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COACHES - DOC

Director of Coaching - Operations - Technical Director

Jorge A. Sambataro
[email protected]

  ATFA License, in progress (Equivalent to 1st Division National Team Level) 
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He has been coaching for 20+ years at all youth levels, including professional academy, club, high school, ODP, and college levels on both the men's and women’s side.  

Previously he has lived and coached in Nebraska, Michigan, and California earlier in his life. He has coaching and consulting experience with youth, professional, Olympic, and national teams in Argentina; more importantly, he has as extensive background in the unique Villarreal C.F. curriculum that is unique to our club, which makes him uniquely suited to continue the developmental programs and process that our players and parents have grown to love. Jorge's passion is to "work together under the common goal of developing exceptional soccer players and citizens." He has a desire to impact players to be a transformational experience for players for their lifelong growth.
 

Staff Coaches

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In addition to the Director of Coaching, Villarreal Nebraska Academy has staff coaches that provide training and game coaching throughout the program. All coaches attend regular coaching education sessions in order to progress in knowledge of the Villarreal Nebraska Academy curriculum, collaborate, and discuss ways to maintain a high-quality experience for all players.  If you are interested in learning more about coaching opportunities with Villarreal Nebraska Academy, contact Jorge.

Amy Scott, E-License
Is a native of Lincoln and played soccer when girls/women's soccer was just taking off in Nebraska. She attended Lincoln High School, after attending Lakeview Elementary and Everett Jr. High Schools. At Lincoln High she was on Student Council and held several officer positions, she participated in cheerleading and intramural athletics and Varsity Girls Soccer. After High School she attended UNL and double majored in Accounting and Marketing with a minor in Psychology.  Amy worked at Hallmark Corporate in Kansas City upon college graduation. She worked with a marketing staff for the Kids Birthday Cards, then Stationery. When she retuned to Lincoln she managed and owns Klein Survey Systems Inc. She now is the Managing Director of Villarreal Nebraska Academy and manages Nebraska Sports Center in addition to Klein Survey Systems Inc.

Her coaching experience began in college, Amy first volunteered at the YMCA to coach 3rd grade girls. She took a break from coaching when she was at Hallmark Corpo9rate and then began a family. In 2008 she began coaching young girls again because she is passionate about showing young girls that women can be active and have a role in sports throughout their lifetime. Amy completed 7 half-marathons and several other shorter races with her best half at 1:54 in her late 30s after 3 children. She developed her knowledge of the game by investing in coach training, parent education, assistant coaching constantly. She has head coached many players from Minis to 2005s and has been an assistant coach for girls teams up to 2002. She has held licenses from the former Youth Level 2, F-License, E-License, several certificates from the United Soccer Coaches. She believes soccer is a beautiful game that allows players to think, make decisions, and problem solve.


Carlos Mejia, 11v11 Grassroots License
Classes include previous F-License class, Grassroots Intro, Grassroots 11v11, Intro to Villarreal Coaching, Villarreal On-Field Experience. Carlos has coached for 4 years with Union F.C., Dreamers F.C. and now with Villarreal Nebraska Academy. He has coached 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 teams in ENSA, NL, YMCA Spirit and Rec. Carolso teaches and volunteers with his church as bible class at his church Nuevo Nacimiento. 

Carlos loves soccer and is something he grew up with. Carlos said soccer helped him to respect others and self, learned respect for others, helped him be in good physical condition, helped him get to know people and make friends. 

Coaching kids is important to Carlos because he wants players to get better, share what soccer can teach players for life, help them achieve their goals. While coaching he know his own life skills will continue to develop with communication, the opportunity to learn from others and grow as a team. Its fun to learn new coaching styles and skills. 


Dominic Arthur, D-License
I come from Ghana (west Africa). I have been playing soccer since I was kid. I played through my youth ranks until my High school (Kpando Tech High School) there I became my school sports prefect during my senior year 2006-2007. After my High school, I played college soccer for a year at Sunyani Polytechnic in 2008 before I had an opportunity to come to the U.S. as a student exchange program. Because of the love I have for the sport, I continued to play and coach the sport. When I started to work for Duteau Chevorlet in 2013, then one of my service advisor informed me about a family owed soccer club that he coach. So, I informed him about my experience and love for the sport and he asked if I can volunteer to help coach that I didn’t hesitate to join (Lincoln Comets U7-U12G).  I was with them from 2013-2016. It has always been my dream to become a soccer coach so I started to coach a team in the central part of my country called Ellen-trade F/C before I moved to the U.S.  In the winter of 2017 I joined the Villarreal coaching staff. I work  full time for Baxter Toyota Of Lincoln as a service Technician. 

Coach Position: 2006 Select Girls-Division.

I have United States Soccer Grassroots Coaching Licenses Certificates  4V4, 7V7,11V11 (E,F)

It Is my hope that my experience of playing the sport and my geographical background can help improve our youth who love the game of soccer, play to have fun on and off the pitch and to help them grow as a good people to our community.

John Hakari, E-License, D-License in progress
John Hakari is a native of Green Bay, WI, where he grew up playing soccer.  John has over 8 years of experience coaching soccer, from levels U8 through high school, boys and girls.  John holds a U.S. Soccer National E Coaching License.

John formerly coached for the De Pere Select Soccer Club in De Pere (Green Bay), WI, for 5 years, ages U8 through U11 (boys and girls).  John served as the boys and girls Junior Varsity head coach for Luxemburg-Casco High School in Luxemburg, WI, for two seasons before moving to Lincoln for law school in 2012.  John has volunteered as a coach for various local organizations, including the former Magellan Soccer Club and the YMCA.

John has played soccer for as long as he can remember.  He played on various club teams at various levels throughout Wisconsin, as well as for his high school.  John played NCAA Division III college soccer for St. Norbert College in De Pere (Green Bay), WI, where he was named First Team Academic All-Conference for the Midwest Conference in 2010.

John graduated from the UNL College of Law in 2015, and is an immigration attorney here in Lincoln, NE.  John speaks Spanish fluently, and has spent significant time in Mexico, where he attended the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Universidad de Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico.  

John is passionate about soccer.  His two main goals with every team he coaches are to ensure that the kids enjoy playing the game, and to help them play the game at a high level. 

Mike (Mick) Andersen
Joined the Villarreal Coaching Staff in the Fall of 2018. With 20 years of coaching experience working with both boys and girls (U5-U15) – I am thankful and excited to be a part of the Villarreal Community.

My personal coaching motto is simple: “Aspire to Inspire.” Throughout my years of coaching, I’ve found in myself and seen in others the purest form of motivation, inspiration, passion and love. Soccer provides a stable platform upon which growth, development and success can be accomplished for both the individual player and ultimately the team.

I look forward to developing relationships with both the Villarreal Coaching Staff and Players/Families during my time with the Academy. To me, the ultimate reward for coaching are the lifelong friendships that arise from a simple game.


Patrick Smith, Goal Keeper Coach
I played at Lincoln Pius X High School until my graduation in 2009, then moved onto Rockhurst University, a NCAA Division-2 school, for 1 season. I felt my calling in service to the country and joined the United States Army in January 2011. I was stationed in Anchorage, AK, Eastern Afghanistan, and Fort Riley, KS. During my time in Alaska I was a goal keeper coach for Eagle River High School, as well as Eagle River Soccer Club. Once I left Alaska, and moved to Kansas there was not many opportunities for coaching, and for the last 3 years I took more time to further my education, and focus on my work. I am currently pursuing a Bachelors in Nursing Science from Bryan College of Health Sciences.

My philosophy on goal keeping is ensure that the player knows how to effectively control the game from the back, distribute the ball through the flanks, and can open the field with quick thinking off the line. Being able to stop shots if only a small portion of what we do as keepers, being able to see movements off the ball, cutting off angles of attacks, and controlling your own defensive speed and discipline. Those who chose the challenge of taking up goal keeping means that they are willing to be an individual in a team sport. Plenty will be asked of them, sometimes in the dying seconds of a win-or-lose situation. They will get scored on, but what is more important is they every player understands the mistakes made, and what they can do to ensure they occur less frequently. My passion for this position doesn’t simply stop at the 18-yard box, but it extends all the way to the strikers. Keepers are becoming a more and more integral part of the team, the game is no longer 10 players plus a keeper, but it truly is 11-v-11, and the keeper is having much more to do.

Ryan Tanner, E-License
Ryan has been coaching youth soccer in Lincoln for 8 years. He received Coerver Youth Diploma in 2016 and his USSF D License in 2017. Ryan began coaching at Villarreal Nebraska Academy in 2018.  Prior to that he coached for Sporting Lincoln and Magellan before coaching independently for several years. Ryan enjoys working with the younger players because his strength is teaching the core technical aspects that set the stage for strong all around players. “What brought me back to working within a club setting, and specifically Villarreal Nebraska Academy, is the ability to work with other coaches that share the same mindset. When you are independent, you are mostly on your own. At Villarreal, when I bring in guest coaches, I can count on the those coaches to add to the curriculum my group is working on and I am confident my coaching is helping players build toward being ready for the curriculum they will receive as they get older. We are all moving forward together.”

Thomas Nettleton, USSF and NSCAA Certified
Thomas has 14 years coaching experience from U6-College. His many experiences have including playing and coaching at Hastings College, and was a club soccer player from Lincoln. Currently, Thomas is the Head Girls Soccer Coach at Southwest High School. Thomas has certifications from USSF and NSCAA. He also has a Masters Degree in Physical Education. 


Christian Kohler

Cory Shepard

Travis Brock

Edgar Ramirez
 

Jacinta Christiansen

Jason Edwards

Jason Scott

Joe Holmburg

John Stallings, D-License

Kai Fournier

Kennis Paul

Matt Litt

Mike Tridle


Raul Lucero, 11v11 Grassroots License





Director of Coaching - Girls

Jo Rosenberger
[email protected]

Jo Rosenberger is the Girls Director of Coaching and is also a staff member of MiSA.  She has been coaching for 15 years in various capacities including Football in the Community, high school, club, ODP, id2 and college.  

Originally from Bolton, England, where she played with the Lady Wanderers, she was a multi-sport standout but chose to come to America to play college soccer.  She played at multiple levels ranging from NAIA to NCAA Division I and was a key player on all teams.  

Jo has spent many years learning the MiSA curriculum and pedagogy and is considered one of the top female youth coaches in North America.  Her strength is in her communication, vision, and passion for the game that transfers effortlessly into her students.  Jo currently holds USSF and UEFA licenses and holds a MiSA National A license.  Jo is married to Brett Rosenberger (Boys DOC) and they live with their 6 year old daughter, Jadyn.

Director of Coaching - Girls

Jo Rosenberger
[email protected]

Jo Rosenberger is the Girls Director of Coaching and is also a staff member of MiSA.  She has been coaching for 15 years in various capacities including Football in the Community, high school, club, ODP, id2 and college.  

Originally from Bolton, England, where she played with the Lady Wanderers, she was a multi-sport standout but chose to come to America to play college soccer.  She played at multiple levels ranging from NAIA to NCAA Division I and was a key player on all teams.  

Jo has spent many years learning the MiSA curriculum and pedagogy and is considered one of the top female youth coaches in North America.  Her strength is in her communication, vision, and passion for the game that transfers effortlessly into her students.  Jo currently holds USSF and UEFA licenses and holds a MiSA National A license.  Jo is married to Brett Rosenberger (Boys DOC) and they live with their 6 year old daughter, Jadyn.

Director of Coaching - Girls

Jo Rosenberger
[email protected]

Jo Rosenberger is the Girls Director of Coaching and is also a staff member of MiSA.  She has been coaching for 15 years in various capacities including Football in the Community, high school, club, ODP, id2 and college.  

Originally from Bolton, England, where she played with the Lady Wanderers, she was a multi-sport standout but chose to come to America to play college soccer.  She played at multiple levels ranging from NAIA to NCAA Division I and was a key player on all teams.  

Jo has spent many years learning the MiSA curriculum and pedagogy and is considered one of the top female youth coaches in North America.  Her strength is in her communication, vision, and passion for the game that transfers effortlessly into her students.  Jo currently holds USSF and UEFA licenses and holds a MiSA National A license.  Jo is married to Brett Rosenberger (Boys DOC) and they live with their 6 year old daughter, Jadyn.

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Lincoln, Nebraska 68502

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 402-853-7100

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