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Meet Our Staff

STAR SC strives to provide you and your family with the best youth soccer experience possible! We are proud to bring you a group of highly accomplished coaches.

Grant Leckie

Executive Director

Phone: (513) 515-0975
Email: [email protected]

 

Born and raised in the southwest of Scotland, Grant began working in youth soccer after finishing high school whilst completing a 2 year Higher National Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development. Grant began coaching with the Pro Youth Academy at Glasgow Rangers and he was able to work with handpicked players who formed U9 and U12 boys teams.This experience led to further coaching opportunities with the Scottish Football Association in their community program working with the local Development Squad and Grant furthered his education by completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sports Management. 

After graduating, Grant pursued a coaching opportunity in the US, with Challenger Sports. He was able to coach in 20 states and work on youth summer camps as well as acting a professional trainer for Lincoln Spirit Soccer Club, Albert Lea Youth Soccer and Albert Lea High School.

In 2008, Grant was offered the opportunity to move into a full-time management role here in Cincinnati and oversee staffing and programming in Ohio and Kentucky for Challenger Sports. This role allowed him to partner with over 200 organizations since 2008 developing new programs, educating coaches, supporting existing programs, providing educational material and increasing player development opportunities. As Regional Business Manager, Grant hired, trained and managed 100 + staff annually in order to provide high quality coaching programs to Challenger Sports’ partner organizations.

Since moving to Cincinnati, Grant has been a trainer with Kolping Soccer Club and STAR Soccer Club and has been able to work closely with many local recreational and competitive programs in order to utilize his experience and qualifications to the benefit of many youth soccer players.                         

Jack Perkins

Director of Player Development: Academy, Goalkeeping and 5v5 

Phone: (513) 501-0196
Email: [email protected]

 

Born in Bolton, North West England, Jack started coaching soccer for local youth sporting organizations whilst obtaining a level 3 National Diploma in sports development, coaching and fitness. Through his local College, Jack gained work experience with Bolton Wanderers football in the community, teaching local children alongside the club’s professional coaches.

Jack moved on to work towards his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bolton. Whilst completing his studies he volunteered at a local soccer club working with the club’s Goalkeepers and the Boys U11’s as the team’s head coach. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s Degree he applied fo his first coaching experience in the USA.

In the summer of 2014 Jack began working for Challenger Sports, as one of their international soccer coaches he utilized the skills and experiences gained through his coaching education to deliver high quality soccer practices to both children and young adults.

Through Challenger Sports Jack joined STAR Soccer Club in the spring of 2015, becoming the clubs Goalkeeping coach, a trainer for several teams and coach of the Rising STAR Academy. In 2016 he was awarded Challenger Sports Cincinnati region Academy Trainer of the year. As Director of Player Development, Jack will be overseeing the development of our Rising STAR Academy programs, Development League 5v5 teams and Goalkeepers at the club.

Yonas Asmerom

Director of Player Development: 7v7 and 9v9 

Phone: (513) 349-6683
Email: [email protected]

 
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Yonas grew up playing TYCO soccer.  He played varsity at Mount Healthy High School four years, and was team captain his last three years.  He played one year of club soccer at Miami University, and has continued playing soccer in adult leagues and occasionally refereeing.  In 2008, Yonas had a scheduled tryout with the Columbus Crew but unfortunately tore his ACL the day of the tryout.

Yonas holds a USSF E license, and has been coaching with STAR SC for nine years.  He also was head coach at Mount Healthy High School boys varsity soccer program for the 2009 season. 

Olly Owen

Director of Player Development: 11v11

Phone: (513) 258-3478
Email: [email protected]

 

Born and raised in Salford, England, Oliver grew up playing competitive soccer for a variety of teams in the Greater Manchester area—competing through high school and beyond. Later, following a move to the States, he began coaching full-time for Challenger Sports, before seeking collegiate soccer at Thomas More University, in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

Whilst pursuing his bachelors degree, Oliver coached at numerous soccer organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region, working with recreational and select players alike. Having established himself as a coach, he developed the strong ability to cultivate an intuitive understanding for the technical and tactical needs of an ambitious program.

Possessing a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Sport, an FA Level 2 in Football Coaching, and a USSF E License, Oliver joined STAR Soccer Club in February 2018. Overseeing the growth of the 11v11 sides of play, he obtained the position of Director of Player Development in January 2019.                       

Jordan Cooksey

Challenger Staff Trainer 

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Born in County Durham in the North East of England, Jordan played soccer for his local team until signing for Darlington FC Academy, where he played between the ages of 11-16. Also representing his District and County sides before playing 3 years at Sheffield Hallam University.

In addition to studying for his degree in Sports Development and Coaching, Jordan spent 3 summer seasons working for Challenger Sports in the Ohio region between 2013 and 2015 and working on and directing soccer camps in the region. After returning to England he studied for a year to qualify as a teacher of Physical Education and has spent the following 3 years working within the education system in North East England.

Jordan is a qualified FA Level 2 in Football Coaching and will be joining STAR Soccer Club this spring.

                      

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