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COACHES - DOC

Director of Coaching - Operations - Technical Director

Jorge A. Sambataro
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  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 10 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.  He also currently serves as the Southeast Community Colleges head women's soccer coach. 

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

Cory Shepard is from Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended Lincoln Northeast High School where he played center midfielder and center back. He also attended Morningside College and played center midfielder. He started coaching in 2006 for Tristate Revolution and joined the VNA family in 2018. Cory has his D licence. 

Cory works full time at Zoetis Animal Health.   

Edgar Ramirez 

Edgar Ramirez is from Grand Island, Nebraska.  He attended Grand Island Northwest where he played fullback and center back. He also played for the GI Fireballs. He started coaching in 2016 for Magellan and has been with VNA from the start. Edgar has his Grass Roots Licence and is currently working on his D licence. Edgar is also a certified referee.  

Edgar also works part time as a preschool teacher at Academic Advantage.

Jacinta Christiansen

Jacinta Christiansen is from Omaha,where she attended Omaha Central High School. She played defense in high school. She started coaching at age 20. Jacinta joined the VNA soccer family in 2019 after coaching for Nitro in Omaha. She has coached various ages, genders and levels and has her F license. Jacinta started coaching because of her love for the sport. 

She has volunteered for habitat for humanity and at local gardens in Omaha. Jacinta currently volunteers for the friendship home and mentoring students at Rousseau elementary school.

Jacinta works full time as a structural engineer at the Clark Enersen partners.

Jason Edwards

Jason Edwards is from Benicia, CA. He attended Benicia High School where he played center attacking mid. He was named offensive player of the year in his conference his senior year. He also attended Doane College where he played outside back. He joined the VNA coaching family in the Fall of 2019. He has been coaching various ages, genders and levels.  

Jason works at Celerion full time.  

His favorite soccer quote is “In football the worst blindness is only seeing the ball”. Nelson Rodrigues

Jason Scott

Jason Scott is from Washington, Kansas where he attended Washington High School. He played football, basketball and ran track. He then attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he ran track for the Huskers. Jason then went on to law school at Washburn University. He started coaching soccer in 2008 and joined VNA in 2018. 

Over the past 10 years Jason has coached a variety of different sports. He has coached soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball.  He has coached boys and girls, ages 4 to 16, at a number of different clubs. Jason is also a certified basketball and volleyball referee.   

Jason is the owner of Klein Survey Systems.  

Jason is married to Amy and they have three kids. Cora is 17 years old and is a junior at Southeast, Ainsley is an 8th grader at Pound and Easton who is a 6th grader at Pound.  All three play for VNA

Joe Holmburg

Joe Holmburg is from Lincoln, Nebraska with 11 years coaching experience. He played soccer in high school for Lincoln Southest as an outside back. Joe joined the VNA soccer family in 2019 after coaching recreational and spirit soccer for the YMCA. He has coached various ages, genders and levels. Joe started coaching because of his love for the sport. Joe is also a certified futsal referee. He has volunteered for Lincoln public schools, Serositis Shrine and the YMCA.

Joe is married and has two boys that play for the academy Luke and Landon. 

Joe graduated from SCC and works full time for Holmberg Construction.

John Stallings

John Stallings is a native of Lincoln Nebraska, where he grew up playing soccer.  He played for Lincoln East where he was a 4 year Varsity starter as a defender.  John played college soccer at Nebraska Wesleyan as a midfielder for the Prairie Wolves.  As a Lincoln native John won 7 State Cups and he was Nike All American.   

John started coaching while in his 20’s, he comes to us with 20 years of coaching experience coaching all ages, genders and levels.  He has his Grass Roots License and D License.  In addition to coaching teams at VNA John is active in our Submarines classes and Yellows- TEAM Curriculum Coordinator.    

John is married and has 4 kids Brycin, Will, Piper and Trip.  Will, Piper and Tripp all play for the academy.  He works/owns Stallings Construction.  In his free time John likes to fish. 

Kai Fournier
Kai Fournier is from Vermont. He attended Thetford Academy where he played varsity soccer for 4 years as a sweeper. He then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and played defence for the Prairie Wolves. He started coaching in 2015 for the YMCA and joined the VNA family in 2019. 

Kai is married and has three boys. The twins play for the academy on the 2007 team.  

Kai works full time at CLS Inc.   

Kennis Paul

Kennis Paul is from Grenada, a country in the Caribbean. He attended St Rose Modern Secondary School (SRMSS). He played left winger in high school. He attended The University of South Carolina - Akien where he played right back.   

He started coaching before moving to the states for SRMSS. Kennis joined the VNA soccer family in 2019. He has coached various ages and levels. 

Kennis works full time for Smart Chicken in Waverly.  

Matt Litt

Matt is from Lincoln, Nebraska and attended and played soccer for Pius X High School for four years. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for undergraduate and graduate school. Matt played soccer for the university club team for a time, played on multiple intramural teams each season, and was a referee for you games at the University of Nebraska. 

Matt’s coaching career began by assisting his father with his sister’s YMCA team when he was in middle school. Matt has coached the Groguet boys at VNA since August 2018. 

Matt and his wife, Erin, have five children- three play for VNA. He is the Nebraska Medicaid Deputy Director- Experience Management & Provider Relations at the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. Matt volunteers as a Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity Housing Corporation board member and at his parish, St. Teresa’s Catholic Church.

Mike Tridle
Mike comes to us from Omaha Nebraska with 12 years coaching experience.  Mike joined the VNA soccer family in 2019.  He has coached various ages, genders and levels.  Mike started coaching because his boys were involved in the sport. 

Mike is married and have three boys that all play for the academy. 

Mike also works full time for Fiserv.

Raul Lucero 

Raul joined the VNA coaching family the summer of 2019.  He is from Chicago, Illinois.  He currently has his 7v7, 11v11 and E licenses.  Raul has been coaching soccer since 2005 bringing us 15 years of coaching experience.  He has coached various ages, genders and levels.  Raul started coaching because his friend was coaching a team and needed help in 2004 and enjoyed it so much that he has never stopped.

Raul is married and has 2 boys, Raul Jr and Gael that both play for the academy. 

Raul also works as a truck driver for Universal Transit. 

Bobby Simetich
Bobby Simetich is from Bosnia and Herzegovina (ex Yugoslavia). After high school he played pro soccer in his home town in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2 years.  He attended the University of Belgrade in Serbia. After college he moved to Las Vegas and taught classes at University of Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas he played for a semi pro team called the QuickSilver and coached for Las Vegas Stars. During his career he played many different positions but mostly played midfield.

Bobby moved to Nebraska to work for University of Nebraska Medical Center. After moving he played and coached adult open division one and premier league in Nebraska for 15 years. He has his D state and D national  coaching licenses from the United States Soccer federation for the last 15 years. Bobby has coached all from U7 to U19 for SLFC, Bison Sport Arena and Soccer Academy. He has also volunteered as a coach for Latino kids at Abbott sports complex indoor and outdoor for some time. 

Bobby is a Big Ten, Big 12, Big East and Division one College soccer referee. He also was one of the coaches for the semi pro team in Nebraska Bugeaters FC.  

Bobby is married and has 5 kids.

Chad Petersen
Chad Petersen is from Lincoln, Nebraska where he attended Lincoln Northeast. He has been instrumental in VNA setting up their first satellite program in Bennet where we were able to run full fall and winter classes.  Chad joined VNA in 2019. He and his wife are helping VNA set up a special needs soccer program.    

Chad is also a volunteer firefighter with Bennet Fire and Rescue for 11 years. He is the Safety Officer for the Bennet fire department.

Chad also works at Northwest Respiratory Services as a branch manager and has been with them for 15 years. His branch has the V.A. contract and over 50 nursing homes in central and southeast NE. They supply oxygen, cpaps, bipaps, and ventilators.

Chad is married to Amy (08 boys team manager) for 18 years, and has two kids. Tasa is 15 years old and is a freshman at Palmyra High, and Conner who is on the (07) and (08) boys teams and is in 6th grade at Bennett Elementary.

Gage Hadfield
Gage Hadfield is from Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended Lincoln East High School where he played forward and wing. He also attended Doane College and played forward, wing and outside back. He just joined the VNA family coaching the winter of 2019. Gage has done volunteer coaching with East High School.  

Gage is currently working at Hillcrest Country Club as a manager and recently took another job at Jason's Lawn and Landscapes as a sales manager.  

Jose Hidalgo

Jose Hidalgo is from Lincoln, Nebraska. He grew up playing soccer at various soccer clubs including Lincoln Fire, CSA, and Magellan Soccer Club. In 2016, he graduated from Lincoln Northeast where he captained the soccer team as a forward and midfielder. After high school, he attended Central Community College to earn a degree in education. He trained with the soccer team as a midfielder and goalkeeper. 

Jose started his coaching journey early on, as he was chosen to coach the Dawes Middle School soccer team in fall 2015 while still a senior in high school. He would resume coaching in 2017 with Magellan Soccer Club. With Villarreal, Jose worked with multiple teams, including an 05 boys team. In June of 2018, he joined Lincoln Northeast as the Head Coach of the Girls Soccer program. He is currently working to obtain his coaching licenses. 

Jose works at Wells Fargo. In his free time, he volunteers at LPS sponsored events.

Scott Poppe

Scott Poppe is from Kearny, Nebraska. He attended Kearney High School where he played center midfielder and left forward. He attended Midland College where he continued to play center midfielder and left forward. He started coaching in 2012 as a micro coach for his daughter Addie when she was 5 yrs old. In 2016 he assisted the varsity coach for the girls program at North Star High School. Scott has also coached at Schoo middle school as a boys middle school coach. He has joined the Villarreal family as a mini coach and the 2007 girls Spring team. Scott is also a certified referee.  

Scott is currently engaged and has 2 daughters. One that plays for VNA.  

Scott owns a construction company called Golden Standard Construction.

Travis Brock

Travis Brock is from Lincoln, Nebraska where he attended Lincoln Southeast High School. He started coaching while in high school. Travis has been a part of the VNA family since the beginning. He has also coached for Sporting Lincoln and Magellan. He has coached various ages, genders and levels. Travis started coaching because of his love for the sport. Travis has volunteered for Lincoln public schools, the YMCA and Meals on Wheels.

Travis is married and has two boys, Mason and Maddox, that play for the academy. 

Travis works full time for Department of Homeland Security

Nicki Baker 
Nicki grew up in Texas and moved to Nebraska when she started High School. She graduated from Schuyler High School and went on to college at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she graduated with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts. During college she began coaching dance, cheerleading and tumbling in the Lincoln area, where she formed a passion for working with young athletes.  She is the former cheerleading coach at Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln Southwest, Cheerleading Director at Club Kicks and owner of Nebraska Cheer Center. She is a certified cheerleading instructor and judge. She has coached boys and girls ages 3 to 18 for more than 20 years. Nicki also has studied and loves working with dancers and cheerleaders on flexibility training.  

Nicki is married and has a 15 yr old son who attends Lincoln Southeast High School. He plays soccer for VNA and LSE. She also has a naughty three year old Pug named Beans.  

Outside of working for the club she enjoys reading, working out, watching Nebraska Football and attending her son's soccer games.  She is excited to work with others who have a passion for youth and youth sports.


 

 






Director of Coaching - Girls

Jo Rosenberger
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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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Phone: 402-853-7100

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