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Coaches

Rashid Utush

Aliyah Utush

Aj Utush

Franco Accettura

Joseph Cisneros

Maxi Roditis

Adrian Utush

Kasey Cox

Coach Hermann

Coach Lawrence

If you want soccer to take you “to the stars,” the coaches at USA Stars Academy will equip you with unbiased, quality training. All training is conducted by professional soccer coaches and trainers who have played both professionally and collegiate, and have the mentality that teaching our players should extend beyond regular training.

 

“My favorite aspect of coaching is being able to teach kids to set goals and reach for their dreams. To me, soccer development is (and always will be) about teaching life lessons through the fun and dynamic medium of sport.”

We’re proud to showcase our staff’s combined lifetime experience and international success and have developed Star programs for our Star players. One particular program is the USA Stars cross-collaboration program where players are given specialized training, including position-specific, strength & conditioning, futsal, goalie, and more.

USA STARS ACADEMY SOCCER COACHING STAFF – 2021-2022 SEASON

2012 Boys:  Franco Accettura / Rashid Utush

2011 Girls:  Aliyah Utush

2010/11 Boys:  Franco Accettura

2010 Girls:  Aliyah Utush

2009 Boys:  Kasey Cox

2009 Girls:  Fernando Arbaca / AJ Utush

2008 Boys:  Rashid Utush

2008 Girls:  Fernando Arbaca / AJ Utush

2006 Girls:  AJ Utush

2005 Boys:  Kasey Cox

2004/05 Girls:  AJ Utush

2004 Boys:  Joseph Cisneros

2002/03 Boys:  Maxi Roditis / Rashid Utush

2002/03 Girls:  Todd Higley

  • AJ Utush
  • Aliyah Utush
  • Rashid Utush
  • Kasey Cox
  • Adrian Utush

AJ UTUSH

DIRECTOR/GIRLS COACH

My favorite part about being a girls soccer coach is that I get to teach kids to reach for their dreams and goals. Soccer development to me is – and always will be – about teaching life lessons through the fun and dynamic medium of sport (i.e. be a good teammate, create positive habits, build self-esteem, and always look to challenge and improve yourself everyday)! Coaching soccer is all about engaging the mental, physical, technical, tactical, and life style into one place… the field.

 

The coaches at USA Stars focus on every aspect of soccer development. With an advanced and proven methodology, we don’t just play soccer here, we live it! We invite all soccer families and players with a passion and a dream to team up with USA Stars Academy to work towards realizing our dreams together!

Coaching Experience

NSCAA National B Coaching License

Year Team Position
2000 - 2001
Seattle Sounders Summer Camps
Head Instructor
2004 - 2011
Utush Soccer Academy
Head Coach
2006 - 2006
Placer United Soccer Club
Head Coach
2006 - 2008
Whitney High School
Women's/Men's Varsity Head Coach
2006 - 2008
San Juan Soccer Club
Head Coach
2008 - 2011
El Dorado United
Director
2011 - Present
USA Stars Academy
Founder

Playing Career

Year Team Location
1995 - 1995
Oakmont High School
Roseville, California
1995 - 1996
De Anza College
Cupertino, California
1996 - 1999
Saint Mary's College
Moraga, California
1999 - 1999
Fresno Dragons, A-League
Fresno, California
1999 - 1999
San Francisco Bay Seals, A-League
San Francisco, California
2000 - 2000
L.A. Galaxy, MLS
Los Angeles, California
2000 - 2001
Seattle Sounders, A-League
Seattle, Washington
2001 - 2001
SVO Josko Ried
Austria, Europe

Awards/Accolades

Year Awards/Accolades Team
1995 - 1995
Defender of the Year
De Anza College, Cupertino
1995 - 1995
West Coast All-American Junior College
Saint Mary’s of California, Moraga
1996 - 1996
Scholarship
Saint Mary’s of California, Moraga
1999 - 1999
Defensive MVP – West Coast Conference
Saint Mary’s of California, Moraga
1999 - 1999
Division I All-American
Saint Mary’s of California, Moraga
2000 - 2000
MLS Super Draft
Los Angeles Galaxy
2007 - 2007
Pioneer Valley Athletic League, Varsity Soccer “Coach of the Year”
Whitney High School

Aliyah Utush

DIRECTOR/GIRLS COACH

Aliyah joins the USA Stars as our newest Girls Team coach! She has recently completed 4 years of playing collegiate soccer at San Diego State University Div 1 team. Aliyah graduated with a masters degree in teaching and is beginning her career as an elementary school teacher in the fall.

Playing Career

Year Team
2017-2014
SDSU Aztec's Varsity Team - Started every year Freshman to Senior and played in every game. Scored over 24 goals in SDSU career
2013-2008
Whitney High School/Club soccer with San Juan Soccer Club

Rashid Utush

DIRECTOR/Boys COACH

As a player I progressed from a youth, playing club soccer to becoming a professional and playing overseas in a first division club in Europe. I take the process of development seriously because I know firsthand the steps involved to progress. I implement these steps with staff coaches and always keep the player in mind. Complete development is the goal so we can promote passion, commitment and hard work. These are traits that we hope will show in all aspects of their life.”

Coaching Experience

NSCAA National B Coaching License

Year Team Position
2000 - 2000
Seattle Sounders Summer Camps
Training Instructor
2004 - 2011
Utush Soccer Academy
Head Coach
2009 - 2011
El Dorado United
Head Coach
2011 - Present
USA Stars Academy
Director of Coaching

Playing Experience

Year Team Location
1999 - 1999
Fresno Dragons, A-League
Fresno, California
1999 - 2000
Hatert
The Netherlands, Europe
2000 - 2000
San Jose Earthquakes, MLS
San Jose, California
2000 - 2000
Seattle Sounders, A-League
Seattle, Washington
2000 - 2001
SVO Josko Ried
Austria, Europe
2001 - 2002
Dresden FC
Germany, Europe
2003 - 2004
Achilles '29
The Netherlands, Europe

Kasey Cox

COACH KASEY HOLDS A MASTER'S DEGREE IN KINESIOLOGY AS WELL AS A CERTIFICATION IN PERSONAL TRAINING

I started coaching competitive soccer in order to share my knowledge and experiences that I have gained throughout my life to the new generations of soccer players. I wanted to be able to impact the kids on and off the field with positive, disciplined mentoring. Growing up I played in different places and I experienced different coaching philosophies. My style, heavily influenced by my time in Italy, is a more defensive approach. I am very excited for the future of the Stars Academy and being a part of the tremendous coaching staff.

Coaching Experience

NSCAA National B Coaching License

Year Team Position
2014 - Present
USA Stars Academy
Coach

Playing Career

Year Team Location
2004 - 2004
AC Milan Youth Academy
Milan, Italy
2006 - 2010
Bella Vista High School
Sacramento, California
2010 - 2011
California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, California
2010 - 2011
California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, California
Youth Soccer
San Juan Soccer Club, Placer United, Cal Rush, NorCal Elite
Sacramento Area

Adrian Utush

Coaching Experience

NSCAA National B Coaching License

Year Team Position
1989 - 1992
Oakmont High School
Player
1995 - 2004
Personal Soccer Trainer
Trainer
2004 - 2011
Utush Soccer Academy
Trainer
2008 - 2011
El Dorado United
Trainer
2011 - Present
USA Stars Academy
Trainer & Coach

USING “THE BEAUTIFUL GAME” TO DEVELOP OUR YOUNG ONES TO BE GREAT IN AND FOR THE FUTURE.

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