Our Staff

Supporting our growth, during and after-school, and over the summer months (200+ students in 2012 to 2,000 students in 2016) is a group of committed, part-time employees with impressive soccer coaching backgrounds, including Luiny Ascencio, who is also a member of the Boston Breakers Academy staff, retired North Andover Soccer Coach, Bill Tarbox, long-time Beyond Soccer volunteer and coach, Lucas Skelecki, who also volunteers time coaching the U12 Thunder, Andover resident and local businessman, David Heckendorn, who also served on Beyond Soccer’s Board of Directors. We also have a handful of parents assisting our teams for the first time.

An exciting and important part of our coaching model, is developing youth who have grown up in our programs, to step into leadership roles as Coach-Mentors. Today, 5 Beyond Soccer high school graduates, work as Coach-Mentors in the schools and after school promoting our youth development through sports model. We also hire at least 8-10 Beyond Soccer college students as Summer Coach-Mentors.

In addition, more than 100 volunteers contribute to our recreational league and summer camps. A cohort of retired teachers, led by Diane LaMonica, who taught for 17 years in the Lynn Public School Systems, is strengthening our volunteer teaching resources, and partnerships, so that our Travel Program participants, with academic need, get homework help after school on their non-soccer days.

Stephanie McArdle

Stephanie McArdle

Executive Director

Stephanie McArdle, who began the programs that evolved into Beyond Soccer, has grown it from its grass roots-12 girls on first travel soccer team--to a year-round, sports-based youth development organization, serving 2,500 Lawrence youth. Stephanie, who captained the University of Michigan Women’s Soccer Team for two seasons, recognizes the power of sport to lift kids out of difficult situations. She is a member of the Mayor’s Health Task Force and contributes to the City’s Open Spaces and Healthy-Active-Living subcommittees, and also champions field development efforts in and around the city that will get more kids playing!

Johnny Noel

Johnny Noel

Operations Director

Operations Director, Johnny Noel, handles the day to day functions of Beyond Soccer, including bookkeeping, field and equipment maintenance, human resource management, as well as some fundraising responsibilities. Johnny has an extensive experience in the public sector, including an outstanding, 18-year law enforcement career. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of South Alabama. Johnny’s passion for sports and coaching was advanced by his own, competitive high school and college sports experiences, including junior hockey league participation.

Lindsey McArdle

Lindsey McArdle

Health & Wellness Director

Health & Wellness Director, Lindsey McArdle, brings her health and nutrition education priorities and passions to our team. Lindsey, like her sister, Stephanie, was a Division I soccer player. She captained the Boston College Lady Eagle’s Soccer Team where she earned a degree in Communications and Health Sciences. After college Lindsey moved out to Chicago where she earned a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu. She is now using that experience to improve our health and wellness curriculum that teaches kids about healthy living through hands on cooking courses, nutrition counseling, fitness training, and interactive during-school curriculum that combines movement games with healthy eating.

Elmer Lopez

Elmer Lopez

Soccer Programs Director

A native of Guatemala, Elmer Lopez, who played professionally in Guatemala with vast coaching experience and strong community ties is taking over the role of Soccer Programs Director. Today, he coaches the Grade 6 Boys Rebels Team. In addition, our soccer coaching needs are being met through our leadership development efforts. Under Elmer and Johnny’s tutelage, we are training more Beyond Soccer high school and college students as Coach-Mentors. For example, 3-year Beyond Soccer player and Lawrence High School graduate, Abdoul, now assists the Grade 8 Boys Strikerz team.