Meet our Coaches
Coach Karim the founder of the Global Soccer Academy. Coach Karim emphasizes each player getting the maximum touches on the ball in order to improve his/her individual skill level. Karim began playing organized soccer at 10 years old, as a youth player with Belgian Premiere league outfit, SK Beveren. He later moved on to Vrasene and the Antwerp Soccer School where he received instruction from coaches trained in the Dutch style under Johan Crujiff. He was selected for the Belgian National Selection at the U16 level. His first professional contract was with second division team Sint Niklase SK. Because he had to make a decision between soccer and receiving a college education, Karim's professional career was cut short. Coach Karim holds a masters degree in English and Dutch Literature and Linguistics from the University of Antwerp and studied acting in New York until he returned to his first love, soccer. He coached several youth travel teams as a volunteer before founding the GSA. He currently is also the Head Coach for Freshmen at St. Peter's Prep.
Soccer teaching licenses include NJ YS State F License, National E License, National D License, US Youth Soccer-National Youth License, Grassroots USSF 4v4 & 7v7, NSCAA-Reading the Game,National Convention (’14-’15-’16), NSCAA-Reading the Game (Harrison, NJ ’13-‘15), System of Play (Harrison, NJ ’14 & ‘15), Level 6 Diploma , KNVB-Youth Coaching Series. He is currently enrolled to receive his USSF National C License
Mike joined in September 2018 and is the Office Manager of the Global Soccer Academy. He handles the day to day operations such as game scheduling, parent communication, player passes, etc... He is also the players' biggest fan on the sideline, cheering them on and celebrating every goal with great enthusiasm.
Mike lives in Jersey City with his Beloved Pug Xavier. He enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his cousins.
Coach Valentina hails from Columbia and came to the USA as a student. During the 2019-2020 season, she was awarded a sports scholarship for the D1 Soccer Team of Essex Community College, where she played a crucial role as. aa creative midfielder. She is currently in her third year of her Physical Education Studies at Essex County Community College, working on her Bachelor Degree.
Coach Valentina holds the following Coaching Licenses: USSF Grassroots 7v7
In her spare time she enjoys time with her host family and her sister.
Coach Drew is born and raised in Jersey City and played soccer in Jersey City his entire life. First as a Youth player for Hans Soliz, but soon he left to play for TSF Academy and Ironbound FC. This lead him to study and play at Saint Peter's Prep, graduating with the Class of 2012. He then studied and played at Saint Peter's University, receiving his Bachelor's is Criminal Studies in 2018. He also played Semi Pro with TSF Academy in the NPSL and NJ Teamsters in the UPSL. Coach Drew is currently the Head Coach for Junior Varsity at St Peter's Prep
He holds the following Coaching Licenses: USSF Grassroots 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 & 11v11
While not on the soccer field, Coach Drew enjoys to travel, go on casual hikes, watch movies in the theater and playing Xbox
Coach Antonio is as close as a Napoli Native you can get. Playing for his youth club, Benevento, he became their captain in the 2015-2016 season. That same season he also got a cap for the U19 Italian National Team. Transitioning into College Soccer here in the USA, he studied and played at Reinhardt University, where he excelled not only on the field, but also academically. Antonio was honored on the President's and the Dean's List. He is currently studying and playing at Nyack College, ready for his MBA in the coming fall.
Antonio holds the following Coaching Licenses: USSF Grassroots 9v9
His favorite SSC Napoli player is Dries Mertens, but when he is not watching his home team play, Coach Antonio can be at soccer practice with his University Team and working on some social media, because coach Antonio looooooves marketing.