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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

Head of Foundation Phase

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


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.

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 18 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 C 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

Ben Cooper

Charlie Cole

Jake Reed

Jean Claude Gay

John Evans

Mindy Zamudio

Shaylee Wilson

Youth Development Phase Coaches

Craig Irish

Gabriel Ayala

Ivan Chavarria

Victor Cisneros



Foundation Phase Coaches

Ben Cooper

Ivan Chavarria

Matt Brown

Megan Hunt

Miles Cassidy-Rice

Randy Tate

Scott Nielsen

Southern Utah (St George) Coaches

Alexa Ashton

Annalisa Noe

Brandon Welch

Cody Harris

Crystal Soderquist

David Schwartz

Jadyn Simkins

Jonny Broadhead

Joshua Taylor

Jotham Manwaring

Julianne Nield

Justin Day

Kate Hegerhorst

Kayley Eaton

Korby Nield

Laura Evans

Macy Hafen

Massimo Noe

Nick Nield

Nick Vorberg

Shane Dewey

Spencer Ashton

Stuart Dewey

Travis Story

Wesley Nappi


Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) Coaches

Amri Kiemba - Head Coach / Futures Elite Phase

Thomas Morris - Youth Development / Foundation Phase

United Kingdom Coaches

Anthony Godfrey

Chris Owens

Robbie Smith

Ste Mitchell

Academy Administrative Staff

Michelle Wixom

General Manager

Kendra McArthur

Southern Utah Administrative Assistant

Dan Aubrey

Operations Manager/Registrar

James Sadler

Project Manager

Nick Nield

Tournament Director

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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