Please join us in welcoming Tony Merola to our ECNL Boys Staff!! 2019-20 Full ECNL Staff Listing
Tony will be relocating from Dallas where he is currently with Solar's ECNL Boys staff. Tony will join our ECNL staff as Director of Coaching and will work closely with Tulsa Roughnecks FC HC Michael Nsien, Boys Technical Director, Domenic Pultrone, and the other ECNL/Roughnecks staff as the USL Academy Player Development Program formally launches.
Tony recently completed and passed the UEFA ‘A’ licence with the Welsh FA and in 2013 gained a Masters of Research in Sports and Exercise Sciences with the specific focus being on decision making capabilities in Elite and Non-Elite Youth team soccer players. His undergraduate education was a BA Hons in Community Sport Development at Glyndwr University in Wales focusing on Youth team players attacking principles of play.
Tony currently serves on the Boys ECNL staff at Solar Soccer Club. Prior to this, he was Liverpool FC's International Academy America's Director of Soccer Development for two years. In this role, he worked with Youth Soccer Clubs in seven States adding value through coach education and providing monthly lectures to Directors of Coaching whilst supporting all on field soccer activities weekly.
From 2014 to 2016, Tony also served as the Academy Manager at the International Academy based in Dallas. His primarily role was to manage and oversee the clubs Academy from U5 through to U10 (boys and girls) implementing a structured coaching program that supported coaches in helping develop players 'The Liverpool Way'. In 2012 he worked full time for 2 years at Wales’ oldest professional soccer club as Head Coach at Wrexham Football Club’s Community Foundation program. Part of this role was managing and training coaches to deliver extra-curricular activities in schools across North Wales with a structured curriculum that helped coordination skills and soccer specific small sided games.
Coaching, teaching, developing and working with young soccer players is a great passion of coach Tony and is a specialist in the area of the pedagogical development of coaching especially with the objective of developing decisions making skills in players.
Again, please join us in welcoming Tony to our TULSA Family!!