange

Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) Coaches

Amri Kiemba - Head Coach / Futures Elite Phase

Thomas Morris - Youth Development / Foundation Phase

United Kingdom (Liverpool) Coaches)

Anthony Godfrey

Chris Owens

Ste Mitchell

Robbie Smith

Academy Administrative Staff

James Sadler - Project Manager

Juli Nield - Co Asst Foundation

Kendra McArthur - SU Project Manager

Nick Nield - Tournament Director

Laura Evans-Co Asst Foundation 

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Salt Lake - Utah Counties 

Phone: +1 385 351 3496


Saint George Area

Phone: +1 435 467 3982


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Davis - Weber Counties

Phone: +1 801 940 0022