Staff

About the Staff

 

Mark Torrie

Title: Owner

Contact info:

Cell :1-201-925-2537

Email: coachmark@speedsocceracademy.com

Education: BS Physical Education and Health from William Paterson University, NJ, Higher National Diploma in Sports Coaching with Development Dundee College. SFA E, D, C NSCAA Advanced National (Distinguished Pass), NSCAA Premier Diploma

Experience: 15 years youth coaching experience, Varsity Boys coach at Old Tappan HS, youth coach with NVSC, Fort Lee, Vikings FC, Arsenal, co-creator of the Speed Soccer System and President of the Bergen County Boys Soccer Coaches’ Association (BCBSCA)

Hometown: Forfar, Scotland

Favorite Team: Forfar Athletic – away the Loons!!!

Additional Info: Mark teaches Phys Ed (and Highland Dancing!) at Harrington Park Middle School, NJ

 

 

 Kristian Bowden

Title: Staff Coach

Contact Info: krissbowden@hotmail.com

Education: BTEC in Sports Performance, Hopwood Hall Sports College, Rochdale,  England.

FA Level 1 and 2 Coaching certificates.

Experience: 10 years youth coaching experience. Rochdale FC Center of Excellence, TSF Academy and Travel Coach, Lincoln Park, NJ. Head of U9/10 Development NVSC. Head Boys MAPS coach NVSC.

Hometown: Manchester, England

Favorite Team: Manchester United

 

 

Jessica Torrie

Title: Administration/Owner

Contact info:

Cell : 1-973-997-3281

Email: admin@speedsocceracademy.com

Education: University of Hartford

Experience: 12 years working in Human Resources with various companies, handles all of Speed Soccer’s scheduling, registrations, and business development.

Hometown: Bergenfield, NJ

Favorite Team: Red Bulls – Season ticket holder!!!

Additional Info: Jess handles all of Speed Soccer’s administrative needs whilst raising three boys all under the age of 5!

 

 

 Bob Leichte

Title: Staff Coach

Contact info: bobleichte@speedsocceracademy.com
Education: MS Education from Scranton University.

Experience: 5 years teaching experience in K-12 setting, Harrington Park Middle School coach, youth soccer Vikings F.C. Played 4 years at Scranton.

Hometown: Toms River, NJ

Favorite Team: NY Red Bulls

 

 

Joe Giovatto

Title: Staff Coach

Contact info: joegiovatto@speedsocceracademy.com

Education: BA Business from Sienna College, USSF D license

Experience: Summer Camp staff coach, NVSC/Arsenal staff coach. Private trainer specialist.

Hometown: Rivervale, NJ

Favorite Team: Real Madrid


 

 

Mike Papapetrou

Title: Staff Coach

Contact info: mikepapapetrou@speedsocceracademy.com

Education: BS Physical Education from Southern Connecticut State University, CT. USSF F License.

Experience: Bergenfield HS administration, Bergenfield HS Varsity Soccer Coach, Arsenal, NVSC, and Fort Lee Soccer League.

Hometown: Bergenfield, NJ

Favorite Team: Chelsea FC

 

 Craig Oliver

Title: Staff Coach

Contact info: craigoliver@speedsocceracademy.com

Education: BA in Education (Spanish Teacher’s Certification)

Experience: USSF E and D license. Youth coach of multiple sports, Pre K and one on one training specialist.

Hometown: Bergenfield, NJ (Originally from Jamaica)

Favorite Team: Man Utd.

Additional Info: Craig enjoys playing soccer and cricket on the weekends in Northern NJ.

 

 

 Drew Conn

Title: Staff Coach

Contact info: drewconn@speedsocceracademy.com

Education: BA English, Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey

Experience: 4 year starter at the Henry Hudson Regional School. Norwood Rec Development Coordinator

Hometown: Freehold, NJ

Favorite Team: Barcelona

Additional Info: Drew teaches Middle School Language Arts at Harrington Park, NJ

 

 

 Ryan Schmid

Title: Staff Coach

Contact info: ryanschmid@speedsocceracademy.com

Education: BS in Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey.

Experience: Physical Education Teacher, River Edge School District. Experienced camp counselor in multi sport activities throughout the Northern Valley.

Hometown: Harrington Park, NJ

Favorite Team: Manchester United

Additional Info: Coach Mark coached Ryan when he was in 6th and 7th grade!!!!

 

Jon Hirsch

Title: Staff Coach

Contact info: jonhirsch@speedsocceracademy.com

Education: BS in Education from Ramapo College, NJ.

Experience: Varsity player at Pascack Hills high School, as well as Ramapo College squad member. 5 year youth soccer coach with extensive experience in the camp environment.

Hometown: Montvale, NJ

Favorite Team: Oxford United

Additional Info:  Jon played in Oxford United’s Academy program in his youth during a brief stint living in England.

 

Summer Camp Staff                              

Matt Lee                                                Lehigh University
Louis Long                                           Emory University