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Universal Soccer Academy coaches are highly qualified and have extensive experience both as players and coaches. Our coaches undergo continuous training through the academy's year-round coaching school to ensure they are knowledgeable about the academy's coaching values, curriculum, and teaching goals. All of the staff coaches are passionate about helping students succeed both on and off the field.

James Galanis
President, Director of Soccer Operations

James Galanis has a wealth of experience and expertise in soccer coaching and development. His approach is centered around helping players improve their skills and reach their full potential, whether at the youth, college, or professional level. He strongly focuses on player development and is committed to helping players progress and succeed in the sport.

Throughout his career, James has worked with a wide range of players and teams, including National Teams Players, World Cup Champions, and Olympic Gold Medalists. He has a proven track record of success and is widely recognized as a leader in the world of soccer. His extensive experience and knowledge make him a valuable resource for players, coaches, clubs, and associations. 

As the president and director of soccer operations, James is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program and ensuring that players have the resources and support they need to succeed. He works closely with coaches and players to develop curriculums and training programs that help them improve and reach their goals. 

James has held various positions throughout his career, including national training center director at US Soccer, head coach of the Atlanta Beat, technical director of the prestigious Medford Strikers Soccer Club, and Director of Technical Development for the state association, New Jersey Youth Soccer.

James is passionate about soccer and is dedicated to helping players and teams achieve their full potential. He is committed to providing the best possible coaching and development opportunities through Universal Soccer Academy. 

Universal Soccer Academy Coaching Staff


Moussa Issa
Sr. Youth Development Specialist 
Moussa Issa is the senior youth development specialist at the academy and has been working with Universal Soccer Academy for 10 years. He leads the youth development programs and oversees the development of students ages 9 to 18.


Carl Hymes
Youth Development Specialist
Carl Hymes is a youth development specialist at the academy and has been working there since 2000. During this time, he has played a crucial role in developing students of all ages and levels.


Cedric Konan
Youth Development Specialist
Cedric Konan is another youth development specialist at the academy. He joined the academy as a student when he was 14 and spent five years in the program before returning as an aspiring coach in 2017.

Administration Staff


Laura Dolhansky
Academy General Manager
Laura Dolhansky is the academy's general manager and plays a key role in the daily operations of the academy. As general manager, she is responsible for providing excellent service in all areas of communication and management.



Code of Ethics


At Universal Soccer Academy, we seek to instill lifelong values in our students, including hard work, determination, and a commitment to excellence. We believe that these values are essential for success not just in soccer, but in all areas of life.

We also hold ourselves to high standards of excellence and strive to be the best that we can be in everything we do. This includes setting high expectations for ourselves as coaches and teachers, as well as for our students as they work to improve their skills and reach their full potential.

We believe in treating everyone equally and fostering an inclusive culture where everyone is welcome and valued. We encourage our students to be accepting of one another and to support one another as they work towards common goals.

We are passionate about soccer and are dedicated to helping our students develop a love for the game. We work hard to create a positive, energetic environment that inspires our students to give their best effort and achieve their goals.

We care deeply about our students and are committed to their well-being and success. We take the time to get to know each of our students as individuals and work with them to set and achieve their goals.

We believe that effort is just as important as results, and we praise our students for their hard work and dedication. We also work to cultivate resilience in our students, helping them to persevere through challenges and setbacks and come out stronger on the other side.

We recognize that improvement is a continuous process, and we celebrate and acknowledge the progress of our students as they grow and develop. We also understand the importance of being positive role models and strive to set a good example for our students to follow.

Finally, we are always learning and seeking to improve ourselves as coaches and teachers. We remain students of the game and are thankful for the opportunities we have to work with and learn from our students.

Training Programs

Universal Soccer Academy has developed programs to address the specific needs of each of our students as they progress.

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Universal Soccer Academy, LLC.
1A Coleman Court
Southampton, NJ 08088

p: 609.254.0335