Director of Coaching – Dean Selvey
A Native of the United Kingdom, Dean joined SC Gjøa in the summer of 2011 having previously held the position of Youth Academy coach at Barnet FC in London, England. Having spent his youth as an academy player for Derby County of the English Championship, Dean started coaching in 2006 and progressed through coaching roles with club teams, semi-professional adult teams and West Ham United FC (English Premier League) before joining Barnet FC in June 2009. In addition to assisting with the set-up of the Barnet Academy, Dean expanded his coaching experience by working with academy players aged between U7 and U18.
Dean has prior experience of working in the US having spent time in NJ, MD, VA and PD but has thrived since his move to New York with additional season roles with Millburn Magic of the WPSL and within the minor-league infrastructure of US Club Soccer. Having assisted in the resurgence of the club, Dean is now concentrating on developing the players of tomorrow with the design of a cutting edge curriculum for both the Gjøa travel and academy players.
Dean is a UEFA ’B’ licenced coach and also holds additional youth coaching badges from the English FA, NSCAA and the Brazilian Soccer Federation. Alongside these association qualifications, Dean is also a qualified Coerver skills coach and an accredited Nike Sparq trainer.
A trained lawyer, Dean enjoys music & film, is a 12-handicap golfer and plays competitive 9-Ball pool.
Rhys comes from a rich soccer heritage and was always destined to work within the game. His father Phil played for Plymouth Argyle in England whilst his uncle represented England U21 playing against such all-time greats as Maradona and Pele. Following in these footsteps, Rhys started his coaching career at the ripe old age of 12 and by the age of 15 had completed his first coaching certificate.
After completing further coaching badges, Rhys spent two years coaching in Maryland and Virginia where he met coach Steve and Dean for the first time. After a successful 2 years Rhys returned home where he began working for Plymouth Argyle, as well as running the U14 girls Cornwall Centre of Excellence. After securing back to back promotions with a local club side, Rhys was offered the chance to run Plymouth Argyle Ladies. In 18 months Rhys took the ladies team from the brink of relegation to a league/cup double and promotion to the National league for the first time in the clubs history.
Despite all this success in the UK, Rhys was desperate to return to the USA and was delighted when the opportunity to work with Dean & Steve arose in July 2011. Since returning, Rhys has continued his trophy collection by leading the Gjøa U12 "Fire" to the Spring 2012 New York City Cup and more recently the Columbus Weekend "Gold" North Hempstead tournament.
Rhys’s favorite sporting teams are Manchester United, Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Knicks. In his spare time, Rhys enjoys watching sport and listening to music as well as spending time with friends and family.
Holly joins SC Gjøa having worked with clubs throughout New Jersey and New York in the Spring and Summer 2012. Before moving to the States from England in March, Holly coached with the Arsenal girls Centre of Excellence and also for Bury Rangers. Holly has a BA (Hons) Coach Education and Sports Development and is a FA Level 2 qualified Coach and has also completed the FA Youth Award Levels 1 and 2. Holly has played for Millburn Magic, Watford, Bristol City, Team Bath and Queens Park Rangers. Highlights of Holly’s playing career include winning two Home Nations tournaments with the England Universities team, playing in the National Futsal Finals, and winning the Umbro Fives competition at Wembley with Watford. Holly’s other claim to fame is that she appeared in the movie Bend it Like Beckham. Holly’s favourite player is Homare Sawa of the Japanese women’s soccer team.
Steve joined the coaching staff at Gjøa in 2011 and has been an integral part of the club’s development over the past 12 months. Despite his English origins, Steve has a huge amount of experience in US youth soccer having spent time coaching in CO, MD, VA, PA, NJ and NY.
Steve played soccer for Chelsea FC, Farnborough Town FC and Team Bath before gaining a BA degree in Coach Education & Sports Development. A desire to assist in the youth of today led Steve to different coaching positions at Fulham FC, Barnet FC and Cambridge Centre of Excellence. More recently, Steve has worked for the English FA in the Skills Programme, designed to provide specialist coaching to children, teachers and coaches of the ’beautiful game’. Throughout these positions, Steve has gained English, American, and Brazilian Coaching Qualifications, giving him an insight into how different countries develop their players.
Aside from coaching, Steve has worked in gyms as a Personal Trainer & Sports Masseur, as a ’Jump Rope for Heart’ Instructor, a Support Worker for Children with Special Needs, and in schools as a Learning Support Assistant. Steve’s first experience of the US was in Denver Colorado, working as a Counsellor at a Special Needs Camp. This summer still lives as the best experience of his life, and helped develop life skills that are used in his coaching today.
Steve is an avid Manchester United fan, and has a keen interest in NFL (Cowboys fan), ice hockey, beach volleyball, waveball and enjoys keeping himself fit by running. He has a large interest in movies and food (he does miss English food) and appreciates any meals cooked for him. His soccer hero is David Beckham.
Dave started soccer back in his native Scotland at just 5 years of age and hasn’t looked back since. A talented youth player, Dave experienced professional academy play in his youth with Aberdeen FC and went on to represent the Aberdeenshire Schools Select team and experienced international soccer with Scotland Schoolboys.
It was these playing experiences that lead Dave to attend college where he graduated in ‘Sports Coaching with Development’. During his time at college, Dave expanded his growing skills-set by working as a volunteer multi -sports coach before getting his first soccer coaching role within the Aberdeen Football Club Communities program. Dave then came full-circle to take up a coaching position at the Aberdeen Youth Academy where us used to play as a youngster. He has lived in the United States for 5 years coaching clubs/teams in MD, NJ, NY, and PA. Dave is also a qualified Goalkeeping coach and spent a season as Head Goalkeeping coach at The Pingry High School (NJ) in 2009. Dave now coaches for SC Gjøa (NY) and Jackson S.C. (NJ). Dave holds a number of qualifications from the SFA (Scotland) and the NSCAA (USA).
Lee joins SC Gjøa with over 9 years of coaching experience and has been in the US since 2007, mainly in NJ and CT where he has worked with players of all levels from Travel Teams to High School and College players.
Lee has completed many coaching qualification including a Uefa B License and English FA Coaching Goalkeepers Level 2. As well as coaching in the US and England Lee has also coached in Africa, where is co-founded a charity in Ghana called The Ghana Football Project and continues to work in Africa to help the local soccer players.
Lee is from the North West of England and is a Manchester United fan, his favorite player of all time is Eric Cantona. Lee played soccer for his college and also for the Royal Engineers while in the British Army, playing right midfield or right defense.
Harry began playing soccer at the age of 5 and has continued to be hooked by the sport ever since. Growing up Harry represented his county side (Oxfordshire) and played in the youth academy at English professional club Swindon Town FC. Harry went on to play semi-professional until the age of 20 when he decided to move to America to fulfill his ambition of coaching professionally.
Harry began coaching at the age of 15 working with schools and progressed through to working with local youth soccer teams. In addition to expanding his coaching experience, Harry achieved a national diploma in sports and excellence from Oxford college. Since moving to America in 2010, Harry has coached a wide variety of teams from U8 to High School.
In addition to coaching for Sporting Club Gjoa, Harry also works with Jackson SC and Scotch Plains SC. Harry holds a number of coaching qualifications and is looking to progress even further by gaining more qualifications in the near future.
Harry is a huge Plymouth Argyle fan and also follows the New York Giants when it comes to (American) Football. His boyhood hero is David Beckham.