Academy girls are coached by John Wagner and Dr. Mike AbouAssaly. John is also the general manager of SESA and has been involved with the club from the earliest years when his daughter started playing. Coach Wagner has been coaching for over 10 years, is currently the Notre Dame boys high school coach, holds a USSF D license, and is extremely passionate about creating a fun and supportive environment for female soccer players to grow and develop. Dr. Mike has joined John in helping with the girls academy team and brings great energy and an eye for detail. The academy team will train together and attend the same league play dates and tournaments. Players that are familiar with each other and have played together for several years will be able to perform better in the future as the group will be on the same team and have grown and developed together. The Academy girls team is full of energetic, bright, and fun players passionate about soccer. They are focusing on improving their personal skills on the ball and how to work together as a team. Practices focus on a lot of skill based training that incorporates 1v1 attacking and defending, passing, shooting, creating and using space, and understanding basic tactical concepts. New players are accepted at any point and this is the perfect age to get a taste of club level soccer and build critical skills to advance their development.