Dusko Rosic – Director of Coaching
Dusko Rosic has been the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Burlingame Soccer Club since 2003 and is one of the top coaches in California. He became a professional coach in Europe in 1995, after the conclusion of a successful professional career with several Yugoslavian clubs, played first division of Junior League in Serbia and got selected to play for FK “Red Star” – Belgrade youth team. He holds both the US Soccer Federation National “A” license, and the highest level of FIFA coaching license from Europe. He has a wide variety of coaching experience that includes coaching youth teams in Yugoslavia and working at the ODP level with Steve Sampson, the former U.S. National Team coach. As a very talented young coach he got selected to work in the Yugoslav Soccer Association at the youth program and selections.
Coach Dusko also holds a Masters degree in Sports and Physical Education, specializing in Soccer Education. His masters thesis defended at University of Belgrade was: ”The influence of mobility of young school age boys to the success of realizing the elements of soccer technique.”
Since his hiring, Dusko has moved the club and its coaches forward into a more focused developmental program. As Coaching Director, Coach Dusko has created one of the best coaching programs on the San Francisco Peninsula, by placing special emphasis on matching the needs of players in each age group to the coach’s strengths to bring the most out of all the youth players in the program. Dusko works with his coaches on implementing Club curriculum for individual age groups within the Club and encourages his coaches to attend coaching forums/workshops to stay current on coaching methodologies. As a result of this Club’s focus today is on youth player development issues for over 35 youth teams. Also, Club had more than 20 players that played in our program and made to the different College soccer programs in a last couple of years. Most of them got partial or full college scholarship.
Dusko is in charge of directing club’s youth Academy and promoting, developing and organizing Premier Soccer Camp, recruiting players and running Club tryouts. Dusko and his coaching staff have led the establishment of the most advanced specialized training program on the San Francisco Peninsula Clubs, which is offered at no cost to Burlingame Soccer Club players. This training program includes goalkeeper/striker training, agility/speed training, and core strengthening programs to prevent injury.
Mike Varas - Technical Director
Mike Varas has been a Senior Coach in the Burlingame Soccer Club since 2005. As the son of an emphatic Chilean soccer enthusiast, Mike began playing competitive soccer at the tender age of 9 years old, and became a promising talent while playing for the 3-time State Cup Finalist and nationally ranked World United Futbol Club in Los Altos, CA. His accomplishments at the youth level included representing the United States at the World Professional Futsal Championship in Russia, being a U14 NorCal State ODP team selection and consistently leading his club and school teams in scoring. Mike went on to play four successful years for the University of San Francisco Division I Men’s soccer team, winning the 2005 West Coast Conference Championship. After a year of playing in Chile, Mike returned home to become a well-respected youth coach dedicated to realizing his dream to expose American Youth Soccer players to the wonderful soccer passion he enjoyed in South America.
Coach Mike holds a BS in Accounting from the University of San Francisco, where he was named to the West Coast Conference Athletic Honor Roll multiple times. He also holds the U.S. Soccer Federation’s National “B” coaching license and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Advanced National Diploma.
Mike Varas also spends his time as co-founder and President of Futbol Abroad whose mission is to enable competitive American soccer players to live and train like professional footballers.
Simon Cook - Director of Programs
Simon Cook became a Burlingame Soccer Club coach in 2009 and primarily coaches on the boys side. Simon holds the NSCAA Director of Coaching, Premier, Advanced National and National Diploma’s as well as having completed the USSF B coaching license and European equivalents. Simon graduated from the University of Manchester (2003) with a BSc in Business and Sport Psychology. Simon spent 4 years working with the Cal North Olympic Development Program (ODP) and held Head Coach roles at District and State level and also spent time with the Regional Staff.
Simon currently oversee’s the U9 (05) and U10 (04) Boys age groups in Burlingame and coaches both the 05B and 04B Gold teams. In Spring 2015 the BSC 05B Gold will be playing NorCal Silver North and the BSC 04B will be playing NorCal Premier. Simon also coaches the SMC Star U10B (04) and SMC Star U13G (01) Gold Teams. Players interested in trying out for any of these teams should contact Simon directly – email@example.com
Before coming to Burlingame Soccer Club spent a decade developing soccer programs around the Nation as National Technical Director for UK International Soccer Camps and Regional Director of Coaching for MLS Camps. More recently Simon spent 2 years as Director of Coaching for Sunnyvale Alliance Soccer Club, the Head Coach for Mountain View High School’s Girls Varsity Soccer team and a State instructor for the NSCAA.
Simon is currently the Director of Soccer Programs for Burlingame Soccer Club, a position he started January 2013.
Lizzy Johnson – Girls Director
Daniel DeGeer – Senior Club Coach
Since 2008, Daniel has coached very talented teams at different age groups through his former club, Westside Metros Soccer Club in Beaverton, Oregon. Training both boys and girls has helped him develop as a Coach. Daniel’s coaching career began with assisting the very successful U18 WSM Internationals and working with the WSM Youth Development Program. Over the past 3 years, he helped build a solid relationship between the new Tualatin Metros Soccer Club and Westside Metros Soccer Club. As Head Coach for the Tualatin Metros Rage for over 3 years, he successfully improved and developed a mid table U-11 Rage team to recently winning the 2011 Oregon Premier League’s U14 Premier Division. As Assistant Coach to Chris Thurley, he worked closely with the 5 time state champion U-18 Boys WSM Premier. The Premier recently won San Diego Surf Cup, U-17 State Cup, Northwest Champions League, and were quarter finalist at last year’s Dallas Cup.
Over the past four years, Daniel held several soccer camps and individual and group training sessions to help vastly improve the development of each individual player. Through his training techniques he was able to help a significant amount of young athletes reach their next level. Daniel is extremely passionate in this area of development.
Daniel played the majority of his youth at Westside Metros. During his career he won four state championships. Playing varsity four years at Tigard High School winning all-state/league awards along with the Oregon ODP, helped him get to the University of San Francisco. There he played four years competing at the Division 1 level in the West Coast Conference along side fellow Burlingame Coach Mikey Varas. Daniel received his BS in Business Marketing and after receiving 1st Team All-WCC his senior year, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He finished his career playing with the United States National Futsal team helping them get to the FIFA Futsal World Cup.
Sennay Ghebresellasie – Senior Club Coach
Brian Mansell – Senior Club Coach
Waldemar Roldan – Senior Club Coach
Tim Nixon – Senior Club Coach
Nemanja Colovic- GoalKeeper Coach
Yuta Tanaka – Fitness and Injury Prevention Coach
Alonso Davila Lourenco de Lima – Club Coach
Alonso was born and raised in Minas Gerais, Brazil, then lived in El Salvador for five years before moving to the United States. His first organized and uniformed soccer experiences were here in the United States, but he played other forms of soccer way before then. Whether on the street with neighborhood children using bricks for goals, or taking penalty shots against his cousins using the gate at his grandmother’s house for a goal.
He joined Burlingame Soccer Club in 2008, fell in love with coaching and has strived to improve ever since. In the beginning he had the opportunity to assist the knowledgeable and experienced coach Luciano Fusco with his youth teams. After gaining more experience at the youth level, he chose to do an internship with coach Juan Porras, who specializes in the older teams.
Alonso holds a level 2 diploma for the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) as well as an NSCAA Junior Level VI Diploma. He is currently a student at San Francisco State University, getting his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on child and adolescent development.
Ann-Sofi Garman – Club Coach
Ann-Sofi Garman was born in Sweden and came to San Francisco Bay Area in 1992. She got her first soccer-coaching licenses and Diplomas in Sweden. The highlight during that period was being under the tutelage of Roy Hodgson, presently the coach of England’s National Men’s team. In Sweden, Ann-Sofi coached both girls and boys teams for 5 years.
Ann-Sofi started playing soccer when she was 7 years old. She played amateur league soccer for her home team Fellingsbro G&IF and when she moved to Stockholm she played for Tyresö FF. She even continued to play for years in one of the local San Francisco teams.
Ann-Sofi joined the BSC in the spring of 2013 and got her F-license, E-License, Fiorentina Basics Coaching Course and Fiorentina Advanced Coaching Course.
She is very excited to be coaching again and to be working for the Burlingame Soccer Club.