Coaches and Volunteers

Homer Summer Soccer Camp 2018


Each two-week soccer camp is coached by an amazing coach that we've hired from the lower Forty-Eight to help our kids play like the best!

We have all five coaches confirmed. More pictures on the way! But these guys and gals are some of the best... including US Olympic soccer coaches, NCAA Division 1, Women's US National Team Soccer, and so many training certificates they couldn't fit on the Internet!

We welcome 2 new coaches to Homer in 2018:

Mark Duffield

Coming to work with our Homer soccer program all the way from

Chichester, England (via Pennsylvania) !. Mark is awesome, and he

starts Monday, May 28th, so don't miss a minute of his great energy.

* Played for professional and semi-pro English teams.

* Tons of experience working with all ages, especially little tots.

* Coached Portsmouth and Brighton Academies.

* UEFA B Licensed (highest license).

* Currently Head Coach of Penn State New Kensington Mens Team.

* Currently PA West ODP Coach.

* Director of Goal Keeping and Youth Development Coaching at Hotspurs (little players).

Allison DeGroot

Alllison will arrive on June 25, and we can't wait! Check out her experience:

* Currently: Women's Head Soccer Coach at University of Wisconsin. Best conference

finish and record in history of the program!

* Goalkeeper Supervisor, Augsburg University Women's Soccer Team, Minneapolis, MN.

* Head Youth Soccer Coach (U10-U17).

* Trained four players to All-American honors.

* Played at Marquette University, WI.

Three outstanding coaches return to Homer in 2018:

Bill Irwin is amazing. Have a look:

• University of Portland; Head Coach Men's Soccer Team (2003-2015)

• 13 NCAA berths, 1 National Championship

• US Men's Olympic Team (2002, 2003)

• US Men's National Team (1997)

• U-17 Men's National Team (1997)

• US Women's National Team (2005, 2006)

• U-20 Women (1996-2007)

• USSF (United States Soccer Federation) National Team Goalkeeping

Hillary Fowler is awesome. A great player and coach:


  • Texas High Lady Tigers 1st team All-district defender 2006-2009
  • Texas High Lady Tigers Team Captain 2006-2008
  • Mississippi College Lady Choctaws 2009-2012

Coaching experience includes:

  • Graduate Assistant Coach at Belhaven University
  • Head Coach at Brilla Soccer Academy U9 & U10 girls
  • Head Coach for Westlake Soccer Academy
  • Westlake Soccer Academy "Specialty Camp" Coach

Brian Diaz has too many degrees and too much soccer experience to list, but here's a sample:

College Soccer Coaching

  • Oakland University (NCAA D1)- Rochester, MI (2017-current)
  • Upper Iowa University (NCAA D2) - Fayette, IA (2013 - 2015 Seasons)
  • University of South Alabama (NCAA D1) - Mobile, AL (2008 - 2012 Seasons)

Head Soccer Coach

  • People to People Ambassador Program (Australia, Holland, Austria, and Brazil)
  • Staff Coach/Goalkeeper Coach
  • Mobile Soccer Club - Mobile, AL (July 2008 - Aug. 2011)

Director of Coaching

  • Tennessee Soccer - Northeast, TN (Nov. 2005 - June 2006)

Youth Coaching

  • Region III Olympic Development Program Staff
  • Minnesota Youth Soccer - (2014 Season)
  • University of South Alabama (Asst. Dir.), Duke University Girls Soccer Camp, Ralph Lundy
  • Soccer Academy, UAB Soccer Camp

Assistant Coaching

Adam Diaz will assist-coach with all of our coaches and provide continuity throughout the 2018 summer season. We are super excited to have him back this year!

We also welcome back our youth coaches! These positions are all filled now, but stay tuned for next year for one of these paid