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2017/2018 Manhattan Kickers FC Staff and Volunteer Administration

Evan Rosenthal (evan.kickers@gmail.com): President

Hector Nunez (footballhector@gmail.com): Coaching Director and 2007 Coach

Tom Hatton (hattock@gmail.com): Director of Little Kickers Soccer School

Devin Leahy (devinhughleahy@gmail.com): 2009 Coach

Admir Nezaj (admir_nezaj@hotmail.com): 2010 Coach

Sebastian Garces (sebastian.garces96@gmail.com): 2011/12 Coach

Eduardo Cruz Rodriguez (cruz_7486@hotmail.com): 2008 Coach 

David Villanova (dvila17@gmail.com): 2006 Coach 

Kashif Anthony (kashif.anthony@my.liu.edu): 2011/12 Coach

Marko Malovic (mmalovic7@gmail.com): Met Oval



Head Administrator: Jessica Loparco (jessica.kickers@gmail.com)

Field Administrator: Yao Chew (yaochew@outlook.com)



ABOUT OUR STAFF:


Evan Rosenthal is the MKFC President and has been working with the club since the inception. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and played for the Cleveland United Soccer Club  and University School for most of his formative years.  He was also a part of the Olympic Development Program. His Cleveland United club team won numerous State Cups and tournaments, and advanced to the semi-finals of the Gothia Cup in Sweden in 1994. On that team, he developed friendships that remain to this day. His enjoyment of his experience as a youth player has motivated him to make an even better club experience for Kickers players, so that they may share the same joy of the game of soccer and as well as being a part of a close-knit team and club. As a scholastic player, Evan captained his High School team and later went on to play for nationally-ranked Washington University, where his collegiate career was cut short in 1998 by injury. After two years in the corporate world as a securities analyst, he earned a masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, and he continues to write and is an avid reader. Since 2003, he has been a coach, working exclusively with Manhattan Kickers FC teams. For over a decade, he has coached all ages of teams and hundreds of players, specializing in the 5-12 age groups. His teams have competed successfully in the United States but also around world, and several of his former players have been selected to the US Youth National teams and top European and South American Youth Academies. While Evan grew up in the American system, he is well-traveled and has visited professional youth academies and coached Kickers teams in various countries around the world. With over ten years experience in New York City and his soccer education around the globe, Evan brings to American youth soccer a respect and appreciation for the highest levels of the world game, and a desire to share his love for soccer and team sports to the next generation of players.




Hector Nunez was born and raised in Barcelona, Catalonia. He has been involved in soccer since age four when he watched his father play in amateur league games. After playing in local soccer academies in Barcelona, at age 17 Hector began coaching youth futsal. During his coaching career in Barcelona, Hector worked in various capacities in youth soccer as a head coach and Academy Co-Director, most notably as a futsal coach at F.C. Barcelona, where he won the City of Barcelona League in 2001. He also coached in the futsal senior league of the Catalan Honor Division. Hector Nunez studied at the Centre Rendiment, CAR (High Performance Centre) and Hector holds the National Coaching License, the Technical Certificate in Soccer by the Training Institute of Catalonia, as well as the UEFA Pro License. He also studied training systems at Le Centre Technique National Fernand Sastre (Fernand Sastre National Technical Centre) in Clairefontaine, France, in collaboration with the Catalan and French Soccer Federations. Hector also has worked with international soccer tournaments as well as global soccer brands. He stands by his belief: Football is more than a sport; it is an art discipline. Hector begins his first season as the MKFC Director of Coaching after three successful seasons as a head coach for various Kicker teams.



Marko Malovic is from Belgrade, Serbia. He began playing soccer for Partizan-Belgrade at the age of 6 and captained the team through a decorated twelve year stint with the club. At age 19, Marko began to play for Srem Jakovo Football Club in Belgrade, where he was voted the Best Player in the League by the Football Association of Serbia. Marko subsequently came to the United States to play for the University of Texas at Brownsville, where he was voted first team in the Red River Conference. Through his manager, Marko also began coaching at the Vermont Voltage Academy in Burlington, Vermont. In the summer of 2009, Marko was offered a professional contract with Dutch club Heerenveen, but an injury prevented him from pursing his professional dreams. Shortly after, Marko started coaching for Partizan-Belgrade, and since moving to New York, he has worked with various clubs and now with the Manhattan Kickers. With the Kickers, Marko aims to pass on his love and passion for the sport to the new generations of soccer stars. He brings with him a unique creativity in training exercises and a passion for bringing out the best in each player.  Marko encourages utilizing his player's skills with their teammates as he did with his teammates growing up. He expects his players to read one another on the field and communicate like a family. 



Tom Hatton is from Reading, England and has 25 years playing experience, including representing Nottingham University one of the top college teams in the UK. Tom has extensive global soccer experience, playing in Korea, South Africa, Ireland as well as North America where he represented England in the Copa NYC, World Cup of New York. In addition, he has attended major global tournaments including the 2002 World Cup in Japan and 2004 Euro Cup in Portugal. After college he began working in Sports marketing, whilst coaching for the Nike, EA Games and MLS soccer programs, specializing in ages 6-9. Tom works as an actor and has gained exposure in TV and theater, including roles as a sports host. Tom uses his theatrical training and sports background as the Director of the Little Kickers Soccer School for ages 3-5. He is also the MKFC 2007 head coach.



Devin Leahy  is a native New Yorker raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Devin fell in love with soccer in 1st grade when introduced to the game by Mirko Cavar, Head of Athletics at the Trevor Day School.  Shortly afterwards he joined the Manhattan Soccer Club and was coached by Manhattan Kickers founder and former director Curt Rosenthal. Devin went on to captain Trevor Day Schools high school team, where he also coached 1st through 5th graders as part of the Physical Education Program. As a youth player, Devin competed in Europe, participating in the Gothia Cup in Sweden and the Harlem Cup in Holland, and trained with Vitoria FC in Brasil in the summers leading up to college. His exposure to players and coaches from around the world has given him a thorough understanding of different playing styles while crafting his game.  Devin went on to play in college, leading the Hunter College Hawks to their first NCAA birth in over a decade while captaining the team as the center midfielder.  During his time with the team, the Hunter was ranked 34th in the nation. Declining a semi-professional offer in Puerto Rico after college, Devin took the opportunity to work for Cipriani USA, in New York, Beverly Hills, and Istanbul.  Currently, Devin is back at home working in real estate and has brings his experience and enthusiasm to the Manhattan Kickers FC coaching staff. 



Admir Nezaj moved to New York City from Kosovo at age 8 and two weeks later became an MKFC player. For the next five years, he played on the MKFC 96/97 team under Evan Rosenthal. Admir was one of the most skillful players ever to wear an MKFC shirt and played for one of the most successful MKFC teams - winning numerous leagues and tournaments. Admir scored the goal on an overhead kick to win MKFC the State Championship, the first of any Manhattan team. After the Kickers, Admir went on to play for various NYC teams, including Met Oval, and he continues to play for the New York Athletic Club. Now Admir returns to MKFC as a coach and looks to pass on his knowledge and experience to the next generation of Kickers players.



Sebastian Garces is a second former-MKFC player to join the coaching staff. He played on the 96/97 team under current MKFC President Evan Rosenthal, and then transitioned to the then-affiliate BW Gottschee in the US Development Academy, where he played through U18. He attended the University of Buffalo  before transferring back to college in NYC. As a player, Sebastian captained the MKFC 96/97 team who won numerous tournaments around the region. Sebas is another up-and-coming MKFC coaches who understands the system and enjoys developing the current young players in the club.


Eduardo Cruz Rodriguez  is a native of Colombia and brings over twenty years of high-level coaching experience to the club. As a player, Eduardo had a professional career from 1986 to 1992 in Colombia (Deportivo Cali, Deportivo Pereira, Deportes Tolima, Sporting de Barranquilla) and Venezuela (Club Atletico Zamora). After his professional career, Eduardo began coaching at one of Colombia's top clubs, Deportivo Cali of the Categora Primera A (First Division) and afterwards at Categora Primera B (Second Division) club Academia FC. Later, Eduardo would be the head coach of the professional teams at Centauros FC and Universitario Popaya (Categora Primera B), and top-flight clubs Once Caldas (winner of the 2004 Copa Libertadores), and Deportes Quindio. Besides working with professional teams, Eduardo has overseen player development programs and the youth academies of clubs. Now based on New York, Eduardo brings years of accumulated knowledge and experience to the Kickers coaching staff.



David Vilanova played for his hometown club CD Roquetenc from the age of 7 to 18 years-old. Located outside of Barcelona, he continued to the club's amateur team and began coaching.  In 2011, he was offered a contract by CF Amposta (Third Division) and continued playing on other semi-professional teams in Catalonia. During this time, he earned a four-year Sports Teacher degree and UEFA B and UEFA A licenses. During his UEFA A course he worked at the FC Barcelona Technical School as a volunteer coach, where he learned the philosophy of one of the top clubs in the world. After receiving his license, David followed his dream of coming to the United Sates and began work with Global Premier Soccer (Bayern Munich Official Partner), as an FC Bayern Munich ID Program (USA) Head Coach. Currently, David is a full-time DV7 Soccer Academy staff coach in New York City.






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