AJ comes to Berks United FC with 36 years of soccer experience. He played for Kutztown High School before going on to play at Penn State University. He has instructed soccer at various levels and is a licensed coach. He has developed youth soccer players through team play, one on one training, use of technology, off field nutrition, and soccer education. In addition, AJ has designed training courses for new coaches to ensure they had the training and solid foundation to better instruct our next generation. Furthermore, some of Coach AJ’s accolades include:
Under Reading United (6 years), designed, organized, and implemented youth soccer sessions for CPD (Coach/Player Development) and Academy Camps
Developed and employed the RBJSL New Coaches Training Course
Constructed U6-U12 season training session for clubs and coaches
Philadelphia Union Summer Select coach (2 years)
Head Junior High School Coach for Blue Mountain (4 years)
Head High School Coach; 1-year Kutztown High School (Girls), 4 years Schuylkill Valley High School (Boys)
Anthony "AJ" Cronrath
Tim played college soccer at Rutgers-Camden (2 years) before transferring to Alvernia College and finishing out his playing career. During his time at Alvernia he made 2nd team All-Conference PAC honors, as well as 1st Team All-Tournament at New York’s R.I.T. college preseason tournament. Prior to college, he played for Roman Catholic High School, as well as Triton Regional High School, a top 20 New Jersey State ranked team, where he graduated.
Tim has been coaching boys and girl’s youth soccer, U9-U13, since 2014, and he is currently working towards his U.S. National D License. He is still an active player in the sport, as he plays in a Men’s Soccer League.
Coach Tim lives in Lancaster County with his family and is a Licensed Occupational Therapist (CHT-certified hand therapist), specializing in treatment of all orthopedic conditions of the upper extremity.
Eric has been added to our coaching staff to train our players to be all around athletes. He will focus in developing their speed and agility, as well as injury prevention. Eric has been coaching athletes since 1990 after completing his athletic career at Juniata College where he was a multi-sport athlete. Eric's focus was the 100 and 200 meter dash which he continued to compete in post collegiality until his mid 30's. Eric began his coaching career as a sprint coach with Upper Darby High School where he coached several state and national qualifiers. Eric linked with Team Riley Tennis and began coaching high level tennis players all the way to the professional ranks from 1998-2004. Eric also began working with NFL Combine Athletes in 1997 which has continued to the present time. In 2005 Eric became a part of the Parisi Speed School Franchise System which is the leading youth sports performance company in the country with over 100 locations.
Eric focuses on the development of the whole athlete from the physical training to the mental aspects of confidence, leadership and integrity which are so crucial to the youth athletes development. Eric is always heard saying, "Speed, Strength and Power are our vehicles but Life Skills are our real focus."
Eric also owns Training for Warriors Downingtown which focuses on adult training that also combines the physical with the mental aspects of training. Eric has found is true calling with fundraising for abused children and their caregivers. The TFW (Training for Warriors) international network has allowed Eric to travel around the country and raise funds for specific families in need. Eric has always felt that owning a gym was a vehicle to the ultimate mission to help more people who truly need help!
Eric enjoys spending time with his son Cole who of course keeps him on his toes! Eric also enjoys traveling and building a great life with his girlfriend Karen!