Meet our Coaches

 


 

Coach U8 Boys

Richard Clegg

Email: rlclegg84@gmail.com

Richard started playing soccer at an early age, played premier soccer as a youth, up through middle school, then 3 years of varsity soccer at Alvirne High School in Hudson.  After graduation Rich went onto college earning his degree in Business Administration. Rich now plays in amateur soccer leagues and has begun coaching youth soccer.

Where were you & how old were you when first started playing soccer?

I started playing travel soccer at the age of 5 in Hudson NH.

Who was your favorite soccer coach growing up & what did you like best about him/her?

Growing up, my most influential soccer coach was John Kittredge.  I enjoyed his coaching style, attention to detail, and his commitment to helping me grow as a player.

What professional soccer teams or leagues do you follow?

I enjoy the MLS, and following the Revs, and well as Manchester United in the EPL.

What do you like best about coaching soccer?

I find fulfillment in using my experience and skill set attained as a former player, to help the growth of young soccer players as I once was myself, as I understand the importance of a coaches role in the future development of young players.

What do you like to do for fun when not coaching?

I enjoy traveling, spending time with family, and playing amateur sports.

 




 

Coach U9 Boys

Niles Erickson

Email: nilz11@msn.com

Niles  grew up playing soccer on various club teams in the Greater Nashua area. He played varsity soccer at Alvirne High School and was elected to 2nd Team All-State. He then played Div 2 at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.  In 2008, Niles began traveling and worked abroad for 6 years, during which time he volunteered with youth programs in Costa Rica and helped operate an English teaching program in China. Upon returning to New Hampshire in 2014, he first coached soccer at Londonderry Middle School where his Boys M team won a division title. He currently coaches  Boys JV at the high school and has coached several different teams for LUSC. Niles holds a National USSF D License.

Where were you & how old were you when first started playing soccer?

I was 9 or 10 and my friends father recruited me from a rec baseball team for Hudson Hawks travel soccer program.  I had never played soccer up until that point, but it became on the only sport I continued to play.

Who was your favorite soccer coach growing up & what did you like best about him/her?

For the first 4-5 years of soccer career, my coach was John Kittredge.  I couldn’t have asked for a better coach to introduce my to the game, and he had a good balance of coaching skills and strategy while pushing us to be competitive.

What professional soccer teams or leagues do you follow?

I don’t follow any particular team, but make an effort to watch English Premier League on the weekends.

What do you like best about coaching soccer?

From the start of the season to the end of the season, I like seeing players continue to love the game of soccer and that they progress, both as a team & individually.

What do you like to do for fun when not coaching?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, traveling, playing music and enjoying the great outdoors.

 

Coach U10 Boys

Dan Dufourney

Email: ddufourn@gmail.com

In addition to coaching soccer, Dan is a PE Teacher from Manchester. This is Dan’s fourth season coaching with Londonderry SC . Dan has been playing soccer his entire life and enjoys playing as a midfielder. He specialize in teaching technical skills and creating environments where the players learn within the framework of real-game situations. When Dan is not coaching, he enjoys playing frisbee and going skiing.

Where were you & how old were you when first started playing soccer?

I was 6 when I first played soccer in Candia NH.

Who was your favorite soccer coach growing up & what did you like best about him/her?

Coach Bruno (Futsal NH) was my favorite coaching growing up.  He made the games fun but still taught lots of different skills.

What professional soccer teams or leagues do you follow?

I support Tottenham Hotspur FC in the English Premier League.

What do you like best about coaching soccer?

What I like best about coaching soccer is seeing the players use skills and strategies we learned in practice, during a real match.

What do you like to do for fun when not coaching?

When I’m not coaching soccer I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, and my work as a PE teacher.

 

Coach U11 Boys

Andrew Clothier

Email: andrewdanielclothier@gmail.com

Growing up in New Zealand soccer was not Andrew’s first option for sport. He started out playing rugby however all his friends switched to soccer so he followed! From the moment Andrew switched he fell in love with the game and it quickly consumed his life.  Andrew began playing for his local club from 8 years old all the way through High School. Andrew was lucky enough to be offered a scholarship to play & attend a prep school in New Zealand and play for their Varsity team. After High School he was heavily involved in regional and national level representative squads as well as local club men's premier squad.  Andrew was again very fortunate to be recruited by Worcester Academy to travel to the US to do a Post Graduate year and play prep school in the US. He attended Colby-Sawyer College and became a 4 year starter and captain while studying to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. His focus has now switched to coaching and developing young players into successful athletes within the sport of soccer.

Where were you & how old were you when you first started playing soccer?

I began playing soccer back in New Zealand for my local club team at the age of 8.

Who was your favorite soccer coach growing up & what did you like best about him/her?

My Futsal Coach Carlos was my favorite coach because he taught me a majority of what I know and gave me the tools to become a great technical player.

What professional soccer teams or leagues do you follow?

I do not follow much professional soccer however I occasionally watch the A League and keep up with my Club level soccer from New Zealand.

What do you like best about coaching soccer?

I see coaching as a great way to give back to the game that has been so great to me. My favorite part about coaching is when a player/athlete manages to master a skill you have taught them for the first time.

What do you like to do for fun when not coaching?

Back in New Zealand I used to surf for fun but the water is too cold here in New England so I won't be doing that for a while.

 

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Coach U12 Boys

Jay Howley

Email: jhowley15@gmail.com

Jay grew up in Litchfield & played both recreational & travel soccer throughout his youth.  He began playing for Nashua First Touch Strikers later in his youth & did so until high school.  Jay went to Campbell High School in Litchfield and played 4 years of varsity soccer.

Where were you & how old were you when first started playing soccer?

I started playing travel soccer at the age of 4 in Litchfield NH.

Who was your favorite soccer coach growing up & what did you like best about him/her?

My favorite soccer coach was Emma Okonkwo.  He was my high school coach for 4 years & I helped him during summers with camps he ran for younger kids.  Emma really understood the game on a different level and trained us with that purpose in mind.

What professional soccer teams or leagues do you follow?

I support Liverpool FC and follow the English Premier League closely.  I also follow the Champions League and will watch any games from the 5 big leagues in Europe.

What do you like best about coaching soccer?

My favorite thing about coaching is being on the field and in the moment.  I also love seeing the kids develop, have fun, and build a team where they support each other and work together.

What do you like to do for fun when not coaching?

When not coaching I enjoy spending time with friends, exercising, listening to vinyl, and making & drinking good coffee.

 

Coach U13/U14 Boys

Coach U15/U16 Boys

Christian Ness

Email: chrisnees@comcast.net

Growing up in Brazil with the world’s most robust soccer and culture, Christian learned and excelled at all three of the major versions of Brazilian football—soccer, futsal, and beach soccer - playing at high levels in all of them. He was with Desportiva for a number of years and grew professionally with Rio de Janeiro. Christian played football (soccer) for a decade with Italo Brazileiro, while playing beach soccer and futsal in the mornings and afternoons.

 


 

 

 

 

Coach U8/U9 Girls

Courtney Benson

Email: Courtney.Benson@snhu.edu

Courtney is from Hopkinton, New Hampshire, where she began her soccer career playing for Hopkinton Youth Sports Association, and Hopkinton Soccer Club. She eventually branched out to Seacoast United Soccer Club, and played for them for five years. During her Junior year of high school Courtney committed to The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY where she played for two years, then transferred to Southern New Hampshire University to finish her college career.  Courtney will graduate from SNHU in May with a degree in Justice Studies and hopes to pursue a career in or around the Department of Corrections or the Department of Health and Human Services.

Where were you & how old were you when you first started playing soccer?

My home town of Hopkinton, NH, around 4 or 5 years old.

What professional soccer teams or leagues do you follow?

I enjoy following the US Women's National Team, as well as few select players, like Sydney Leroux and Mallory Pugh.

What do you like best about coaching soccer?

I like that I can use my own personal experiences with the game to help teach kids. Coaching helps me stay connected with the game, and also allows me to learn as a player.

What do you like to do for fun when not coaching?

I enjoy playing the game as well, especially playing indoor soccer, and I also spend a great deal of time hanging out with my family.

 

Coach U10 Girls

Haley Benson

Email: haley.uclub@gmail.com

Haley started playing soccer when she was 5 years old. She quickly realized how much she enjoyed the game of soccer and began playing on as many club teams as possible. Throughout her youth she played for the Greater Boston Bolts, the Sun-force Vikings and the New England Aztecs. When Haley got to high school, she made the Varsity team as a freshman, later becoming captain and accumulating several all-star honors. She was then recruited by Ellie Monterio to play at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. While at UML Haley was a starting midfielder and was honored to be named captain during her junior and senior years.

Where were you & how old were you when you first started playing soccer?

I started playing soccer at the age of 5 for a youth program in Winthrop Massachusetts.  

Who was your favorite soccer coach growing up & what did you like best about him/her?

My favorite soccer coach was Elie Monterio. Elie recruited me to play at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Ellie was my favorite because of his great communication skills and his passion for the game. He was an amazing leader and always kept me motivated.

What professional soccer teams or leagues do you follow?

I like to follow the English Premier League mainly because my fiancé is a big Manchester United fan. I also like to follow the women’s US National team.

What do you like best about coaching soccer?

I enjoy coaching because of the connection I get to make with others who enjoy the game that I have loved to play for most of my life. I love competition but also really enjoy watching players develop.

What do you like to do for fun when not coaching?

I enjoy working out and spending a lot of time outdoors with my two dogs.

 

Coach U11/U12 Girls

Coach U14/U15 Girls

Ariel Teixeira

Email: A.Teixeira@snhu.edu

Ariel just finished her sixth season as an assistant coach at Southern New Hampshire University. A four-year starter for Southern New Hampshire, Teixeira, a Warren, R.I. native, finished her career with 25 goals and 25 assists for 75 points, placing her seventh in program history in assists and 10th in career points.  Just the third four-time All-Conference recipient in program history, Teixeira garnered Northeast-10 First Team honors in each of her final three seasons and was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American as a senior. Teixeira was also a three-time NSCAA First Team All-Region selection as well as a member of the NE-10 All-Academic Team as a senior. Graduated in 2012 from SNHU with a degree in Sport Management, and again in 2014 with her Master’s Degree in Sport Management.

Where were you & how old were you when first started playing soccer

I grew up in small town Warren, Rhode Island, starting to play soccer at 5 years old with our Town Rec program. The fields were right across the street from my house and being the youngest of 4 kids in a soccer household, one can imagine how much time we spent on those fields!

Who was your favorite soccer coach growing up & what did you like best about him/her?

One of my favorite coaches growing up was one I had throughout my middle school/high school years. He was one of my friend’s Dad’s but just made everyone enjoy the sport. He was hard on us when he needed to be but knew how to deal with a bunch of high strung girls. He is one of the reasons why I give back to the game of soccer by coaching the youth, just as I saw him do and continue to do after all these years.

What professional soccer teams or leagues do you follow?

Of course I follow USWNT, but mostly follow the Premier League (Manchester United Fan) and watching Real Madrid in La Liga.

What do you like best about coaching soccer?

I also coach at the collegiate level over at Southern NH University, but of course that is much different than coaching at the youth level. What keeps me coming back to coaching at the youth level is the ability to give back to the game of soccer. Soccer has brought me so much that I feel I now have the chance to help progress the game. Molding and shaping the soccer minds of these young kids is an amazing feeling!

What do you like to do for fun when not coaching?

When I’m not coaching, I like to spend time with my puppy, Winnie, and with my family when I get a chance to head back home to Rhode Island.  With the warm weather I am an avid beach goer & love to attend Boston sporting events as much as possible.