JJFC Trainers


Gérard Jones 
Club Director of Coaching & Player Development

Boys 2006 U13 Purple & Girls 2009 U10 Purple Head Coach (WYSL)
John Jay High-School Men's Varsity Head Coach
US Soccer Grassroots Instructor - Eastern NY Youth Soccer Association


  • MSc Performance Coaching - University of Stirling, UK

  • PGCE Lifelong Learning - University of Huddersfield, UK

  • FA UEFA 'A' Licence

  • FA 'A' Youth Award (12-16 year olds)

  • USSF National 'B' Licence 

  • USSF Grassroots Instructor's Licence (4v4-7v7-9v9-11v11-D Licence)

  • SFA Youth Award (12-18 year olds)

  • LMA School of Football Management


  • 14 Years Coaching Experience, working in elite youth professional soccer in the UK including grassroots, collegiate and semi-pro levels around the world

  • Former Director of Coaching at Premier League Arsenal FC Soccer Schools

  • Worked as an Academy Coach at Rochdale AFC, U21 Assistant at Bradford City and Head of Academy Coaching at Bristol Rovers FC in EPPP

  • Coached across all ages and pathways in the UK, US, Italy, Norway & NZ, which includes working as a DOC in SE-Michigan 

  • Coach Educator for The Football Association of Wales tutoring on C Certificates, ran own Independent Coach Education & Player Development Centers

  • Staff Instructor for US Soccer Federation through Eastern NY Youth Soccer Association, delivering Grassroots Courses through Play-Practice-Play methodology

Contact Gerard: 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/gerard_jones

Email: gjones@steelsoccer.com

Personal Website: www.gerardschooloffootball.com

Cell: 203-326-0640

Developing individuals to operate in their own genius, focusing on the individual within the collective to be a self-learner
— Gerard
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Ray Stafford
Travel Soccer Coach & Head of GK Training

Boys 2007 U13 Purple & Boys 2009 U11 White Head Coach (WYSL)
Riverdale High-School Coach


  • USSF National B Licensed Coach

  • USSF Grassroots In-Person Courses (7v7, 9v9, 11v11)

  • NSCAA Goalkeeper Licensed Coach

  • NSCAA Premier Diploma


  • 14 years experience coaching

  • Head of GK Training - John Jay FC (Current)

  • Riverdale High-School Coach (Current)

  • JJFC U14 2005 Purple team Coach (Spring 2019)

  • NY Red Bulls Youth Coach U9s-U16s (2014-2016)

  • Head Coach at Manhattan Soccer Club U9, U11, U16 Boys/Girls teams (2006-2014)

  • Director of Coaching at Loisida Youth Soccer (2005-2011)

Contact Ray:
Cell: 914-619-3986

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Elliott O'Sullivan
Travel Soccer Coach & After School Club Coach

Boys 2009 U10 Boys Purple and Boys 2006 U13 White Head Coach (WYSL)


  • BSc Sports Coaching & Performance 

  • USSF Grassroots In-Person 7v7 Licence

  • USSF Grassroots Online 4v4 Course

  • FA Level 2 (UEFA C) Award

  • FA Youth Awards Modules 1 & 2

  • FAW UEFA B Licence (under-going) 


  • Played for Farnborough FC and Aldershot Town FC

  • Coached UK Elite Soccer working 

Contact Elliott:

Email: Elliottosullivan@hotmail.co.uk
Cell: 914-357-6068

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
— Elliot
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Kristen Riollo
Travel Soccer Coach 

Girls 2007 U12 Purple Head Coach (WYSL)


  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology - University of Albany

  • USSF Grassroots 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 Courses

  • NSCAA (United Soccer Coaches) Level 2 Coaching Diploma


  • Coaches boys and girls from Kindergarten through to 2nd Grade

  • Head Coach Girls U12 Travel Soccer with John Jay FC

Contact Kristen:

Email: kristenriolo1@gmail.com 
Cell: 914-582-8071

Building a player’s confidence by coupling coach and player identified objectives that support the development framework and overall love of the game
— Kristen
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Chris Rietsch
President & Coach

Girls 2004 U15 Purple Head Coach (WYSL)
Boys 2001 U18 Purple Head Coach (WYSL)
Boys 2001 U18 Purple Head Coach (WYSL)
John Jay High-School Men's Junior Varsity Head Coach
John Jay FC President


  • MBA Marketing Management – Baruch Zicklin School of Business

  • BA Political Science – Binghamton University

  • NSCAA National Certification

  • USSF Grassroots 7v7 In-Person Course

  • USSF Grassroots 4v4 Online Course

  • USSF National F License

  • USSF National E License


  • 7 years coaching experience in the US at Scholastic and Grassroots levels

Contact Chris:

Email: jjfccoach@gmail.com
Cell: 914-384-1382


Tom Newell
Club Skills Coach

Support Coach covering DA & Travel programs 

• FA Level 2 (UEFA C)
• FA Level 1 Certificate 

• Coaches in England at Stourbridge FC with Grassroots and Development Teams U8-U12
• Coached in JPL League working with U11 Boys 
• Worked as High School teaching assistant and special needs teacher 2 years
• Coached After School clubs and programs in schools working with 5-12 year olds