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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

Anthony Godfrey - Global Academy Director

Before his role as the 7 Elite Academy Global Director, he spent an 11-year spell within English Premier League side Liverpool F.C. and its' coaching department, where most recently he was the Coaching Resource Manager. In that role, he was responsible for recruiting and assigning coaches into full-time coaching positions around the world in LFC International Academies. He also outlined The Liverpool Way to coaches – primarily the development of coaching sessions, professionalism on and off the pitch, different learning styles and shaping of personalities to inspire youth players. 

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).


Head of Youth Development Phase

Head of Youth Development Phase oversees all football international programs at 7 Elite Academy across the world within the Youth Development Phase (U12 - U14).

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.

Nothern Utah Coaching Structure

Foundation Phase Coaches

Michael Dages

Ruby Bankston

Todd Baker

Matt Brown

Randy Tate

Ivan Chavarria

Youth Development Phase Coaches

Gabriel Ayala

Victor Cisneros

Ivan Chavarria

Randy Tate

Megan Hunt



Futures Elite Phase Coaches

Ben Cooper

Jake Reed

Sarah Winegar

Gabriel Ayala

John Evans

Kassidy Sabanovic

Alexis Evans

Jean Claude Gay


Southern Utah Coaching Structure

Foundation Phase Coaches

Annalisa Noe

Benji Nelson

Greg Whitehead

Crystal Soderquist

Kory Klotz

McKare Wong

Macy Hafen

Brynlie Mellor

Shaylie Kearl

Lanny Bundy

Kayley Eaton

Jotham Manwaring

Josh Taylor


Shane Dewey

Spencer Ashton

Laura Evans

Massimo Noe

Jesus Alvarado

Crystal Soderquist

Justin Day

Ryan Thompson

Stuart Dewey

Juli Nield

Alexa Ashton

Cody Harris


Stuart Dewey

Crystal Soderquist

Jonathan Broadhead

Kate Hegerhorst

Shane Dewey

Travis Story

Global Academies Coaching Structure

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

Kendra McArthur

Southern Utah Administrative Assistant

Dan Aubrey

Operations Manager/Registrar

Nick Nield

Tournament Director

James Sadler

Project Manager

Contact Us

Northern Utah Area

Phone: +1 385 351 3496


Southern Utah Area

Phone: +1 435 467 3982