Meet our Staff

SPIRIT UNITED DEVELOPMENTAL SOCCER

DIRECTORS AND COACHING STAFF

 

 

Director of  Coaching

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claude Davis was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica.  He fell in love with the game at the age of 8. Coming up through the ranks playing in high school soccer leagues he was selected for the Jamaican National program and was a key figure for the under 20’s and under 23’s.  As a result of hard work, he was drafted to play on the senior national team at the age of 22 while serving as captain for his club team Portmore United. Davis has made 68 international appearances for Jamaica, scoring goals and captained the team on several occasions.  At the age of 24 he signed a professional contract to play in England and over the course of 13 years he had the opportunity to play for various clubs in the English Premier league as well as Championship and League 1.  Over the course of his career he was blessed to have played against and alongside some of the best players in the world to have ever played the game including Ronaldo and Ronaldinho (Brazil), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Thierry Henry (France), David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Rooney (England), Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan (USA) just to name a few. 

One of his most memorable history making moments was beating Arsenal FC while playing for Sheffield United.  It was SUFC's first time in history beating Arsenal in a Premier League match.

Some of his accolades include:

*Player and Fan player of the season (MVP) while at Preston North End

*Club record signing for Premiership side Sheffield United 

*Automatic Promotion with Crawley Town FC and Rotherham United, from league 2 to league 1 to the Championship respectively.

During, the summers he would return home to Jamaica and assist in coaching his former club, but it was while at Crawley Town FC that he had the chance to be an ambassador for the Junior Reds Program and work with children.  Along with playing and coaching, Claude has served as an analyst for Jamaican station CVM during the World Cup 2010 as well as World Cup 2014.

Certification(s):

United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National 'B' Coaching License

 

Amalo Alce ACYS is extremely excited to announce the addition of Amalo Alce to our developmental soccer training staff. Educated at Belhaven University where he obtained a Masters of Education, Amalo has a long history of being involved in the youth soccer community. While in New York, Amalo coached at Mohawk Valley Community College and at the SUNY Institute of technology. Locally, Amalo began his soccer coaching career in 2004 coaching a U12 boys team at what use to be known as East Orange Soccer Club. Following this he coached at the Florida Soccer Alliance, Maitland Soccer Club and at numerous High Schools including Winter Springs High School, Deltona High School and Jones High School. Coach Alce will be joining the Director of Coaching for Spirit United, Coach Claude Davis, this spring in running the new and improved youth academy for the ACYS Developmental Program.

 

Tracy Talesnick grew up playing soccer in Tampa. She represented the state of Florida on state select teams from 14 – 18 years old. She made the southern regional team and U.S. women’s national team the summer before her senior year. Tracy attended North Carolina State University on a soccer scholarship, played in the final four, was team MVP and captained a team that was in the top 10 her final three years in college. Tracy was an all-south and ACC tournament first team selection multiple times, as well as being on the ACC academic honor roll all four years. Finally, Tracy continued to represent the U.S. by playing in two Olympic training programs while she was in college.

After graduating from NCSU, Tracy worked for two years before pursuing her MBA at University of Florida. After completing her MBA she took a job with Progress Energy in Central Florida. She  continued to play adult soccer and began to dip her toe into coaching. Tracy has now been coaching both boys and girls, at many different age levels, since 2003. She currently coaches at the club level for Spirit United soccer club, the competitive arm of ACYS. 

“I really enjoy coaching young people and sharing my love for the beautiful game. I believe in teaching fundamentals and focusing on long-term development, not the quick fix that wins a game. I see my players as individuals that need to not only be taught soccer, but to embrace hard work and commitment to a team. Additionally, I believe strongly that the players should treat other teams, refs and parents with respect, that we win and lose games with class, and that we keep sports in the proper perspective in life.”

Off the field, Tracy volunteers regularly for her church and The Geneva School. Tracy and her husband, Noah, have two children at Geneva:  Nathan (class of 2018) and Taylor (class of 2020).

 

Amanda Malkin  She has been playing soccer since the age of 5 years old. While putting in her time as a competitive soccer player in her earlier years, Amanda starting coaching in the youth leagues at the age of 14. For college, she was able to secure a collegiate position at Green Mountain College in Vermont where she played until she graduated in 2011. Following graduation, she continued to stay active in youth soccer development by providing private sessions to motivated players looking to improve their soccer capabilities as well as assisting in coaching at a Varsity level at Daniel Hand High School in Connecticut. Coach Malkin holds both a National E and F license and is motivated to continue to improve her knowledge and education of the game. 

 

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