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  • AJ Utush
  • Aliyah 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