CMS Coach Biographies
Chris is a E licensed through the USSF. Chris has played competitive soccer his whole life and has been coaching on and off since 1997 and as been with the club since its inception in 2016. Chris has coached competitive teams U8 through U15 teams with Avalanche, Utah Soccer Alliance and Copper Mountain. His previous teams are Presidents Cup and Glory Cup winners, Adidas Cup runners up and numerous Metro divisional champs. He currently coaches the Boys 2008 Metro A team. His coaching philosophy and desire is that the athletes set goals, increase their skills, develop mental toughness, learn good sportsmanship, and grow their love for the game.
Scott Bloomfield has an USSF “D” license, Goalkeeper L1 and Goalkeeper L2 Diplomas from United Soccer Coaches. He has been involved with coaching at the youth rec and competition levels since 2013. Scott wants players to enjoy training sessions, learn grit and resilience in competition, and develop habits that will build the foundation of an active lifestyle. He strives to develop complete players by focusing on tactical understanding of the game (decision making), technical mastery of the ball (skills), physical endurance (fitness), and psychological/social awareness (teamwork and mental toughness). Scott’s coaching mantra can be attributed to a quote from the legendary USWNT coach Tony DiCicco – “If it isn’t fun, it’s not soccer.”
Braden Burrup has a USSF "D" license and has been coaching soccer for 9 years: 7 years with Utah Soccer Alliance and 2 years with Copper Mountain. His passion for the sport is what drives him to be a coach. He loves to see the kids he coaches be successful both on and off the field. Braden played soccer growing up in Utah all the way through high school and continues to play as an adult. He believes in teaching his teams the methodologies and techniques that are used more commonly in Europe.
Sarah and Ike both played soccer growing up in Utah and played through their high school years. They have played in indoor and outdoor adult leagues and have a passion for the game. They have been coaching for 11 years collectively. Sarah enjoys working with her husband to bring each team to develop a love for soccer. She likes to see players learn to play their best game every game by applying the techniques and tactical vision they practice at training. She works hard to help every player have fun and develop on and off the field. Ike has a similar vision. It is very important to him that all players have fun while playing soccer. This is why he uses a variety of games in his training sessions. He also tries to help players develop humility, an ability to work together, and a good understanding of soccer basics. Sarah and Ike were recognized as Copper Mountain Recreation Soccer Coach of the Year Nominees in 2019. The players and parents they have impacted appreciate their positive approach in working with their players, their knowledge of the game, and their ability to help their children improve as players.
Brent Cook has a USSF “D” license and has been coaching for over thirty years, which includes coaching girls’ teams for over 20 years. He has coached both Rec and Comp teams for USA and for Copper Mountain Soccer Clubs. His coaching philosophy is team possession based on sound ball mastery skills and team defending. He believes in good sportsmanship, holding players accountable, cultivating an enjoyable team experience, working hard to develop personal skills and having fun.
Jeff Gaisford has a USSF “D” License. He played briefly as a youth but developed a love for the game watching his sons begin playing at young ages. He was able to step into coaching at the U6 level and as his love and understanding of the game and coaching and mentoring youth grew, he chose to take the step towards licensing and coaching education seriously and have learned from some great mentors at various levels. Have coached U6-U15 and has taken new competitive teams from bottom level and earned multiple promotions in the last 4 years. His teams have both won and been a finalist in President’s Cup, and multiple club sanctioned Tournaments (Adidas Cup, Glory Cup, and Dixie Invitational). Jeff promotes a positive, constructive, and driven environment to allow players to advance in the sport of Soccer, individually and as a team. Emphasizing that advancing skill level, knowledge of the game, and creative and strategic tactics and technical proficiency, improvement will abound, and a winning culture will follow. The game is for the players and is the best teacher. Fostering the technical, tactical, mental, and physical development within the game leads to a lifelong love of the game, a quality environment for growth, and ability to take skills and principles into the lives of the players for a lifetime.
Matt Gatherum has a USSF National “E” license. Matt has been coaching youth soccer in Utah with Utah Soccer Alliance and Copper Mountain Soccer for 8 years. He has played both soccer and tennis throughout his youth years into the adult leagues with Utah Adult Soccer Association, in several different divisions. Matt has a passion for soccer which drives his aspirations in youth coaching and player development. His coaching philosophy is to develop players that have good technique and ball skills while achieving a strong understanding of the tactics and team strategy of soccer. Providing a learning environment where youth players can develop confidence and learn to play free and develop a love for the game.
Justin Hendrix has a USSF “D” License and has been coaching competitive and recreation soccer for 10 years. Justin grew up playing club soccer in the Salt Lake City area, including playing for an independent club Puma and ultimately for Sparta Premier.
Justin’s coaching philosophy is to focus on fundamentals. His teams spend countless hours developing ball skills to have confidence with the ball at their feet. However, his real purpose in coaching is to develop character, confidence, and the make soccer a positive experience for his team. His team values include: 1) Being on Time 2) Work Ethic 3) Effort 4) Body Language 5) Energy 6) Attitude 7) Passion 8) Being Coachable 9) Doing Extra and 10) Being Prepared. He consistently stresses these critical attributes and rewards his team for displaying these character traits on and off the pitch.
He currently coaches a Copper Mountain 2004 Girls team, a 2012 Copper Mountain Boys competition team and is an assistant coach for a USA U14 Girls team.
Born and raised in the SLC area, Parker has played soccer his entire life, including Premier Division soccer through his youth and at the college level at Westminster College. He still plays in the “wash-up” leagues around the valley and will never stop loving the game. Also, importantly, he will forever be an avid fan of RSL and Liverpool.
Parker holds a D License through USSF and has coached at the Recreation and Competition levels for 6 years. His coaching philosophy revolves entirely around player development, encouraging and pushing the players to learn and grow according to their individual abilities and strengths, all while developing a deep love and passion for the game of soccer.
Kelly Johnson has a USSF D License and has been coaching soccer since 2013, and coaching at the competition level since 2017. Kelly grew up playing soccer from age 6 and played competitively through high school and continued playing recreationally in college and beyond. Kelly currently coaches the Copper Mountain 09 Boys D1 team. The Copper Mountain 09 boys’ successes include several tournament championships gold (5) and silver (2) medals, indoor league championships, and multiple season championships in the UYSA State Competition leagues. Kelly is committed to developing competitive players with a solid Soccer IQ, technical ability, and a functional tactical understanding of the game of soccer while providing a fun and challenging developmental atmosphere for players to grow both on and off the field.
Renata Lawson has a USSF "D" license and National Youth License. She has been coaching for 18 years with Copper Mountain, Utah Soccer Alliance and Sparta United including recreation, academy, and competition teams. She ran a successful off-track soccer camp at the South Jordan Rec Center for 5 years and co-directed the U-8 academy in 2015. Currently, she is the Director of Coaching for Copper Mountain Soccer Club, and coaches two teams. Renata played soccer through high school in southern California and then with Cypress College in Orange County, California. She also played several years with the Mayhem competitive women’s team here in Utah and countless indoor leagues. Renata would like to see players learn good technique and come to appreciate the tactics of this beautiful game. Players should have fun, work hard, and develop a confidence in themselves on and off the field.
Steve Monson is looking forward to getting his Grass Roots License this summer which has taken the place of the E License. He has coached recreation soccer for Copper Mountain for 3 years. He regularly plays on an indoor team at Sport City and surrounds himself with amazing soccer players. His secret weapon is his assistant coach! He believes in the importance of keeping it simple, working hard, constant improvement, and of course, having fun!
Zachary Newbold has a USSF "D" license. He has been coaching girl’s competition level teams for 8 years and boys competition level for 4 years. He has coached Recreation Academy teams for 2 years with a total of 12 years head coaching experience. He has served as a head coach or assistant coach with Copper Mountain Soccer, Utah Soccer Alliance, and Revolution FC. He currently coaches 2 girls’ teams and a boys’ team. Zach played several years as a youth in the UYSA program along with 7 years of intramural soccer at Snow College and the University of Utah. He trained formally for two years with Coach Chris Agnello at the U of U. Zach has a passion for sports and especially for soccer. He wants the players to first develop a love for the game and learn to trust their team by giving their best effort to support one another and bring team success. Supporting a team begins with self-improvement in technique and learning tactics and then incorporating their skills into the full squad. Individual effort will be rewarded with team growth providing self-confidence and the ability to create a team environment where each player knows their teammate will also provide their best effort.
Danny Payne has a USSF “D” license. Danny has been coaching for over 10 years with Copper Mountain and Utah Soccer Alliance at competitive and recreational team levels. Danny started to play soccer at a young age In Northern Virginia and has continued to play in adult leagues in Utah. He has played on outdoor teams, futsal teams, and indoor teams at various skill levels and age groups. Danny focuses on developing players through personal ball skills and learning how to work together as a team. Players have fun while learning and growing in their skills and pushing themselves to become better athletes on and off the field.
Jared Price has a USSF "E" Coaching License. He has been a head coach for 6 years including Gene Fullmer recreation and Copper Mountain. He is also an assistant wrestling coach for Victory Wrestling Club. Jared played competition soccer as a youth in the position of goalie. Coaching two sports that are so different gives him a unique understanding of the importance of team and individual development. The team is as strong as the individual players. Jared has an athlete-centered coaching approach. His coaching aims are: 1. Have fun! 2. Individual Player Development/ Individual Responsibility 3. Team Development/ Team Reliance and Accountability 4. Introduction of Soccer Strategy. Jared's overall goal is to build character, confidence, and a sense of accomplishment not just in soccer, but in life.
Seth Price has his USSF “E” license and has been coaching for 11 years with Copper Mountain and Utah Soccer Alliance. He is the head coach of the top ’04 and ’07 Copper Mountain Competition teams. Seth played soccer all through his teen years and has always had a love for the game. His focus is on developing players of any skill level while teaching them correct techniques, fundamentals, and tactics. Seth tries to uplift and encourage his players to instill confidence and help his players have the desire to improve on their own while teaching good sportsmanship, how to work hard, play harder, serve the community, and have fun.
Jared Shupe has a USSF "E" license. He has been coaching for 8 years with Copper Mountain and Utah Soccer Alliance including recreation and competition teams. Currently, he coaches 2003 boys. Jared played soccer from a young age up through high school in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also played in multiple men’s indoor leagues. Jared would like to see players learn good technique and to play as a team. Players should have fun, work hard, and develop a confidence in themselves on and off the field.
Matt Speckman has been playing soccer for over 40 years and coaching in various capacities for 25 years. Matt holds a C license and is always seeking to further his coaching education through seminars, observing other coaches and watching professional training and other educational avenues. Matt has coached teams at all ages and all levels of competition including recreation, academy, and all competition levels from Metro to Premier. Matt's team are dedicated to playing an attractive brand of soccer modeled after the possession-based approach and positional principles of the teams he admires. His teams’ successes include numerous tournament wins both in-state and out-of-state, consistent performance in Premier level competition and successive promotions for teams that start at lower tiers of the State gaming competition. Ultimately, Matt measures the success of his team on the training environment with these questions:
Are kids consistently present?
Are players improving?
Do they like their teammates?
Is the environment competitive?
Do players respect their teammates and coaches?
Do the players ask questions?
Do players understand our game model?
Jeromy Walk has a USSF National D license and holds the National Youth license. He has been coaching soccer for 14 years and is the Copper Mountain U-8 Academy Director. He also holds the NSCAA Level 1 and Level 2 Goalkeeping Diploma as well as the Coerver Youth Diploma. His successes include numerous in-state and out of state tournament championships, a State Cup Championship, a Desert Premier League Championship and served as an UYSA Olympic Development Program assistant coach for 3 years.
Rodney Walker has a USSF “E” license. He has over 10 years of coaching experience assistant and head coaching with West Jordan Soccer, USA Alliance, and Copper Mt Soccer. Rodney has played soccer for many years and was highlighted by being able to play at Snow College in Ephraim, UT.
“One of my greatest coaches I had while playing soccer helped mold me into the person I am today. One practice Coach explained that he had lung cancer and would not be able to coach again. This was devastating to hear and broke our hearts. After a few years removed for the game, he made a successful comeback to reunite and coach the Chargers team he built. After his passing a few years later, I know he taught me priceless lessons about life, which I am forever grateful. He taught our team, life is hard and will have unforeseen events that you must deal with. Life is full of fun and to live each day enjoying your journey. Life has disappointments which we can choose to give up or battle through. I coach you should never give up on yourself, no matter what happens. That your teammates are more than players, they are relationships that are foundations to help build others to be the best they can be. Learn to be thankful for life and know we can accomplish greatness.”
John Wunderli is originally from San Diego, California, John started playing soccer at age five. He also competed in a number of other sports including basketball, football, baseball, and surfing. He has been coaching high school and competitive soccer for the last 20 years. He graduated from BYU with a degree in Coaching and Physical Education, and then earned a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Virginia Tech, and has 18 years of experience teaching Physical Education.