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Brittany Smith

Intern

Zach Kovatch

Intern

Mason Kresge

Intern

Emma Lindsay

Intern

Faith Cameron

Junior Intern

Liam Dempsey

junior Intern

looking to join our team?

Looking to coach, earn an internship, or add your skills at BTP in another way? We’re always looking for new coaching talent. Let us know how you can make an impact on our program!

Simon Robinson

co-owner / Coach

Profile:

Simon’s Goalkeeping Coaching experience spans 20+ years, coaching Keepers in both England and the USA. During this time, he has coached keepers ages 6+, at Club, College and Olympic Development level.  Simon holds a Degree in Sports and Exercise Science from Leeds Metropolitan University.

background/coaching history:

  • UEFA “B” License
  • English FA Coaching Certificate
  • NSCAA Level I, II & III Goalkeeping Diplomas
  • 2010-2020: Technical Goalkeeper Coach, Just 4 Keepers East PA
  • Head Goalkeeper Coach for Eastern PA Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program
  • Former Coach at Leeds Metropolitan University in England
  • 1999: Squad Member, England University Men’s Football Team
  • 1994 -1997: First Team Goalkeeper for Barrow AFC, Semi-Professional team Playing in the England Unibond Northern Premier League
  • Played Collegiately at Leeds Metropolitan University in England

Mackenzie Pinto

co-owner / Coach

Profile:

A native of Harleysville Pennsylvania, Mackenzie comes to BTP with experience coaching males and females of all ages for 8+ years.  Pinto graduated from Point Park University (PPU) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management and a Master’s Degree in International Business.  Throughout her time there, she played a major role in helping PPU win their first conference championship in 2015 in route to earning the program’s first ever NAIA National Tournament appearance.  As a goalkeeper at PPU, Mackenzie was a three-year starter and captain in her senior year.

background/coaching history:

  • CPR/AED certified
  • NSCAA State GK Certificate
  • 2017-2020: Technical Goalkeeper Coach, Just 4 Keepers East PA
  • 2018-Current: Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Coach, Arcadia University Women’s, Glenside, PA
  • 2016-2018: Assistant Coach, Wissahickon High School Girls, Ambler, PA
  • 2015: Assistant Coach, Century FC Soccer Club, U-12 Girls, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2014-2016: Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Coach, Point Park University Women’s, Pittsburgh, PA

Michelle Zubyk

co-owner / Administration

Profile:

Michelle has been with BtP (formerly J4K of East PA) since 2014, overseeing all the administrative functions as Administrative Manager. She directly handles all financial matters such as client billing, accounts payable, and banking. If you have a “money” question, she’s your gal! Also, direct any administrative issues you have her way and she’d be happy to help you. You can reach Michelle at mzubyk.betweenthepostsgk@gmail.com

Alex Ruh

Coach

Profile:

Before joining BTP, Alex was an independent goalkeeper coach in Lehigh Valley.  Ruh currently works as a Human Performance Coach at Coordinated Health, part of LVHN.  Alex played collegiately at Lock Haven University (two seasons) and DeSales University (two seasons).  Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

background/coaching history:

  • CPR/AED certified
  • USSF ‘E’ License
  • 2017-2020: Technical Goalkeeper Coach, Just 4 Keepers East PA
  • 2017-Current: Goalkeeper Coach, EPYSA ODP Lehigh Valley U12-14 Boys and Girls
  • 2014-2017: Assistant Coach, Northampton Community College
  • 2014: Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Coach, DeSales University
  • 2013: Student Assistant, Coach DeSales University
  • 2010-2012: Coach at STM Strikers of Allentown, Pa
  • 2008: Coach at West End Soccer Club, Saylorsburg, Pa

Pan (Panagiotis) Karalis

Coach

Profile:

Temple University Alumni, from Toms River, NJ.  Has over 10 years experience of playing and coaching in this specific position.  Pan has coached and trained at over a dozen Philadelphia area soccer clubs and at the professional academy level.  His experience has come from playing under and coaching alongside former US internationals and current and former professionals from all over the world.

background/coaching history:

  • NSCAA Goalkeeping levels I, II and III certifications
  • 2017-2020: Technical Goalkeeper Coach, Just 4 Keepers East PA
  • Current: Goalkeeper Coach at FC Delco
  • 2017-Current: Goalkeeper Coach, EPYSA ODP Lehigh Valley U12-14 Boys and Girls
  • 2016-Current: Philadelphia Union Academy and Goalkeeper Development Program
  • 2016-2017: Goalkeeper Coach at FC Continental

Brian Elrich

Coach

Profile:

Lafayette College Alumni with a degree in Economics.  After playing 4 years at Lafayette College, Elrich played for Electric City Shock, NPSL and finished his career with West Chester Soccer Club, NPSL.   Brian, a past Academy member is now going into his second year as a coach with J4K. 

background/coaching history:

  • 2018-2020: Technical Goalkeeper Coach, Just 4 Keepers East PA
  • 2018–2019: West Chester Soccer Club, NPSL(Tier4)/USASA Majors - West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Summer 2017: Electric City Shock, NPSL (Tier4) - Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 2014-2018: Lafayette College, Division I - Easton, Pennsylvania
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