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Rob Bruley and Kieran McIlvenny are the Coaching Directors for New York Coerver Soccer Academy. Their coaching philosophy is to expose players, of all ages and abilities, to the technical (dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, and heading) and tactical (speed of play, moving with/without the ball, compactness of play) foundations of the game using Coerver Coaching’s curriculum “Pyramid of Player Development”. Coerver Coaching's curriculum is designed to challenge both the mental and physical portions of the game and is age and skill appropriate so everyone is comfortable within the group.

Their goal is to energize each player with a first-class experience that will improve self-esteem, create a passion and appreciation for the game, and enhance a healthy, challenging learning environment. Sessions are serious with the intent to teach, but never lose sight of the fact that soccer is a game and the player's enjoyment is number one.

We are only as good as our staff and so we are proud to say we have the best coaches in all of New York! Please find full staff bios below:

Michele Mahoney played collegiate soccer at Brandeis University where she was a four year starter and two year captain. Since moving to the Poughkeepsie area in 1997, Michele has coached youth soccer at a variety of levels including her current BU18-Middlepath FC United team. Over the years, on both the girls and boys side, Michele has developed and prepared her teams to be showcased. Many of her former players have moved on to become successful college players.

In 2004, Michele began coaching at Kieran's Soccer Academy and then the New York Soccer Academy. Summers find Michele coaching at Coerver camps and Vassar College Camps. Michele also trains individual players and teams. She holds an NSCAA National Diploma.

Michele is currently playing in the East Hudson Women's Soccer League where she has had the privilege to play with her former players.

Sarah Dwyer-Shick Sarah Dwyer-Shick: After 13 years coaching at the collegiate level, Sarah now focuses full time on development of the game at the youth level. She has worked with Eastern NY ODP since 2006 and served as the Division Head Coach for Eastern NY ODP Girls North since 2011. With a background in goalkeeping, Sarah works with a number of NY clubs and has been the NY Rush Goalkeeper coach since 2008.

The global nature of the game is one of the things that draws her to the sport. Internationally her experience includes the World of Football School in Austria and Fut Escola De Craques in Brazil. In 2012, she took the ENY State 1999 Team to the Agropoli Cup in Italy where the team finished first. Most recently she traveled to Namibia with the Kickin’ Back organization.

Sarah received her undergraduate degree from Smith College and Master’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Denver. She began her collegiate coaching career as the assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado. The Bears won back-to-back conference championships and reached the NCAA tournament twice. Sarah went on to serve as the assistant at South Dakota State for its inaugural season in 2000 and was the assistant coach at Marist College in 2007 when the team won the MAC regular-season title. Sarah has also served as the head coach at Pace University and as an assistant coach at Stony Brook University and Iona College.

She holds both the NSCAA Advanced National & Advanced National Goalkeeping diplomas and the USSF Youth National. In 2008, she attended the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and since 2001 has been an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Erika Sclafani:  Erika has been playing soccer her entire life. She was a four-year varsity starter in high school and continues to play today in the East Hudson Women’s Soccer League (EHWSL).

As a coach, Erika has been sharing her love for and knowledge of the game with young people for more than two decades. She started coaching during high school for AFC Rapid in the Bronx, NY and has coached in the East Fishkill Soccer Club for more than 14 years.
Erika has been a trainer with the New York Coerver Academy since 2011, working clinics and camps within the Hudson Valley. Prior to this, coaching in Kieran's Soccer Academy. She is a coach and trainer for the East Fishkill Soccer Club, and, until recently, was head coach of the boys JV team at John Jay High School and the assistant coach for the GU15 East Hudson Academy team. Erika specializes in developing practice plans to help youth players and teams improve their core skills and teamwork, while cultivating a knowledge, respect, and passion for the game. Erika holds multiple coaching licenses, certifications, and diplomas, including her National D.