Resources Resources

 USA Coaches List

The following documents are recommended by our coaching directors.

 USA Club Manual for Coaches

 USA Player Evaluation Form

 Club USA Tactical Development

 US Soccer Best Practices Manual 

 US Soccer Curriculum

Here are some great sites to help you with coaching.

Technical Tuesday

Coaching Committee Coaching Committee


Dennis Burrows

Director of Coaching (DOC)

Dennis brings DOC experience as well as college placement program experience to USA.

Dennis has been coaching soccer since 1989 and has been the Sparta United girls program DOC for 14 years. Dennis' successes include 16 state cup championships, 23 state cup final appearances, coaching both boys and girls teams, and has been an ODP age group head coach since 1996. Dennis has coached top 25 nationally ranked teams and has also been involved with a successful college placement for club players which will be a great benefit to USA. Welcome Dennis, we are very excited to have you be a part of our club.


Ryan Mitchell

Assistant Coaching Director

Ryan is a native of Seattle, Washington and has coached with USA since the club was officially formed in early 2005.  Ryan has a USSF D license and is on the state ODP staff.  He is the head coach for the Herriman High School men's team, where he also is a teacher.  Ryan played 2 years at BYU and 2 years at Sacramento State, and was the leading scorer all 4 years.  He also played professionally for 4 years with the Sacramento Knights and the Reno Rattlers.  Ryan is also a graduate of the Pro Am soccer course in Nottingham, England.


Sean Angeletti

Assistant Coaching Director

Sean has been coaching with USA since the club formed.  Originally from Littleton, Colorado, he played varsity soccer at Columbine High School and was a member of a number of elite youth club teams and the Colorado ODP squad.  Recruited to Westminster College of Salt Lake City, he played four years of soccer there and earned All-Conference and Academic All-District honors.  Sean also played 5 years with the Utah Men's Select/ODP team.  He currently holds his USSF D license.  Sean has led the USA 99 boy's team to several premier division and tournament championships.


Ben Staples

Assistant Coaching Director



Coaches Coaches


Gordon Augat

Born of German parents, Gordon grew up playing soccer. He played is high school soccer at Brighton High School where he made the all-state team his final year. He has been coaching in the club for years and is also an assistant coach at Herriman High School. He has 5 children. His oldest child (Brenna) passed away in 2006 and the other 4 currently compete in the USA program. He holds a USSF D license.


Sebastian Casallo



Daniel Cavar



Kelly Farr



Marcello Gasperini



Jose Hernandez



Dick Kunz



Renata Lawson

I have been coaching for a total of 7 years in the USA and Sparta girls competition leagues.  I also coach an off-track soccer camp in the off season at the South Jordan recreation center.  I have played soccer since I was 8.  I grew up playing year round soccer in southern California eventually playing at Brea Olinda High School and then played at the collegiate level for Cypress College before moving to Utah.  I am currently playing in a competitive womens soccer league and coaching my daughters U10 competition team.  I have a USSF D license and am married to Marc Lawson.


Silver Martinez

Playing Experience:

Youth Club Soccer: Arsenal FC 1994-2002

  • Tournaments attended: Surf Cup & Nomads every year
  • Team MVP
  • Defensive MVP
  • Team Captain

University of Redlands: 2003-2006

  • Starting Center Defender
  • Conference Champions 2003-2006
  • 4 years First Team All-Conference 2003-2006
  • Conference Player of the Year 2005
  • Team Defensive MVP 2003-2006
  • Team MVP 2004-2006
  • Team Captain 2005 & 2006
  • First Team All-West Region 2004-2006
  • Second Team All-America 2005 & 2006

Semi-Pro: Utah Salt Ratz 2004

  • Starting Center Back
  • Team Defensive MVP
  • MPSL Champions

Semi-Pro: Ogden Outlaws

  • Starting Center Back
  • Team Defensive MVP

Coaching Experience:

  • Redlands High School: Boy's JV 2003-2007
  • Oak Park High School: Boy's Varsity 2008-2010
  • Eagles Soccer Club: Boy's u10 2008 & 2009, Boy's u14 2008 & 2009
  • Apex Soccer Club: Boy's u11 2010, Boy's u16 2010

Education: University of Redlands

  • BA in Psychology


Danny Norris

Danny is a Utah native and has coached with USA since the league was formed, and has over ten years of coaching experience. His experience ranges from U8 – U15 teams. He currently holds his USSF D license. Danny is currently coaching the U9 Boys White 2 and Blue Teams.


Mark Osborne

Born in Germany, Mark Osborne has been coaching with USA since the club was formed.  He grew up playing in Utah Youth Soccer and at Bingham High School, where they were region champs in 1992 & 1993.  Mark was recently an assistant coach at Bingham High School.  Mark holds a USSF D license.


Shane Siddoway



Danny Simmons



Chris Tillmann

Chris Tillmann was born it Utah and has coached with USA since 2006. He loves the game of soccer and his greatest joy is watching his 2 sons play. His experience ranges from U5 – U14 teams. He currently holds his USSF D license.


Gary Tingey

Gary has been a staff coach for the Utah Soccer Alliance for the last four years.  Gary's teams have seen great success during this time, including being the State Cup Finalist for Girls U12 in 2011, being the #1 ranked team in Utah by GotSoccer, and earning the Wild Card spot for the Far West Regionals tournament in Boise, ID.  Additionally, his teams have won Premier League championships and competed in various tournaments in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho and Nevada.  Before moving to Utah, Gary lived in Fort Collins, CO and coached with the Fort Collins Soccer Club.  Gary holds a USSF D license and is on the 2000 Girls ODP coaching staff.  Growing up in California, Gary's roots were in soccer and basketball as he played both through high school.  He began his coaching career at Fountain Valley High School where Gary coached the freshman boy's basketball team for two years.

Gary is also currently the Director of Sales for State and Local Government accounts in the Rocky Mountain Region for AT&T.  In 2009, Gary earned the honor of Diamond Club for AT&T after leading the #1 enterprise sales team in the country.

Both of Gary's daughters also play for USA and the entire family is committed to making USA the best soccer club in the state of Utah.


Thao Tran

Thao grew up playing street soccer morning, noon and night in Vietnam.  When he moved to the United States with his family when he was 10, the love for the game was the one thing that stayed the same.  Thao played for Hillcrest High School at the State Chamopionships in 1987 and 1988 (Hillcrest placed 2nd in '87).  Although his college education came first, he has played soccer at every opportunity.  Thao and his wife have 5 children, 4 of which play for USA.  Thao enjoys running marathons and half-marathons, fishing, watching movies and yelling at the players during televised soccer games.  He has coached for 11 years, 5 years with USA, and is a true student of the game.  He has a USSF D license.


Karen Wunderli

Karen has been coaching with USA since the club formed.  Karen was an All-State high school performer, ODP player and won 4 state cup titles with her club team, Devastation.  She was a 4-year starter at BYU, and earned Academic All-WAC honors.  Karen Robbins-Wunderli ranks in the top 10 all-time in goals and assists at BYU.  She has a USSF D license and is married to John Wunderli.