Fort Lauderdale F.C.: Coaches

Mark McCormick - Club Founder and President (U-11 Boys)

Mark McCormick founded Fort Lauderdale Select in 2007 with a group of soccer parents and local business owners who were concerned about the lack of opportunities for the sport in one of the state's largest cities. He has been the club's president since the first season, and help grow the club from an inaugural roster of 33 players to and three coaches to an organization with over 500 players, 16 teams and dozen coaches. A long time youth sports enthusiast, Mark grew up playing travel soccer for East Side Soccer on the same fields Fort Lauderdale Select would use 30 years later. He played club soccer at the University of Notre Dame, and began his coaching career as a senior in college coaching a collegiate women's club. He holds a USSF "E" level coaching license and has coached with Select for the past eights years taking his teams to at least one premiere league major tournament finals in each of the years he has coached. Mark is an enteprener and President of Gulfstream Capital Holdings which owns Gold Coast Magazine, and a dozen media properties in addition to Mirabel Technologies, the world's largest Magazine Management software provider. He is a former member of the City of Fort Lauderdale's Parks advisory board, and was the driving force behind the city's plan to add seven soccer fields and double the city's field space.  He has served in a leadership capacity on numerous charitable foundation boards and political campaigns.

Olaf Henke - Club Director
Olaf Henke
Olaf has been with Fort Lauderdale FC since its inception in 2007. As the Director for Fort Lauderdale FC he oversees the daily operations and all age groups. Before he joined FTL FC Olaf was the Sports Director for the East Broward YMCA for two years, running several successful youth sports programs. In 2009 he became the head coach for the Pine Crest Middle School Boys and Girls teams for 4 years developing a strong soccer foundation. Since 2013 Olaf is the head coach for the Pine Crest Boys Varsity Team. Since the beginning of 2015 Olaf is also the assitant coach for the Broward College Womens team. He spent the majority of his playing career in his home land Germany, growing up with 2nd division team Motor Eberswalde. He later moved on to play for various other clubs in Eberswalde, Munich and Duesseldorf. After an injury ended his playing career in 2001 he went on to become a coach and manager for local teams in Germany. Olaf holds several licenses and diplomas (NSCAA Advanced National License, USSF “D” License, National Youth License, Director of Coaching Diploma, Coerver Coaching Diploma). He also serves as a staff coach for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program for the Florida Youth Soccer Association. Beside of his involvemnet in youth soccer he is also an advocate for adult amateur soccer in the area as the president of the Lauderdale United Soccer League.

John Earle - U17 Girls
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John Earle’s passion for soccer has enabled him to be successful in all aspects of the game.  He has played at many levels starting 30 years ago in Vermont and began his coaching career 16 years ago.  During this time John has coached club, middle school, a division one state champion high school team and a college team.  He also worked as a founder of the USSF sanctioned amateur league in Vermont.  Since moving to Florida John has continued to play and coach spending the past two years with Fort Lauderdale Select coaching both boys and girls.  John works hard with his players in order to instill a lifetime love of the game and has coached many players that have joined the adult ranks after completing decorated college careers.

Flynn Turner U16 Girls
Flynn Turner

Flynn Turner grew up playing soccer in Los Angeles, a Southern California hotbed for youth soccer. He played collegiate, competitive men’s leagues and played for Maccabi USA (traveling domestically and internationally).
Flynn started coaching competitive soccer in Southern California and for 12+ years worked with boys and girls teams ranging from U13 to U19. During his coaching career in California, he has coached high school, Maccabi youth teams, and at the highest level in California, Coast Soccer Premier League. He also worked as an instructor for several Soccer camps in Los Angeles and Orange County, helping players develop technical and tactical skills prior to entering their upcoming seasons. Prior to relocating to Fort Lauderdale, Flynn coached high school soccer for Palisades Charter, Woodbridge High in Orange County, Westchester High in Los Angeles, and competitive youth soccer for West Coast Soccer Academy, Santa Monica United and Irvine Strikers.
Flynn came from a family that emphasized education. In 2001, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business and in 2003, he graduated with a Master’s in Business.
Flynn holds national licenses from the United States Soccer federation. He is a Director of Philanthropic Relations at Miami Children’s Hospital covering counties in Broward/Palm Beach. He is married to Roni and resides in Fort Lauderdale. He enjoys watching/playing soccer and spending time with friends and family.

Jaime Gruber - U15 Girls
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Jaime Gruber has an extensive college and semi-pro soccer career, as well as a wide range of coaching experience.  Jaime played for Marshall University from 2001-2005, where she served as the team captain for three years, the only player in the program history to accomplish this feat. Gruber also entered the record books for total matches played with 69 and total assists with 11.  She was awarded Player of the Year, and the Leadership Award after her senior season in 2005.  Gruber has also played professionally in the USL's W League with the Cleveland Internationals (2004) and in the WPSL with the Steel City Sparks (2005).  Jaime has a Masters Degree in Sports Management and Marketing and works for the National Football League Alumni Association. 

Jodi Bogue - U12 Girls

Jodi has been coaching youth soccer since 1997 after playing at the collegiate level in Massachusetts.  Jodi earned a D level coaching license, and was the coach of the Western Massachusetts Junion Pioneers, where she was the travel programs Director for several years.  Jodi  moved to Florida in 2008, and has two daughters who play Varsity Soccer at St Thomas Aquinas.  Jodi currently coaches the U12 girls with Select.  


Zureida Molina-Julio - U9 Girls

In addition to her work with FTLS, Zureida is the girls soccer coach at St Marks Episcopal school where she has won the division championship for the past 4 years. She has a Bachelor of  Fine Arts from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she was an NCAA student althlete. She was inducted into the South Plantation High School Sports Hall of Fame, and played Semi-Professional Soccer with the Miramar Women's Soccer Club, where she was National Cup Champions and Gold Coast Champions. Zureida holds the NSCAA National Youth License.


Scott Roberts - U10 Girls
Scott Roberts has spent his whole life in and around soccer as a player, avid fan, blogger and coach. First playing as a child growing up in Saudi Arabia, he also had the opportunity to play in England, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. Later he was the captain of his high school soccer team (Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut) and the captain of an intramural championship team at the University of Florida. To the bewildered chagrin of his doctor, he still plays on the Monday nights when his knees don’t object too much. Scott holds the USSF “E” License and has coached both boys and girls from U5 to U11 since 2008. Critically, he also writes a weekly post for the soccer blog, primarily covering his beloved Liverpool. Scott is a CPA at Nichols Wealth Partners, providing consulting services that fully integrate wealth preservation, wealth transfer, life insurance and philanthropic planning for affluent families.

Charlie Penton - U11 Girls
Charlie Penton has been playing soccer from an early age on. He has developed a passion for the game throughout his life and by the time he attended High School his dedication and love for soccer lead to a position as team captain and mentor for his teammates. Following High School he continued his journey by mainly sporting the "#1" jersey in countless tournaments such as Copa Latina, Caribean leagues, and other soccer competitions. After playing soccer for many years he decided to pass on his knowledge and devotion for the game by continuing his path as a coach and completing the USSF D license as well as certifying himself with the NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma. Coach Charlie is constantly eager to advance his education and therfore will continue his journey for advanced National Diplomas. Besides his scholastic accomplishments he also has had practical experience as a coach for age groups U5 - U15 since 2008 as well as training adults for various leagues. Coach Charlie is still an active soccer player with an unmatched enthusiasm and intensity.

Chris Pruitt - U10 Boys
Chris Pruitt
Chris Pruitt was a four year starter for Nova Southeastern University from 2007-2010, where he earned NCAA Honor Roll Athlete honors all four years. Prior to his college career, he played for the Michigan Olympic Development Team and for Vardar FC. As a starter for his youth club, Chris won 4 state championships, 3 Region II Regional Championships, and 3 National Final Four Finalists. Chris graduated from Nova Southeastern University and received a Bachelors in Sports and Recreation Management. In 2011, Chris became the head coach for the David Posnack High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team. He has coached there the past two seasons and recently won the 2013 District Championship. In addition to coaching for Fort Lauderdale Select, he is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Nova Southeastern University and his NSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification.

Laurie Uustal Mathews - U8 Boys
Laurie Matthews

Laurie Uustal Mathews was a four year starter for Harvard University from 1989-1993, where she earned All-Ivy honors.  Prior to that, she played for St. Thomas Aquinas High School, the Florida Olympic Development Team and made the National Olympic Development Pool.  As a High School Player, Laurie was selected as the player of the year during both her Junior and Senior seasons.  Laurie graduated cum laude and received an A.B. in Philosophy from Harvard and graduated magna cum laude and received a J.D. from the University of Miami.  In addition to coaching for FTLS, she is currently a partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP.

Russell Coker - Goal Keeper Coach

Russell Coker grew up playing travel soccer, having a lengthy career with the Palm Bay Warriors Competitive Travel Team in Palm Bay, FL. He started at Melbourne High School as goalkeeper, before playing at Brevard Community College and leading the team to an undefeated record. In college he also began his career as a youth coach, for local Palm Bay Youth Soccer and local High School teams. He has earned a degree in Video Production from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and currently manages Legal Video Services, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, a legal videography and litigation support company.


Tommy Knapp - Director Future Stars & Youth Development U5-U8

Coach Tommy Knapp has been training young soccer players and playing competitive sports for over 30 years. As a junior at Ithaca College, he won an NCAA National Championship in 1988 and took that experience to the coaching side of the ball. He holds a US Soccer Coaching License as well as Coerver Coaching and NSCAA coaching certifications. He currently coaches for Pine Crest, Fort Lauderdale Select FC and the Fort Lauderdale Surge BSC.

Aside from his experience training kids on grass, sand (beach soccer) and hard surfaces (futsal), Coach Tommy also spent nearly a decade working in professional sports. He was the Commercial Director of South Florida's pro soccer team, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and also worked in the Front Office for the NFL's Miami Dolphins and the NHL's Florida Panthers.

As a leader in the community, he has spent considerable time on various Boards including the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, GMCC Sports Hall of Fame, Boys & Girls Club, Project 100, and Co-Chaired the South Florida Sports Super Pass initiative. As Director of Future Stars and Youth Development for the Fort Lauderdale Select FC, Coach Tommy is dedicated to helping young soccer players reach their greatest potential while always feeding their love for the game.

Mike Goodrich - U17 Boys
Mike Goodrich

Mike Goodrich is one of our Senior Trainers and coaches the U17 Boys team. He was the head coach of the Nova Southeastern University women’s soccer team for over 16 years and became the winningest coach in program history with a 137-112-16 record, Goodrich has led NSU to progressive success on and off the pitch and is the reigning conference coach of the year and is one of the most sought after coaches in the region. Since 2015 Coach Goodrich is the head coach for the Broward College Womens Team. A strong advocate of community involvement, Goodrich has developed and produced numerous camps and clinics for children in South Florida.  Additionally, he is the co-founder and president of the Frankie Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the purchase and placement of AEDs (Defibrillators) in area parks and recreation facilities.   He previously has not coached heavily at the club level and it's a nice testament to the organization that he agreed to join our coaching staff

John Uustal - Trainer
John Uustal
John holds a USSF “E” level coaching license, and has been coaching with Fort Lauderdale Select since 2007, and has coached both boys and girls teams of various ages. He played high soccer at St. Thomas Aquinas, where his team went to the finals of the State Championship. He was selected for one of only three spots available to non-Italian Citizens on the on the Italian Embassy Soccer team in Washington D.C., where he played for several years.   John is partner with a successful local firm, where he successfully litigates injury claims on behalf of his clients.  However, is more proud of his recently competing in local tournaments on the Fort Lauderdale Select Coaches’ Team where he has successfully finished games without being injured.  

Marc San Martano - U16 Boys
San Martano

In one way or another football (soccer) has been a part of my life from the time I could walk. I’ve been a student of THE game for 40 years. My philosophy is simple: Teach the game. Using the most up to date professional training methods (example: whole-part-whole training used by Federation Francaise de Football) and sports science (example: biomechanics/physical/physiological training) to improve the individual player, I focus on teaching technique with a purpose. Each group has different social dynamics and needs; it is my role to build an environment in which the individual and group will develop. I am interested in the cognitive/psychological development of players. Knowledge breeds the confidence necessary to successfully use technique in the stress of competition. I use the most up to date pedagogical methods to transfer knowledge. The pillars of training are Physical, technical, tactical, psychological, and intellectual. These are integral to every one of my training session (situational design). I measure success one player at a time.

U.S. Coaching experience
• 2000 – 2010 – Travel coach (Hollywood Wildcats)
• 2010 – 2012 – Athletic Director of Travel Program (Hollywood Wildcats)
• 2012 – Present – Ft. Lauderdale Select
• 2012 – Present – Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Hallandale High School

Player/trainer experience - France
• Youth Soccer Marseille • Player AS Red Star – (known as Red Star 93 today) – Paris, France (1976 – 89)
• Trainer/Coach – for Player’s Rehabilitation post injury/ technical refinement

• B.S. Microbiology/Physiology
• Graduate studies and research – Molecular Biology
 • Universite Renee Descartes (Paris 5) – Etudes de Medecine

Project : Coaching Manual (estimated publication date August 2016)  

Jeff Schield - U13 Boys & U14 Girls

Jeff has a long and extensive playing history, he was a former Division 1 soccer player at Western Illinois University (2005-2009). He has played in multiple semi-pro leagues indoor and outdoor around the United States. After his playing career, Jeff went onto become a professional coach. Jeff has coached all youth levels both (boys/girls) and also coaching college and semi-pro teams. He has worked with clubs where he was a Director of Coaching and Technical Director. Along with Coaching, Jeff is a published writer contributing to the NSCAA Soccer Journal. Being published with NSCAA he also has other articles he has written used in curriculums and websites within the soccer world. On the side, Coach Jeff runs his personal training business along with being a financial day trader.

Licenses: United States Soccer Federation: USSF “D” license USSF “C” license USSF “B” license USSF “Youth” license National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA): NSCAA “Advanced” Diploma NSCAA “Premier” Diploma NSCAA “Director of Coaching” Diploma Other licenses: FC BESCOLA “Barcelona Coaching course” Coerver Coaching certified  

Philosophy: “Sports can be a great way to allow young adults to create passion and drive in their lives and learn about being part of a team atmosphere. My philosophy as a coach is to bring out the best in my players by teaching them integrity, sportsmanship, work ethic and communications skills that are required on and off the field to become productive adults in society.”