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Ronan Wiseman, Director, Player Development Program

Ronan Wiseman is a graduate of Adelphi University where he earned a BBA in Business Finance and MS in Banking and Money Management. While at Adelphi University, Mr. Wiseman captained the soccer team through the school's most successful years, including an appearance in the Elite Eight stage of the NCAA Tournament in 1987.

Mr. Wiseman played professionally in the North East Professional Super League, the Hellenic Professional Soccer League, and the United Soccer League (USL). He completed his professional playing career with the Long Island Rough Riders of the USL "A" League.

Mr. Wiseman has coached numerous college programs including Long Island University, United States Merchant Marine Academy, Adelphi University, and Hofstra University. He was also the Head Coach for the Long Island Rough Riders from 2004 to 2006. While coaching at Adelphi University, he worked as a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Region 1 Staff Evaluator identifying and selecting elite youth soccer players for the USSF National Team Program.

Mr. Wiseman holds a USSF "A" License and his CPR and AED certification, is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the United States Soccer Coaches Organization. He is currently the Technical Director for the Long Island Junior Soccer League, one of the largest youth leagues in the world with over 75,000 members.

To help promote the game of soccer and improve the level of play on Long Island, Mr. Wiseman established a coaching company dedicated to youth soccer programs across Long Island. He has an excellent reputation for his coaching ability, business acumen, and ability to work seamlessly with the various coaching organizations on Long Island.

Coaching Staff

Richard Baroniunas

Owner of an NSCAA Advanced National License since 2004, as well as a USSF Grade 7 Referee credential since 1999, and his CPR/AED certification Baroniunas has been serving as a soccer coach and trainer since 1995. Known to many in the soccer community, he has worked within the Massapequa, HBC, East Islip, Rockville Centre, Bayport, Hicksville, Levittown, New Hyde Park, Sachem, and Lynbrook soccer clubs. He was also the JV soccer coach at Our Lady of Mercy Academy from 2003-2007 and also headed up the Massapequa Referee Intramural program from 2002-2009. In addition, Baroniunas has been active at the league level, serving as the head of the LIJSL Referee Evaluation Committee since 2003, and the head of the Sportsmanship Committee since 2001. He has also been a coach in the LIJSL ODP program since 2004. A product of the New Hyde Park Travel program in the early 1970's, he went on to play four years at NHP HS and one season at Nassau Community College before earning bachelor's degrees from New York Tech and College of Old Westbury.

Jerry Boerleider

Jerry Boerleider has been a head coach in the PDP program since 2002, coaching both girls and boys in every age group from U11 through U19. He owns a USSF A Coaching License, NSCAA Premier Diploma, National Youth License and is CPR/AED certified.

Hervé Corda

After winning multiple championships as a youth and high school player in France, Corda played in Mexico, Tunisia, the West Indies, Israel, Italy, and Brazil as part of Football Corporatif from 1986-1992. He then began his extensive coaching career in soccer encompassing over 25 years all over the world, Herve is the head coach for several teams and programs in several clubs on long Island. He has previously held key coaching positions in the LIJSL and ODP Program as Head Coach as well as an active member of the coaching staff for the New York Red Bulls Youth Soccer Program. Corda been an LIJSL ODP Coach since 2009. He currently holds an NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA goalkeeper level 2, USSF license, USYSA TOPS State Coaching Diploma and his CPR/AED certification.

Ben Diallo

A native of Guinea, West Africa, Ben Diallo is a former college and professional player. During his career at Dowling, he won the NYCAC and made the NCAA tournament every year including the first ever for the school. He garnered many school, conference and regional honors along the way before moving on to play professionally for the Long Island Rough Riders in the A-league. Ben's been training/coaching teams in the Bayport and East Islip. He coached PDP last year and recently became certified in CPR/AED.

Karim Diallo

Diallo has shown that he knows how to prepare for soccer competition at the highest levels. As a coach he has helped lead the Smithtown West boys varsity team to the NYS Quarterfinals in 2008, turned the Dowling College Women into perennial conference contenders, and was part of the staff that led the Dowling men to four straight Final Eight appearances in the Division II National Tournament, including a national championship in 2006. He had similar success as a player, winning a national championship with the Long Island Rough Riders in 2002, and leading Dowling to the Final Four in 2001 while earning all-conference and all-region honors. Prior to that, he was a member of the Guinea Youth National Teams from 1995 to 1997 (U19 and U21). Karim holds an Advanced National Coaching License from the NSCAA and is CPR/AED certified.

Steven Diaz

Steven has been a goalkeeper with the Cosmos since April 2015. He graduated from Briarcliffe College is 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in accounting. He was the Goalkeeper Coach and Assistant Coach at Briarcliffe College from 2011-2014. He currently holds a USSF D license and NSCAA Goalkeeper Diploma level I and II.

Joe DiDomenico

DiDomenico is the head coach of the New York Barrage women's soccer team, which plays in the LIWSL. His training experience began in 1997 as the Director of Training for the Smithtown Kickers Soccer Club. In that role, he was responsible for special programs, tryouts, camps, coaching clinics, travel coach selection and referee training, and training programs for players and coaches. DiDomenico coached U11 and U16 girls as part of the LIJSL Select Program from 2000 to 2003. He then served as head coach of the U12 girls team in the ENYYSA ODP program from 2004 to 2006 before joining the LIJSL ODP program as a head coach from 2006-2010. DiDomenico, who holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and is CPR/AED certified, is a graduate of Polytechnic University where he played four years of varsity soccer.

Kevin Doherty

After playing four years at LIU, C.W. Post campus, Kevin graduates with his B.S. in Physical Education. His playing career include stints with the Long Island Rough Riders in the A-league and West Chester Flames. Kevin's coaching career started in his hometown in Ireland, where he coached in the youth program. Since 1994 he has coached for a number of soccer clubs including Albertson and Massapequa and has been a staff coach for the LIJSL PDP program (formerly known as the ODP and Select Programs). Kevin holds his Advanced National License and is CPR/AED certified.

Rick Fatscher

A native of Massapequa, Fatscher had a stellar playing career as a youth player, playing goal for the LIJSL Select team and the ENYSYA State Select team from 1978-1982. He also won a gold medal as a member of the LI team at the 1981 Empire State Games before spending five years at Syracuse University where he earned Most Outstanding Player honors on the Orange's 1985 Big East Tournament Champion team. As a coach he has experience working as the goalkeeper coach at Syracuse, spent two years as the LIJSL Select Goalkeeper Trainer from 1994-96, and worked with numerous clubs across LI for the last 18 years. He holds a NSCAA B License and is CPR/AED certified.

Rich Kloska

Kloska has coached boys' varsity soccer at Lindenhurst High School since 2003. He has been selected as a coach for the Exceptional HS Seniors games in 2010-2011, and led the Long Island Boys Scholastic team to a bronze medal finish at the 2010 Empire State Games. He is in his third year with the LIJSL Select Player Development Program. Kloska has visited and observed youth development training programs at Bayer Leverkusen, FC Cologne and Ajax. He currently holds USSF B and USSF Y licenses and is CPR/AED certified. In 2004 he received the Bob McNulty Award from the US Soccer Federation national coaching schools. He is a NSCAA Soccer Ambassador and a member of the SCSCA.

Russell Murphy

A long-time coach in the West Islip and Sachem soccer clubs, Murphy has been the head coach of the girls developmental team in the LIJSL ODP/Select program since 2006. A former player in the LIJSL and at Clarkson College in upstate New York, he now holds his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and is CPR/AED certified.

Tony Picciano

Picciano has been a part of the LIJSL Select/ODP coaching staff since 1997 and has coached both boys and girls in nearly every age group. He led the U16 boys and girls teams to undefeated trips through Europe in 2005 and 2006, and has also led the LIJSL Developmental Program. Picciano, who owns an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and his CPR/AED certification, has also coached within the Rockville Centre and South Merrick Soccer clubs, and coached CYO soccer in Malverne. Picciano grew up in Brooklyn, NY, playing at Lafayette HS and Long Island University. He also played professionally for the original New York Cosmos with Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto and internationally for the KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines Traveling Team.

Bartlett Polster Jr.

Polster has been a member of the LIJSL PDP Staff since 2006 and has a long list of accomplishments as a youth trainer for clubs all over Long Island. Polster currently is Intramural/Interleague Director of Coaching for the Sachem Youth Soccer League. He is also Head Trainer for the Sachem Youth Travel Girls U9 program. Polster was a former Vice President of Player Development for VOB from 2005-2007, was Lead Director for the Stony Brook Travel Academy from 2007-2010 and was Director of Coaching for the Stony Brook Soccer Club from 2009-2011. Having grown up and currently living in Deer Park Long Island, Polster played and started for four years at Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond VA. He currently holds his NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF "F" License, Director of Coaching Diploma, Goalkeeper II Diploma, and a U.S. Soccer National Youth License. Polster has obtained his NSCAA Small Sided Initiative diploma to better understand the new US Soccer Initiatives mandated for 2016-2017 and is CPR/AED certified. Polster was also named the 2006 LIJSL Sportsmanship Coach of the Year Award.

Scott Scelsa

Scelsa has been a coach in the LIJSL ODP Program since 2007. His vast coaching experience includes training numerous youth teams across Long Island. He has also been an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Knights BU15 Team who made it to the Super Y league National Finals. He currently holds his NSCAA National and Advanced National Diplomas and is CPR/AED certified. He is a product of the Massapequa Soccer Club and Massapequa HS, as well as being a LIJSL Select player in the 1980's.

Mervin Shade

Mervin was a 4-year starting goalkeeper at Dowling College, earning Second Team All Conference Honors in 1998. In 2001, Mervin was the ECAC Men's Player of the Year, First Team All Conference, and First Team All Region. Additionally, Dowling College made it to the Final Four in 2001. From 2006-2011, Mervin served as a coach for the Men's and Women's teams at Dowling College. During that time, the men's team won the Division II National Championship in 2006. Mervin has also coached at Suffolk Community College, winning a Men's NJCAA National Championship in 2014. Mervin currently is an assistant coach with the women's soccer team at Adelphi University, which won the school's first Conference Championship in 2015 and made it the Final 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He is affiliated with numerous clubs on the island, including Massapequa, Smithtown, Farmingdale, Bayport and East Islip. He is also currently the Director of MS Goalkeeping Academy. He holds a NSCAA State, Regional, and National Goalkeeping licenses.

Tracy Thalhamer-Soldano

Thalhamer-Soldano is currently an assistant women's soccer coach at Farmingdale State College and assistant Varsity coach at Bayport-Blue Point High School. She formerly was an assistant coach at her alma mater, St. Joseph's College. Tracy has been part of PDP for three years and currently trains teams in the Longwood and East Islip. She also has been the coach/manager of an Open team in the Long Island Ladies Soccer League for over five years. She holds her NSCAA National Coaching license, Goalkeeping Level 1, Special Topics-Reading the Game, US Soccer "F" license and is CPR/AED certified.

Oscar Villegas

A long time soccer trainer and coach across Long Island, Villegas has also had a successful sports marketing career, focusing his efforts on the promotion of the game of soccer. This includes roles as a player, coach, and marketing executive within the Red Bulls organization. He currently holds an Advanced National Diploma from the NSCA, is CPR/AED certified, and is still actively playing the game and involved in the soccer freestyling movement.

Paul Yarde

Yarde has a wide range of coaching experience. A coach and trainer with the Met Oval Brooklyn Knights and the Massapequa Soccer Club, he has also been a member of the Dowling College men's and women's coaching staffs. Yarde personally trains members of the US Youth National Team and in 2009 coached the #1 ranked team in the country in the U12 age group. As a youth player he was a three-time MVP of the Notre Dame Football Club, and still holds scoring records for the Barbados Defense Force. He played his college ball at Dowling where he made three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Final Four in 2001. He holds an Advanced National License from the NSCAA and is CPR/AED certified.

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