Coach China - Kickoff Soccer Academy is an exciting new venture and I’m honored to be part of the club as the Executive Director. We will focus on the development of the club, the coaches, and the players by providing a professional learning environment for all.
Our vision will be centered on the continued growth and development of youth soccer with an emphasis on PLAYER DEVELOPMENT. We will create a club identity and foundation for players to advance to their fullest potential.
Director of Coaching
China is a USSF "D" licensed coach and he played National and Professional soccer in his early years. He worked with some of the highly ranked coaches both in South Africa and around the World. He played professionally for one of the best soccer teams in South Africa. With this team, he has traveled around the world to different countries
to represent South Africa in various competitions. He had the opportunity to represent his country in the Junior World Cup in 1998, which took place in France. He played against countries such as Brazil, Germany, France, Holland, Scotland, and Canada just to name a few. Of which he was named the MVP of the Tournament.
He played college soccer at Coastal Carolina University ('03 - '05), helping lead the Chants to an NCAA Nationals in 2004 and 2005. During his final year, he became part of the men and women's soccer programs in training the players at Coastal Carolina University. Upon his graduation, China became heavy involved in soccer. He worked as a staff member during the ODP Region III camp in the summer of 2007. He currently serves as a Executive Director with KICKOFF ELITE ACADEMY, he is also served as an Assistant Coach at Coastal Carolina University (Division 1). He also coaches individual and small group training sessions throughout the Grand Strand area with various players from several different clubs.
Played at different levels in Uganda for over 17 years, on scholarships in high school and college. Player for Miracle FC, SOA FC, Mutundwe Lions FC at the regional level then with Top Tv FC in the super league (top level). Currently am with the Myrtle Beach Mutiny FC for the 2nd season. Coach Tamale also hold a USSF "D" licensed and Beginners certificate under FUFA (Uganda), coached different age groups under Sports Outreach Ministry for 8 years as a missionary. Used soccer and the gospel to get kids off streets in the slums of Kampala. Coached Lungujja united a regional level team for 2 years in Rubaga division. Currently serves as a Director of Coaching with KICKOFF ELITE ACADEMY.
In the USA, I earned a Junior level V under NSCAA(PA)also D license under SCYS(SC).
Newly hired Howie Thompson will Direct the Recreation program and will Coach a U12 Girls Challenge Travel Team.
Thompson comes to the program with a wealth of knowledge in his 38 years of Coaching and Directing soccer Leagues, Tournaments and Soccer Clubs in CT., NY., NC. and SC. Thompson has been awarded the NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year 4 times and the NSCAA National Coach of the Year in 2003. He has also been awarded Sportsmanship Awards in CT., NC. And SC.
Thompson has Coached at all levels and ages from U6 to U19. His book on Coaching Soccerhas been adopted by over 20 Clubs Country wide.
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