Our Staff

Stephanie began the programs that evolved into Beyond Soccer, growing it from its grass roots--12 girls on the first travel team--to a year-round, sports-based youth development organization, serving 2,000 kids. Stephanie, who captained the University of Michigan Women’s Soccer Team for 2 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 also champions field development efforts in and around the city that will get more kids "playing" and level the playing field.

Fun Fact: Steph’s high school nickname, "Noonie" stuck with her in college & many still call her "Noon" today.

Lindsey brings her passion for health and nutrition education to the team. She captained the Boston College Lady Eagle’s Women’s Team where she earned a degree in Communications and Health Sciences. After college Lindsey moved to Chicago and got her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu. She’s now using that experience to run cooking and nutrition education courses, fitness training, and during-school programs in a handful of Lawrence Public Schools. Lindsey also works part-time at Granite State Fitness.

Fun Fact: Her daughter Jayla has been a regular fixture in Beyond Soccer programs.

Bruce, a UMass Lowell student, is studying Biomedical Engineering. Before UML, he played soccer at Methuen High School for four years. After graduation, 1/ ½ years ago, he started coaching with Beyond Soccer because he has a deep love for the sport and working with kids. "I love helping people learn and improve on things that they once thought to be impossible. Self doubt leads to negative things down the road so I try my best to make sure the kids have the correct mindset moving forward. The majority of sports boil down to a mental battle of who gives in first and you can bet it won’t be my kids!"

Fun fact about Bruce: "I love teaching and talking to people about stocks and the economy! A little hobby of mine."

Abdoul is from the Ivory Coast and has lived in the U.S. for 8 years. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 2016 as a 4-year varsity soccer starter and letter earner, and 3-year track star. Abdoul is currently in the Marines and takes college courses. He has played soccer his entire life, and 2.5 became a Beyond Soccer Coach Mentor. Abdoul says he’s “still not finished playing.” Joining the military was important for his development for a lot of reason but he says it will not stop him from doing what he enjoys most; playing soccer and working with the kids. “Coaching kids is great because I get to inspire them to work as hard as I did and become someone better in the future.”

Fun fact: He fired an M-4 during Marine training while wearing night vision and doing the buddy rush.

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, a UMass Lowell alumni, has extensive experience in the public sector. He also holds a Master’s Degree 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.

Fun Fact About Johnny:
.

Born in the Dominican Republic, William is the oldest of 4 siblings, with two younger brothers and a twin sister. He started playing soccer at age 11 for the first Beyond Soccer boys team and wanted to make sure we mentioned that team took 1st place in its inaugural season. At age 17, Will began work as a Summer Coach Mentor and continues to maintain that role while pursuing his nursing degree. He enjoys “learning the personality of each kid and seeing them grow up as years pass.”

Fun Fact About William: “Originally I did not want to go to play soccer when I was 11, but thanks to my mom who had to drag me out of my house to do so, I have never regretted that day!”

Adam is the middle child with 2 sisters. He is half Vietnamese and half Puerto Rican with dreams of traveling around the world to either start or partner with a nonprofit that works with children. Adam has played soccer since age 4, and even played for the Boston Bolts US Soccer Development Academy team. That means he is really, really good. As a youth leader at his church, he has always loved seeing kids grow up and develop. He said God has led him to these opportunities to connect with kids, which includes 2 years with Beyond Soccer, and most recently as Co-Coach of the Grade 6 Rebels Team.

Fun fact about Adam: Adam loves playing guitar and singing for his church every Sunday.

With a playing career that spans from U12 town soccer to college and the W-League, it was only natural that one of the first things Marcy did when she moved to Lawrence was seek out a city youth program. She had already lead travel U14 teams, trained high school goalkeepers, and worked for soccer clinics and camps. Now 6 years later, she has helped with the rec program, the U12 team and coached the high school age team and currently the new girls grade 4 Jaguars. She has also recently welcomed two additional Ansleys to Beyond Soccer–her children! She has a son and daughter who play in the rec league.

Fun fact: Before becoming a Mom, Marcy road a motorcycle - she even took a wedding photo while sitting on the bike.

Anne started playing soccer at age 9, the first year it was offered by North Andover Soccer. She continued playing after college in the Eastern Mass Women’s League and still plays indoors. In fact, most of her friendships have been made through soccer. Every time she moved she sought out a team and instantly found herself surrounded by like-minded people. It’s obvious she wants to create those same connections for her Grade 6 Bulldogs, a team she’s coached 3 seasons. Her involvement with us came after a social media share by a student in the I Have a Dream Program, a program she worked that helped 63 Arlington Middle School students pursue their dream of higher education. She feels like that program, sponsored by Dee and Kingman Webster, has come full circle! Now she is showing girls what is possible when they are given more opportunities.

Our Summer Coach Mentors

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. This summer, 8 Beyond Soccer high school graduates, worked as Coach-Mentors running our busy summer camps that reached 550 youth between June and August 2018.