Paul Holocher, 49, was announced as the new Director of the Houston Dynamo Academy on July 16 after spending the previous three years with the San Jose Earthquakes Academy, most recently serving as the Academy’s Director of Formation. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the Quakes Academy teaching methodology, curriculum development, talent identification and community development for the Formation ages.
In his new role, Holocher has implemented a phase-based developmental philosophy which provides specific, age-appropriate learning objectives and utilizes a dynamic development curriculum and clear developmental goals. As the young Dynamo Academy player graduates from one phase to the next – Grassroots ( for players 8-10 years of age), Foundation (11-12 years old), Formation (13-15) and Pre-Professional (17-23) – their previous training will have guided them clearly into the next phase of their overall development.
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Kenny Bundy has been a member of the Dynamo Academy staff since 2016. A graduate of North Carolina-Greensboro, he holds a USSF ‘A’ license and has earned a Premier Diploma from the USC. In the 2017-18 season, Bundy guided the Dynamo Academy U-19s to the Developmental Academy League national playoffs. After starring at UNC-Greensboro, Bundy played more than 120 games as a professional in the USL and MISL from 2003-09, earning USL2 All-League First Team honors in 2009 with the Wilmington Hammerheads. Bundy began his coaching career as an assistant for the Hammerheads in 2015.
Brian Haynes, a former Trinidad & Tobago international, holds a USSF ‘A’ coaching license and has an extensive coaching background and knowledge of the Houston area youth soccer market, having previously coached with both Texans and Albion. Haynes played professionally in Major League Soccer for the Dallas Burn from 1996-2000. He saw action in 77 games with 38 starts as a midfielder, scoring eight goals and delivering six assists. He moved into coaching following his playing career and spent five years as an assistant in MLS, serving on the FC Dallas staff from 2001-06. Haynes was the head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks in the NASL from 2012-13 and was named the 2013 NASL Coach of the Year.
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Former LA Galaxy assistant Brian Reed will coach the U-15 side and serve as the Academics and College Coordinator along with the lead Video Analyst for the Academy. Reed served as a video analyst on the LA Galaxy staff in 2017-18 and was the Associate Head Coach at his alma mater of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo under Holocher, where he oversaw player recruitment, training and development for seven years. Reed also served as an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University and as a Director of Coaching for the San Diego Surf soccer club and for United FC in Southern California.
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Hiro Suzuki, the 2017-18 Dynamo Academy Coach of the Year, returns as a full-time head coach of the Under-14 team and will also lead the Under-13 side with the assistance of St. Thomas University men’s soccer head coach Ian Clerihew. Suzuki is a 1999 graduate of Yale University, where he captained the Bulldogs to the NCAA Sweet 16 as a senior. He began his coaching career at his alma mater in 2011 as an assistant coach on the men’s soccer team. Suzuki holds a USSF ‘A’ coaching license.
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Daniel Roberts not only serves as the head coach of the Under-12 Dynamo Academy team, but will also hold the dual role of Head of Scouting and Grassroots Director for the Academy. He will be assisted by Benji Saez, a Dynamo Academy alumnus from the Class of 2010, on the U-12 coaching staff. Roberts was a member of the first class of Dynamo Academy players in 2007, joining the Academy in its first month of existence before graduating from Fort Bend Clements High School. The Reading, England native played collegiately at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He was drafted by the Dynamo in the 2012 MLS Draft and played for the Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL from 2012-14. Roberts holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ‘A’ coaching license.
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Justin Neese returns for the 2018-19 season as the head coach of the Under-11 team and will be assisted by Leo Cruz. Neese, who holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from The University of Dallas, has been a member of the Academy staff since 2012. Neese has earned USSF ‘A’ Youth and National Youth coaching licenses as well as a Premier Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches (USC). He has seven years of collegiate coaching experience, including four years as a head coach, and was most recently an assistant at the University of Texas at Tyler before joining the Academy staff.
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