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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.

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Executive Staff at 7 Elite Academy

Anthony Godfrey - President & Global Technical Director

Anthony spent 13 years as the Coaching Resource Manager at Liverpool F.C. helping develop a curriculum that provides a well-rounded education both on and off the field. Anthony has a UEFA A License.

Anthony, originally from the UK and still based in Liverpool, as the Academy's Global Technical Director now directs the Coach Education and all soccer related activities at The Academy in the UK, US, Tanzania, and across the world.


Daren Woolstenhulme - Chief Executive Officer

Daren has spent 20 years working in soccer between California and Utah.  Over that time, he has held a myriad of different positions.  He has experience as head coach, referee assigner, competition committee rep, regional director, and now the Academy's founding director.  He has also assisted with US Youth Soccer bylaws and policies as an advisory committee member, as well as having served as the 1st ever league commissioner for Utah Youth Soccer Association.  

Daren is passionate about the sport,  key on player and coach development as well as he believes in keeping a positive attitude, taking ownership and responsibility and that we all should be trying to learn something new every day.  A unique fact about Daren is that he has competed in competitive shooting at both the state and national level. He loves good food, movies and playing poker.

Senior Academy Coaching Staff

David Mayer - Head of Foundation

Based in Liverpool, U.K., David oversees all football international programs at 7 Elite Academy across the world within the Foundation Phase (U4 - U11).

He brings an unparalleled passion for child development in the early phase of their soccer career.  David holds a UEFA B License and is currently working on his UEFA A Licence.  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.  David has coached both boys and girls on youth teams and brings with him a hunger to continue in his education, as well as to grow and develop players both on and off the field.  

SHAYLEE WILSON - Head of Youth Development

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 C License and has been coaching and training kids of all ages for the past 12 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

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.

Jean Claude hols a UEFA A license and is a UEFA Pro License Candidate.


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.

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 not on the field, Matt enjoys time with his family.

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. Nico 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.

7 Elite Academy Coaching Staff

Luis Sanes - Head of Talent ID. USSF National A license. Played professionally in South America. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Czech. Twenty plus years coaching experience.

Justin Skeen – USSF D license, working towards National C license. Fifteen plus years coaching experience. Working with Future Elites Phase, 2005 and 2003 teams.

John Evans – Coaching for 20+ years. Holds D license. RSL Academy staff teacher and Youth Development and Futures Elite phase coach for 7 Elite Academy.

Zig Peacock - USSF National C license. Fifteen plus years coaching experience, including with TOSH State Select. Currently working with the Futures Elite Phase.

Mike Denkyi – USSF D license working towards National C license Ten years coaching experience. Originally from Ghana in Africa. Masters of Business Administration. Working with Foundation and Youth Development Phases.

Craig Irish – Currently holds the E license, working towards USSF D license. Five yeas coaching experience, originally from California. Fluent in Spanish and English. Working with Foundation Phase and 2010 age groups.

Ashley Means Pecht – USSF D license, working towards National C license. Six years coaching experience. Working with Foundation and Futures Elite phase teams – 2010, 2004, 2005

Julio Gutierrez – Coaching for 10+ years, currently holds a D license. Originally from Mexico. Head coach at Highland High School. Will work in Youth Development Phase.

Jake Reed - USSF E license, working towards D license. Working with Futures Elite Phase and 2006 girls.

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Phone: +1 385 351 3496


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Phone: +1 435 467 3982


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