Reston United '98 Girls: Coaching/Training

Monday, February 16
Coach/Trainer Radovan Pletka

After playing collegiately for George Mason and professionally in Greece, Coach Radovan (Rado) Pletka has been a professional coach/trainer since 2000.  Through an emphasis on teaching, Coach Rado's primary objective is to nurture and develop players, by preparing and bringing out their best both on and off the field. Coach Rado has been age group coordinator for both the Great Falls Soccer Club and the Reston Soccer Association, and the academy director for the Great Falls Soccer Club.  He is also a private trainer for a number of elite soccer players from the Greater DC metro area, including players in the academy soccer for the New York Red Bulls, DC United and the current US U-17 National team.  Previously, Rado was the assistant varsity soccer coach for Lake Braddock High School, in charge of the team's technical skills and academic progress.  He helped the team achieve the #1 national high school soccer ranking in 2005.  He also helped many of the players on the team graduate and play at a higher level in many of the nation's top universities (8 players got scholarships to schools such as UVA, Kentucky, JMU, GMU, FMU, UDC, and Georgetown).  He has co-authored two books, "Soccer is a Thinking Game" and "Demystifying Youth Soccer: 36 Answers to Questions Parents Ask on Soccer Sidelines".  Rado is a US Licensed coach and UEFA soccer educated.  A native of Ghana, Rado also speaks Czech, Greek, and is fluent in 2 Ghanaian dialects.

Coach/Trainer Apostolos Georgiou
Apostolos Georgiou


Apostolos Georgiou has been the head coach and trainer of the team since U9. He holds a USSF National C-License and has extensive experience in travel soccer. He has been coaching both boys and girls in the Northern Virginia area for over 12 years. His coaching experience includes the Reston Strikers '93 team (2003-09) which, under his direction, moved from ODSL Div 5 at U10 to U17 WAGS Division 1 (ranked #5 in VA).  Apostolos grew up in Greece playing soccer for local teams. At age 25, he came to the US for studies where he continued to playing soccer at college intramurals and at several adult leagues (PA, NJ, VA).






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