Mark has been with Stony Brook Soccer Club since 2003. Mark took over as Academy Director in 2010 and eventually moved into the role as the Travel and Girls Director of Coaching in 2012. Mark's coaching career began more than 25 years ago as an assistant to his brother's youth team, where he gained a passion for coaching under some excellent mentors, who were highly qualified with the English Football Association & UEFA accreditations.
A keen amatuer soccer player through his youth and adult life. Mark started to gain his coaching qualifications in his early twenties when he had the priviledge of visiting the Ajax Academy when on a soccer tour, and getting to see and learn from some of the best coaches in Holland was prompted to gain his FA Level I & II Coaching Licences.
Since arriving in the U.S. Mark has attained his NSCAA National and Advanced National, and his USSF 'C' & USSF 'B' licences. In 2012, Mark was recognized by ENYYSA and won their 'Coach of the Year', in recognition of his team's successess, style of play, sportsmanship and positive impact of the lives of the players he was coaching.
Alongside this, Mark worked as a coach with Sue Ryan at Stony Brook University Women's Soccer program and is currently on the Region I ODP staff as well as a Coaching Liasion for the USWNT Training Centers.
USSF F License and USSF D License
Marcelo played goalkeeper at Suffolk County Community College for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. His team won the 2010 NJCAA Men's National Soccer Championship with an undefeated season.
After graduating form SCCC, Marcleo attended SUNY Old Westbury and played two years as starting goalkeeper at the NCAA DIII program. He still holds the school’s record for most clean sheets in a season with 8 total, and made the Skyline Conference Honor Roll Athlete in 2012 and 2013.
Marcelo has been coaching at StonyBrook Soccer Club for 4 years. He currently coaches Stony Brook U9 Boys Academy and runs the club's goalkeeping clinics during the summer.
His goal as a coach is to help his players master the game of soccer and to develop their personal communication skills on and off the pitch.
When he is not coaching, he likes to watch soccer as much as possible, especially his favorite team, Real Madrid.
USSF Grass Roots Pathway Trainer
NSCAA National Diploma
NSCAA State Diploma
NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma
NSCAA Goalkeeper Diploma
NCAA National Recruiter
KURT KELLEY was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but he was first introduced to the game of soccer in Costa Rica by his grandfather, Don Jorge Pacheco, who was quite a player himself during his own time.
As a child, Kurt visited Costa Rica often, and it was there that he played street soccer with his cousins, uncles, and grandfather. According to Don Jorge, Kurt’s first steps as a toddler were straight to a soccer ball which he picked it up and punted it ! Also Don Jorge used to take Kurt down to the Plaza Central in San Jose, Costa Rica to see all the old guys who were just having fun juggling tennis balls off their heads, knees, and feet hundreds and hundreds of times non stop.
Kurt began playing soccer in Costa Rica and as a matter of fact at the age of four (back in 1974) he told his mom that he was going to be a professional soccer player when he grew up. Before he was the age of six years old, thanks to Don Jorge, he could also head juggle and foot juggle with tennis balls. "How many American kids could do that back in 1976?" his grandfather would often proudly say.
KURT played in youth soccer leagues in both Costa Rica and the United States. In New York he played in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) for both Blue-White Gottsche and the German Hungarian Soccer Clubs.
At the age of 17 years old he began his professional career playing soccer in Costa Rica's 2nd Division where he was the least scored on goalkeeper. Because Kurt had dual citizenship, he was invited to join the U-18 Costa Rican National Team. At the age of 18 Kurt made his debut in Costa Rica's prestigious 1st Division where he played for Deportivo Saprissa, not only one of Latin America’s but also CONCACAF'S most prestigious club teams. He played in Costa Rica's 1st division for nine seasons where he won 2 National Championships, 1 CONCACAF Championship, was goalkeeper of the week numerous times and was considered one of the best goalkeepers in CONCACAF. He was also invited to participate in South Korea's professional league, but in 1999, after many years of playing professional soccer abroad, he retired as a result of re-occurring injuries. During that time he returned to the United States, and he stilled played professional soccer in both the MLS and USL before pursuing his interests in the development of youth soccer players.
Kurt is a professional & Licensed soccer trainer and provides training at KK ATHLETICS INDOOR SPORTS for both field players, goalkeepers, and club teams. For Eastern New York ODP he is both a Head Coach and a Goalkeeping Coach. At the club level, he coaches teams in both Region 1 Premier and North Eastern Regional Premier. From time to time Kurt, because of his very rigorous and many soccer training programs for individual or team play, he has also assisted college soccer coaches.
Playing experience/honors: NCAA Division 1 USF, Trinidad and Tobago Youth National Teams
Coaching experience/honors & Credentials: Head Men's Soccer Coach Stony Brook University 9 Years/ America East Conference Champions 2011 and 2018 . USSF A license
Time in Club: 1 year
Goals as a youth coach: To cultivate a fun and challenging environment that encourages player development, nurtures a life-long passion for the game and molds positive character traits and habits