Our Staff

Stephanie McArdle

Stephanie McArdle

Executive Director

Stephanie began the programs that evolved into Beyond Soccer, growing it from its grassroots--12 girls on the first travel team--to a year-round, sports-based youth development organization, serving 2,000 kids. Steph, who captained the Michigan Women’s Soccer Team for 2 seasons, recognizes the power of sport to lift kids out of difficult situations. She’s a MA Youth Soccer Board Member and champions field development efforts that will "level the playing field for more kids. Recently, Stephanie decided to go back to school and pursue her Executive Master’s Degree in Public Service & Nonprofit Management at Texas A&M. Stephanie is also committed to advancing the Lawrence Sports Alliance, which is a group of likeminded sports leaders in Lawrence who want to make sports more equitable.

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

Marleti "Leti" Valdez

Marleti "Leti" Valdez

Director of Beyond Volley

Leti moved to the United States with her family from the Dominican Republic when she was a child. Not too long after getting settled in Massachusetts, she earned her position on the high school varsity volleyball team as a freshman. A lot of that had to do with her father, Marino, who "lived, ate and dreamed volleyball." Today, in addition to leading Beyond Volley, Leti assists the Lawrence High School Team.

Leti says "being able to be a best friend and offer a shoulder to cry on when my players need it is why I love coaching." She always tries to put herself in their shoes and tries to be as understanding as possible. "Seeing their faces during every practice or game as they hug me shows me why what I do is so important."

Fun(ny) fact about Leti: "At 13 years old I was translating for a New England volleyball club for my Dad. These early experiences lead me to find my greatest passion."

Johnny Noel

Johnny Noel

Operations Director

A native of the Merrimack Valley, after a successful career in the public sector of government, Johnny made the jump to the non-profit world in August 2014. Today, Johnny handles the day-to-day operations, this includes CORI management, human resources, bookkeeping, vendor relations, coach-mentor oversight, facility management, plus some fundraising duties. Johnny Currently sits on the Disciplinary Committee for the Essex County Youth Soccer Association and holds several grassroots coaching licenses from US Soccer and is a certified referee for both soccer & futsal at the high school level and younger. Johnny earned degrees from Middlesex Community College, U-Mass Lowell, and the University of South Alabama Grad School. He’s most proud of his efforts facilitating the merger between Beyond Soccer and Merrimackvolley for Beyond Volley and the development of our first-ever space sharing concept at the Sports HUB (pictured above).

FUN FACT: Johnny & his older brother were both born on a Wednesday at 5:32 pm!

Chris Marin

Chris Marin

Director of Beyond Soccer Programs

Chris, the oldest of nine brothers and sisters, began playing soccer at age 5. By age 8 he fell in love with the game. He credits soccer to those who pushed him to stick with and who always steered him in the right direction. He‘s always wanted the chance to pay forward the opportunities he was given in life through soccer. That led him to dedicate himself to coaching youth soccer, which he describes as "a chance to make my life better by making others‘ lives better." His journey, however, didn’t begin as a youth coach. He started as a Peabody Youth Soccer referee, where he also graduated high school. From there, he became a Salem YMCA after-school counselor. He continued his involvement in the soccer world, becoming St. Mary‘s (Lynn) Varsity Asst Coach, followed by Salem State College Goalkeeper Coach, North Shore United Soccer Club Coach (’09), & Director of Coaches in Danvers. Chris is ready to apply these diverse experiences and learnings to the Lawrence community.

Fun fact: He likes to think that he is very good at chess!

Oriagna Inirio

Oriagna Inirio

Coach Mentor & PT Administrator

Oriagna, a 2020 Saint Anselm College graduate with a degree in Psychology, was on our first Bulldogs team in 2010, ten (10) years ago! She also played club soccer for St. A’s! Fast forward to today, and she continues to pass along her love for sports, including coaching the Bradford Christian Academy Girls Varsity Soccer team. Oriagna has become a constant fixture in our Beyond Soccer & Volley team efforts, joining us most summers for important behind-the-scenes planning and organizing efforts as part of our first cohort of youth hires (part of our #leadershipthroughsports focus). She helped us bring our first camps to the City. She’s now incredibly excited about bringing another program, or BeyondFit & Balanced, to 50+ girls this winter, alongside Director Leti and MC Fellow, LaLa! We’re so proud of Oriagna and excited to see what her future holds!

Fun fact: She loves to travel. Her study abroad experience in Italy during her junior year of college gave her the travel bug. Now she has so many places on her bucket list to visit.

Ilaisa Garcia

Ilaisa Garcia

College Fellow

Ilaisa Garcia is a first-generation college student at Merrimack College, studying Nutritional Science and Exercise Science with a minor in psychology. She believes in the power of holistic wellness. Ilasisa (“LaLa”) started as a psychology major, wanting to soak up as much information on mental health as possible. Then she realized how important it is to have not only mental wellness but physical wellness. She believes you can’t have one without the other. This belief is not just something she preaches but a way of life for her! Her goal is to help others achieve greatness by providing them with the tools that helped her, including through her role with us this year as a Fellowship position, helping us launch Beyond Fit & Balanced, and other enrichment programs important for young people’s health and wellness.

Fun fact: Lala is a performer. She did theatre throughout high school and won awards and scholarships for her performances.

Mildarys Olivo

Mildarys Olivo

Beyond Volley Coach Mentor

Mildarys grew up playing volleyball in Puerto Rico. Today, as our newest Coach Mentor, she never imagined the joy she’d be able to bring to others through the sport she loves so much. She leads our after-school Beyond Volley clinics, leading a packed gym of 4-15-year-olds, twice-weekly at the YMCA! “Being a coach has brought happiness to my life. "Working alongside Director Leti and the "Beyond" team has allowed me the chance to grow, both as a coach and as a person. I love walking into the gym and seeing all their little faces light up as they get ready for another evening of volleyball. I am beyond grateful to call Beyond Volley my new family."

Sadie Farnsworth

Sadie Farnsworth

Former Forest Foundation Intern & Coach Mentor (& More!)

Sadie began working at Beyond Soccer through our partnership with the Forest Foundation, an organization that focuses on supporting non-profits in the Greater Boston Area. She is a student at Bucknell University, studying Psychology, Spanish, and Education with a concentration in Childhood Support Services where she also plays club soccer, volleyball, and field hockey. When she first came to us, Sadie was not extremely experienced in soccer, besides making her no-cut college club team. However, being a part of the Beyond Soccer family has allowed her to grow her skill set and she’s now a self-proclaimed fan of the sport! She still would not call herself a soccer star per se, but she brings her passion for health, fitness, and cardio to our camps, clinics, and summer programs.

Fun fact: Sadie is an avid runner and has completed 2 marathons. Up next is Boston!!

William Inirio

Former Asst. Soccer Director & Coach Mentor (& More!)

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 the 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!”

With a playing career that spans from U12 town soccer all the way 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 came to us with extensive experience coaching U14 travel teams, training high school goalkeepers, and working at soccer clinics and camps. Now 6 years later, she has helped Beyond Soccer with its spring and fall city-wide rec program, has coached the U12 team, the high school age team and currently the new girls grade 4 team- the 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 rode a motorcycle - she even took a wedding photo while sitting on the bike.

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.

Patricia ("Esme") attended high school at Fryeburg Academy and is now attending UMass Lowell pursuing a doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her experience with sports first began when she played on the Bulldogs team for Beyond Soccer. "The community that Stephanie McArdle built around sports really opened my eyes to the advantages of being an athlete and ever since then I’ve been involved." She was a three-season athlete in high school playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse and is now Head Coach of Beyond Soccer’s U10 Girls Bulldogs- the same team she first started on! That makes a total of 10 years being part of Beyond Soccer!

Why you enjoy coaching: "I love to see how much the girls improve after every game and their love for the sport grows bigger and bigger." FUN FACT: Patricia has a ferret named Coco!

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: "I love teaching and talking to people about stocks and the economy!"

Anne started playing soccer at age 9 and continued playing after college in the Eastern Mass Women’s League. 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. FUN FACT: Anne has run the Boston Marathon 3 times, plus a marathon in San Diego and the Marine Corps!

Dominic, a native of St. Vincent, with strong community ties near and far, has stepped into a leadership role at Beyond Soccer. His passion for the game plus his knowledge and soccer experience, including professional play, make him an incredible fit. In addition to coordinating practices, games and off-the-field events of the 4 boys teams, Dominic also leads the Grade 6 Thunder. Apart from being with his family, he says "I’ve found another family which is beyond soccer." Dominic also attends Middlesex Community College where he is pursuing his nursing degree.

Fun Fact: Dominic‘s two young daughters participate in Beyond Soccer!

Patricia ("Esme") attended high school at Fryeburg Academy and is now attending UMass Lowell pursuing a doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her experience with sports first began when she played on the Bulldogs team for Beyond Soccer. "The community that Stephanie McArdle built around sports really opened my eyes to the advantages of being an athlete and ever since then I’ve been involved." She was a three-season athlete in high school playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse and is now Head Coach of Beyond Soccer’s U10 Girls Bulldogs- the same team she first started on! That makes a total of 10 years being part of Beyond Soccer!

Why you enjoy coaching: "I love to see how much the girls improve after every game and their love for the sport grows bigger and bigger." FUN FACT: Patricia has a ferret named Coco!

Cesar joined our coaching staff as an assistant Coach-Mentor in Spring 2017. Cesar, a native of Colombia and a huge soccer fan, was always stepping up to help from the sidelines as a dedicated parent of then 5th grader, Melanie. Beyond Soccer staff knew, right away, that he would be an awesome asset on the "other" sideline! And we were right- Cesar, who now coaches the grade 8 Wolverines, has proven that commitment, dedication and hard work are a great recipe for success-both on and off the field! Cesar’s youngest daughter, Shantel, also plays on our Grade 4 Jaguars team!

Fun fact: "I love the water, even though I don’t know how to swim!"

Kelsey is the middle child & has an older sister & younger brother. She loves her job as a middle school nurse in Haverhill. She also coaches girls soccer @Greater Lawrence Tech’s. "I am a firm believer that you can do anything if you work hard for it. I started playing soccer at 3 b/c my dad loved soccer, & further his dad loved soccer. They instilled, in me, that love of soccer." Kelsey continued to play at Worcester State U. where she earned her Nursing degree. Kelsey shares that there aren’t many things in life that make her happier than playing soccer. "Being able to share that passion as a coach & watch children foster that same love, is why I coach."

Fun fact: "My mom & aunts were Patriots cheerleaders in the 80’s but I never did cheerleading. Soccer all the way!"

Giovanni graduated from the Greater Lawrence Technical School and has lived in Lawrence all his life. Giovanni started boxing at the age of 10 and has amassed over 60 amateur fights, totaling 42 wins and 19 losses. He has been ranked in the U.S. as a 3x state champ and 2x regional champ! In addition to boxing, Giovanni has a love of soccer, which lead him to his position as youth soccer coach in Methuen for 7 years before joining Beyond Soccer as part of the coaching staff in 2018. Today, Gio also assists the LHS High School program!

Gio enjoys "seeing the players enjoy the game and watch them improve as young adults and see them achieve goals, whether it be in soccer or something else." He believes the best thing in life is bringing joy and helping the youths to stay off the streets.

Our Summer Coach Mentors

An exciting and important part of our coaching model is connecting youth who have grown up in our programs to leadership roles as Coach-Mentors. In Summer 2019, 17 Summer Hires, including 10 Beyond Soccer high school graduates and college students, who grew up in our programs, worked as Coach-Mentors running our busy summer camps that reached 509 kids between June and August 2019. Summer 2020 was difficult with COVID-19, cutting our summer staff in half, but they still persevered and 8 Summer Coach Mentors engaged 245 youth and teens.

Our first Cohort of Beyond Volley Coach Mentors!!

This summer, however (summer 2021) we hired and paid 31 soccer & volleyball coach mentors who helped us return to pre-Covid engagement levels. Here are some of our first-time volleyball hires in action this summer!