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Steve Sampson is one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of U.S. soccer, having achieved championships at the professional, Division 1 collegiate, junior college and high school levels. He is one of only three coaches in the United States to have won the MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup in the same year, which he did in 2005 while Head Coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy. As Head Coach of the U.S. National Team, Sampson was the first American born coach to qualify the Team to a World Championship berth in 1997. He is the only U.S. coach to have coached two national teams—U.S.A. and Costa Rica.
Sampson’s career highlights include a 1995 U.S. Cup 4-0 win over Mexico, a 1995 3-0 win over Argentina for a semifinal finish at the Copa America Championship, and a 1998 1-0 win over Brazil in the Gold Cup semifinal. In 2003, he led an undefeated Costa Rica National Team to the Central American Championship in Panama qualifying them for the Gold Cup. Sampson remains the only U.S. Coach to have wins over Argentina (3-0 in the 1995 Copa America) and Brazil (1-0 in 1998 in the Gold Cup) in official international competition. Coach Sampson is also one of the few coaches to have won a Division one national co-championship with an undefeated record of 20-0-3 in 1989 with Santa Clara University.
Between assignments with the U.S. and Costa Rica National Teams, Sampson was the Technical Director of the California Youth Soccer Association-South, where he implemented the first youth scouting program in the United States. This unrivaled program identified the top male and female players—ages 14 to 18—in Southern California, which led to an unprecedented 7 national championships in 3 years, placing countless young players in the Olympic Development Program and youth national teams.
In an effort to increase vital support for the U.S. National Team and Major League Soccer, Sampson embraced the Hispanic community. Fluent in Spanish, Sampson built the “El Equipo para Todos,” campaign, calling the U.S. National Team “Everyone’s team.” His campaign increased attendance at not only U.S. National Team games but at MLS games. In addition, it provided activities and recognition for isolated Hispanic communities while promoting U.S. soccer through Hispanic media in North, Central and South America. To this day, Steve Sampson remains one of the most recognizable coaches in all of North, Central and South America.
Additionally, Sampson was Competition Director for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles as well as Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO and Vice President of Competition of the 1994 World Cup Organizing Committee. In 1989, his peers voted him NSCAA National Soccer Coach of the Year. He is a U.S. Soccer “A” licensed coach with an M.A. in Education from Stanford University and a B.S. in Physical Education from San Jose State University.
Sampson is currently President and manager of the Global Sports Institute of Agoura Hills, California, (www.GSIacademy.com) which operates the Steve Sampson Soccer Academy, developing and advancing elite soccer players and clubs. Steve is also Chairman of the Trusted Sports Inspirational Soccer Award. As Chairman, Sampson has selected committee members of the highest caliber in the US and from around the world to assist in the selection of outstanding high school age boys and girls whom have overcome adversity in their pursuit of excellence on and off the soccer field. Jurgen Klinsmann, Andres Cantor, April Heinrichs, Mike Golub (COO, Portland Timbers) are just a few of the distinguished committee members. Sampson also serves as a consultant to a wide range of companies and continues to provide television and radio commentary for major networks in both English and Spanish. He lives in Agoura Hills, California, with his wife Sheri and three children, Brandon, Emily and Trevor.
Director of Coaching, Girls
Vince Thomas has been playing soccer since he was five years old. He played both high school and college soccer. He has been coaching since 1992 for both club and high school. He currently coaches the Girls Under 18 Premier team, GU16 Premier team and GU12 Gold team. He is the former coach of the 2004 and 2007 USYSA National Champion and the 2007 Far West Regional League Champion and the 2005 Surf Cup “Super Group” and Girls Cup Champions. As the girls Coaching Director he brings a passion for soccer and a desire to serve the players and trainers as a mentor and role model, educating them in the value of competition, hard work and fun.
Director of Girls U8-11
Tim has been coaching soccer at different levels for the past 30 years. He was the Head Varsity Coach at Camarillo High School, Director of Coaching/Operations at Real California FC and a boys coach at Eagles SC. Over the years his teams have captured many titles. Tim's success can be greatly attributed to his passionate training style as players desire to play for him. As Director of Girls Tim is responsible for player development of Eagles SC girls program ages U8-11. Tim played soccer at the youth, high school and college levels. He resides in Camarillo with his wife Lori. They have four son's that played club soccer for various clubs over the years, all their boys now are in college or graduated from college.
Director of Boys U8-11
Bryan Monka has been coaching soccer either at the club, high school or collegiate level since the year 2000. He holds a USSF National “B” License and graduated with a double major in Business/Economics and Spanish from UCSB. Bryan grew up playing at locally Rio Mesa High School and for the Eagles Soccer Club. He went on to play collegiately for Division I powerhouses UCSB and Liberty University. Following his collegiate career, Bryan was further blessed by having the opportunity to play professionally for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Along with being the Boys Youth Director and coaching teams in the Eagles organization, Bryan is currently coaching girls’ soccer at Oaks Christian High School, a scout for Cal South ODP, and runs the Monka Soccer Academy. Bryan believes in a possession style game and is passionate about teaching skill and creativity together with hard work and discipline. Bryan hopes to inspire his students to achieve excellence not only in soccer, but in all of their life endeavors.
Director of Fundraising
Frank is a former trainer and Director of Boys coaching with the Eagles. He holds a National "C" License from the USSF. Frank is the womens’ head coach at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Frank is also the girls’ varsity coach at Westlake High School. In his tenure as the varsity coach, his teams have won four league titles with a combined record of 97-13-21, and were the 2003 CIF division II champions. For the 2003 high school season Frank was named the Marmonte League Coach of the Year, the CIF division II Coach if the Year, and the Daily News All Area Girls Coach of the Year. Frank lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife Megan and their four children.
West Valley Eagles Director
Reza Zamani has been playing soccer since he was 6 years old. His club career began at the age of 10, playing for the California Stars (coached by current Eagles Director, Scott Murray). In 1993, they won State, Regionals, and finished as National Finalists. He played in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) as part of the Cal South team from 1990-1995, and made the US Regional Team in 1993. He played 4 years Varsity at Chaminade High School, All-CIF. He finished his career by playing 4 years Division I at UCSB from 1995-1998.
Reza resides in Calabasas with his wife Lauren, and their 2 kids Ashton and Leighton. He is the founding partner of Steel Peak Wealth Management, a full service financial advisory firm in Woodland Hills.