Directors of Coaching

Chris SmithDirector of Coaching
Current Head Coach of the NY Surf 2007 Blue
Current US Soccer Scout
Former Director of Coaching, Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club
Former Associate Head Men’s Coach, Adelphi University
Former Head Men’s Coach, Mercy College
Former Head Men’s Coach, Saint Peter’s University
Former Head Men’s Coach, Manhattanville College
Extensive youth coaching within the East Meadow, Syosset and Massapequa Soccer Clubs – 5 State Cup wins, 2 Region 1 titles and one National Finalist finish
Played professionally indoors in the National Professional Soccer League in 1995

MS in Athletic Administration,
The College of New Jersey
BS in Business Administration,
Southern Connecticut State University
US Soccer National “A” Licensed Coach
92 and 96 NCAA National Champion
Region 1 (East) Team member and Captain and selected to the National Pool

Michael CaputoAssistant Director of Coaching and College Placement Advisor
Current Head Coach of the NY Surf 03, 04 08 teams
Former Head Coach Albertson Fury DA 01 and 04 teams
Former Assistant Coach, Albertson Fury DA ‪02/03’s and 05’s‬
Former Head Coach, Albertson Fury FC ECNL 98, 97, 96, 95
Former Head Women’s Coach,
New York Institute of Technology
Extensive youth coaching within the
Oceanside, Jericho, Valley Stream, New Rochelle and Port Washington Soccer Clubs – 6 State Cup wins and 2 Region 1 titles
Played Professionally for Miami Freedom, Illinois Thunder
Mansfield town (England), Alfreton town FC (England), Birmingham Grasshoppers,
Kentucky Bandits
Former Assistant GM, Staten Island Vipers of the A League

BA in Political Science,
University of Kentucky
US Soccer National “D” License


Chris RocheClub College Placement Coordinator
Current Head Women’s Coach, Farmingdale State College
Current Head Coach of the NY Surf 2002 Blue and 2003 Blue teams
Former Head Women’s Coach,
Briarcliffe College
Former Assistant Coach, University of Scranton
Extensive youth coaching within the Long Island Community – 6 State Cup wins and coached in numerous semi-finals and Finals within the East Region
Has compiled an overall record of 182-98-24 at FSC leading his team to 11 Conference Championships and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.
In 2018, he guided his team to the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a 1-0 win over #19 Brandeis in the First Round. The 2018 team also reached a #21 ranking in the Nation during the season
Coached four Skyline Rookie’s of the Year (’06, ’11, ’14, ’16), three Skyline Player’s of the Year (’10, ’15, ’18) and three Skyline Defensive POY (‘12, ’14, ’18)
Coached 15 All-Region players

BS in Economics and Finance,
University of Scranton
NSCAA National Diploma Coaching License

Kelsey YamGirls Academy Head Coach
Current Head Coach of the NY Surf 2004 Blue and the 2005 White teams
Current Assistant Coach, Hofstra University
Former Head Women’s Coach, Clarkson University – 2017 Coaching Staff of the Year
Former Assistant Coach, Vassar College
Former Assistant Coach, Clarkson University
Played in the WSPL with Albany Alleycats & Seacoast United
Played at Skidmore College,
Two NCAA & Three Liberty League Tournament Appearances
1st Team All-East Region, 1st Team All-Liberty League and Team Captain

MS in Business Administration-Global Supply Chain Management,
Clarkson University
BS in Management & Business with a minor in Mathematics – Magna Cum Laude, Skidmore College
US Soccer “E” Licensed Coach

Lisa GozleyGirls Academy Head Coach
Current Head Coach of the NY Surf 2005 Blue and 2006 Blue teams
Former Head Women’s Coach, Washington State University
Made the “sweet 16”
Former Co Head Women’s Coach, University of Minnesota
Started the inaugural program
Former Assistant Coach, University of Massachusetts
Went to the “Elite 8” 3X
Former Assistant Coach, Central Florida University,
Made the “Final Four”
Extensive youth coaching within the Massapequa, Farmingdale and East Islip Soccer Clubs – 6 state cup wins, 2 runner ups, 2 NERP Championships, a Regional Finalist and most recently (2019) with NY Surf 2005 Blue, National Runner up of the National Premier Leagues
Played and Captained at Central Florida
First female soccer player inducted to the Nassau County Community College Hall of Fame as a 2X First Team All American and a National Champion

BA in Psychology,
University of Central Florida
US Soccer “E” Licensed Coach
Region 1 (East) Team member and Captain and selected to the National Pool
Participated in one US Olympic Soccer Festival

Erin VernilloLead Skills Clinician
Head Coach of the 2007 White and Assistant Coach with the 05’s, 04’s and 01’s during the 2018/2019 season
Former Speed and Agility Trainer,
CATZ Long Island (Strength and Conditioning Firm)
Played Forward at Queens College and recorded 20 goals and 5 assists.
2X Team Captain and 2X Team MVP
3X All East Coast Conference Selection
Recipient of the Silver Knight Award given once a year to the person that best embodies the ideal student-athlete for their performance on the field, in the classroom and in donating their time with extensive community service
Former President of the Queens College NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Pursuing Masters of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in English for Secondary Education,
Stony Brook University
BA in English with a minor in Psychology,
Queens College

Peter ShankGoalkeeper Coach
Nic VaccaroGoalkeeper, Speed & Agility Coach