Fort Lauderdale Select 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 and Coach (U-16 Boys)
Olaf Henke
Olaf has been with Fort Lauderdale Select FC since its inception in 2007. As the Director for Fort Lauderdale Select he oversees the daily operations and currently also coaches the U16 Boys. Before he joined Select 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. 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 - U16 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.

Tuesday, April 16
Flynn Turner U15 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 - U14 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 - U11 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 U11 girls with Select.  

Zureida Molina-Julio - U10 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.

Thursday, April 18
Scott Roberts - U9 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.

Wednesday, April 23
Sercan Guevenisik - U17 Boys

Coach Serge joined Fort Lauderdale Select in the 2013/14 Season after an impressive 14 year playing career that had him with clubs like MSV Duisburg, FC Carl Zeiss Jena and Rot Weiss Essen in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga in Germany but also with 2 teams in the turkish 1st division and a stint with MLS team San Jose Earthquakes. Coach Serge also had appearences for the U21 Turkish National Team. He brings a wealth of experience to the club and is currently the head coach for the U17 Boys. 

Monday, August 19
Charlie Penton - U14 Boys
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.

Sunday, May 25
Jim Fryar - U10 Boys
Fryar picture

Growing up, Jim played for Charlotte Soccer Club in North Carolina. He went on to play soccer at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Jim has been coaching since 2001. His coaching career began at U11-U12 boys at the Charlotte Soccer Academy in North Carolina. After that, he took on a full-time Director of Coaching position at Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association serving the recreational, intermediate, and elite soccer programs within the organization of 6,000 registered players.

Jim holds a USSF "B" license and a USYS National Youth License and has served as an ODP staff coach in North Carolina in addition to having taught North Carolina Youth Modules I, II, and III.

Chris Pruitt - U9 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 - U7 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.

Wednesday, February 12
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.

Monday, November 18
Edward Yevoli - Trainer
Ed Yevoli
Ed Yevoli holds a USSF “E” License. Ed began playing soccer as a first grader in the early seventies for the Cold Spring Harbor / Huntington Soccer Club in New York. His Cold Spring Harbor High School team won the New York State Championship in 1985, a year when soccer balls were still black and white and even was still off. That year Ed received the “Comeback Player of the Year” award – a dubious acknowledgment in light of fact that he was not injured the year before. Ed was graduated from Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School, and spent a year in London attending games and cheering for the Tottenham Hotspurs and their star player, Gary Lineker. He continues to cheer for the Spurs, and despite his advanced years he continues to play weekly with some of coaches of Select. Ed also blogs weekly about soccer for the less than prestigious website He is a tax and corporate attorney for the Fort Lauderdale and Miami law firm of PBY&A which he founded in 2004.

Mike Goodrich - Trainer
Mike Goodrich

Mike Goodrich is a Senior Trainer and will work with a variety of teams in addition to helping to train coaches who are new to the club.  Mike Goodrich just finished his 12th season as head coach of the Nova Southeastern University women’s soccer team. As 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.  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.