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Coaching Staff

Executive Director Michael Crane

Hometown, State - Bellbrook, OH
Team(s) Coaching - Executive Director
Coaching Experience - College coaching experiences include stops at Florida Atlantic University, University of Cincinnati, University of South Alabama, Clemson University, and Duke University. Youth Coaching experiences include roles at, Team Boca (Boca Raton, FL), Kings Hammer (Cincinnati, OH), Mobile Soccer Club (Mobile, AL), Carolina Elite Soccer Association (Greenville, SC), North Carolina FC Youth (Raleigh, NC) and Triangle United (Durham, NC). Other various roles include United Soccer Coach Clinician, Educator and Evaluator along with a member of US Soccer Region III Staff.
Coaching Education - United Soccer Coaches National, Advanced National and Advanced National Goalkeeping Diplomas
Playing or Other Experience- A graduate and member of the University of Indianapolis Men's team for 2 years. Spent two seasons at the University of Akron winning a Mid-American Conference Regular and Tournament championship along with advancing to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament.
Why Ohio Fusion? - "Bellbrook Soccer Association along with the entire Bellbrook Community were an integral part of my development and growth as a young soccer player. The opportunity to impact future generations of this community while sharing my passion and experiences through the game of soccer made my decision easy. My wife and I are excited to be back in the area as this is an exciting time to invest in the South Dayton Community and continue the growth of the game of youth soccer."
What do you love about coaching? - "Being given a role as a coach is an extremely rewarding responsibility that requires an immense level of commitment and sacrifice to ones community.  I love having the opportunity to positively impact young people as a teacher, role model and leader through the game of soccer.  I love being a coach because I am given an opportunity to improve my community and continuously help younger generations be better prepared to live a happy and successful life."


Brent Palmer

Hometown, State – Dayton, OH

Team(s) Coaching – U10 Boys

Coaching Experience - Coach Palmer has coached in many different levels of Soccer in the Dayton Area.  His experience includes camps, club/select soccer and Boys High School Soccer at Brookville High School.

Coaching Education – Coach Palmer has the US Soccer National “F” Coaching license.

Playing or Other Experience –  A graduate and member of the Ohio Christian University Men's Soccer team, Coach Palmer was recognized as a 1st Team All River States Conference player all four years along as well as being named a NAIA All-American his senior year. Coach Palmer he has been recognized as the Miami Valley Youth Soccer Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2018.

Why Ohio Fusion? – “I believe in this club and their passion and dedication to making Ohio Fusion a top club in the Dayton area. They have shown a vested interest in developing high level players and high level coaches, with a strong sense of community in the Bellbrook area. It’s a club that I think I can not only help, but will be able to grow and learn from as a coach. It’s exciting to partner with a club that is making many positive and fundamental changes to move in the right direction, and I’m excited to be a part of that in as many ways as I can.”

What you love about being a coach? – “There are many aspects of coaching that I enjoy but if I had to narrow it down to a single thing it would simply being able to give me a platform and opportunity to stay involved with the game of soccer. When you are able to share those platforms and opportunities with people invested in a common goal, it makes it incredibly rewarding.”

 

Josh Chandler

Hometown, State – Bellbrook, OH
Team(s) Coaching – U10 Boys
Coaching Experience - 4 years coaching experience with Cincy SC. 2 years coaching a boys team from U12 to U13 and 2 years coaching a girls team from U12 to U13.
Coaching Education – USSF E & F Licenses, Concussion in Sports Certification
Playing or Other Experience – Bellbrook High School, University of Cincinnati Club & Rec Teams, Cincy SC Mens Team, Ohio Fusion Mens Teams
Why Ohio Fusion? – “I grew up playing for Bellbrook FC and after moving back from Cincinnati had a strong interest in returning to coach here. I love the clubs development philosophy and having the chance to teach the next generation."
What you love about being a coach? – "Being involved in the game as a coach gives me the opportunity to teach the next generation of players and help them develop and grow their love of the game. Seeing players develop new skills and gain confidence in their ability is an incredibly rewarding experience."


Alexander Amankwaah

Hometown, State – Sunyani, Ghana

Team(s) Coaching – U13 Boys

Coaching Experience - Miami East High School, Gunners soccer clubs, Tipp City, University winter and summer camps

Playing or Other Experience – Coach Alex spent the 2017 season playing professionally for the Dayton Dutch Lions. A graduate and member of University of Dayton men’s soccer that won the Atlantic 10 conferences and advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament Coach Alex scored 5 goals and 10 assists in that 2015 season.  Prior to UD Coach Alex was at the University of Ghana where he was voted Best Player 2013/2014, Most Dedicated Sportsman of the Year 2013/2014, Mensah Sarbah (University of Ghana) and won a Gold medal with University of Ghana team 2013/2014.

Why Ohio Fusion? – “Ohio Fusion because I heard a lot of good things, especially how nice the people in the community are and the great soccer organization they have. Also I like the clubs philosophy and identity of developing players.”

What you love about being a coach? – “I just love the game of soccer and I want to impact or teach younger ones my experience both on and off the field. I will also like to develop talents and motivate people to realize their dreams.”

 

Scotty West

Hometown, State – Waynesville, OH

Team(s) Coaching – U15 Boys

Coaching Experience – Coach West has spent several years with Ohio Fusion coaching teams within various leagues and tournaments in the Dayton Area.

Coaching Education – US Soccer E License and Youth Module 2 License

Playing or Other Experience – Coach West helps organize several aspect of the club and is a member of its Men’s Open team.



Kevin Harvey

Hometown, State – Waynesville, OH

Team(s) Coaching – U14 Girls

Coaching Experience – Coach Harvey has over 12 Years of coaching experience working with recreational and select ages from U8-U13 in both boys and girls teams.

Coaching Education – US Soccer E License

Playing or Other Experience – A graduate of Lakota High School and member of the Wright State University Men’s Soccer Team from '90-'93.



Darin Winterbothen

Hometown, State –Waynesville, OH

Team(s) Coaching –U14 Girls

Coaching Experience – Waynesville FC & Ohio Fusion, 7 years

Coaching Education – US Soccer F License 

Playing or Other Experience – Goalkeeper, from U-8 to U-17, Centerville United Galaxies; played high school soccer & ODP, achieving district, state, & regional status in 1988; Uhlsport National GK recognition
Why Ohio Fusion? In 2016, Kevin & I joined two communities of u-11 girls to compete at 11v11 (as we matured from 9v9). We’ve been very proud of the girls progression and the fortune of adding some great new additions, with parents that believe in our program.
What you love about being a coach?  I played soccer at a high level thru my adolescence. I think soccer helped provide a safe place for me and shaped who I am as a man today. I'm happy to give back to the sport that gave and continues to give me so much. I'm a firm believer that team sports provide discipline, tools, & skillsets for youth that carry into their adult lives, family and working careers. The privilege of casting a leadership shadow on these kids at a young age is an honor for me. I love more wins than losses and bringing home the hardware and championships, but my true passion is providing direction and coaching that I hope instills in kids for their future. Losing also helps kids prepare for life off the field;  you have to succeed and accomplish to get wins & trophies. I believe in intensity, etiquette, and sense of urgency, but I also believe in fun and positive re-enforcement. We have great kids on and off the field. We play with class, sportsmanship, and love for fellow players, coaches, officials, and fans.


Jonathan Soto

Hometown, State – Miamisburg, OH

Team(s) Coaching – U15 Girls

Coaching Experience – Several years at Ohio Fusion

Coaching Education – US Soccer E License

Playing or Other Experience – Fairmont Varsity Women's Assistant Coach, Miamisburg High School Boys Soccer, ISC Storm, and Metro FC Youth Clubs

Why Ohio Fusion? – “What I love about Ohio Fusion is the great vision and plans the club has going forward within the organization. I truly believe this a great club to help take players and coaches to the next level.”

What you love about being a coach? – “What I love about coaching is creating great memories and impacting player’s lives just as previous coaches have impacted mine as a player and person.”


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