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GaryGary Curreri serves as the President and Camp Director for Simply Soccer after founding the program 28 years ago. He is a 34-year resident of Coral Springs and began coaching traveling soccer in the city of Coral Springs in 1983. He spent 21 years in a variety of capacities with the Coral Springs Soccer Club including its Director of Coaching.

Gary holds a United States Soccer Federation “B” Coaching License, a United States Soccer Federation National Youth Coaching License, and has been a state staff coach with the Florida Youth Soccer Association for the past 32 years. For the past several years, he has been tabbed as one of the lead coaches for the U-14 Florida Olympic Development Program team. He has also taken FYSA teams to the United States Region III Camps for the top Olympic Development Program players in the southeast United States.

Gary has written the coaching curriculum for both the Soccer Association of Boca Raton and the Coral Springs Soccer Association’s recreational programs and served as the coaching program coordinator. It was his responsibility to secure qualified coaches for both the lectures and the field sessions in addition to contacting all of the coaches registered for the program.

He currently serves as the Director of Youth Development for Team Boca, one of the most prestigious soccer programs in the Southeast United States and primarily responsible for the development of the girls program. He currently coaches the Under-9 girls team and Under-16 girls teams in the program.

He holds a career coaching record of 1,301-126-48, including adult and youth league teams. His teams have won five state championships, 10 regional crowns and many league and tournament titles. Many of his players have gone on to play in college – a fact he is very proud of.  He formed Simply Soccer to offer players the opportunity to develop their soccer skills.

 

Alvin-JamesAlvin James
Alvin has served as the co-director of Simply Soccer for the past 18 years.

Alvin is one of the top coaches at both the club and high school levels in South Florida and holds a United States Soccer Federation “B” Coaching License.

Born in Jamaica, Alvin moved to South Florida with his family as a young boy. He grew up playing club soccer with the Plantation Eagles. In 1985, James graduated from Boyd Anderson High School. He then attended UNC-Greensboro and played for the Spartans 1985 and 1986 teams. He helped UNC-Greensboro win the Men’s Division III soccer title in 1986 and then completed his collegiate career at Florida International University in 1987 and 1988.

Alvin grew up in South Florida and played for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) from 1989-94 and earned his first international cap playing with the Jamaican National team in 1991 in a game against Crystal Palace of England.

Alvin guided the Weston Fury 86/87 Premier Under-17 boys’ team to a runner-up finish in the United States Youth Soccer National Championship in 2004 when it dropped a 2-1 decision to Scott Gallagher in overtime. He won club state championships with Weston with the Under-13s (2007), Under-17s (2004) and Under-15 (2002).

Alvin is also a highly successful high school coach as he led American Heritage-Delray to state titles in 2006, 2009 and 2011. He is a five-time Coach of the Year for the Sun Sentinel and a six-time Coach of the Year for the Palm Beach Post. Alvin was also selected as the Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year in 2011, and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Coach of the Year in 2012.

A total of 17 of his players have gone on to play professional soccer and many more have gone on to play in college.

 

Corey-SheriffCorey Sheriff
Corey has been one of the lead coaches at Simply Soccer for the past 12 years and has taken every level age group in addition to serving as a co-director several times during that span.

He played collegiately at Nova Southeastern University in 2006 and was a member of the inaugural soccer program at Florida Gulf Coast University from 2007-09.

Corey was named the 2006 Sun Sentinel Player of the Year as a senior at Stoneman Douglas High School. He is the Eagles all-time leader in assists with 48 and was the school’s Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. He was also a runner-up for Player of the Year for the state of Florida in 2006.

In club soccer, Corey was a member of the Team Boca Tampa Bay Sun Bowl champions in 2005 and helped the Team Boca boys’ Under-19 team in the state championship in 2006.

He returned to his alma mater Douglas High and coached the girls’ junior varsity team to a 12-1 record in 2010 and coached Team Boca girls Under-12 team to a runner-up finish in the Florida United Girls Soccer Association league play and the West Pines Kickoff Classic championship.

Corey is pursuing a coaching career as he holds a FYSA F Certificate and is obtaining an E License and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Advanced Diploma in August. He is a coach at Coral Springs United for the 2013-14 season.

Corey has an AA Degree in Exceptional Student Education and will complete his bachelor’s degree in 2014. He has worked with the Soccer Association of Boca Raton’s TopSoccer program for nearly a decade.

Corey is also a United States Soccer Association certified referee and also referees Florida High School Association games.

 

Jim-CappelloJim Cappello
Coach Jim is in his 20tth year of coaching soccer. Coach Jim has coached at all levels from high school, competitive soccer programs, high school and college.

Coach Jim is currently a coach with the Team Boca girls program. He coached the Team Boca Under-14 Navy girls’ team to the Florida Youth Soccer Association Division 2 state title, which followed up the President’s Cup state title in 2011 with the Under-18 girls Navy team.

Coach Jim oversaw both the Men's and Women's soccer teams at Webber International University as the Director of Soccer and was the head women's coach. In 2004, his team won the USCAA National Championship with a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory over Southern Virginia University. For that he was selected USCAA National Coach of the Year. He was also the university’s Sports Information Director where he served 3 seasons. Prior to WIU, he spent 2 seasons with Warner University. Cappello started the women's program in 1999 and helped led the Royals to a third place conference seeding and a Regional Semifinal appearance in just their second season.

Coach Jim also spent time in traveling worldwide coaching US teams in tournament play in Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia with People to People Sports Ambassadors. In 1997 he started his own competitive program, the Lake Wales Blaze FC, which he coached for 7 years.

 

 

Staff

Brian JamesBrian James has had an outstanding youth career winning a state championship with the Weston Fury Premier team in 2007 and a Super-Y League National championship the same year. Brian was a member of the Florida State Olympic Development Program team; Region III ODP and a member of the National Pool.
In 2008-09, Brian led the nation in assists (44) as a freshman at American Heritage Delray School in helping the Stallions win the state title. Brian also led the nation in assists in 2010-11 (36) and helped the Stallions win another state championship. In 2011-12 he had a nation-leading 55 assists. He was selected as the Player of the Year by the Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post three times and was the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012.
Brian was a member of the USSF Academy and has also trained overseas as part of the Disney Showcase All-Stars on Chelsea Trip to England in 2010 and trained with Las Palmas FC of Spain’s Second Division in 2012.       
He was awarded a full athletic soccer scholarship to the University of Virginia. This spring he was named by Seventeen Magazine as one of the Hottest Guys Of College Sports.

Shannon Rountree is a standout player at Tennessee Tech University. The Communications major earned five varsity letters in high school from Coral Springs Christian Academy, four in soccer and one in cross country. Shannon was named MVP of her team for her junior season and helped lead her team to the 2006 soccer district championship. She also played Florida State ODP for four years and was a member of the Coral Springs Renegades and Parkland Predators club teams. The Predators went to the final four three years in a row with Shannon the team. Shannon also earned honors on the Headmaster’s honor roll all four years of high school and for the past several years has assisted with the Florida Youth Soccer Association’s Olympic Development Program teams at Regional camps.

 

Oscar Alonso has been a counselor at Simply Soccer camps since its inception. Alonso has been a coach with the Coral Springs Soccer Club, a boys JV soccer coach and assistant for the boys’ varsity at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Alonso’s soccer career started as a youngster in Uruguay, South America where he was born. He played for the Peñarol 5th division squad before moving on to the U.S. where he played soccer at high school level, college (NAIA) and at different amateur levels. He is the creative force behind Simply Soccer’s look including t-shirt designs and marketing promos.

 

Other coaches/counselors who have worked the camps include members of the Florida Youth Soccer Association’s Olympic Development Program. Those players represented the state in regional competitions and all have local ties either by playing on city teams or playing at local high schools. Most of the players are either currently playing in college on scholarships or have recently graduated from college.

Summer’s Here

The Simply Soccer camp is in its 31st year of soccer camps in Coral Springs.

The camp is for boys and girls, ages 5-15, and of all skill levels, who will be taught a variety of soccer skills from dribbling to shooting. It is the longest running soccer camp in Coral Springs!

There are three sessions each day ranging from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($160); extended hours camp from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($175), and a Tiny Tot program for kids ages 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon ($85). Full day campers must bring a soccer ball, swimsuit, shin guards, water bottle, and lunch. You do not have to be a city resident to attend.

Register daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. For info call 954-345-2200.

This Week In Simply Soccer

Congratulations to the "Elite Squad" for winning the Simply Soccer Camp World Cup tournament for Week  2. We are looking forward to another record-breaking summer and hope to see you soon for our summer series. We are also stoked for the Women's FIFA World Cup!

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Simply Events

Our 2019 camps are in full swing. We are headed for the third week of camp for the summer! You can register at the Coral Springs Gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
More camps! More fun!

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UPCOMING CAMP DATES

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Summer 2019:

June 24-28; July 1-5 (No camp 7/4); July 8-12; July 15-19; July 22-26; July 29-August 2; August 5-9.

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