TSA/Midsouth Coaching Staff

Sean serves as the Executive Director of Tennessee Soccer Academy and holds the position of President at Midsouth Futbol. With a remarkable 48 years of combined experience in playing, coaching, and directing at various levels, he is a dedicated and passionate leader. Hailing from the Memphis area, he was a highly recruited D1 goalkeeper for Germantown Fury Soccer Club and Memphis Futbol Club during his youth. As a member of the TN Olympic Development Program and a 4-year Varsity High School starter, Sean garnered numerous accolades, including multiple All-Region, All-Metro, All-State, and Best of Preps honors.

Throughout his coaching career, Sean has led numerous teams to State Championship titles at both the club and high school levels. He has played a crucial role in developing youth players for state, regional, and national Olympic program teams, while also preparing and promoting players to regional, national, and collegiate soccer programs. Sean has been actively involved in creating curriculum models and implementing player developmental programs across all levels of youth soccer. His resourcefulness and collaborative approach have been instrumental in finding effective solutions and influencing players and coaches to achieve their goals.

Sean has been happily married to his wife Heather for 29 years and is the proud father of two remarkable daughters, Brooklyn and Haley. Sean holds the US Soccer National "C" License and the United Soccer Coaches "National Diploma".

John grew up playing soccer in the St. Louis area when he was 5. He was a candidate for the ODP Mid West team and continues playing soccer today in the GMSA Division I men’s league. John’s coaching career includes teams at St. Louis Busch & Wolfpack, the Dallas Stars, Memphis Futbol Club, Germantown Fury, and Collierville Lobos. Coach John holds the US Soccer National “D” license.

Coach Rebecca grew up in Mandeville, Louisiana playing competitive soccer with Mandeville Soccer Club. During her club time, she won multiple state titles, made US Soccer Regionals & Nationals appearances, and was a member of the Louisiana Olympic Development Program. Rebecca was also a 4-year Varsity High School player with numerous all-district accolades. After graduating High School, she played 4 years of collegiate soccer at the University of the Ozarks, and 1 year at the semi-professional level for Arkansas Wolves.

Rebecca has spent the past 5 years coaching and directing all ages of girls at the youth club level in the state of Arkansas but has specifically coached high school-aged women’s players utilizing her background in college admissions & college soccer recruiting to produce multiple signed collegiate-level players in addition to helping all her players transition to college post-high school. Coach Rebecca is in the process of acquiring her US Soccer National “D” license.

Joshua began his playing career as a goalkeeper in Atlanta, Georgia before arriving in Memphis in 2008. Once in Memphis, he played competitively with various teams such as Tennessee Rush, Arlington, and Panathinaikos Futbol Club. In his senior high school year, Joshua helped lead the Arlington High School team to its first state tournament appearance. After High School, he attended Freed-Hardeman University on a goalkeeper scholarship and then served four active-duty years with the United States Army in various locations throughout the Middle East. He currently studies in the graduate program at the University of Memphis earning his Master’s degree in Economics. Coach Joshua is in the process of acquiring his US Soccer National “D” license.

Greg grew up in Bartlett, TN playing youth soccer and played competitively for the 1978 Rangers FC and Memphis Strikers where his team won the State Championship in 1992. Greg started coaching with the Arlington Recreation League in 2008 and coached with the Rush Soccer "School of Excellence" for 2 years. He then started coaching with ASA in 2014.  Greg has been playing and coaching with his brother Jeremy in the men’s soccer league for the Greater Memphis Soccer Association for 21 years. Coach Greg holds the US Soccer National “D” license and is looking forward to taking the US Soccer National "C" License.

Jeremy grew up in the Bartlett area playing for numerous recreational teams. Jeremy went on to play intramural at Arkansas State. For the past 20-plus years, he has been putting a team together in the men’s Greater Memphis Soccer Association where his team has won several Mabry cups and also has been able to win their division a few times. Jeremy has been married to his wife Kristin for 10 years and they have twins, one boy Sawyer, and one girl Mary Scott who both play soccer. Coach Jeremy holds the US Soccer National “D” license.

Kyle was born and raised in the Memphis area where he began playing soccer at an early age. He is a recent graduate of Arlington High School where he was a member of the Arlington High School Tigers team for 3 years. He was also a standout player for Arlington Soccer Academy beginning his club career in ASA’s inaugural season and graduating after 8 consecutive years. Kyle has been coaching with TSA over the past 2 years including Academy teams, summer camps, clinics, and as a co-director of our Junior Academy. Coach Kyle's encouraging and positive attitude along with his dedication to developing the younger player is obvious on and off the field. Coach Kyle holds the US Soccer National “D” license and is our youngest coach on staff holding this level license.

Kelly was born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois, where he started his journey in the sport through youth recreational leagues, progressing to the club level, and competing as a standout player for DeKalb High School varsity team. After high school, Kelly joined the NJCAA Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois, where he captained his Sophomore year and was nominated for Student-Athlete of the Year. He then transferred to Northern Illinois University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business finance. In 2014, Kelly relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, where his passion for soccer reignited. He joined the GMSA league and began coaching in the recreational leagues with Germantown and Arlington with a dedication to sharing his knowledge and love for the game with the next generation. Whether on the field as a player or on the sidelines as a coach, Kelly continues to be driven by a passion for the game. Coach Kelly holds the US Soccer Grassroots Certification.

Now in his 4th full year as the head boys’ and girls’ soccer coach at Arlington High School – Duncan Nicol’s 18 years in coaching span many levels of the game. His previous roles include interim head coach and assistant coach for the Union University women’s program, assistant coach at Collierville High School, head coach for both the boys’ and girls’ programs at Southwind High, and a club coach with the Collierville Lobos Rush Soccer Association where he won a state championship with the 98 boys. A native of North Delta, British Columbia, Canada, Duncan has also had the opportunity to play at various levels including winning the Canadian National Club Championships with his youth team North Delta United. Nicol attended Union University where he and his team won the NCCAA National Championship and went undefeated in all four years on their home field. Coach Duncan lives in Lakeland with his wife Julie, son Cayden, and daughter Callie. Duncan holds the United Soccer Coaches "National" License.

Grant was a local standout in the Memphis area as a player. He was a TN state team member from 1993-2000. He was on the ODP 1997-2000 Regional team. Best of Preps finalist 97-2000. A winner in 2000. Adidas TN state player of the year 2000. High school All-American 2000. High school state and National Champions 1999-2000 (Houston high school). State Tournament MVP 2000. Invited to Elite Soccer Program (esp) in 1999. Under 23 National pool in 2001. Played at the University of Memphis 2000-2001. Memphis Cup MVP 2002, while attending CBU 2002. Grant has developed players for the regional, national ODP, and professional levels. Grant is married to Annice Paule and has four children Elly, Emmy, Evie, who all play soccer and Gunnar who will start very soon. Coach Grant holds the USSF “E” license and is in the process of acquiring his US Soccer National “D” license.

Greg has been coaching in the Arlington Youth Soccer program for over 15 years. He played competitive soccer in Texas and Memphis. He was a TN State runner-up team member and a Best of Preps finalist in 1989 for Germantown High School. He then went on to play college soccer at Christian Brothers University where he was a standout defender. He has also played and coached in the Division I GMSA adult league for many years. Greg has been married to his wife Amy for 23 years and has three children, Maddie, Walker, and Gracie who all play soccer. Coach Greg holds the USSF TN State “D” license and is in the process of acquiring his US Soccer National “D” license.

Ryan has been coaching in the Arlington Youth Soccer program for 13 years. The last 8 have been with Arlington Soccer Academy. He played competitive soccer in Plano, TX, and Memphis, TN. Ryan played High School soccer for Germantown High School, earning All-Metro honors in 1992. He went on to play college soccer at Christian Brothers University. In 2022, Ryan coached the ASA 2009 Girls to a TN State Championship. Ryan has been married to his wife Bethany Paule for 18 years. He has three children, Sophia, Ava, and Mason who all play soccer. Coach Ryan holds the USSF TN State “D” license and is in the process of acquiring his US Soccer National “D” license.

Chad grew up in Memphis, TN where he was a standout player for local competitive clubs including Evergreen, Germantown Fury, and the Bartlett Rangers. He continued his soccer career with the club team at Mississippi State University during his sophomore year before transferring to the University of Memphis earning his Bachelor's in Business Administration and his Master's in Business Administration from Dowling College. His playing experience combined with a patient coaching style, creates a positive, yet competitive environment for kids to develop and be successful. His passion for the game and love of teaching children truly shows on and off the field. Coach Chad holds the US Soccer National “D” license.

Braulio Rodriguez's journey in soccer began in Mexico City before he brought his passion for the beautiful game to the United States. His dedication and skill propelled him to success, reaching new heights with local clubs such as the Arlington Soccer Academy. Throughout his high school career at Arlington High School, Braulio distinguished himself as a four-year varsity player, contributing significantly to his team's achievements. With accolades including District Champion and Regional Runner-up, Braulio's impact on the field was undeniable. In 2021, Braulio graduated high school, marking the beginning of his transition from player to coach. Eager to give back to the sport that has given him so much, he has been coaching in the Arlington Recreational League for the past 2 years. As a coach, he is committed to nurturing young talent and sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for the game. Coach Braulio holds the US Soccer Grassroots Certification.

Ashley grew up running around the soccer fields and playing as a kid while her dad, John Berra, coached and played. Needless to say, she fell in love with the game! She played competitive soccer in St. Louis and Memphis for many different clubs and was a member of the TN ODP team. She was a 4 year High School starter and leading goal scorer for multiple seasons. Ashley played D1 college soccer at the University of Memphis, where she started her Freshman year. She helped lead her team to Conference USA championships all 4 years. Junior year, she received the second-team all-American award and also received Offensive Player of the Year. Throughout college, Ashley helped coach numerous soccer camps consisting of college-level to youth recreational. She has over 35 years of combined playing and coaching experience and is also a personal trainer and competes in National Crossfit competitions. Coach Ashley is in the process of acquiring her USSF Grassroots Licenses.

Garth Ward's journey is defined by excellence both on and off the field. Graduating as valedictorian from Todd Beamer High School set the stage for his remarkable achievements. With three years each at Sparta United and Washington Premier, Garth showcased his exceptional soccer talent. His prowess caught the eye of Crossfire, where he spent two rewarding years, earning him the opportunity to be evaluated by the Seattle Sounders S2. Garth was also named MVP at the prestigious Manchester United Camp, affirming his skill and dedication to the sport. Off the field, Garth has made a significant impact in the real estate industry. Since 2013, he has been a top-performing Real Estate Agent, facilitating transactions totaling over $1 billion. Balancing his professional success with family life, Garth is a devoted husband and father of two. His leadership, both on and off the field, exemplifies dedication, integrity, and a strong pursuit of success. Coach Garth holds the US Soccer Grassroots Certification.


24/25 Team Assignments

Our Purpose

“Inspiring players and their love for the game”

Our Mission

To inspire through innovative and progressive programs driven by an unparalleled leadership team dedicated to the promotion of the players and community.

Our Core Values

Integrity, Inclusion, Empathy, Community

Benefits of Playing with Tennessee Soccer Academy

A positive, fun, and competitive environment where all players have the opportunity to develop an even greater love for the game. 

An innovative and progressive curriculum designed for player development that is overseen by an experienced, professionally licensed team of leaders.

Access to specialized skills programming, seasonal clinics, summer and winter camps, and tournaments led by professionally licensed staff.

Beautiful facilities professionally maintained offering safe and high-quality environments for all of our players to enjoy the game.