Coaching Staff & Pros
Our campers learn from the very best! All of our Union Soccer Schools programs feature a coaching staff of top college and high school coaches, and collegiate athletes. Our full-day program also includes special guest appearances from Philadelphia Union players and coaches. We are committed to providing a fun, friendly, and supportive environment where every player’s development is our top priority. Limited enrollment and a low camper-to-staff ratio ensures that every participant reaches his or her highest potential.
Here are just a few of the coaches and players scheduled to make guest appearances:*
Brian Carroll #7, Midfielder
Carroll was traded to the Philadelphia Union on November 22, 2010, from the Columbus Crew. He has two MLS Cups under his belt and brought a high work-rate to the Union’s midfield in 2011 by starting all 32 games he appeared in. Carroll is the team Captain.
Sheanon Williams #25, Defender
Signed with the Philadelphia Union on August 31, 2010. He has played in two youth World Cups for the United States: the U-17 World Cup in Korea (2007) and the U-20 World Cup in Egypt (2009).
Zac MacMath #18, Goalkeeper
Played with the U-17 team at the 2007 FIFA World Cup, starting two games in goal. As a junior at the University of Maryland, MacMath was a First-Team All-ACC selection and was also named ACC Tournament's Most Valuable Player after shutting out top-seeded North Carolina in the title match and Virginia in the semifinals.
Sebastien Le Toux #11, Forward
With the Union, Le Toux quickly emerged as one of the premier offensive stars in Major League Soccer. The versatile attacker, who became Philadelphia's first All-Star representative in 2010, is widely regarded as one of the hardest workers in the league.
Conor Casy #6, Forward
Acquired rights from Colorado Rapids on Dec. 14, 2012 via Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft. Signed with club on Jan. 3, 2013. Rapids all-time leading scorer with 50 goals. MLS Cup 2010 MVP. Set Colorado single season scoring record with 16 goals in 2009. 2009 MLS All-Star starter and named to 2010 MLS All-Star Inactive Roster.
Amobi Okugo #14, Midfielder
The Union selected defensive midfielder Amobi Okugo from UCLA with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft after earning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 2009. A youth U.S. Men's National Team stalwart, Okugo featured for the U.S. in the 2011 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.
John Hackworth, Team Manager
On Aug. 30, 2013 Coach Hackworth was officially named as the second team manager in Union history. Since the club's inception he has been key in creating a style of play and level of commitment for all who wear Philadelphia Union colors, from the first team all the way down the ladder in the youth program. Hackworth came to Philadelphia after spending two years as an assistant coach with the U.S. Men’s National Team under Bob Bradley, guiding the squad to a first place finish in group play in World Cup Qualifying and a second place finish in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Rob Vartughian, Coach/Technical Director
Perhaps no one has had more success in the country at grooming some of the nation’s top goalkeepers than coach/technical director Rob Vartughian. Initially serving as assistant coach/goalkeeper coordinator for the Union, Vartughian is now Hackworth’s top assistant and technical director. In addition to his continued work with the goalkeepers and assisting Hackworth in player management and coaching decisions, Vartughian is responsible for overseeing the club’s scouting and evaluation of players.
Chris Albright, Assistant Coach
Chris Albright was named assistant technical director in early 2014 after retiring from his playing career with the Union at the end of the 2013 season. He joins the Union technical corps after an illustrious professional career that found him play for five MLS clubs and appear in 235 matches with career totals of 11 goals and 22 assists. The three-time MLS All-Star defender won MLS Cups with D.C. United in 1999 and with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2002 and 2005. Albright also earned 22 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team and was a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup team in Germany.
Jim Curtin, Assistant Coach
Jim Curtin joins the Union’s staff as assistant coach of the senior squad. In June 2010, Curtin joined the staff at YSC Sports in Wayne as the director of curriculum development. Additionally, Curtin was the Union’s Under-18 Academy head coach and was instrumental in the U18s capturing the 2012 Generation Adidas Cup. Curtin attended Villanova University and was drafted into the MLS in 2001 by the Chicago Fire. The 2004 MLS All-Star played over two hundred games for the Fire as was named Chicago’s defender of the year in 2004 before finishing his final two seasons in the league with Chivas USA.
*Please note: Each week will feature at least one Philadelphia Union coach & two Philadelphia Union players, including staff and players not listed above. Philadelphia Union players and coaches are subject to change.
Photo credits: All Philadelphia Union photos courtesy of Greg Carroccio (Sideline Photos) and Getty Images