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XL Soccer World Coaching Staff


XL Soccer World Coaching Staff

2016/17 Season

Gary Heale ( Director of Technical Development )

Professional Experience:

  • Sign professional for Luton Town FC in 1975 in what is now known as the English Premier League
  • Made his debut versus Charlton Athletic scoring twice
  • Scored 2 goals in a 3-2 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford Stadium
  • 1979 was sold to Reading FC for a then club record transfer fee
  • Scored on his debut versus Blackburn Rovers FC
  • 1981 was sold to Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam for yet another record transfer fee
  • Qualified for UEFA cup with teammates Louis Van Gaal and Danny Blind who are now the head coach and assistant to the Dutch National team
  • 1993-96 was player and assistant coach for Seattle Sounders

Youth Experience includes:

  • Founded Sparta America Club in Washington State
  • US Soccer Development Academy head coach for Washington Premier FC
  • Winner of 5 Washington State Championships
  • Runner up for 7 Washington State Championships
  • Numerous Regional Championships
  • Has 4 former players make US National team
  • Hundreds of former players in universities across the country
  • Has current  U13 boys team ranked 2nd in  State of North Carolina


Jordan Crutchfield (Operations Manager XLSW, Director of XL Select Program),

  •  Born in Raleigh, NC
  •  Captain for Middle Creek High School Varsity team
  •  USSF National "D" License
  •  7 years coaching experience XLSW
  •  B.S. in Sport Management
  • 2016 Jefferson Cup Champions


Fernando Ortega

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) 2005-2010

  • North Carolina State University, Men’s Soccer team Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

    Raleigh, NC 2003-2010

  • Wake County’s Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. WCPSS, 2006

  • North Carolina State Middle School Teacher of the Year, NCAAHPERD, 2006
  • Wake County’s Middle School Physical Education Program of the Year. WCPSS, 2006

  • North Carolina’s Middle School Program of the Year, NCAAHPERD, 2006


Santiago Fusilier (Director of XL Juniors & Director of Technical Skills)

  • Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • All- ACC Player at North Carolina State University 2003, 2005, 2006
  • All-ACC Academic Team (2004,2005,2006)
  • All-Star Team in Duke invitational Adidas tourney (2004 and 2005)
  • ESPN magazine top 10 soccer freshman to watch in 2003.
  • NC State Captain (2005 and 2006)
  • Former Professional Player (Boca Juniors Academy, Carolina Railhawks, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Charlston Battery)
  • Offensive Player of Year Carolina Railhawks 2008
  • Product of Argentina's youth system
  • Bachelor Degree in Science (Sport Management and Business 3.89 GPA)

Laura Kerrigan  (XLSW Advisory Board Member)

  • 11 years North Carolina State University Women's Coach
  • NSCAA National Staff Coach
  • USSF "A" License & Advanced National License
  • NC Olympic Development Staff Coach
  • 2 Time College All American, 3 Time Academic All American
  • Class valedictorian for NC State's class of 1989


Stu Croft

  •    Born in Wigan, England
  •    Rose thru the ranks of the Manchester City Academy
  •    Played Collegiately at University of Rio Grande, College All- American
  •    Previously coached at Pro Soccer Academy, St. John Goby College, and University of Rio Grande


Mathew Hooker (Senior Staff Coach)

  •  Born in Billingham, England
  •  Played Collegiately at Campbell University
  •  B.S. in Sports Management, an M.Ed in Exercise Science, and currently hold a K-12 Physical Education License 
  •  Played Professionally with Wilmington Hammerheads
  •  3-time Atlantic Sun all-conference 1st-team midfielder;
  •  96 A-Sun all-tournament team
  •  Played in 3 conference finals ('93, '95, '96) Big South regular season champ ('93);
  •  Still ranks 20th on school career scoring list (15G, 35A, 65 pts.); T4th on school career assists list (35)
  •  XLSW coach 4 years


Ollie Rupp  (Indoor Training Specialist)

  • Profession: Physical Education Teacher, K-8 Certified (Retired), 20 Years Experience
  • Soccer: Youth, TuRa 88 Duisburg, Germany (1969 - 1979)
  • College/University: Miami Dade Community College - South (1979 - 1981), University of South Carolina Spartanburg (1981 - 1983)
  • Club Soccer: (1981 - 2002) Miami, Fl;  Spartanburg, SC;  Boston, MA;  Durham, NC;  Raleigh, NC
  • US Men's National Floorball Team (2001 - 2004)



Dylan Boat

  •   USSF "E" License 
  •   Former NCYSA Classic and High School Player
  •   3  years coaching experience at XLSW
  •   CPR First Aid Certified


Laurel Ramsay

  •   From Cary, NC
  •   Grew up playing NCYSA Classic and Super-Y League at TFC
  •   4-year Varsity player at Green Hope HS, team captain and All-Conference player senior year
  •   NJCAA Region-X Champion in 2009 at Cape Fear CC
  •   2-time All-Region midfielder in college
  •   Coached swimming for 5 years
  •   A.H.A. CPR/First Aid certified
  •   3 years coaching at XLSW

Adam Sharpnack

  • 4 Year Starter for Malone University ( NCAA D2)
  • Leading scorer as a freshman.
  • Team Captain as a Junior, Freshman and Senior Year.
  • USSF "D" National license
  • Coached for QuickSkill Soccer Training and North United Classic Soccer Club in Pittsburgh, PA




Craig Davis


  • The University of Rio Grande Graduate Assistant Soccer Coach
  • 2x National Round of 16, National Elite 8 Participant. 
  • 2013 Mid-South All-first team player.
  • 2013 Mid-South Conference winner.
  • Captain of  Santa Barbara City College for 2 years
  • 2008, 2009 Western-State Conference All-first team player.
  • 2008, 2009 Western-State Conference winner.
  • Earned a professional contract with Birmingham Football Club after signing a four-year deal.
  • Football Association Level 2 Coaching License
  • United States Soccer Federation “F” License
  • Bachelor in Social Work from The University of Rio Grande


Graham Ford



  • Attended local Broughton High School
  • Helped lead team to the 2006 NCHSAA State Championship and led the conference in scoring
  • Earned All-State honors
  • Played for both the CASL Elite and CASL Premier and was the leading scorer in 2003 and 2005
  • NC Premier League Championship winner in 2004
  • 4 year Player North Carolina State University for Coach George Taratini