Coaching Staff

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Are you interested in Coaching for Berks United FC?  We are currently seeking coaches for the 2021-22 season.  Please contact Club Director, Becky Wells, bwells@berksunitedfc.com if you are interested in applying.

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Anthony "AJ" Cronrath

Director of Coaching/08 Boys Head Coach

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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)

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Michael Schafer

2010 Boys Head Coach

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Coaching Philosophy & Profile

Mike has been coaching youth soccer in Exeter Township for more than 10 years. He strives to create a player-centered environment that focuses on an individual player’s long-term development in a fun and challenging setting. He has a National E Coaching License and is working towards obtaining a National D License. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, he has been a member of Exeter United’s board of directors on two occasions currently serving as Vice President & Director of Coach and Player Development. While his teams have performed well in league play and tournaments, he gets the most joy from watching his players develop their skills and love of the game.

 

Personal

Mike and his wife Kim, and their children Kayla and Owen reside in Exeter Township. They love their annual trips to Avalon and OCNJ, summers at Crestwood Pool, spending time with their dog Loki, and being outdoors as much as possible. Mike and Owen also enjoy playing disc golf too!

 

Education

Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from St. Joseph’s University

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Health Administration from Arcadia University

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Tom McAuliffe

09 Girls Head Coach

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Bio coming soon.

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Brandon Putt

08 Girls Head Coach

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Brandon was a four-year varsity starter in soccer for Hamburg Area High School and multi-sport athlete. He then attended Kutztown University for Accounting. His family resides in Exeter Township where he is the President of Exeter United FC. Prior to becoming President, he was the Secretary and Director of Coach and Player Development for the club. He continues to be an active player and student of the sport by playing locally in futsal and men’s soccer leagues.

Brandon has a National E Coaching License and is working towards obtaining a National D License. He has coordinated and participated in annual coaching clinics with EPYSA A licensed instructors. Brandon has been coaching boy’s and girl’s youth soccer since 2013 and has led multiple teams to league championships. He prides himself with technical development, building relationships, teamwork, and fostering active lifestyles and fitness through soccer. 

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Tim Dwyer

07 Boys Head Coach

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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.

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Jose Garcia

05 Boys Head Coach

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Bio coming soon.

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Chris Ferry

05 Boys Asst. Coach

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Chris has coached soccer for over 25 years and has a National E License. He coached youth soccer and has 12 years of experience coaching high school boys and girls. For the past 5 years has been the assistant varsity boys coach at Governor Mifflin High School.

 

Chris played at Brandywine Heights High School and was inducted into the athletic hall of fame. He played four years of collegiate soccer at Delaware Valley (1-year) and Kutztown University (3-years). During his college career Chris was a 4 year starter, tied the record for most goals scored as a freshman at Delaware Valley and received the team MVP honor at Kutztown his senior year. After college he played  3 years of semi-professional soccer for Sunburst in the Inter-County Ultra Division, which was established as a feeder program for the MLS.

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Eric Mitchell

Performance Trainer

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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!  

Interested in Coaching for Berks United FC?

Contact Us Today!

bwells@berksunitedfc.com

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