The East Bay Eclipse Soccer Club strives to offer quality coaches throughout the club, regardless of a team’s age or level of play. Potential coaches will go through an application process (including a background check) and an interview process to ensure the club is hiring the right kind of coaches and, more importantly, the right kind of people. Coaches will be trained and evaluated on a regular basis to ensure that our coaches are improving as well as our players. Since the East Bay Eclipse Soccer Club has boys and girls teams, the club also regularly has male and female coaches on staff.
All Eclipse coaches commit to the Eclipse Philosophy, which is a coaching style that puts the development of the kids as players and as people at the forefront of all decisions. We want the kids to enjoy their time at the field, while they improve their skills. A coach has the ability to have a major positive impact on the life of a child they are coaching, and our coaches take this responsibility seriously.
The East Bay Eclipse Soccer Club focuses on having players experience a variety of coaches, as opposed to only a single coach. This allows for players and teams to experience and learn from a variety of coaching styles. Different coaches have varying strengths and weaknesses, so having a staff available to all teams will also allow for different issues within a player or team to be spotted, corrected and improved. All teams have a head coach assigned to them, which allows for the teams to form a sense of familiarity with their head coach. The assigned coach is present at all practices and games for their team with other coaches and/or directors there to help.
Shane Carney – Club Director
(Complete Bio for Shane)
Shane founded Eclipse in 2010 and has been the director since its inception. He has 20 years experience coaching youth club soccer players and has received more than 75 certifications in the areas of coaching soccer, child development, and player safety. He spent nine years as the coach of the Varsity Boys Soccer team at Campolindo where he won more titles than the program had in its previous 40+ years combined. He grew up in Lafayette and attended Burton Valley, Stanley and Campolindo.
Fernando Vesga Villalba – Technical Director, Youth Director (U9-U10, Futures)
Fernando enters his fourth year with Eclipse after three successful seasons as a head coach and as our 2019 Youth Director. Fernando is one of our Summer Camp directors and assisted with the U9/U10 and Future Eclipse Programs in 2018. In addition to Eclipse, Fernando has coached at the youth level with Diablo FC, Humboldt State Soccer Camps, Little Kickers, and Mad River Soccer. He has coached at the high school level with Mt. Diablo, Alhambra and Monte Vista, and the collegiate level at College of the Redwoods. Fernando played at Diablo FC, ODP at the state and national level, Humboldt State University and La Equidad Reserves. He holds the United Soccer Coaches National Diploma.
John Nakanishi – U11-U14 Girls Director
John enters his sixth year with Eclipse, third year as the U11-U14 Girls Director, and 17th year of coaching. In addition to Eclipse, John has also coached at PHMSA, Walnut Creek Soccer Club, Heritage Soccer Club, and College Park High School. He also recently coached the Hayward High School varsity girls to their first league title in 34 years. John holds multiple high-level coaching diplomas, including the United Soccer Coaches National Diploma, AYSO National Certificate, and goalkeeping coaching diplomas from United Soccer Coaches and CYSA. He has five years previous experience as a coach instructor/administrator.
Johnny Molina – U11-U14 Boys Director
Johnny enters his sixth year with Eclipse, third year as the U11-U14 Boys Director, and 31st year of coaching. Prior to Eclipse, Johnny coached at MDSA, DVSC, DFC, and Heritage Soccer Club. He also coached the varsity girls at Clayton Valley High School where he lead them to a BVAL title. He played at the Private University of Nicaragua. Johnny’s coaching diplomas include several from United Soccer Coaches and four from Fiorentina.
Amelia Salazar – U15-U18 Girls Director
Amelia enters her seventh year with Eclipse, third year as the U15-U18 Girls Director, and ninth year of coaching. After being one of the top recruits in the state of Oregon during a distinguished youth career, she moved on to play at Saint Mary’s College. She has also coached in the Special Olympics Unified Sports program. She holds a United Soccer Coaches 11v11 diploma.
Tarek Alameddine – U15-U18 Boys Director
Tarek is our longest-tenured head coach, as he enters his ninth season with Eclipse and third year as the U15-U18 Boys Director. In addition to Eclipse, he has also served as an assistant coach with the boys soccer program at Acalanes High School. As a player, Tarek earned DFAL Offensive MVP honors with Acalanes and later played at the University of Santa Cruz. In addition to coaching, Tarek works as a certified fitness trainer and brings this experience and knowledge to Eclipse. He holds a National Diploma from United Soccer Coaches.
2020 Coaching Staff TBA Prior to 2020 Tryouts
Interested in Coaching for Eclipse?
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