Meet the Coaches and Trainers
Written by: League Administrator
Friday, June 7, 2013
South Couny Youth Soccer prides itself on bringing together the best that southern Rhode Island and New England have to offer in the form of high quality training, a positive coaching influence and access to properly maintained facilities in order to provide the best environment for youth soccer training at the best value. With access to the coaching staff at the University of Rhode Island at Kingston and the plush natural turf fields of South Kingstown, SCYSC is constantly looking to improve the soccer experience for its members.
The Competitive Coaching staff is comprised entirely of volunteer head coaches who are supported week-to-week throughout the winter and spring sessions with professional trainers that assist running practices and developing age-group curriculums. The 2013 season builds on a second year with SCYSC Technical Director and URI Womens Head Coach Mike Needham and his assistant Craig Scriven. Under the guidance of Co-Directors of Coaching Bob Gulla and Brian Bradley, Coach Needham and Coach Scriven have the teams well prepared for the upcoming 2013 outdoor spring season. Click below to check out their bios.
Co-Director of Coaching Bob Gulla After a standout 3-sport High School career garnering All-State Honors in both soccer and baseball at Westerly High School, where he brough Westerly to the finals of the Rhode Island Division 1 Soccer State Championship, Bob continued on to have a record breaking career playing both soccer and baseball at Middlebury College. Bob has a National D License and was the Soccer RI Coach of the Year in 2010. Bob coaches his son on the SCYSC Boys U17 teams and his daughter on the SCYSC Girls U14 team.
Co-Director of Coaching and Director of Competitive Programs Brian Bradley This season marks his fifth season with South County Youth Soccer. After two years of Professional Indoor Soccer with the Cleveland Crunch, Chicago Fire and the Canton Invaders; Bradley continued his soccer career for six years with the APC Rhode Island Stingrays. During that same time, he was the Varsity Coach at SeekonkHigh School. Bradley attended and graduated from the University of Rhode Island. As a four-year standout player, Bradley was named Captain in his senior year. Bradley was recognized for his talent during his four years when he was named to the All New England and All Atlantic 10 Tournament Team in his senior year. Brian has served as an RI Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach for five years and served for a year as the Boys Director for the State ODP . Bradley holds a National "B: Coaching License and coaches his son on the SCYSC U8 team.
Technical Director Michael J. Needham enters his second season as head women's soccer coach at the University of Rhode Island and second year as Technical Director for SCYSC. The Killingworth, Conn. native has his United States Soccer Federation National 'A' License, a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 'Premier Diploma' in addition to an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma with Distinction and an United States Soccer Federation National Youth Licensure.
In his first full season on the sidelines, he helped the Rams double the 2010 win total while establishing a new culture and atmosphere with the Rams. Two players earned 2011 postseason honors from the Atlantic 10. Alexis Veith was named to the All-A-10 Second Team, while Courtney David was selected to the A-10's All-Academic team. Off the pitch, URI was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for their academic efforts with an NSCAA Team Academic Award. A 1996 graduate of the Rhode Island, Needham returned to Kingston after a two-year stint as head coach at New Mexico State in which he oversaw the start of the Aggies soccer program. Prior to New Mexico State, Needham spent two seasons as the top assistant coach at George Mason. From 2005-06, Needham served as an assistant coach at UNLV, where he assisted the Rebels to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances after winning the Mountain West Conference title both seasons. Needham also served as an assistant at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. from 2002-03 and was an assistant at URI from 2000-01.
He also has extensive experience coaching outside the collegiate ranks. He worked with the Region IV Olympic Development Program as a staff coach and prior to that he was with the Nevada Olympic Development Program as head coach. He also spent time at the United Soccer Academy in Delray Beach, Fla., as the Director of Coaching. He earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science in 1996 from Rhode Island and a master's degree in physical education from Drury in 2003. After a standout four-year career with the Rams, Needham played professionally with the Municipal Goecechea, in the Costa Rican Premier League in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Assistant Technical Director Craig Scriven is entering his second season as assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Rhode Island, and second year as assistant Technical Director for SCYSC.
Prior to arriving in Kingston, Scriven previously served as the Vice President/National Director of the United States Specialty Sports Association. In that role, Scriven helped reenergize a struggling program into one that now operates under the membership of U.S. Soccer. He handled all aspects of the organization, from recruitment of new members to contracts, budgeting, forecasting, developing new programs, and hiring of new staff members. Scriven helped raise player registration from 3,000 to 50,000 in three years.
Before his time at the USSSA, Scriven was the Competitive Director/Head Coach of the Futura Futbol Club in Kansas City from 2006-07. In that role, Scriven served as head coach of three travel teams - U18 boys and U13 and U15 girls - while also overseeing the development of numerous ODP and college selected players. Scriven also handled overall player development, including speed, agility, and strength & conditioning programs.
A four-year letterwinner at Park University in Parkville, Mo., Scriven was named the Freshman Player of the Year in 1999 before leading his squad to the NAIA Championship Game in 2002. Scriven also has his U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) Class "D" license and earned his NSCAA Premier Diploma during the summer of 2012.
Goal Keeper Coach Kyle Froberg graduated from the University of Rhode Ilsand in 1997 with a Bachelors Degree in Health and Fitness. During his time at URI, he was on the Men's Soccer Team that went to the NCAA Tournament in 1995 and 1996. In 1995 the team was ranked #8 in the country. Kyle was also selected as Rhode Island's Freshman College Athlete of the Year in 1993. After his playing career, Kyle went on to be an Assistant Coach at URI under Hall of Fame coach Ed Bradley for 5 years. Kyle is currently the Head Boy's Soccer Coach at North Kingstown High School, which he led to an undefeated State Championship in 2007. In his tenure at North Kingstown, he has coached a 2-Time All American, 3 All-New England candidates, and a number of All-State Student Athletes.
Professional Coach Seth Klaiman has been coaching since he was a teenager - now more than 25 years, including camps all over New England.
Seth was one of the of the original coaches for the Rhode Island Rays when it was
founded in 1997, where he led his teams to an undefeated record in State Cup competitions for 11 years. Prior to coaching with the Rays, Seth was the second head girls soccer coach at Exeter-West Greenwich High School, as well having coached a number of years with the girl's ODP program.
Seth spent his collegiate career at Keene State College, then a fixture at the top of the division two national rankings.
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