The International Academic & Soccer Academy: The International Academic & Soccer

Sunday, September 14
Academy Coaches & Staff
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Director Michael Townsend

Michael Townsend - Atlantic Soccer Academy Director

Played Amateur soccer at Regional level in the UK before taking up a successful career as a Grade 1 referee at district, county and regional level before coaching in 1980. His first stint of coaching involved a U14 Stansfield Rovers Boys team for 3 years through to U16 taking them to District League and Cup success at U15 and at U16 and successfully competed against FA League Clubs Youth teams at Everton, Barnsley, Bradford City, Huddersfield and Leeds United.
The then Leeds United manager, Alan Clark asked him to take a representative Leeds United youth team to Denmark and play in a 5 nation tournament which they duly won. Four of the players went on to play professional soccer one of those, Scott Sellers went on to establish a successful playing career with Leeds, Newcastle, Blackburn and Bolton and is now the Youth Academy Coach at  Sheffield United FC and a member of the Brad Friedel summer coaching staff in Ohio.

Willie Bell - Head Coach Camp Coaching Staff

Willie was head coach at Liberty University USA from 1980 to 2000 after spells as head coach with UK clubs Lincoln City 1978-80, Manager/head coach with Birmingham City 1971-78 and player/coach with Brighton and Hove Albion 1969-74. Willie Bell's playing career included Leicester City 1967-69, Leeds United 1959-67 under Don Revie after being signed from Scotish club Queens Park 1957-59.

Willies most successful years were at Leeds United where he won 2 Scotland International Caps, League Division 1 Championship, FA Cup and European Fairs Cup honours under Don Revies all conquering Leeds United team who dominated the English League Division 1 (now Premier League) in the 1960's.

Dek Smith - Savannah International Soccer Academy
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Dek Smith

Myrtle Beach
South Carolina (1998- 2002
) South Carolina State Coach 87 Boys, (2000-02) ODP GA District Head Coach Savannah Coastal District 2004, CGSA Director of Coaching 2002-2004. Director of Coaching Golden Isle Soccer Association 2005-2007. Academy Director Southern Academy Alliance (SAA)

UEFA "A" Advanced License Grade 1 Advanced Award.

Head Coach 90/94 FAW (Football Association of Wales) coaching Coordinator: professional development officer and coach instructor; setting programs, devising coaching syllabus; coordinating coaching workshops to qualify coaches through licensing structure; scouting and selecting players at national level. FAW National Staff Coach/Instructor 92/97 Staff Coach, International Soccer USA (Sweden Gothia Cup 97) Staff Coach, International Soccer USA-UK (England 95-96) USA  

Excerpt from a letter to USSF from Bob Mollin. (National Staff Coach) 6/26/01:

Dek Smith Has proven to be an outstanding South Carolina State Staff Coach During the last two years, he was in charge of the under 14’ State Team (players born in 87’) He has scouted and organized many practices and games for this team, and the results both on and off the field are clear to see. He has taken this squad to a higher level, and has shown the administrators from South Carolina, how to organize a state select team. He has been extremely helpful to U.S.Soccer in our National under 14 program and has been very CO-operative at all times.

Sincerely, Bob Moullin, National Staff Coach U.S. Soccer (2001)

Saturday, July 21
Boys Coach Jim Axtell contact 843 342 6495 or 843 422-7117
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SCYSA Certified Boys coach Jim Axtell joins SAA in January of 2007!