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Darren Lenton

Darren Lenton began his career in England where he was a Youth Player in the world famous Man-chester United Schoolboy Program. He went on to play professional soccer for Bolton Wanderers FC and for a number of semi-professional teams; includ-ing Northwich Victoria, where he was coached by Man U legends, Sammy McEllroy and Norman Whiteside, before deciding to make his home in the United States.
For the last seventeen years, he has dedicated himself to the art of coach-ing. He has coached Divi-sion 1 club soccer in the both Austin and San Anto-nio area and High School varsity soccer for both St.
Stephen’s Academy and St. Michael’s Academy where he won a State Championship. Darren previously was the Di-rector of Player Devel-opment for Lake Travis soccer, now LT Dyna-mos.
Darren has been in New Braunfels for the past 8 years and has taken numerous teams to dis-trict and stat finals. Whilst being in charge of the soccer program
for the past 4 years, he has placed fifty boys and girls at Division 1 & 2 college soccer pro-grams.
Darren also spent 3 years in California coaching in the strong-est region in the coun-try, CYSA. There he was fortunate enough to work with CYSA Pro-gram Director of the year, for both girls and boys, Clint Greenwood and the Santa Anita Soccer Club working as Clint’s assistant.
Darren holds his NSCAA Advanced Regional Di-ploma and Level 1 and 2 FA Certificates from England.

Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia began his playing career in New Braunfels with his dad. He then went on to train under Darren Lenton at the NB Rapids. He has represented many of the top San Antonio clubs and played at all levels including Super II, D1, Premier, Pre-Academy and even ODP.
At Pre-academy, his position was center-Mid and it was there he truly developed his game to the highest level. He trained every day of the week and also attended many of the leading tournaments in the United States. Additionally, he was a four year letterman at New Braunfels High School and received many acccolades including, "First Team All Region 2008, All District Team 2009 and First Team All District 2010"
Diego Garcia was considered by many to be one of the most skillful players of his '92 age group and was well-respected by his peers. From an early age, it was clear he was not just a player, but also an avid student of the game. He has been coaching at NB Ajax since 2011 and has dedicated himself to teaching all our players, "Joga Bonito", which translates as "To play beautifully."
Diego Garcia holds NSCAA qualifications and a National Youth License

Mike Abalos

Coach Mike Attended St. Francis University (PA) in 2006 and University of The Incarnate Word from 2007-2009
Mike also played in the Professional Development League (PDL) for the WTU Sockers in 2009 and Laredo Heat in 2010
Mike's club experience was with FC Texas 88, as well as playing in the North Texas 87 Olympic Development Program (ODP)
Mike has been coaching with NB Ajax since 2011

Mike holds a National Youth License.  He is also currently pursuing a degree in Psychology at the University of The Incarnate Word

 

Bart Van Haaren

School: KSG de Breul (The Netherlands)
Team: Utrecht FC. (The Netherlands).
Years of coaching 14 years International and National
Previous coaching experience: Bunnik "73 (The Netherlands 1985 - 1991),Westminster Wolves Soccer Club ( MD 2003 - 2011). Boys, Girls and academy,
Director of Coaching for Westminster Wolves Soccer Club (MD from 2006 -2011), High-school coach South Carrol High ( MD 2010 - 2011).
Licences: USSF National C licence, USSF referee licence, CPR and First Aid certified.
Degree: HAVO from KSG de Breul (the Netherlands).

Nick Gordon

Playing Career: Oxford United Youth Academy, Watford Youth, Northampton Town Professional YTS 2 years, England School Boys
University of Worcester
British Universities
Banbury United, Southern League Premier

Coaching CV
Undergraduate Degree in Sports Studies
Postgraduate Degree Qualified Physical Education Teacher (5 Years teaching experience)
FA Level 1, FA Level 2
Teaching Football Key stage 1&2
Teaching Football Key Stage 3&4
Qualified Junior Football Organizer tutor
Qualified Sports Leadership Tutor
NSCAA Youth Level II, NSCAA National Diploma

Have been coaching in the USA for ten years working up and down both east and west coasts before moving to Texas.

Jesus Terrazas

Grew up in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico and in the New Braunfels area.  I was a member of the 2008 New Braunfels Canyon Soccer team that made it to the state quarter finals led by Coach Rob Rush, where I was the designated PK taker.  I started coaching in 2010 as a volunteer for NBYSA, then started working for NB Ajax in December of 2012.  Am currently seeking a biology degree at UTSA

Sergio Martinez

Sergio was born San Antonio TX, where he played Varisty Soccer at Steele High School under Coach Matthews.  Sergio played his club soccer with the NB Rapids coached by Darren Lenton.

Sergio has been an Academy coach with NB Ajax for 2 years and is currently studying Education at UTSA.  He should graduate very soon.

Lauren Frazier

Regarded as the MVP down the stretch for Texas State in its 2011 Southland Conference Championship run, Lauren Frazier has been an assistant coach for the Bobcats since 2012. Frazier primarily works with goalkeepers, the position where she earned SLC Tournament MVP honors
in 2011.  During her two years at Texas State as a player, Frazier put up some of the most impressive career numbers the program has seen. She ranks second in goals against average at 0.95, third in shutouts with 11.5 and fourth in saves with 116.  Frazier led the Bobcats to the conference championship as evidenced by her 12-5 record. That is good for second all-time in a single season at Texas State.  In 2010 her goals against average of 0.96 ranked fourth, surpassed by her 2011 season which saw her allow just 0.93 goals per game. Her 2011 season numbers was helped greatly by her 7.5 shutouts, which ranks third all-time.  In 2010, Frazier was named Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, earning
Second-Team All-SLC honors. The team was 9-7-0 in 17 starts.  Lauren transferred from Houston where she played two seasons. She made 19 starts in her two years.  Frazier received her degree from Texas State in 2012, in exercise and sports science.

Russell Houston

Russell played recreational soccer for four years and at the age of 11 was introduced to select soccer with the Lions where he won a state championship in the super two division at age 12 with Coach Walter Rule. He then continued on to play at the division one and premier level in South Texas. At these levels he played under coaches Tony Castaneda, Karl Moore, Robby Babcock, and Ed Quini. At the age of 15, he moved to New Braunfels Ajax where he played at the super two and division one level under coaches Nick Gordon and Darren Lenton. Russell lettered two years in highschool starting every game of his senior year at center back. He also earned academic all district. He now coaches in his second season with the NB Ajax youth academy from ages seven to ten.  Furthermore, he assists with the Ajax juniors program and with Ajax recreational clinics. He is currently attending his second year at Texas State University where he is a practice player on the women's soccer team and an exercise and sports science major.