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Dennis Weyn, Director of Coaching

Dennis Weyn has been Ohio Premier’s director of coaching since its inception in 1988. He was a member of the U16-18 Dutch National Team and played professionally in the Netherlands. As the Hathaway Brown varsity girls head soccer coach, Dennis led the Blazers to five Final Four appearances, one State Runner up finish, and three State of Ohio Championships. He was awarded the 2004 National Federation of High Schools State Coach of the Year and the Plain Dealer Coach of the Year. Weyn is the former director of Cleveland Force soccer camps and former assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

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Paul Eyre, Coach

Born and raised in Dublin, Paul Eyre played youth soccer in Ireland. In the United States, he played Division 1 soccer at the college level. He is widely regarded for his unique soccer training methods with an emphasis on individual development. Coach Eyre sat on the Board of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) and he was a close advisor to MISL Commissioner Steve Ryan for 15 years. Locally, he has coached youth soccer for 35 years and was the Varsity Boys' Coach at Cleveland Heights High. Currently, Paul serves the same school as the Varsity Girls' coach. Players who learned the game with Coach Paul have played professionally in the MISL and the MLS as well as many of the country's finest universities.

Paul is a dedicated and passionate coach whose philosophy is simple-- to provide the best possible opportunities for youth to learn and love the game of soccer.

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Johnny Kimani, Coach

Johnny Kimani began playing soccer at a young age in Kenya. He attended Rosslyn Acedemy in Nairobi, Kenya, where he won three International Schools Soccer League (ISSL) National Championships, earning MVP honors his junior and senior years. Johnny was also a standout track and field athlete at Rosslyn Academy, where he won ISSL national championships in the 800m, 1500m, mile, and 3000m. He also won an ISSL national championship with Rosslyn’s field hockey team, earning MVP honors twice. He also holds a black belt in Tae-kwon-do and was a member of the Kenya National Junior team. Johnny played college soccer at Houghton College in New York. In 2007, he earned AMC freshman of the year award after finishing as top scorer. He played four years of soccer at Houghton, where he also earned All-American honors in track and field. Johnny coached soccer at Hudson High School before coaching at Rosslyn Academy in Kenya for three years. Johnny is currently the Shaker Heights Girls Varsity soccer coach, and is the head coach for OPFC’s 2004-05 and 2006 girls teams.

 

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Tshepo Motsamai, Coach

As a boy, Tshepo started playing soccer in the open fields and streets of Soweto, South Africa. He was selected to play for Chappies Little League, a premier youth club in Johannesburg, South Africa. Then proceeded to play for Orlando Pirates reserve and was promoted to the professional team. As a college student in Vermont, he coached a women’s soccer league and youth club soccer. He then became the assistant coach at St. Michael’s college in Vermont. After moving to Cleveland, Tshepo coached the boys of Avon Lake Premier Soccer Club and Cleveland Select Soccer Club. Since 2008, Eastside Kickers Soccer Club players have called him coach and in 2014, Tshepo began as Head Coach of Cleveland Heights High Boys soccer team. Tshepo has been with OPFC since its inception in 2015. He has a D License from the United States Soccer Federation. Tshepo also has a master's degree in engineering from CASE.

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Patrick Gleba, Coach

Patrick Gleba joined OPFC in the fall of 2016 as a boys’ coach.  As a high school player, Patrick played for Brush High School in South Euclid, OH and then continued playing for Kent State’s club team. He has been the Cleveland Heights High School assistant coach of the boy’s varsity soccer team since 2015.  Prior to that, Gleba spent five years at Andrews Osborne Academy as an assistant coach.  Coach Gleba has an undergradate degree from Kent State University in American Sign Language and Education K-12 and a graduate degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University.  He has been teaching American Sign Language at Cleveland Heights High School for the past seven years.

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Elizabeth (Birdie) Wargo, Coach

Part of two Division II state championship teams while a high school player at Hathaway Brown. Her coach was none other than Dennis Weyn, OPFC's director of coaching. Attended the University of Cincinnati on a soccer scholarship and lettered after appearing in 13 matches as a freshman before a career-ending injury. She became a student assistant coach her sophomore year at UC. Coached at Cleveland Heights High School and is now the head coach at Beaumont High School.

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Rachel Zaluski, Coach

Rachel Zaluski grew up playing club soccer locally for Internationals Soccer Club and CSA Impact. She attended and graduated from Chagrin Falls High School, and played college soccer for Notre Dame College (Ohio). While at NDC she was part of two regular season Mountain East Conference championship seasons as well as two MEC tournament championship teams. During her four years the team also made three NCAA tournament appearances. She holds a B.S. in Biology and is the assistant varsity coach at Beaumont High School.

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Taylor Pickens, Coach

Taylor Pickens has been playing soccer since she was 8 years old and developed her love for the game through The Eastside Kickers. She would move on to continue her career with the Cleveland Cobras and win a state title. Taylor was a 4-year varsity starter at Cleveland Heights High School, where she was named LEL player of the year her Junior(2006) and Senior(2007) years. Taylor went on to play at Youngstown State University where she finished her soccer career. Taylor has coached with the East Side Kickers, served as the Varsity Coach for Euclid High school for the 2016 and 2017 season, served as Cleveland Heights Junior Varsity Women’s soccer coach for the 2015 season and Varisty Coach for the 2018 season. She currently is the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Painesville Harvey High School. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Education. 

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Raleigh T. Guice, Jr., Coach

Raleigh T. Guice, Jr. has been playing soccer since the age of 6 and developed within the Forest Park Rangers and Internationals Soccer Club as a youth, competing for 2 national titles at the U16 and U19 levels in the late 80’s/early 90’s.

Raleigh was a 4-year Varsity Starter at Shaker Heights High School, where he was named all Lake Erie League 1st team 4 times, all Greater Cleveland Honorable Mention as a Freshman and all Greater Cleveland 1st team 3 times. He was named Honorable Mention All-Ohio as a Senior and was the starting Goalkeeper in the East vs West Senior Bowl All-Star Game, at Krenzler Field. Raleigh went on to play Division III soccer at The College of Wooster. He helped lead the Shaker Raiders to 3 Lake Erie League Championships and 1 runner up finish, in his 4 years as a varsity starter. Raleigh became a player-coach in graduate school at Kent State University, for Kent’s Club Team.

He holds a B.A. in Communications from Wooster, a B.S. in Physical Education and a M.A. in Sport Administration from Kent State University. Raleigh holds US Soccer National F, E and D licenses and is pursuing his US Soccer National C License. Raleigh was trained at Soccer Plus Goalkeeper School by Tony DiCicco, who was instrumental in building Raleigh’s goalkeeping and coaching style, over the years.

Raleigh joined OPFC from SYSA. As Head Coach, his U10 Girls Team had a division winning, undefeated season, in the Ohio Travel League. Both of Raleigh’s children play for OPFC.

 




Jesse Marinaro, Coach

Jesse Marinaro is currently a graduate assistant coach for the John Carroll University men's soccer team and graduate student pursuing an MBA. He graduated from John Carroll in May 2018 and played on the soccer team all four years. He had successful career finishing with 107 career points (4th best in school history) and was a 2x Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) midfielder of the year and during his senior season, he was the team captain and was named a 2017 first team all-American.

At John Carroll, Jesse is the head coach of the reserve team who play a 10 game schedule during the fall, and currently assists the associate head coach with all the recruiting tasks during the off-season with the goal of bringing the best quality people and players to the JCU program.

Jesse has joined OPFC to be the coach of the new OPFC high school boys team of Spring 2019.

 


Heidi Wilbrandt, Coach

Originally from Illinois, Heidi Wilbrandt played Division I soccer at Davidson College in North Carolina for four years. After Davidson, Heidi earned her USSF National C License and coached for Stafford Soccer Club in Virginia for seven years while teaching at Fredericksburg Academy. Most recently, Heidi taught at The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington, coaching in both the girls' and boys' soccer programs and winning one state championship with the girls' program and two state championships with the boys' program. Currently, Heidi is teaching at Hawken School and is head coach for the girls' varsity soccer team.


Paul Roberto, CPA, Treasurer

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Diane Roberto, Administrator

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