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XL Soccer World Coaching Staff

XL Soccer World Coaching Staff

2017/18 Season

Gary Heale

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 

  •  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


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)

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


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
  • Former Player North Carolina State University
  • Bachelor's in Psychology NCSU