Coaching Staff Field

Core Field Player Coaches

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    Craig Deacon

    Core Soccer Academy Owner and Director of Coaching

    About Craig Deacon

    Coaching Experience
    1993-1997 Youth team trainer, Barnsley Football Club
    1996: Youth team trainer, Chesterfield Football Club
    2002-2009: Colorado Arsenal
    2009-2010: Staff coach, Colorado Rapids (MLS)
    2005-2010: Head Coach, Colorado Force (W-League)
    2002-Present: Owner & Director of Coaching, Core Soccer Academy
    2010-Present: Technical Director, Colorado Storm Academy FC

    Playing Experience
    Barnsley Football Club (English Professional Division One)
    Chesterfield Football Club (English Professional Division Two)
    Doncaster Football Club (English Professional Division Two)
    St. Gregory’s University (NAIA)
    Boulder Rapids – (Colorado Rapids reserve team)
    Colorado Lightening (PSAL – Professional Soccer Arena League)

    Coaching Licenses
    USSF A License
    NSCAA Premier Diploma
    F.A. Coaching License
    First Aid Certified                


    Degree in Health & Sports Science – St. Gregory’s University 1997-2002
    Minor in Sports Medicine – St. Gregory’s University 1997-2002

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    Phil Cooper

    Core Soccer Academy Director of Coaching

    About Phil Cooper

    Coaching Experience
    2010-Present: Colorado Storm Academy F.C. Director of Coaching
    2012-2013: Storm Academy FC U11 Select Girls
    2012-2013: Storm Academy FC U13 Select Girls
    2009: Fort Collins Soccer Club Coach
    2009-2010: Assistant Coach Colorado Force
    2001-2004: Assistant Women’s Coach Northwestern Oklahoma State University
    2005-2010: Fort Collins Soccer Club

    Playing Experience
    2008-2010: Fort Collins Fury (Arena Indoor Soccer)
    1997-2000: Saint Gregory’s University  4 year starter, 2 conference titles, 2 regional titles, 2 appearances in Elite 8 National Finals
    2001-2002: Texas Spurs (PDL)
    1992-1996: Reading School Boys

    Coaching Licenses
    NSCAA Premier Diploma
    English Preliminary Coaching Certificate

    2004: M.A. Education  Northwestern Oklahoma State University
    2001: B.S. in Health & Sports Science with secondary area of concentration in Psychology, Saint Gregory’s University

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    Josh Hill

    About Josh Hill

    • Name: Josh Hill
    • Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas
    • Coaching Bio: NSCAA Advanced National Diploma & NSCAA National Diploma , Core Soccer Academy Staff Coach – 2006-Present, Colorado Storm FC Regional Director of Coaching – Developmental 2011-Present , Colorado Storm FC Staff Coach 2010-Present, Colorado Force Super 20 Assistant Coach USL Super 20 League 2010, Colorado Force Assistant Coach USL W-League 2010, Fort Collins Arsenal Soccer Club 2009 U-15 Girls White, Fort Collins Fury 2: Player Coach Premier Arena Soccer League 2008-09
    • Playing History: Fort Collins Fury Premier Arena Soccer League 2008/09, 2010/11, DFW Tornados Premier Arena Soccer League 2007-2008, Dallas Roma USL Open Cup 2006, DFW Tornados Premier Arena Soccer League 2004-08, DFW Tornados PDL 2002-04, Texas Spurs PDL 00-01, Saint Gregory’s University 1999-02
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    Nate Fleming

    About Nate Fleming

    • Name: Nate Fleming
    • Birth Place: Trenton, NJ
    • Coaching Bio: Core Soccer Academy 2010-Present, Colorado Storm FC 2010-Present
    • Playing History: Trinity International University 2007-2008, PASL Fury National Champions 2010
    • Personal: Golf, camping, and music
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    Zander Deitz

    About Zander Deitz

    • Name: Zander Deitz
    • Birth Place: Seattle, Washington
    • Coaching Bio: San Antonio United Staff coach 2012, FC Carolina Alliance Youth Academy Director 2012-2014, North Carolina ODP Staff Coach 2013, Colorado Storm FC U11-U14 Girls AGC 2014-Present, Colorado ODP Assistant 03 Boys 2015-2016
    • Playing History: Colorado Rush DA, Colorado ODP Captain 4 years, Region 4 Player 4 years, UNC Charlotte Men’s Soccer, University of Incarnate Word Men’s Soccer
    • Personal: Disc golf, fantasy sports, golf, hiking and exercising
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    Owen Darby

    About Owen Darby

    • Name: Owen Darby
    • Coaching Bio: 2015-Present Colorado ODP ’03 Staff Coach , 2015-Present Colorado Storm FC Staff Coach, 2014-2015 C. Carolina Alliance (FCCA) Youth Academy Director, 2014-2015 NCYSA ’02 Boys ODP Staff Coach, 2014-2015 UNC – Charlotte Director of Soccer Operations, 2013-2014 C. Carolina Alliance U11-U14 Director of Coaching, 2012-2013 C. Carolina Alliance Staff Coach, 2011-2013 F5 Barefoot Futsal Staff Coach, 2008-Present C. Carolina Alliance Youth Academy Coach
    • Playing History: 2012-2013 UNC – Charlotte Team Captain, 2011 Started in NCAA Men’s College Cup National Championship, 2008-2013 Member of UNC – Charlotte Men’s Soccer Team, 2007-2008Charlotte Soccer Academy D.A. Player, 2006 U16 U.S. Club National Champion
    • Education: UNC, Charlotte
    • License: National Youth License, 1st weekend of the “new” USSF D License, USSF “E” License
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    Delfino Balderas

    About Delfino Balderas

    • Name: Delfino Balderas
    • Birth Place: Fort Collins, Colorado
    • Coaching Bio: USSF F License (2015), USSF E License (2015), Core soccer Academy Coach (2012- Present), Storm Coach (2013- Present)
    • Playing History: Arsenal Colorado, Colorado Rapids DA, and Colorado Storm DA, State Cup Winner (2007, 2010, 2011), National Cup Regional’s Winner (Denver 2009), National Cup Nationals Finalist (Virginia Beach 2009), Attended the Clyde’s Best Invitational Showcase (Bermuda, 2009), Attended Dallas Cup (Dallas 2007), Colorado ODP region IV Player (2007), Fossil Ridge High School 4 Year Letterman and Varsity Starter (2009-2012), 3v3 World Champion (Vail 2015)
    • Personal: I like to spend time with family and friends. Play soccer. Go outdoors and hike and fishing.