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In youth soccer, coaches play the most critical role in player development and providing a rewarding experience for players and parents alike.  NUSC recognizes this and is implementing improvements to its coaching program.  These improvements will ensure that the most qualified candidates are identified and selected for coaching roles and that NUSC coaches receive a high level of support with training, certification, player development, player/team registration, uniforms and other areas. 

NUSC is increasing both the size and quality of its coaching roster and is actively seeking new coaches to join the club.  Ideal candidates are experienced youth soccer coaches with ties to area scholastic programs and parents of elementary aged soccer players with soccer backgrounds.  Parents whose children have enjoyed playing in recreational soccer programs and are interested in trying out club soccer are also welcome.  If you have limited experience but would still like to get involved, that is okay.  NUSC will assign you to an appropriate role, perhaps as an assistant coach for a younger age level, and provide training and experienced mentors who can help you with your development as a coach. 

If you are interested in coaching at NUSC , complete the NUSC Coaching Application and submit it to NUSC's coaching director, Jerry Kilmartin. If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Kilmartin at kilmartj@netzero.net.

Northern UnitedSoccer Club is proud of the many coaches they have. All coaches are licensed and receive additional training throughout the year.
Here are a few of our coaches:

Jerry Kilmartin  Jerry Kilmartin has been playing and/or coaching soccer since the early 70s.  He played 4 years of soccer in Hudson Falls, 74-77.  After joining the USAF in '78, he started playing adult-league soccer at Plattsburgh AFB. He was afforded the opportunity and played in organized adult leagues representing the USAF in the Philippines, Germany & Panama, from 1981 - 1989.  While in Germany, he coached the base adult league for two years and was one of only two US Americans that played on local community team in Speicher, Germany.  He began coaching youth level kids in 1981.  He has been a volunteer coach of youth soccer while stationed in the countries of the Philippines, Germany, Panama, and Japan.  Having spent little time in the US while in the military, it wasn't until he retired in 2002, that he began coaching in the Kingsbury Rec Program shortly after returning to Hudson Falls.  Jerry coached modified soccer for 3 years in Hartford, NY and 1 year in Hudson Falls, NY.  He presently serves as the Boys Varsity Coach in Hudson Falls and recently completed his 2nd season.  Jerry has coached with the formerly named Adirondack Soccer Club since 2011.  He currently assists, coaches, and serves as the Director of Coaching for Northern United.  He holds a professional coaching license from the NYS Education Department as a certified grade 7-12 soccer coach.  He completed USSF License F, E and currently holds a D license; received the NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1 Diploma, Attacking Principles of Play Special Topics Diploma, and Coaching U6, U8, and U10 Players Special Topics Diploma; and completed the CDYSL Level 2 and 1 courses.
Brian Farenell has been coaching with Northern United, and previously Adirondack SC, since 2004. A certified USSF F licensed coach, he is also presently the assistant coach for the Lake George varsity boys soccer team and goalkeeper coach for the program since 2012. Prior to that, he spent 11 years as the boys modified coach at Glens Falls. Brian has played in adult leagues for over a decade and for many years before that. While living in West Africa in the mid-90s, he spent two weeks training with the Guinean second division team Niandan FC. Brian believes that soccer should emphasize positive, attacking play with a premium on skill and creativity. Brian Farenell  
Blake White 

Blake White is graduate in Physical Education K-12 from Cortland State. Blake has taught and coached in the Glens Falls/Lake George area for the past 35 years.  He has 32 years experience as the Lake George Varsity Boys Soccer coach. He has been involved with the our Soccer Club since 1994 as coach and board member.  Blake holds coaching certifications in many sports as well as training in first aid, CPR & AED. He has an "F" license in soccer as well as a speed & agility certification through Lee Taft. He has been a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and the New York State Coaches Association for much of his professional life. Having played and coached many different sports, soccer is his favorite to coach. His idea of coaching soccer includes a skillful mix of passing, receiving, moving, shooting, and overall teamwork. Working on the basics and seeing the kids progress is the goal of coaching any sport.
"It's a thing of beauty when it all comes together".
It also makes the game enjoyable to play and watch.

Steve Kohls has played soccer for over 30 years.  He has coached for over 10 and has been with our clubSC since 2009.  He is certified as a USSF "F" licensed coach.  Steve moved to the area in 2005 and has been a girls head coach since 2010. His teams have won a league championship (2011 U10 Angry Frogs-Sportsplex), two league runner-ups (2011 U12-CDYSL, 2010 U10-CDYSL), a tournament championship (2011 U12-Mountain Mayhem), and three tournament runner-ups (2011 U12 Burnt Hills, 2011 U10 Burnt Hills, 2010 U10 Burnt Hills). Steve Kohls 
Ron Wolfe 

Ron Wolfe has played high school soccer, 2 years of college soccer and participated in an adult men's league for 3 years. He has coached youths (grades 1-6) for 11 years for Glens Fall Recreation Program. He has also coached U-10 through Premier U-17 boys. Ron is a USSF "D" certified licensed coach. He has also served on the Adirondack soccer board. Ron states "Coaching for NU Soccer and Glens Falls Recreation has enabled me to meet many players and their families. This has allowed me to grow as a volunteer in our community. Soccer has become a large part of my family's life and my life. My projected future goals are to keep coaching/teaching soccer to local youths. Also to ensure well skilled players for future soccer school programs. I would like to accomplish some personal goals with my youngest son by volunteering more for our community." has played soccer for over 30 years. He has coached for over 10 and has been with our club since 2009.  He is certified as a USSF "F" licensed coach.

Michael McLaughlin has been actively coaching soccer in the area for the last twenty years. Hired by Blake White in 1994 to coach the Lake George Boys Modified Team, Mike was asked to stay on at the school, and he became heavily involved in player and systems development for the Warriors. His 17 years in the boys’ program, working closely with his friend and mentor, Coach White, included two separate seasons as the Modified coach, three years as the Varsity Assistant Coach, and his 12 years coaching the Junior Varsity gave the Warriors a valuable testing ground for working the kinks out of new offensive and defensive variations adopted over the years at Lake George. His team-oriented coaching style was tailored to molding players along the program guidelines to prepare them for their high school careers as contributing members of the Boys Varsity Soccer team playing for Coach White.

In 2011 Mike took over the reins of the Lake George Girls Soccer program as head coach, a long-time coaching dream realized, where he is incorporating the same concepts he learned over the years with the goal of creating a self-sustaining quality program that teaches and reinforces solid character-building traits and encourages players at all levels to find the very best within themselves and apply their skills for their team’s benefit with unselfish and intelligent tactical play in a close-knit “family” environment. Mike has a coaching philosophy that favors a fast-paced possession game in a modern alignment stressing disciplined and clean soccer as an integrated unit with a spirited offensive attitude and an aggressive and robust style of defense.

Mike coached 12 indoor and outdoor teams for Adirondack Soccer Club in two prior periods beginning in 1995, while also serving on the club’s board of directors for three years. He considers himself lucky to have been able to get started coaching in the years when Adirondack was establishing itself locally, and also for having had the wonderful experience of coaching indoor teams at the locally renowned Charbonneau Recreation Center in Malta NY. Mike thoroughly enjoyed his experience coaching boys teams at the U-16, U-17, and U-19 levels in past seasons, and 2014 will mark his first year as a girls coach for Northern United Soccer Club.

In addition to his “soccer life” Mike has been happily married since 1980 to his lovely wife, Jane, and is a devoted husband, father of two sons, and very proud grandfather of two.


 Mike McLaughlin
 Chad Wiekierak Chad Wiekierakhas been coaching the boys junior varsity team at the Queensbury School District since 2004. He holds his NSCAA "E" license, a Coerver Youth diploma and a NSCAA Level 1 Goalkeeping diploma. Besides coaching at Queensbury he has coached U-8, U-10, U-12 and U-14 age groups in the Adirondack Sports Complex's Soccer Academy indoor soccer program as well as U-12 and U-14 outdoor travel teams.

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