Meet Our Coaches

Meet Our Coaches




Keith Loughlin - Executive Director & Boys Xtabi Director


From: West Chester, NY
Favorite Club: Manchester United
Favorite Player: George Best

Favorite Position: FW

Favorite Number: 7



- USSF ‘A’ EXP License 

- USSF ‘B’ License

- NSCAA Advanced National

- KNVB Master Coach Certificate (Netherlands)

- CBF Professional Coach (Brazilian)


Coaching Experience


Newark Area Soccer – Executive Director & Boys Director of Coaching (1991 – Present)


Confederation Brazilian Football – Studied under Carlos Alberto Parreira and Sau Paulo FC


Denison University Womens Head Coach & Mens Assistant 

Scott Nicholls - Assistant Director & Xtabi Girls Director

From: Portsmouth, England
Favorite Club: Liverpool FC & Grimsby Town FC
Favorite Player: Bryan Robson, Luis Suarez

Favorite Position: CM

Favorite Number: 7


- UEFA 'B' Licence in Coaching
- USSF National 'D' Licence In Coaching
- NSCAA Director of Coaching Certificate

- FA Junior Team Manager Certificate

- FA Child Protection
- CPR & First Aid

Coaching Experience


Newark Area Soccer – Girls Director of Coaching (2003 – Present)


Newark High School Girls Head Coach (2015 – Present)


Havant & Waterlooville U14 Boys Coach (1993 – 1994)



Paul Wise - Xtabi Girls Assistant Director


From: London, England

Favorite Club: Arsenal FC & Boreham Wood FC
Favorite Player: Dennis Bergkamp

Favorite Position: GK

Favorite Number: 1



- BA (honors) degree- Football (soccer) Studies

- UEFA ‘C’ Award in Coaching

- UEFA ‘C’ Award in Coaching Goalkeepers

- FA Youth Award Module 1 & 2

- Talent ID Award

- Developing Creativity Award

- Sports Injury and First Aid Certificate

Coaching Experience


Newark Area Soccer – Staff Coach-( 2010 - Present)


Denison University Head GK Coach (2016 - Present)


Total Football Academy (Watford, England) – working with young players from English Premier League Club Academies.


Coached for three years at university in partnership with Southamton FC, under UEFA A license and Pro License Coaches to complete our coaching units.


Click here to see a video of Paul coaching 2 goalkeepers while home in England this winter. Since working with these goalkeepers they are both now at elite Premier League academies. One is at Manchester City FC, the other is at Stoke City FC.


Sean Dale - NASA Recreational Director

From: Macclesfield, England

Favorite Club: Manchester United FC & Macclesfield Town FC

Favorite Player: Paul Scholes

Favorite Position: Winger

Favorite Number: 12



- BA (Honors) Degree – Coaching & Sports Development at Manchester Met University

- UEFA ‘C’ Award in Coaching

- FA Youth Award Module 1 & 2

- UK Sport Mentoring Award

- Sports Injury and First Aid Certificate
- USSF Referee


Coaching Experience


Newark Area Soccer - Staff Coach (2014 – Present)


Manchester United Foundation - Staff Coach (2009 - 2014)


Macclesfield Town Football in the Community - Staff Coach (2005 – 2009)


Worked with Macclesfield Town Football Club during University as a Performances Analysis working with elite soccer players.

Geoff Smith- Xtabi Boys Assistant Director & Referee Coordinator

From: Newark, Ohio

Favorite Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Favorite Player: Zinedine Zidane

Favorite Position: FW

Favorite Number: 15



- BA degree- Sport Management

- Coaching Certificate

- USSF “D” License

- World Football Academy USA certificate

- CPR and First Aid certificate

- USSF Referee


Coaching Experience

Great Lakes Soccer Academy- Staff (2006-2008)


Newark High School Boys Soccer- Assistant Coach (2009-2012)


Zanesville Arsenal U17/ U19 boys- Coach (2011/12)

Newark Area Soccer- Staff Coach (2015 - present)


Newark High School Boys Soccer - Head Coach (2021 - present)



Bill Howard - Xtabi Staff Coach


From: Seattle, Washington
Favorite Club: Seattle Sounders
Favorite Player: Neymar
Favorite Position: Attacking Midfielder
Favorite Number: 10


- USSF “E” License
- National USSF “D” License 
- NSCAA Advanced National

Coaching Experience

NASA Recreational Coach (2011 - 2020)

Newark Area Soccer - Staff Coach (2017 - Present)