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All of our Coaches are UEFA, NSCAA & USSF qualified and currently work in Premier, High School & collegiate programs in the Connecticut area. Including Staples coach Barry Beattie, King School coach Darren Gourlay & Chelsea Piers Technical Director Ross Stride. With outstanding backgrounds as professional players and a combined 30 years of coaching experience, Ross , Darren and Barry bring both passion and expertise to the soccer field, helping you develop into an elite level player!

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Ross Stride

Ross has made several stops throughout Europe and the United States during his extensive coaching and playing career. His coaching resume includes the Scottish Football Association, Kansas City Football Club, KC Select Soccer Club, Sporting KC and time at the ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) 

 A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Stride has achieved coaching badges in the SFA for Early Touches and Coaching Young Footballers. He also has a badge for the Futbol de Salo Futsal . Additionally, Stride has both advanced national diplomas from the NSCAA and has recently completed his UEFA B diploma. 

Darren Gourlay

Darren has been working in Connecticut for over 9 years. Originally from Edinburgh Scotland, where he worked with the SFA and in professional soccer academies he came to the USA to follow his ambition of coaching elite youth, high school &collegiate athletes. 

 Darren has an array of coaching qualifications including SFA , NSCAA , USSF and UEFA certificates. Following an extensive playing background in soccer Darren moved into coaching at 16 years old and wants to use his knowledge and experience to develop technically gifted, intelligent soccer players in the United States.

Barry Beattie 

Born in Northern Ireland, Barry grew up playing the game he loved , a strong technical center defender he would reach the elite level representing his country at youth levels and playing professionally in Ireland. 

  A highly qualified coach with two teaching degrees , Barry has used his extensive knowledge to reach the pinnacle of coaching in the CT region. Barry works with premier players on a regular basis and was recently voted FCIAC coach of the year 2017 for his work with Staples.

What some Satisfied Players say:  

" I worked with the soccer t.i.p.s coaches for years and they really shaped me into the player I am today "


- Lydia S.

Yale University 

Coach Barry was pivotal  in developing me into an elite level college player. His soccer knowledge is unrivaled.

- Tia Zajac. 

Bucknell University

" Ross helped me stay technically sharp and keep me at the level needed to play pro soccer in Iceland"


- Caroline Murray 

Pro Player