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Meet our Travel Team Coaches

Radovan ('Rado') Plekta 
Club Technical Director

2009 Boys Development Academy Coach, 2004 Girls Travel Coach, 2002 Boys Travel Coach

USSF Nationally Licensed, UEFA Certification

Played at Lake Braddock HS, George Mason University and professionally in Greece for 2 years. Fourteen-year coaching career and author of two industry publications.

Dudley Hawkins
Technical Director - Girls Programs

2006 and 2007 Girls Travel Coach
USSF National 'D' License

TN ODP, Region III ODP, National Team Try-Outs, Methodist College/Maryville College

Coaching for 26 years including Assistant Coach of ODP U19 Women, Director of Player Development at ODFC, Head Coach at VA Super Y, Coach at Herndon Youth Soccer and Sterling Youth Soccer.

Kurt Borel
Academy and Camp Director
2001 and 2006 Boys Travel Coach

USSF National 'B' License, NSCAA Advance National Diploma

Played NCAA, Division 1 at Mt. Saint Mary’s and USL at Chesapeake Dragons.

Coaching for 12 years including Varsity Coach at St. John’s College Prep in MD and Coach at Herndon Youth Soccer. 

Stephen ('Stevie') Alabi

Director of Recreational/House Program

UEFA (B) License, USSF National 'D' License, National Youth License

Played at George Mason University and professionally in England at Rotherham United FC

Fourteen-year coaching career including Director of Coaching at NVSC, Coach at Tamir Linhart’s Golden Boot Soccer, Head Coach at James Madison High School, Athletic Director at Green Acres School and currently Edlin School, coached several travel teams in Northern Virginia.

Heather Sanden

Director of Goalkeeping

USSF National 'C' License, NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma

Starting goalkeeper for WPSL Michigan Phoenix, received full athletic scholarship to Division I East Tennessee State University, holding records such as shutouts in a season with five and total saves with 442 as a student-athlete.  Starting GK for W-League Northern Virginia Majestics for three consecutive seasons

Coaching for 14 years including Assistant/GK Coach at American University, personal trainer and nutrition coach.  

Ged Wood
Coach of 2001 and 2002 Girls Travel Teams

National Diploma in Sports Science and Recreation, UEFA C License, UEFA B License
Represented youth State and Regional teams, played for Barrow F.C.
Coaching for 20+ years including 6 years F.A. Youth Development Officer (Lancaster F.A. England), 15 + years in Northern Virginia Travel Soccer, 3 State Championships.


José Venegas
Coach of 2003 Girls Travel Team

USSF National 'C' License ESEFUL (Soccer school - 2 years) Played 3 years semi-pro (Lau-Chun, Peru) and 1 year on Professional Reserve team (Sport Boys, Peru)

Coaching for 15+ years including ODP State Team as Trainer and Assistant Coach (2008 to present), ODP Academy (2007 to present), H-P Soccer Academy, and Coach at The Potomac School. 

Shannon Poach

Co-Coach of 2006 and 2007 Girls Travel Teams

National Youth License

Played at Bethesda Soccer Club, Bethesda Dragons – 4 years WAGS division 1 Champions, 5 years State Cup Champions, 3 years Region I Champions/ Runner-up; Great Bridge High School - All District, All Region, All State team all 4 years.  Maryland State ODP Midfielder, Region I Team, Virginia State ODP Midfielder, Region I Team, Virginia Beach Piranhas Semi-Pro Team; NCAA Division 1 Virginia Tech Women’s Varsity Team.

Coaching since 2000 – Bethesda Soccer Club Summer Camp Coach; Beach FC Camp Coordinator/Coach; Assistant Coach at Blacksburg High School Girls Varsity; Head Coach of Herndon Fury Girls (WAGS Division 1); Co-Coach Herndon Zephyr Girls (WAGS Division 1); Co-Coach Herndon Heat (WAGS Division 2).

José Urquizo  
Coach for 2000 Boys Travel Team

USSF National 'D' License
NCSAA Goalkeeping Level I

Coaching for more than 10 years including ODP Academy (2015 to present), Founder and Coach at DFC Club Atlético Virginia and Coach of 2005 and 2007 Boys Travel at Reston Soccer Association. Reston Soccer Association Club Liason with Hispanic community. Traveled with 20U Peruvian National Team to Brazil for the Sudamericano in 2015.


Walter Bustamante 
Coach for 2004 Girls Travel Team

USSF National ‘C’ License 

Played on Peru National Team in U16, U18 and U23, played for Long Island University, drafted by NY/NJ Metro Stars (Red Bulls) in March 1996, played for NJ Stallions (USISL), NJ Dragons (USISL) and Roma SC in New Jersey. 

Coaching for 17 years including Head Coach at Reston Soccer Association, Walter Bustamante Soccer Academy, Head Coach at Passaic County Community College, Head Coach at Pasco Soccer Club (NY), Head Coach at World Class Soccer Club and Camp (NY), Assistant Coach at Morris Catholic High School (NJ) and Trainer at Alliance SC (VA).


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