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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.