Lou Mignone, Coaching Director
Coach Lou holds a U.S. Soccer A-License as well as a National Youth License and United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma. He currently serves as the Director of Coaching at West Orange United FC and has been coaching for the past 30 years. In addition to being a Coaching School Instructor and TOPSoccer Area Coordinator for New Jersey Youth Soccer, he is also a Grassroots Instructor for U.S. Soccer. A former player at Rutgers-Newark, Coach Lou has earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees. He is also a retired police detective and a current Adjunct of Criminal Justice.
Paul Blodgett, Director of Goalkeepers
Paul Blodgett is the owner/director of the highly successful Paul Blodgett Goalkeeper Training School, LLC. With over four decades of working with goalkeepers from the grass roots level to world class athletes, Paul is recognized as one of the premiere goalkeeper coaches in the country. He has tenured with the Rutgers University Men’s Program and the WPS inaugural year Champions, Sky Blue FC; for the past 13 years, Paul was affiliated with highly successful TCNJ Women’s Program. Since 2005, Paul has been associated with NJYS and is now the Technical Director of Goalkeeping for ODP. Over his coaching career, Paul has coached and mentored seven collegiate All-Americans on both the men’s and women’s sides. He has been a staff member/teacher for “D” and “E” State Licensing Courses for NJYS and for the USYS National “Y” Licensing Course. Paul holds a USSF B License and the USYS National Y License.
Meet our ODP Coaches
Coach Homere “O” Breton holds a U.S. Soccer C-License and has coached at various levels within the youth and adult game including the coaching of college and professional players after playing at Syracuse University and professionally with the Houston Dynamos of the ASL. He has served as a coach within New Jersey ODP since 2002 and has traveled internationally with the US Youth Soccer East Region. Coach "O" is the Director of the New Jersey Young Olympians Program.
Coach Ben holds a U.S. Soccer C-License and a United Soccer Coaches National Diploma. He is the Program Director for NLSA’s Youth Development Program and a Vice President at Hopewell Valley Soccer Association. A former player at Lehigh University, he is a long-time board member at America SCORES, the largest national after-school soccer and literacy program, which provides services to over 14,000 at-risk youth across the country.
Coach Joe earned an Advanced National Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches, and he serves as the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Kean University. He played at Rider University and has also coached at FC Copa and World Class FC. When he is not on the field, Coach Joe is a history teacher at Plainfield High School.
Coach Gary holds a U.S. Soccer D-License and played at Fairleigh Dickenson University. He is the founder of North Jersey FC and has been involved in the game as a player and later a coach for the past five decades.
Coach Vinny holds a U.S. Soccer C-License and serves as the Vice President and Director of Training for Millstone United Travel Soccer. He obtained a BA and MBA from Rutgers University and has been a leader in youth sports for the past 15 years.
A former semi-professional soccer player in the United Kingdom for Southport FC, Burscough AFC, St Helens Town and Warrington town AFC.
Matt brought a wealth of coaching, team development and mentoring experience to this role, having served as assistant men’s soccer coach at Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, as program head and trainer for STA MO soccer program and as a staff member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Coach Farrell holds a UEFA A coaching badge, is a USSF B License candidate and a USC Premier diploma. He is also the director of Coaching for Advanced Total Soccer Coaching, a New Jersey-based organization that works with soccer clubs on player development from foundational skills through elite national level competition.
Coach Flores holds a U.S. Soccer A-License and has been coaching at the youth level for the past 15 years. He is a U.S. Soccer Grassroots Instructor and serves as the Youth Technical Director at the Philadelphia Union. He has a B.A. in Journalism as well as an M.A. in Sports Psychology.
Coach Tamas holds a U.S. Soccer A-Youth License and National Youth License. He played professionally in Hungary for Nagykanizsa Football Club and has coached youth and adults for the past 19 years.
Coach Alex holds a U.S. Soccer A-License. He is a New Jersey Youth Soccer Coaching School Instructor and a U.S. Soccer Grassroots Instructor. He has served as a soccer coach for the youth of Hudson County over the past two decades and grows the game with children and adults through his work at The Soccer Learning Center of Jersey City. Coach Alex is the founder of The U.S. Soccer Heroes, a 501c3 charity dedicated to effecting positive social change through soccer and raising funds for first responders and their families during times of catastrophic need.
Coach Katie played at The College of New Jersey and earned a Bachelors of Science in Health and Exercise Science. She has served as an assistant coach for The College of New Jersey and is a teacher of Health and Physical Education at Ewing High School. She has coached for the past seven years.
Coach John has served for eight years with the Men’s Soccer Program at Rowan University and functions as the recruiting coordinator and director and game day operations. Coach John is a 2010 graduate of Rowan University, and he holds a U.S. Soccer C-License and National Youth License. He was also a head coach at the PDL level with the U-23 Ocean City Nor’Easters. As a player, he was a two-year starter at Rowan University after being an All-American at Brookdale Community College.
Coach Roman holds a U.S. Soccer C-License and National Youth Certificate. He currently serves as a coach with Millstone United Travel Soccer Club, and he is a past recipient of the New Jersey Youth Soccer Bob McNulty Coach of the Year Award.
Coach Bob played in college at Buffalo State and then professionally for the Fort Erie Kickers of the Ontario Soccer League. He has served as a youth soccer coach for the past 35 years and has been a part of New Jersey ODP for 30 years. He is also a coach at Allentown High School.
Coach Kim is an assistant coach at The College of New Jersey and formerly served in the same capacity at Stockton College. She is also a varsity coach at Allentown High School, where she was named the Central Jersey Coach of the Year. Coach Kim also played at Old Dominion University.
Coach Simon holds a U.S. Soccer B-License and serves as the Boys Director of Coaching at PDA Shore and Saint Rose High School in Belmar. He has also coached with youth programs at Red Bull New York, Chicago Fire and Cedar Stars.
Coach Danny holds a U.S. Soccer D-License and coaches at Kenilworth Soccer Club and Merlin Soccer Club of Elizabeth. He has coached boys and girls teams within ODP.
Coach Dennis holds a U.S. Soccer B-License and is a Coaching School Instructor for New Jersey youth Soccer. Collegiately, he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. He also played at Fairleigh Dickinson University and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2005.
Coach Peters played for, and graduated from The College of New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Science (double majoring) in Education and Psychology with a minor in Mathematics. Coach Peters has been a trainer and coach for youth, teen, and young adult player populations and teams for over 15 years, a Coach with NJ ODP for the past 12 years, and a Coach for the NJ Young Olympians Program since its inception. Peters' ODP coaching experience includes serving as the Film Coordinator when NJ won a pair of ODP National Championships. Peters also served as Film Coordinator for the Women's Soccer Program at Rutgers University where she earned a graduate degree in Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation. In addition to being a licensed soccer coach, Peters is a certified educator with 8 years of experience teaching Mathematics in international, public, and private school settings as well as a published researcher.
Coach Nana holds a U.S. Soccer C-License and has coached youth players for the past 10 years. He currently serves as a coach with the Mountain Lakes – Boonton Soccer Club. Coach Nana played for a number of local teams in his homeland of Ghana.
Coach Rico holds a U.S. Soccer C-License and has been coaching youth for the past 40 years. He has coached within New Jersey ODP for the past 13 years and serves as a Coaching School Instructor for New Jersey Youth Soccer. Coach Rico serves as a board member with the Lawrence-Hamnett Soccer Association and is a previous recipient of the New Jersey Youth Soccer Bob McNulty Coach of the Year Award.
Coach Tony holds a U.S. Soccer B-License, and he has served as a coach for the past 30 years at the youth, high school, college and professional levels. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, and he is currently a Teacher of Health and Physical Education in Newark while also coaching at West Orange United FC.
Coach Ruben holds a U.S. Soccer B-License as well as his United Soccer Coaches Premier and Director of Coaching Diplomas. Additionally, he is a Coaching School Instructor for New Jersey Youth Soccer and a U.S. Soccer Grassroots Instructor. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and currently serves as the Director of Coaching for Westfield Soccer Association and Union County FC.
Coach Auke holds the U.S. Soccer A-license. He is a New Jersey Youth Soccer Coaching School Instructor and a U.S. Soccer Grassroots Instructor. He serves as the Director of Coaching Education for Morris Elite Soccer Club in Madison and has been involved with New Jersey ODP since 1999 as a head coach for boys and girls teams. Coach Auke is also a physical education teacher for students with special needs.
Kristin Giotta (Goalkeeper Coach)
Coach Kristin holds a United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma and has been a staff member and goalkeeper coach with New Jersey ODP since 2001. She is also the head coach of the women’s soccer program at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham in Madison, New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees from Monmouth University, and she played goalkeeper there as well. Coach Kristin also serves as the Girls Director of Goalkeeping for Match Fit Academy.