Coaches

Chris Bartels, Legends Club Director

Born and raised in New Jersey, Chris began his soccer journey playing for River Dell Regional High School winning a state championship.  The off season was spent playing for the Hoboken German-Americans in the New York Metropolitan German-American League.  Chris later attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio on scholarship where he captained the Falcons to their first NCAA tournament. An All-League, All-Ohio and All-Midwest selection while at Bowling Green, Chris earned his BS in Journalism/Public Relations.

In the summer before is senior year, he worked with the New York Cosmos in public relations and was given the opportunity to train with the Cosmos on occasion.  On the off season, he played for the Toledo Bavarians and the Cleveland Ukranians.  After graduation Chris started his coaching career as an assistant coach at BG and earning his Masters in Sports Sciences.  During that time, he traveled to Mexico with Cleveland Ajax and played a series of matches against professional teams.  Chris played two matches for the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League and for the Golden Gate Gales in the A-League.

Chris joined Athletes in Action in California, which was the athletic arm of Campus Crusade in Christ where they toured Mexico, St. Croix, Trinidad, Barbados and Puerto Rico as well as playing in a regional professional league in California.  After three years in California, Chris returned to Ohio where he spent two years as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Physical Education and assistant soccer coach.  During this time, he earned his USSF National "C", "B" and "A" coaching licenses.  In the 1980, Chris expanded his coaching experience traveling to England and spending a month with Lincoln City of the English Third Division.

In 1981, Chris moved to Memphis where he worked with the Memphis Americans of the Major Indoor Soccer League.  Chris served as the Academy Director, Assistant Coach, Director of Player Personnel and also did radio and TV color commentating.  After three years when the franchise was sold to Las Vegas, Chris became the General Manager and Head Coach of the Kalamazoo Kangaroos of the American Indoor Soccer Association.  Two years later, he moved back to Memphis where he assumed duties as General Manager of the Memphis Storm of the National Professional Soccer League.

In 1988, Chris was named head coach at The University of Memphis where he coached for eleven years and took the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament.  He was able to tour and coach in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium with a touring group out of Cleveland as well as taking the Tigers to Mexico for preseason.  In his final year, Chris visited Holland to make contact with and observe Ajax of Amsterdam.  After achieving a 119-89-11 career record at the Tiger helm Chris stepped down to assume teaching and coaching duties at Briarcrest Christian School.

Chris has been active locally in youth soccer having coached with the Dragons, MFC and Lobos as well as one year as the State Coach of Tennessee.  In 2008, Chris joined the HappyFeet/Legends as the Memphis Director.

Coaching Certification: 
       United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National ''A'' License (1976)
       United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "B" License (1975)
       United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "C" License (1974)
       National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Director of Coaching Diploma (2016)

Carey Talley, Director of Coaching - Competitive Program

Upon graduating from the University of North Carolina where he was a four year starter, Talley was drafted 14th overall by D.C. United in the 1998 MLS College Draft.  Talley immediately earned a spot in the United lineup, starting 19 games and appearing in 29; he would remain in that role for the next three years, winning an MLS Cup with the team in 1999.  During the 1999 MLS Cup title season Talley scored a career-high 4 goals. He scored his first MLS goal on May 15, 1999 at Kansas City, and started all six playoff matches for DC, including MLS Cup 1999, which United won 2-0 over the Galaxy.

In 2002, Talley was traded to the Kansas City Wizards for future considerations; although he was usually a starter when healthy. Talley had injury problems in 2003, and was subsequently traded in the offseason to the Dallas Burn along with Eric Quill in exchange for Shavar Thomas.  Although he had little playing time at the beginning of the season, Talley eventually supplanted Philip Salyer as the team's starting right back, and finished the year with one assist in 19 starts.  After playing in 20 games in 2005, he was traded to Real Salt Lake. In his first season with RSL, he posted career-highs after starting in all 30 appearances and logging 2,618 minutes played, and tied for second on squad and recorded a career-best eight assists from his right back position.  On May 13, 2006 he recorded his first two-assist game at the Los Angeles Galaxy, helping RSL to a 3-0 win and its first-ever road victory.

On May 9, 2008, he was traded to Chivas USA for a future conditional pick in the 2010 or 2011 MLS SuperDraft. During his stay with Chivas, he appeared in 43 league matches scoring 1 goal, being primarily deployed as the club's starting right back.  On March 2010, he was released by Chivas USA and later signed by D.C. United.  Talley appeared in 15 league matches for United upon his return to the side appearing in 15 matches and scoring 1 goal.  He was traded by D.C. United to New York Red Bulls on September 15, 2010 in exchange for a 2011 MLS SuperDraft 2nd round pick.  The move was made by New York to help strengthen the squad during its playoff run.

Coach Talley resides in Germantown, TN with his wife and two children.  He is still active with Major League Soccer.

Coaching Certification:
     United States Soccr Federation (USSF) A License

John Adams, Coach

John Adams grew up just outside of Atlanta GA, where he played for the Atlanta Lightening Soccer Club.  While playing with the Lightening, John won several state cups, and was a member of the Georgia ODP program. 

In the winter of 1994, John went to England where he played and trained with the West Bromwich Albion youth team.  He then went on to play at Millsaps College, where he started as a Freshman. 

Still playing in the GMSA Adult leagues, John has been coaching youth soccer for many years, and enjoys nothing more than teaching kids to love and respect the game!     

Ted Bartels, Director of Coach and Player Development

Ted has recently completed his soccer playing career at Division I power Winthrop University.  A four year player at Briarcrest Christian School, Ted was a three time All-Region and two time All-State player.  A long time player for MFC who played in England, Denmark and Poland. 

Bartels was also a four time member of the Tennessee Olympic Development Program.  A very technical player, Ted has worked as an assistant coach at Briarcrest as well as a staff coach with HappyFeet and with the Legends Goalscoring Camp.

Ted is also the current Head Coach of both the Germantown High School Red Devils and Lady Red Devil teams.

Coaching Certification:
       Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma
       National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma
       National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma
       
United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National D Coaching License

Brett Borm, Director, HappyFeet

Brett Borm is the Director of Memphis HappyFeet Soccer since 2012.

Borm was the Rhodes College Men's Assistant Soccer Coach under Coach Andy Marcinko from 2012-2014.

Borm spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach and Goalkeeper Coach with the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles (NCAA II) and Coach Mat Santoro. In his first season with USI, Borm helped lead the Eagles and their goalkeepers to their first winning season since 2003.

In 2011, Borm was the assistant coach for W-League professional powerhouse Pali Blues in Los Angeles, California. While with the Pali Blues he worked with many top International team and collegiate players including Italian Women's National Team goalkeeper Anna Picarelli. He also trained veteran Mexican International and successful Mexican Primera Division goalkeeper Oscar Duatt at brother club LA Blues of the USL.

Prior to joining USI, Borm served as assistant coach at Briarcrest Christian Academy with former University of Memphis Head Coach and Legends Owner Chris Bartels.

Borm graduated from Lambuth University (TN) in 2009, where he was the starting goalkeeper and captain for the Eagles under Coach Paul Conway. He helped Lambuth to the 2007 TranSouth Conference championship and the 2008 Association of Independent Institutions Tournament title. In the 2008 season, Borm had 8 shutouts and was named to the A.I.I. all tournament team along with two A.I.I. Player of the Week awards and a NAIA national player of the week nominee.

In 2009, Borm played for the St. Louis Lions (USL) under Coach Tony Glavin that qualified for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. He also had the chance to compete against legendary 1875 FA Cup winners Royal Engineers A.F.C. in an exhibition match.

Borm earned his BS in Sport Management at Lambuth University in 2009, he then earned his Masters Degree in Liberal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana in 2012. 

Coaching Certification:
              Coerver Youth Diploma
              National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Level 1-5 Diploma
              National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma
              National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Level 1 Futsal Diploma
              United States Soccer Federation (USSF) D License

Competitive club....Americans '74 7 state titles

Memphis Futbol Club

Chrisitian Brothers HIgh School...3 state titles...back-to-back-to-back.

Univerisity of Memphis....1992- 1994....NCAA tournament under Coach Chris Bartels.

Berry College....1994- 1996....ranked nationally

Some semi-pro experience

USSF F License.

Kirk Dunaway, Coach - High School Boys & Girls

Kirk was one of the original Fury competitive players in Germantown starting his career in the early 80's.  Kirk has been involved in coaching at a variety of levels.  Dunaway was on the staff at Germantown High School while the Red Devils won three state championships as well as coaching the U19 Fury Girls and serving with the Tennessee Olympic Development Program.

Kirk moved to California where he continued playing and coaching before returning to Germantown to work and coach with the Legends.  He has coached competitive teams and ran our Future Legends (recreation) skills sessions for U6- U8.

Coach Kirk resides in Germantown along with his wife and two kids.

Coaching Certifications:

National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Diploma
United States Soccer Federation National D License
US Youth Soccer National "Youth" License

Phil McDonnell, Coach

Phil McDonnell is originally from Memphis and grew up playing with the First Memphis Soccer Club (Kickers) and Memphis Futbol Club.  He was a four year member of the Tennessee ODP program.

Phil played for Christian Brothers High School, where he was a three-time Tennessee State Champion.

He played collegiately for University of Memphis and was selected to the All-Freshman Team. Was also a member of the first ever U of M team to play in the NCAA tournament.

Phil has coached the youth level for many years and enjoys teaching the beautiful game. 

Coaching Certification:
    United States Soccer Federation D License

Craig McLeod, Coach

Craig calls the West Midlands, England home and has been in in the US permanently since 2010.  He previously spent the summers of 2007 and 2008 coaching in Vermont.  Before moving to Memphis in the summer of 2012 he spent two years in Cincinnati completing his MBA at Xavier.

His playing experience includes being part of his high schools most successful soccer side with two league titles, two cup wins and a cup winners cup medal.  Through college he played amateur soccer in the Bristol Downs League picking up a cup winners medal in two seasons that were cut short by injury.

Coaching Certification:
          
United States Soccer Federation E License

Donald Nobert, Director of Operations - REC Soccer

Donald started his competitive soccer career in the 70's, and has continued his love of the game through coaching.  Donald started coaching in 1999, focusing primarily on young players just starting their soccer careers.  He has coached competitive teams, helping in the transition from the Germantown Fire to the Germantown Legends Soccer program.

Currently, running the Germantown Legends Recreation Soccer programs, he oversees our Future Legends Skills Sessions for U5 thru U10. 

He also helped to start our TOPSoccer Program as well.

Coaching Philosophy:

"My goal is to develop players to the best of their ability.  I want to pass on an appreciation, respect and understanding of the beautiful game of soccer.  I want to enable the players to make good decisions, while learning good sportsmanship, confidence and team unity, as they grow as individuals and as well as a team.  The game of soccer teaches, as in life, that nothing comes without a little hard work and dedication.  And, that by doing the little things, the right way, they can lead to having success both on and off of the field, while also having a little fun along the way." 

A 1986 graduate of Missouri State University, Coach Nobert resides in Germantown, TN with his wife and four kids.

Coaching Certifications: 
             National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma
             National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma
             United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National D License
             United States Youth Soccer (USYS) National Youth License

Lee Opie, Coach - U8/ U9 Girls

Played with Memphis Futbol Club for 10 years ('85, '84 and '83 teams)

Traveled to Europe with MFC '83 to compete in Germany, France, Belgium and Holland.

Houston High School Varsity (3 years), Junior Varsity (1 year)

Battled back from ACL surgery senior year of high school to earn a D1 athletic scholarship at Appalachian State University Women's Soccer (Division 1) 4 years

I am passionate about coaching young, female athletes to increase their individual skill set, encourage team unity, promote a love for the game and develop life skills that will take them far beyond the playing field. 

Coaching Certification:
        E Licensed Coach

Guto Peredo, U8 Coach

Ross Ridenhour grew up playing soccer locally with Memphis Futbol Club, now Midsouth FC, and Houston High School where he was a standout player.

Ross then continued his soccer career at Appalachian State University playing four years.

Ross has over 14 years coaching experience at the club level with High Country Avalanche (Boone, NC), Memphis Futbol Club, Midsouth FC, TN Rush, and Arlington Soccer Academy.

Ross is married to his wife Nicole.

Coaching Certification:

United States Soccer Federation National D License

Riccardo Sbabo, Technical Director/Coach

Riccardo Sbabo is originally from Vicenza, Italy.  He grew up playing for Vicenza academy and U.S. Maddalene, his grandfather’s and father’s clubs.  As a teenager, he moved to Germany where he played for ASC Neuenheim and FC Astoria Walldorf, in the Regional Liga.  A four-time High School European champion with the Heidelberg Lions, he was also a member of the European ODP regional team.  Riccardo moved to San Diego in 2003 to attend San Diego State University as an international student.  In 2011, he moved back to Italy and played for ASD Altavilla, Marano in the Promozione and Eccellenza divisions.

Riccardo began coaching at Italia Select Academy while taking on a player/manager role for the U.S. Army men’s soccer team in Vicenza, as well as coaching at numerous camps around northern Italy.  In 2013, he had the chance to play a benefit match against the Swiss guards in the Vatican, while attending a special audience with Pope Benedict XVI.  In 2014, he moved to San Diego, where he coached for Encinitas Express U10, U11, U13 and U14 teams.

Riccardo relocated to Memphis in 2015 where he assisted Carey Talley with the 04 Boys, Red and Black teams.

Coaching Philosophy: “I like to encourage my players to develop their own style of play with a strong foundation on the basics. The diversity of every player is what makes this the beautiful game.  I try to convey my passion for the game, and I hope that translates in players learning skills as well as life lessons, both on and off the field.”

Certifications:

NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
NSCAA Futsal Level 1
United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National D License
Coerver Youth Diploma
FA Psychology Level 1
Positive Coaching Alliance Certification
FIGC National Youth License

Originally from Memphis, Clark Talley played youth soccer for Memphis Futbol Club.  He attended Houston High School, where he was a two-time Tennessee State and National Champion.

Clark attended the University of Memphis, where he was a four year starter.  He was on the Conference USA all freshman team.  He aslo played on the US U-20 National Pool.

Clark has coached for the Memphis Kickers and the Olive Branch Rage.

Married with two boys.

Coaching Certification:
    United States Soccer Federation E License

Devin VanCleave played at the top competitive level for several years.  He was part of the Tennessee Oympic Development Program (ODP) State team.  Hplayed high school soccer for Houston went on the be nationally ranked.

Devin played at Mississippi college. 

Assistant coach to Brandon VanCleave with the 2002 purple rain later to be head coach a couple years later....

Coaching Certification:
        

Kevin Wilson grew up in Germantown, TN and played soccer with Germantown Fury ’76 from its formation until college years.  While playing for Fury ’76, Kevin was part of a State Championship Team. 

Kevin played multiple sports growing up including soccer, baseball, and basketball.  He is a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and chose to play baseball where he played for four years.  He also has his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Chicago, IL).

Kevin currently resides in Memphis and is married to Jaime and they have 3 daughters (Lily, Campbell, and Lucy).  He has coached his daughters the last 8 years at both the recreational and competitive levels.

Coaching Certification:

United States Soccer Federation “E” License