Academy Staff
Coaching with class


Universal Soccer Academy Coaches are qualified and have extensive playing and coaching experience.

Academy coaches attend our year- round coaching school designed to ensure that all staff is familiar with our coaching values, academy curriculum and teaching objectives.

All our staff coaches are first class people and are fully committed to leading all Universal students to success on and off the field.

Professional Coaching Staff
James Galanis
Director of Soccer Operations
James Galanis is considered one of the best coaches/teachers of soccer in the USA. For over a decade James has helped players of all ages and all levels excel at individual development, the game, and in life itself. His wisdom and methodology come from his own experiences in life and on the soccer field.
James is an Australian native who made his professional soccer debut at the tender age of 15. He worked under various high-level coaches including world soccer legend Ferenc Puskas and he played in Australia’s National Competition for three years, spending the majority of his career competing in the Victorian Second Division.
After a successful senior playing career, James arrived in the United States where he began evaluating soccer as a profession. James identified that there were no training programs that specialized in training and preparing players seeking to play at the highest level.
James began to instruct players seeking to play at the highest level and quickly recognized his ability to create an environment that helped these students excel at a rapid pace. The idea of creating an academy that would specialize in training soccer players who are seeking to play professionally was born.   
In 2000 Galanis, founded Universal Soccer Academy: an academy focused on high-level and professional development through both classes and on the field training. The curriculum focuses on, technical skills, tactical awareness, physical power, mental toughness and character.

Today, Universal Soccer Academy is one of the premier soccer academies in the country, as it continues to produce hundreds of high-level soccer players. U.S. Women’s National Team stars Carli Lloyd, Heather Mitts, and Hope Solo are some of the most prestigious students to come through the Academy. Amber Brooks (University of North Carolina and U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team) and Ryan Finley (Notre Dame and U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team and European bound) lead the program’s youth ranks at this moment.
In 2002, James expanded the Academy and took his priceless knowledge and training methods to South America. James launched Universal Argentina located in the providence of Cordoba. Today, Universal Argentina is respected for producing players who have gone on to represent Argentinean national teams and players that are playing in Argentina’s top divisions.  
In 2010, James was appointed Head Coach of the Atlanta Beat of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). The Atlanta Beat has turned to James’ player development methods as it looks towards James to build a young team that will dominate WPS soccer in the future. 
James is a specialist in player development. He thrives on helping young players achieve their goals and find their dreams. James is a first class role model for all young players and a true teacher of the game. James remains a student of the game and continues to work tirelessly for all Universal Soccer Academy students.
Academy Staff
James Galanis Director of Soccer Operations
Mario Giunchiglia Director of Soccer Operations/Argentina
Moussa Issa Senior Youth Development Specialist
Shaun Feehan Youth Develoment Specialist
Dave Stanwood Youth Develoment Specialist
Rubin Concepcion
Youth Develoment Specialist
Carl Hymes Youth Develoment Specialist
Laura Dolhansky Academy General Manager
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