HVAA trainers partner closely with our dedicated coaches which is the key to our teams’ success on the field. Our trainings are designed where players receive elite instruction on a team level and on an individual level. All players receive high level trainings with licensed professionals who have extensive soccer training backgrounds and playing experience. HVAA dedicates itself to long-term player development so our trainers deliver a positive approach at each practice session. Trainers build upon each individual’s strengths and challenge a player’s weakness while developing a player’s confidence and love for the game. Players learn high level technical skills, smart and quick decision making, and superb game intelligence. Learn more about our team trainers below.
Born and raised in Ghana, Denis is a seasoned soccer player and coach with experience from HVAA where he served as a youth coach after working with Philly Soccer Club and the Academy of The New Church High School. He currently holds a national E license from the U.S. Soccer Federation. With a soccer career stretching back from the age of three, he played soccer through college and captained his team for two years during which he led the team to their first ever championship. He also tried our for the Philadelphia Union but inhibited by a back injury he was required to stop. His first full season with HVAA boasts four trophy wins for his team, with the teams coming in as runners up twice in ICSL, Rock League and Perlini to mention a few. Through coaching and mentorship, he is passionate about producing players that are better than he is. In his own words, “Soccer is my first love”.
Mike has been a part of the HVAA coaching staff after a successful playing career at Lower Moreland High School (’16) and Cabrini University (’20). Mike was an all league Goalkeeper with the Lower Moreland High School soccer team and participated in basketball for 4 years. Mike was a standout goalkeeper at Cabrini University where he received 2nd Team All Conference his sophomore year and numerous conference player of the week and regional player of the week awards. Mike played club soccer for HVAA 97. He has been involved with HVAA coaching since high school beginning with the in-house program. He is currently the head coach of the 2010 Boys, 2000 boys, and runs youth goalkeeping sessions for the club. Mike holds the USYS Grassroots Coaching License.
Justin grew up in North Philadelphia and has been playing competitive soccer since he was 12 years old. During that time Justin spent his career playing for Lighthouse FC, who competed in the Eastern Regional League in their quest for a national tournament bid. Secondly, Justin spent time playing for the ODP region 1 team who won the national tournament in 2012. Lastly, Justin played his high school ball at George School in Newtown, PA. During his tenure there he was selected to the All-League team in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, he was the leading goal scorer on a George School soccer team who took home the Friends League Title in 2012. Lastly, Justin attended Ursinus College and was a member of the Ursinus Men’s Soccer Team. He has coached multiple teams here at HVAA and specializes in the development of young talent; specifically their mental development when it comes to the game.
Trainer Chris has been with HVAA as a trainer for the past 2 years. He grew up in Springfield Township and played for FC Coppa and was on the ODP team. He played HS soccer for Springfield Township High School (’04) where he was achieved All-League all 4 years as well as League MVP. Chris attended Bloomsburg University where he was a 4 year starter. He received the honor of Scholar-Athlete and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (’09). While coaching, training and playing, Chris earned a Master of Education at Cabrini University in 2012. He currently trains the 2009 Yellow Jackets, 2006 Force, and 2005 Fire while also coaching the U23 Men’s team. Chris holds a USYS "E” License. He currently coaches the 2009 Girls Supernovas at Springfield Soccer Club in Montgomery County and the 2000 Boys at Upper Dublin Soccer Club.
Frank has been with HVAA as in-house and travel coach for over 12 years. He grew up in Philadelphia playing hockey and practicing martial arts. Prior to his soccer coaching career, he earned his 3rd degree black belt in chinese kenpo and 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Later he opened a martial arts studio where he garnered 29 years experience teaching martial arts to people ages 3-70. He began coaching in-house soccer at Fox Chase and moved to HVAA in 2007 and has since been a travel coach of multiple girls teams ranging from U-9 to U-18. He also leads HVAA’s Micro Soccer Program and coaches HVAA’s 2009 Lightning girls travel team along with training the 2007 Honey Badgers boys travel team. In 2015, Frank was awarded HVAA’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Additionally, he served as the assistant coach of the girls soccer team at Lower Moreland High School between 2014 and 2018. He holds a Youth Module, USYS “E” License, and USYS National “D” License. Since 2016, Frank has worked as an EPYSA Trainer, training young soccer players as well as the U11 and U12 Select Team.