JOHN STEVANJA – FOUNDER
John has been involved in the game, both as a player and as a trainer since he was a youth. John played the position of goalkeeper at an elite level, and was a former college recruit for the University of the Incarnate Word in Texas (NCAA D1). He played at the professional level in Australia for Sydney United and Marconi Stallions and in Europe trialling for clubs such as Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia and Bury FC in England.
John has always strived to help develop players, and was the founder of Keeper Skool, one of the leading online goalkeeping training and development resources to assist the competitive level goalkeeper. He also wrote one of the leading resources in the development of goalkeeping, The G Code, which has been used by goalkeeping trainers around the world.
John is also a registered fitness instructor, with global certification from FISAF and holds his youth coaching license with advanced standing from Football Federation Australia.
Apart from his experience in sports, John has held senior sales management positions across various fields.
BRAD WALKER – SENIOR COLLEGE PLACEMENT COACH (AUSTRALIA)
Brad came to the US from Australia to play Center Back for the University of Kentucky (NCAA DI) from 2008-2012. He started his youth career in Australia with Eastern Suburbs, Bankstown City FC, and APIA Leichardt. Brad is no stranger to the game as he does belong to a soccer family, his family members have played for Liverpool FC, Wrexham Football Club, as well as the National League in both New Zealand and Australia.
Brad was a standout on the UK squad, playing all four years as a starter, and was Team Captain for three seasons from 2009-2012. Brad also held 2008 Conference USA All-Freshman Team, Conference USA All-Conference 2nd Team, and Pre-Season All-Conference honours during this time at the University of Kentucky.
After his collegiate career ended, Brad played a season with Ekenas EIF, a third division professional club that plays in the Kakkonen in Finland.
LEON KITA – HEAD COACH (AUSTRALIA)
Leon hailed from the UK and started playing football (soccer) as a youth player with Boston United.
He moved to the US to play college soccer with Bellevue University in Nebraska (NAIA) in 2007. At Bellevue, he captained the side to the school’s first and second appearance in the national tournament, as he won the MCAC Defensive Player of the Year along the way. He graduated with Cum Laude Honors in Sports Management. Leon finished his playing career and became an assistant coach at Bellevue, where one of his responsibilities was recruiting. Leon also coached with a number of other youth soccer programs, including the Nebraska Olympic Development Program within several age groups, as was instrumental in creating a holiday camp in Nebraska “Select Soccer School”.
Leon is currently in Sydney where he is continuing his path for soccer development and is currently. Since Leon knows this process first hand and personally thrived playing college soccer in the US, he has become passionate about helping as many young people share this experience as well.
DONALD LYNGDOH - COACHING DIRECTOR (SE ASIA)
Donald is from North-Eastern India. Born in Kenya, East Africa and having grown up in many parts of the world, Donald has always been around football as a player and a coach. With a background in sociology, education and athletic coaching, Donald's interest lies in combining all three disciplines to produce an experience for individuals that builds them up.
Donald is the co-founder of OnSides Football, a small NGO that aims to use sport (specifically football) to build and impact communities worldwide. To date, OnSides Football has run several 'camps' around China and India. Donald and his family have spent the past eleven years in China, working closely with grassroots football and football in general, coaching, mentoring and supporting students through various means.
Donald is interested in bringing the U90 model that John has successfully run in Australia to India and provide a pathway to US collegiate soccer for athletes in the North-Eastern region of India.
NICK RUTHERFORD - COACHING OFFICER (AUSTRALIA)
Nick is a former student-athlete who came through the Upper 90 College process. Nick was a standout recruit at Plymouth State University (NCAA D3) in New Hampshire, USA. Playing as a left footed wing attacker, Nick enjoyed a successful season with the Panthers, leading the team in goals scored and earning the program's "Rookie of the Year" and "Offensive MVP" awards.
Nick returned to Australia to pursue a career as a professional football player. Working for Upper 90 College as a Recruiting Director, he plans to provide the same opportunity he had, to all players across the country so they can experience what he described as "an unforgettable experience".
DAN GRAY - SENIOR SPORTS VIDEO ANALYST
Dan began working in video production and graphic design in London before joining the television production team at IMG Sports Media, one of the largest sports agencies in the world, working on outside broadcasts and creating video packages and graphics for live sports event coverage including the English Premier League. Now based in Brisbane he creates and edits custom highlights packages and training montages to show players at their best and help coaches aid in their development.
Growing up in the UK Dan has always had a love of the beautiful game and has always been involved in grass roots football, playing in junior leagues from an early age through to University and eventually becoming a founding member of Pavenham FC when his local team folded. He continues to play when he is not busy making video gold!