2017 ODP COACHING STAFF

 

 Girls

LaurenBernard

Lauren Bernard

The 2017 season marks Lauren Bernard's second season as an assistant coach at Vermont.

In 2016, the Catamounts made their second consecutive trip to the semifinal round of the America East Tournament, a first for the program. Three players earned America East honors – Sarah Martin was a Second Team All-Conference selection while Julia Smith and Brooke Jenkins made the All-Rookie Team. It marked the 12th straight season where a new Cat had garnered All-Rookie honors. In net, junior keeper Coco Speckmaier finished the season tied for the ninth-best goals-against average in program history at 1.05. She also cracked the top-10 in shutouts (6) and shattered the minutes played record (1,802).  

Bernard joined the UVM staff after a four-year starter at Boston College. A defender/midfielder for the Eagles she started every game she played (81) and finished her career with 29 points on six goals and 17 assists.
 
She ranked third on the team in scoring as a sophomore and junior and helped BC reach the NCAA Tournament three times, inclding an Elite Eight appearance in her sophomore season. Bernard was named the Boston College Rookie of the Year in 2012.
 
A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Vermont, she was a two-time NSCAA All-American at Colchester High School and a member of the U.S. U14 adn U18 Youth National Teams. She was also a member of the ODP Region I Team from 2005-2012.

 Girls

BradKeller

Brad Keller

The 2017 season marks Brad Keller's second as an assistant coach at Vermont.

The 2016 Catamounts made their second consecutive trip to the semifinal round of the America East Tournament, a first for the program. Three players earned America East honors – Sarah Martin was a Second Team All-Conference selection while Julia Smith and Brooke Jenkins made the All-Rookie Team. It marked the 12th straight season where a new Cat had garnered All-Rookie honors. In net, junior keeper Coco Speckmaier finished the season tied for the ninth-best goals-against average in program history at 1.05. She also cracked the top-10 in shutouts (6) and shattered the minutes played record (1,802).  

Keller came to Vermont after one season as a member of the women's soccer coaching staff at the University of New Mexico.
 
Keller has a rich soccer background. He served as the girl's head coach at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona from 2013-15 and was head coach of multiple teams for the Sereno Soccer Club from 2012-15.
 
A native of Scottsdale, Keller played one year of professional soccer for his hometown Phoenix FC Wolves of the United Soccer League in 2013 and also competed for the Centro de Alto Rendimiento Futbol Club in Cancun, Mexico.
 
Keller played collegiately at the University of Washington from 2007-10. He appeared in 64 games, in the Huskies' backfield. He earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors in 2008 and 2009 and was a two-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection in 2009 and 2010.

2001/2002 Girls

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Hector Tamayo
 

Hector Tamayo returns for his 12th year as a coach for the Vermont ODP program. A regionally certified coach through the USSF, Tamayo has coached 11 years for the Nordic Soccer Club and is currently Assistant Coach of the St. Michaels College Men’s Varsity Soccer Team.

Tamayo returns to the Saint Michael's men's soccer program for his third season as an assistant coach in 2017, and his second straight fall with the squad after previously coaching in 2011.

A 2016 team that saw six key players miss major stretches utilized 15 players who either were in their first season of college soccer or their initial season holding a critical role on the team. The Purple Knights still finished 5-10-1 overall and 3-9-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference, starting the year with their second Catholic Cup crown in three seasons, before all 10 of their losses came by two goals or fewer. Four consecutive one-goal setbacks to begin October - including the final three against eventual NE10 Championship qualifiers - damaged their postseason hopes.

Between 2012 and 2015, Tamayo spent four seasons as an assistant coach at nearby Norwich University, helping the Cadets compile a 48-25-11 overall mark and a 22-9-6 record in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. Norwich advanced to at least the GNAC Tournament semifinals each season, including making runs to the title game in 2012 and 2014. The Cadets also participated in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament every season.

During his first season at Saint Michael's, in 2011, the Purple Knights went 5-10-2 but yielded one goal or less 10 times while suffering six of their setbacks by a single goal, including four by 1-0 finals.

Tamayo has coached locally for a number of different teams at a variety of levels, including the Nordic Spirit Soccer Club for the past 10 years, working with players ranging from U10 to U17. He has worked as a staff coach for the Vermont Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program for the past 12 years and was previously a South Burlington High School coach for four seasons. A regionally-certified coach through the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), Tamayo has also assisted at Vermont Soccer School camps for the last eight years.

Originally from Mexico City, Tamayo played at Saint Mary's University in San Antonio, helping the Rattlers go 10-2-3 in 1982 while winning the NAIA District 4 championship, before earning his associate's degree from Champlain College in 1985 and his bachelor's degree from Johnson State College in 2003. Tamayo, who earned his master's degree in educational technology from American College of Education in early 2012, works as a technology integration teacher in the Essex Junction School District.

 

2005 Boys

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Craig Stone
 
Coming soon
 

 Boys

 
Amir Pasic
 
Coming soon
 
 

 Boys

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Brad Cole
 

Brad Cole grew up in Vermont. As a youth player he played ODP and for Far Post Soccer Club. He went to South Burlington High School where he was a team captain and All New-England selection. 

He continued playing at the University of Vermont in his preferred position, right back. Going into his senior season Brad was named as captain for UVM and was presented the Russell O. Sunderland award by the UVM Athletic Department at the end of the academic year. This award goes to a person in the athletic department who overcomes obstacles while maintaining excellence in academies and athletics.

During the 2015-2016 season Brad worked as a Graduate Assistant for the University of Vermont Men's team who went on to win the America East Championship and participate in the NCAA Tournament. 

During the Fall of 2016 Cole spent 6 months in England coaching for the Crewe Alexandra FC Academy. Crewe is a professional team playing in England's League 2. Cole also played in the Welsh 2nd Division for Buckley Town FC. 

Cole works for Far Post Soccer Club coaching the 99/00 Boys and the 03 Boys. During the 2015 season he was honored by the VSA as the Boys Competitive Coach of the Year for his work at Far Post. 

2001/ 2002 Boys

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John O'Connor
 

John O'Connor enters his sixth season at the helm of the Spartans.

Over his first four seasons the team has gone 44-28-8, including the 2013 North Atlantic Conference regular season championship and a share of the 2015 NAC title. O'Connor picked up his 200th career win in the Spartans' victory over Western New England in the 2015 ECAC Division III Tournament Quarterfinal and holds a career record of 208-161-44 in 22 years as a collegiate head coach. 

During the 2016 season, O'Connor steadied a yound squad during conference season, as the Spartans went 7-2 during NAC play to finish second in the regular season standings and host a NAC Tournament semifinal contest. Thomas Kirk was named NAC Defensive Player of the Year, while Jack Kingdon received NAC Rookie of the Year honors. Castleton finished with an 8-9-2 overall record.

In 2015, O'Connor led the squad to one of its best seasons in program history, as the Spartans posted a 15-5-2 record and finished tied for first place in the North Atlantic Conference with an 8-1 mark. The Spartans also reached the North Atlantic Conference Championship game and ECAC Division III Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2011. Senior Amir Pasic, who was named the NAC Defensive Player of the Year, was one of five Castleton players to earn NAC All-Conference honors, while O'Connor was named the NAC Coach of the Year for the second time in the three years after the squad won 15 games for just the second time in program history. Forward Jake Tietgens also earned NSCAA All-Region honors, the second player in the last three seasons to earn that honor.

In 2014, the Spartans went 8-10-1 and 5-3-1 in conference play, highlighted by the program's first victory over in-state rival Middlebury. O'Connor had a pair of players earn all-conference honors in Spencer Dandurand and Alex McCormick.

O'Connor's 2013 squad posted a 8-1-1 conference record to earn the regular season championship and top seed in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament before falling to eventual NAC Champion Thomas. Senior Nate Koenemann was named the Defensive Player of the Year and became the program's first NSCAA All-Region selection since 2010, when he was voted to the first team. Overall, O'Connor had five players earn NAC All-Conference honors and was himself named the NAC Coach of the Year as the team finished 13-4-2 overall.

Prior to Castleton, O'Connor served as the head coach for the University of Rhode Island from 2006-2012. During his tenure with the Rams he won an Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and reached the tournament semifinals on two other occasions. Five of his former players went on to play professional soccer, and three of which played in Major League Soccer, including Geoff Cameron, who is currently a member of the U.S. Men's National Team and Stoke City of the English Premier League. 

In addition to his work at the Division I level, O'Connor also served as the head coach at Division III University of Chicago from 1995-2006. In just his second season the team reached the national semifinal and he was named the NSCAA Division III National Coach of the Year. He reached the NCAA Tournament again in 2001 and 2005 when his teams were ranked in the top-15 nationally. While at Chicago he also served as an associate professor in the department of Physical Education. 

O'Connor earned his Bachelors of Science in Physical Education from the University of Maine-Orono in 1984 and two years later completed his masters in Education with a concentration in Leadership. From 1990-95, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Dartmouth under Bobby Clark, the present coach at the University of Notre Dame. He was a part of two Ivy League Championships with the Big Green, who reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Tournament twice during his tenure in Hanover.

The 23-year collegiate head coach earned a USSF "A" License and holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma. He is active in coaching education through the NSCAA, works with the Vermont Olympic Development Program and is the Technical Director for Summit Football Club.

 

 

 

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