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With over 16 years of coaching experience, Coach Steve has climbed the ranks to become a well-known and respected coach not only in the US but in his home country of Ireland.


Coach Steve started coaching at his local boyhood club of  Bonegee, where he was entrusted with the youth program.  He then went on to coach at the senior level for the Donegal Junior League Team and Downtown United in his home town of Letterkenny.

Coach Steve then turned his attention back to youth soccer. Working alongside some of the top coaches in Ireland, he soon shot through the ranks at the Football Association of Ireland becoming the assistant regional development officer for Donegal and the head of the FAI summer soccer programs. Coach Steve also worked at the academy level in Ireland with the U17 & U19 teams at Finn Harps before coming to America in 2014. 

Coach Steve has an extensive coaching background in the United States. He has worked as a coach with UK Elite Soccer and Youth Elite Soccer, where he served as a Regional Director and coach. In addition, he previously held the position of Varsity coach at Archbishop Stepinac High School.

Coach Steve has also worked as a Women's Goalkeeper Coach at the University of Bridgeport and is currently serving as the Men's Goalkeeper Coach at Iona College. Prior to joining the New York City FC girls program, he held the position of Girls' Scouting Director and Coach at New York Soccer Club.

Coach Steve's impressive list of certifications include:

UEFA B License 

UEFA B Youth License 

Football Association of Wales                   


FAI Qualifications

  • Kick start 1                                                                                

  • Kick start 2                                                                       

  • Youth Cert                                                             

  • Goalkeeper intro                                                    

  • Goalkeeper Level 1                                           

  • Goalkeeper Level 2                                                             

  • Disability training

NSCAA Qualifications 

  • Foundations of Coaching   

  • 4v4 Diploma

  • 7v7/9v9 Diploma

  • Futsal Level 1

  • Goalkeeping Level 1 Online Diploma                                           

  • Goalkeeping Level 1 Diploma 

  • 11v11 Formations and systems of play                                       


USSF Qualifications

  • National D License

  • National F License                                                                        

  • Grassroots  11v11

  • Grassroots 9v9

  • Grassroots 7v7                             

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