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.
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