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HARRY TRIANA
Founder/President

• NSCAA Premiere; Curitiba Brazil
• NSCAA Advanced National; Pass with Distinction
• NSCAA National; Pass with Distinction
• USSF National Youth License
• West Ham International Diploma; London

While pursuing his Sports Management degree at St. John’s University, Harry interned at the NFL headquarters on Park Avenue. After completing his internship, he worked full-time at the NFL, while coaching part-time. In order to master the craft, Harry began focusing on soccer full-time and started the path toward attaining the highest credentials in coaching education. Throughout the process, he’s traveled to courses in the US, Brazil, and London. In 1999, Harry began to develop an Academy setting in Brooklyn, in order to fill a void in the community and create a culture of quality and results.

Harry began working on his coaching craft with the help of NSCAA Senior Staff coach, Ron McEachen. Ron is a prominent figure in American Soccer, with a successful career as an MLS assistant, and Head Coach at The University of Vermont and Skidmore College. Harry’s successful rise through the National coaching courses, earned him invitations to be on the Associate Staff for the NSCAA. 

Proven Ability to Build and Direct Quality Programs

Harry’s ability to develop players, teams, and clubs, has been proven several times in the past decade. His experience directing clubs began in 2001, at the Allendale Soccer Club, in New Jersey. At Allendale, he directed a staff that ran the recreational clinics and travel program, overseeing the growth of the club to more then 25 teams by 2006.

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By 2006, Harry also started to direct Gjoa, in Brooklyn NYIn just a few years, Gjoa would return to local prominence. Harry implemented a club philosophy, protocols, and the coaching methodology that helped increase enrollment from under 5 teams to 20 teams representing Gjoa/SABA by 2010. The quality of teams and players, under Harry’s guidance, began to attract local attention and put Gjoa back on the map.

In 2011, with the support of longtime friend and club president Jim Vogt, Harry took on a new project at Met Oval. He provided the club with teams in progressive age groups from U8-14. Teams now played under the Met Oval/SABA banner in the NYCSL and the top SABA players represented Met Oval at the Pre-Academy and Academy level. Harry increased club enrollment to an average of 200 players by 2012, before leaving to start a new venture.

In Fall 2012, Harry restructured SABA to establish independence. The club now sustains its own resources to register players, acquire home fields, enter leagues and tournaments, and streamline uniform designs and delivery. In just a short time, SABANYC has become a recognizable brand, continuing to maintain a positive reputation throughout Brooklyn and the NYC Metropolitan area.

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Success coaching at the youth level

While building a formidable and respected youth program, Harry has coached players that have achieved local, regional, and international success. On the local and regional levels, Harry has led teams to championships in the top bracket of prestigious tournaments such as the ColumbusCupFC Europa Turf Cup and the Jefferson Cup. The Atletico boys have been finalists at Delco two years in a row. His girls Y-League team was the 2015 National Runner-Up.

Internationally, Harry traveled twice to coach at the famed Toekomst, where his teams matched up against youth professional teams at the Ajax Academy. While in the Netherlands, Harry’s team also played in the Haarlem Easter Cup, capturing the Championship and Fair Play Award.

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Developing Players Recognized by Regional ID Centers

In 2015-2016, 8 players who have developed under Harry’s guidance have been selected to Regional Select Squads. Four Atletico players were selected for an international showcase in the UK. On the girls side, Four players were chosen for a showcase in Canada during theWomen’s World Cup.

 College Coaching

Harry was an assistant coach at Manhatanville College from 2005-2007. During his time at Manhattanville, he assisted in running practice sessions, scouting opponents, and led the team as a head coach on several occasions. 

High School Coaching

Harry was the head coach at St Ann’s in Brooklyn, guiding the Girls Varsity team to the 2001AAIS Finals, their first in school history.

Youth Playing Career

Harry is a well-known New York City soccer product, having spent over 30 years with some of the area’s most historic and successful youth, men’s, and college teams. An attacking midfielder throughout his youth career, Harry was part of one of the most recognized teams to play at B.W. Gottschee. The Gottschee 73’s achieved nationwide success throughout the early 90’s. Harry was part of nationally ranked teams that went on to capture the U19 State Championship and reached the US Youth Cup Regional Finals.

As a member of the Olympic Developmentand CJSL Select Programs, Harryplayed at the Bermuda Cup and the Select squad reached the semi-finals of the Dallas Cup.

As the Captain of the McClancy High School team, Harry led the squad in goals and assists and helped the school capture its first ever City Championship.

College Career

Harry played for National Powerhouse St. Johns University where he was a member of the school’s fourth consecutive Big East Championship squad in 1995. Before transferring to St. John’s, he played at National Power Ulster. Harryturned down Division 1 scholarships to go to Ulster and play for legendary coach GeorgeVizvary, the winningest coach in NJCAA history.

In both years, the Ulster teams were in the NJCAA National top 10 from preseason to postseason. The team captured the Regional Championship Title andplayed in the NJCAA Final Four. Harry was selected to the All-Conference and NJCAA All-Region First Teams.

Post College

Harry signed with the Brooklyn Knights of the United Soccer Leagues, during their league debut in the summer of 1998. Triana anchored the midfield for the Knights from 1998-2000. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL before the USL playoffs in Mississippi. Several knee injuries continued to interrupt his career but In 2001, the NY/NJMetrostars of the MLS signed Harry during the Copa Merconorte international tournament.Harry later resigned with the Brooklyn Knights in 2005.

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Off the Field

Harry has traveled to several countries to dance NY Style Salsa. He’s trained with world-renowned dancers and instructors and has performed for Nelson Flores, a prominent figure on the world salsa scene. During his time on the salsa scene, Harry has traveled to Egypt, Amsterdam, London, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and the Bahamas to dance at events and world congresses.

FamilyLegacy

The Trianas are one of the most famous soccer families in New York City. The list of brothers who’ve made their mark on the soccer scene dates back to the 70’s when the family arrived from Ecuador.Six brothers have played Division 1 soccer locally at FDU, Columbia, and St. John’s.

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ADAM KENT
Club Director

• NSCAA Director of Coaching
• NSCAA Premier Diploma
• NSCAA Advanced National
• FA Level 2

Adam grew up in South West London, England and arrived to New York in 2008 when scouted by the head coach of Manhattanville College to be part of the schools soccer team. During his time, Adam earned a BA degree in Business Management with a marketing and finance focus.  Adam began working with SABA NYC during its first ever season as the club transitioned away from a coaching organization into a fully independent travel soccer club in the Fall of 2012.

Since the beginning of this historic change for SABA , Adam has continued to demonstrate an unflappable loyalty and trust in the program and played a major role in the development of the club into what it is today. Adam has been at the forefront of spearheading the growth of SABA teams and players on the field, but just as importantly used his strong business acumen to grow SABA off the field through new strategic partnerships, relationship building, staff management, streamlining of operations and much more.

Adam’s impact on all the players and families he has worked directly with over the years, in addition to his valuable management and communication skills, continues to strengthen the club’s brand and reputation throughout the region.

PLAYING CAREER

Adam’s soccer journey began at 8 years old playing for Wimbledon FC’s FA Academy, the highest standard of youth soccer in the U.K. This opportunity allowed Adam to experience playing against other EPL academy teams such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United throughout his youth career. During Wimbledon FC’s re-location and name change to MK Dons FC, Adam was offered a full-time apprentice contract at the age of 16. During this time, Adam experienced playing against and alongside current and former EPL professionals across the country.

The opportunity of a college degree and lure of New York brought Adam to Manhattanville College in 2008 . A regular starter in central midfield over his 4-years as an undergraduate, he picked up a number of individual conference awards. Adam played a key role in leading Manhattanville to their second only NCAA appearance in college history after a 12-year wait.

COACHING SUCCESS

Adam holds an ability to foster a positive environment and strong work ethic whilst importantly instilling tactical disciplines and attacking creativity which has allowed multiple of Adam’s teams to compete at the very highest level within the region. Adam has demonstrated first hand the importance of patience and belief in the long-term process, building players individually and collectively which often sets his players and teams up for long-term success.

Notable accolades Adam brought to SABA include winning NY State Cup, NYPL D1, EDP D1, Metropolitan League, FC Delco as well as making the finals of the USL-Super Y Nationals in Florida. Many of these rewards were achieved through a committed set of players & teams built over a sustained period of time between a 3-5 year period. Adam was able to truly and organically work towards individual developmental targets and team collective goals versus simply picking “the next best player” to arrive at tryouts.

Adam holds the NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National and FA Level 2 coaching licenses and continues to show the willingness to grow both on and off the field as a coach and club director.
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JOHN TRIANA
Technical Director

• NSCAA Advanced National
• CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists)
• USAW Sports Performance
• CPR and AED Certified

John enters his 11th Year at SABA. He is a strong proponent of coaching education and exercise science, bringing quality training to all his teams.  John’s education, background in multiple sports, and ability to apply the latest methods in exercise science, are qualities that provide a knowledgeable and capable Technical Director to the club’s leadership group. He is recognized for his detailed and consistent communication of his objectives to parents.

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Athletic Career:

A 3-sport athlete while at Kent in Connecticut, John was a member of the Soccer, Lacrosse and Wrestling teams. He then played for NYC Power Holy Cross.  John played college soccer at FDU and is one of 6 Triana brothers to play Division 1.

Education:

After receiving a BA from Queens College, John received a full scholarship to attend the University of Alabama. He attained his MFA as part of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. John also enrolled in the Exercise Science program at SUNY Cortland from 2012-2013.

Certifications and Coaching Education:

  • NSCAA Advanced National
  • CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists)
  • USAW Sports Performance
  • Real Madrid Academy Study Visit
  • Club Brugge KV Study Visit
  • CPR and AED Certified

Off the Field:

John is an accomplished guitar player and has studied Flamenco in Spain.  As an actor, he’s worked in numerous productions of Shakespeare throughout the country and had recurring roles on As The World Turns and Days of Our Lives.

 

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Andy Hill
Club General Manager & Girls DOC

• NSCAA Director of Coaching
• FA Level 2
• USSF  7v7 & 9v9 Grassroots
• NSCAA Level 6

 

Coming Soon…

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