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Our Staff

All camps and clinics will be directed by First Touch Soccer Academy Owner Rob Leather. Bio:

Coaching Experience

2014 - Present: Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) Varsity Boys Head Coach 

2017 - Present: Match Fit Academy ECNL Head Coach 

2014-2017 - Present: Soccer Domain Football Club (SDFC) 2007 and 2008 Head Coach

2014 - 2017: Philadelphia Union Youth Academy Scout

2011 - 2014: Match Fit Academy FC Director of Boys Coaching

2013 - 2014: Match Fit Academy FC U18 United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) Head Coach

2012 - 2013: Match Fit Academy FC U16 USSDA Head Coach

2011-2012: Match Fit Academy FC U14 and U15 Pre Academy Head Coach

2011 - 2012: Match Fit Academy FC U14 Super Y League National Finalist

2008: NJ Stallions U16 Super Y League National Finalist

2006 - 2008: Soccer Domain Academy Summer Select Director

Education & Qualifications

Bachelor in Science (BSc) in Sport and Exercise Science (First Class with Honors) – The University of Birmingham, England

Masters in the Arts of Teaching majoring in Physical Education and English – Montclair State University

USSF Coaching Certified

National Soccer College Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma – Distinguished Pass

NSCAA Advanced Diploma – Distinguished Pass

NSCAA Premier Diploma – Good Pass

Published Author – ‘Developing the Complete Tactical Player: Coaching Soccer with Game Intelligence in Mind'’ (World Class Coaching LLC, 2012)

Published Research Paper – Journal of PALEASTRA, vol 27, no. 4, winter 2013: ‘Parents’ Perspectives on Appropriate Sports Programs for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder’

Published Research Paper - International Journal of Sports Nutrition, 2000: ‘Mechanism in which glucose in sports drinks improves performance in high intensity performance’

All coaches employed by First Touch Soccer Academy will be from an established network of coaches built over the last 15 years in Northern NJ. Coaches and bio’s for individual programs will be advertised. Coaches employed in independent camps and clinics from 2016-2020:

Tom Hunt - SDFC PSA
Steve DeMatteo - UPenn Mens Soccer Assistant Coach
Alan Bromly 
Paul Reece - GK Director
Dean O'Leary - Sky Blue GK Coach
John Saunders - TSF DOC
Luke Tyler - Rutgers Camden Mens Soccer Assistant Coach
Kieran Patrick - Cedar Stars Newark DOC
Dr Rob Horn


First Touch Soccer Academy
First Touch Soccer Academy, PO BOX 407
Caldwell, New Jersey 07006

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