- Training Staff -
CLUB DIRECTOR - Academy / U8-U12
License: USSF E
With FOSC Since 2010
Will Peppard is originally from Rose Hill, KS, where he was a four year Varsity starter for Rose Hill High School. Will finished his career as the All-Time leading scorer in school history. He played college soccer at Newman University in Wichita, KS, where he was a three year captain, three time all-conference and First-Team all-region defender. During his collegiate career, Will spent three season in the PDL with the Colorado Rapids U-23's, Indiana Invaders, and Springfield Demize. After college, Will spent three seasons playing professionally with the Cincinnati Kings (PASL).
Will has been coaching club soccer since 2006. He has also spent time at the high school level as an assistant at Rose Hill High School, and at the collegiate level as an assistant men's and women's coach at Ohio Mid-Western College.
“Will is the best trainer we have come across. We have had the opportunity for him to coach two of our daughters and the development and confidence each of them have gained is outstanding. He is personally invested in every player… you can tell he truly cares about each and every one of them.” -FOSC club parent
DIRECTOR OF PLAYER AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT
License: USSF C
With FOSC since 2007
Kurt attended Trinity International University where he was Team Captain and named NAIA All American. Professionally, he played for the Twin City Tornadoes (USL) and played for the Cincinnati Excite (2003-2007). Kurt currently plays professionally for Cincinnati 1790 and the Cincinnati Kings and has served as the Head Girls Soccer coach at Winton Woods High School. Kurt is part of our soccer training staff, and is available for individual and team training.
“His knowledge of the sport and training is outstanding. Just as important, he has the passion to teach the kids and the patience to allow them to fail but keep trying. I have been involved with two other soccer clubs in the area and seen many other trainers in action and have yet to find anyone that approaches Kurt.” -FOSC team parent
ASSISTANT CLUB DIRECTOR
License: NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma
Taylor Spradling returns to the Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club after spending two seasons as the assistant women's soccer coach at NCAA Division 1, Belmont University.
Prior to Belmont, Spradling spent the 2012 season on the men’s sidelines at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Cincinnati State accumulated an 18-6-1 record, while capturing the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season title, winning the NJCAA Region XII Tournament and finished the season ranked No. 7 in the country.
Spradling was the Director of Goalkeeping for FOSC from 2010-2013. During that time he also was a girl's coach at Ursuline Academy in Blue Ash, Ohio. In 2012, he joined the state staff for the Ohio South Olympic Development Program (ODP).
Prior to coaching, Spradling played for Northern Kentucky University.
License: USSF D
With FOSC Since 1998
A graduate of Badin High School, Stacey led the team to its first State Final in history as a captain. She earned honors as the Cincinnati High School 1995 Player of the Year. She was also a four-year letterman and captain at Xavier University where she received academic awards, contributed to their conference championship and led Xavier to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 1998. Stacey also played with Team Acceleration, a Regional and National tournament team. She currently plays indoor and outdoor soccer in multiple leagues including the Women's Amateur League.
As assistant coach of the FOSC/CUP Thunder from 1999-2002, she helped 11 of the Thunder's 15 players earn spots on college teams. Stacey coached the FOSC Fever and CUP Fever girls from 2002-2004, leading them to a Regional final in 2003. She also trained the FOSC Heat U16 girls team in 2002, FOSC Lightning U16 girls in 1999, FOSC Force U10 boys in 2003, FOSC Dynamo U13 girls in 2004 and multiple other teams.
“Stacey is always very encouraging to her players and takes the time to communicate with them the positive things they are doing and what they need to work on together as a team and/or as an individual player. Her goal is to create a positive environment where the girls can learn and grow as a player and as an individual and she is 100% committed to that goal.” -FOSC club member
License: USSF D
With FOSC Since 2010
A Mount Healthy graduate, Heather played 4 years of varsity soccer, captaining her team and receiving athletic, academic, and sportsmanship awards. She went on to play college soccer for Wright State and finished her college career at NAIA contender Trinity International University. She received multiple All-Star honors within her conference and region, NCCAA All-American and "Player of the Week" honors and was named to the All-Tournament team.
Heather has coached at Mount Healthy Jr. High and for Fairfield and ASC U9-U19 girls. She was the assistant coach for Winton Woods in 2004 when they had their longest winning streak. She has been the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Winton Woods High School and at Fairfield High School. She assisted with the Metro league's first team in Chicago. She served as the Men’s and Women’s Coach for OH Midwestern College, where both teams competed in the National Tournament. Under Heather, the OH Midwestern College women’s team earned the title of National Runner-Up. Overall, Heather has enjoyed working with teams of all ages through camps, clinics, and team training sessions.
“Heather has established a very positive learning environment for her players. She is always encouraging to the girls and my daughter has progressed as a player and as an individual under her guidance. FOSC and our team is blessed to have someone with Heather’s passion and commitment.” -FOSC parent
With FOSC Since 2005
Dave has served as the the Head Men's Soccer coach at Colerain High School since 2007 where he is also employed as a physical education teacher. Dave played soccer at Madeira High School (Cincinnati, OH) then went on to play college soccer at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio.
Dave currently works with both girls’ and boys’ teams playing 11v11 and was previously in charge of FOSC's college recruiting department where he helped FOSC players connect with potential colleges.
“We consider it a huge blessing to have David as our son's coach. Not only does our son enjoy him as a coach, but we also feel that David has really taught him a lot about the game.” -FOSC club parent
With FOSC Since 1983
Danny is currently the Head Men's Soccer Coach at Fairfield High School. Previously, he was the Head Men's Soccer Coach at Lakota East High School since the school was founded in 1997. During his tenure, he lead the Thunderhawks to 4 district championships. The 1999 team advanced to the state semi-finals. The 2000 team advanced to the Elite 8 of state tournament play. East also garnered their only GMC title in 1999 under Coach Landrum's guidance.
Danny has been involved with FOSC since it was founded. He played on its original team in 1978 and has been involved as a coach periodically since 1983.
“Danny worked on [my daughter’s] control and ball skills to complement her speed. [He] showed her how to play the game and play it well. His dedication to the team is incredible” -FOSC team parent
With FOSC Since 2010
AJ has been with FOSC for many years, both as a youth player and a trainer. He was a four year starter at Badin High School where he was named a team captain in his senior year. AJ earned 2nd team GCL honors as a junior, and went on as a senior to be named to the 1st team GCL, Ohio State High School All-State, and GCL all-star team. He helped lead Badin to the 2009 regional championship.
After graduating from Badin, AJ went on to play at Kentucky Wesleyan where he was a four year starter. During his time there, AJ led the team in assists as a junior and senior and finished his career 2nd all-time in games played and games started.
AJ has worked with FOSC girls’ teams aged U9 to U12 resulting in several CUSL division championships and tournament championships. In 2014, under AJ, GU12 Red Premier scored 21 goals in 6 games leading the Buckeye Premier League in goals scored for that age group.
“AJ challenges his players to do their best – ALWAYS. He does a really good job of teaching players to develop good passing and use the whole field to create opportunities. Each season, I am amazed at what the team accomplishes under AJ’s guidance.” -FOSC club member
License: USSF E
With FOSC since 2013
Zak is a Fairfield native returning to train for FOSC where he was also a youth player. Zak is a graduate of Fairfield High School where he earned honors including Defensive MVP, first team All Conference and was second all time in the Greater Miami Conference (GMC) for assists in one season. His team accomplishments included GMC Champions for two years, District Champions for two years, Regional Champions and State Runner-up.
Zak attended Cincinnati State where his team earned titles including OCCAC Champions for two years, Regional Champions, District Champions and National Runner up in 2010. While at Cincinnati Sate, Zak earned honors including the Unsung Hero Award and All National Tournament Team. He went on to Anderson University (SC) where he was named 1st Team All Conference and his team earned Southern Atlantic Conference (SAC) Season and Tournament Championships.
Zak’s has coached with Crew Juniors and Fairfield Men’s Soccer Camp in addition to his time with FOSC.
“Anyone can point out when someone isn't doing something right and tell them how they should be doing it, but Zak recognizes player strengths. As the boys showed signs that they were understanding and improving, Zak was vocal about letting the boys know that he was pleased and encouraged them to keep working. They responded to this and they continued to play better.” -FOSC parent
License: USSF D License
With FOSC since 2012
Growing up, Luis played soccer for most of his life in Peru. Years ago, he was a soccer trainer for several clubs including Fairfield, Corpus Christi, Winton Woods, Harrison among other clubs. As an adult, Luis played soccer for Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne Indiana and Indiana University.
Luis has done 1 on 1 skill training for pre collegiate level players and holds a patent for a unique soccer training ball called "The LUVI BALL". In his professional career, Luis has earned a Masters in Counseling, a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, and recently retired as a Registered Nurse.
Currently, Luis is a soccer coach with FOSC, holds his refereee certification and a Coaching D license.
“Luis is a fantastic trainer on skills. He spent extra time working with each of my young boys to make sure they had success in gaining the confidence to use these skills at an early age. I think it’s a great asset for FOSC to have his experience in soccer and his professional career at our club.” -FOSC member
License: USSF E
With FOSC since 2012
Former Fairfield High School graduate, Bruce helped lead the Indians to a GMC championship and to the Division I Ohio State Finals in 2006. He was one of the leading goal scorers of the team and named "Most Improved Player" his senior year. Bruce went on to play at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. In 2008, Bruce was the leading goal scorer for the Golden Tornado's with a total of 10 goals on the season. He also received Coach's Honor in the President Athletic Conference (PAC), Best offensive player, and All East Region 2nd team awards. He currently is a practice player for the Cincinnati Saints.
Bruce is currently the Head Coach of the Winton Woods Girls Varsity soccer team. In the past, he coached the boys Winton Woods JV team.
Bruce is available for individual and group training. He can train both field players and keepers.
“Bruce is very knowledgeable about the game of soccer and has consistently managed to get the boys to play at a high level. Perhaps the best attributes of Bruce as a coach is his ability to connect with the boys… I have no doubt that this was a key factor in their ability to perform at a high level.” -FOSC parent
License: USSF D
With FOSC since 2012
A graduate of North College Hill High School, Brandon was a 4 year Varsity player where he earned honors including MVP for two years, First Team All-Conference (Miami Valley Conference), and First Team All-City (Cincinnati Division III). After playing club soccer at the University of Cincinnati, Brandon went on to play for Ohio Mid-Western / Temple Baptist for two years where he earned the honor of Academic All-American.
Brandon began his soccer coaching career at age 16 and his experience includes coaching with SAY, Kolping and North College Hill Varsity Women’s Soccer. He currently serves as trainer and coach for FOSC and North College Hill Varsity Men’s Soccer.
“Fantastic, dedicated trainer. Really works to understand each player and help them achieve their best. Wonderful at inspiring and building player confidence.” -FOSC parent
With FOSC since 2011
Having played for FOSC for seven years, Chase played three years for Fairfield High School Men’s soccer team. His senior year, Chase played for the Cincinnati Christian Men’s soccer team where, as center back, Chase scored one goal and had six assists. Chase went on to play for Thomas More College for three years. During this time, his team won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship.
While under Chase’s guidance, FOSC's BU17 team went from competing in the lowest division of of the MASC (2013) to advancing as Finalists in the top division of the MASC in 2014 and earning a championship in the 2014 Club X Tornado Memorial.
“Chase was patient and encouraging. He continued to teach them the game and expected them to be able to do what he asked and they did… Chase recognized [my son’s] strengths and utilized them on the field. ” -FOSC parent
License: USSF E
With FOSC Since 2011
Drew is from Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Colerain High School where he was a two year Varsity starter, Captain and leading scorer his Senior season, first team GMC all-conference and all-city honorable mention. He played college soccer at Thomas More College where he appeared in more matches in his career than any other men’s soccer player in the history of the program. Thomas More Men’s Soccer program advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history his freshman season and appeared in the post season tournament each year he played, winning three President’s Athletic Conference championships and four conference tournament championships.
Drew is a former FOSC player and currently holds his referee certification. He began his coaching career with FOSC by volunteering to assist with training in the Academy program and has subsequently trained and coached boys U8 – U12.
”Drew loves and respects the game of soccer. He motivates and compliments his players with sincerity. Drew does a great job acknowledging each player’s strengths and fostering them.” -FOSC member
GOAL KEEPING TRAINER
With FOSC since 2013
A graduate of Turpin High School, Samantha earned honors including first team All Conference (2 years), Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) Athlete of the Week and Most Valuable Player.
Samantha went on to play as a four year starter for Shawnee State University where she holds records for season and career in shut-outs, most wins, save percentage and goals against average. While at Shawnee State, Samantha earned honors each year including All Conference honors several times in the American Midwest Conference (AMC, first team All Ohio, and she was selected to play in the Ohio All Star game. Samantha currently plays for the Cincinnati Lady Saints.
Samantha’s coaching experience includes training for GK1 Academy, Kolping, Finneytown High School Men’s Soccer, Sycamore High School Varsity Women’s Soccer, assisting for OSYSA high school soccer camp, assisting with Turpin High School and volunteer GK trainer for Shawnee State University and. Samantha serves as a trainer/coach for FOSC teams as well as FOSC goalkeeper trainer. She also offers private GK training.
“Sam does a fantastic job in goalie training skills. My son is very young, but she saw potential in him and recognized him for the quality techniques he was using… he followed what she was teaching and he gained some significant confidence in his soccer skills overall because of this.” -FOSC member
USSF E License
With FOSC Since 2012
A graduate of Cincinnati Christian Schools, Justin was a three year Varsity starter earning honors including Honorable Mention his sophomore year, Second Team All-Miami Valley Conference (MVC) his junior year and First Team All- Miami Valley Conference (MVC) his senior year. He played for FOSC as a youth and has returned as a trainer working primarily with younger teams and the Academy.
”Justin provided a fresh outlook for our team. The kids enjoyed his positive attitude at practices and games. He shared constructive feedback with the girls during breaks in game play. He also comes up with fun and new ways to keep the kids interested in skills.” -FOSC team parent
A graduate from Mason High School, Ellie grew up playing soccer in Cincinnati. She was a member of the Ohio South Olympic Development team from middle school through high school and played club soccer with CUP and Ohio Elite Soccer Academy. She went on to play at Capital College for one year. As a high school and college student, Ellie helped coach youth soccer clinics and camps. She is the current JV coach at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.
Chad played soccer at Ohio Northern University and earned 2nd team all Ohio honors. Chad was captain of his college and high school team (Anthony Wayne). Most recently Chad coached Fairfield High School boys varsity for 13 seasons. He instilled character and quality soccer during those years along with 5 GMC conference titles, 2 District titles and 1 state runner up in 2006.
- Training Opportunities -
FOSC Winter 2014-15 Keeper Training Sessions:
The FOSC winter keeper training will begin next Sunday, January 11th, and Monday, January 12th and will be run by Taylor Spradling and the FOSC staff at Gametime Training Center. The keeper training is free to all current FOSC players, and we encourage everyone interested in the extra training to attend. The training schedule is as follows:
U8-U13: Sunday nights 7:00-8:00 PM
U14-U18: Monday nights 8:30-9:30 PM
If your player is not able to attend their scheduled session, or you have any questions regarding the training, please contact Taylor Spradling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOSC Indoor Winter 2014-15 Training:
Winter indoor training (outdoor) schedules for spring FOSC teams will begin the week of Nov 17, 2014 at the GameTime Training Center.
A complete weekly schedule is available online here.
If you have questions regarding your team's sessions, please contact your team's coach/admin.
FOSC Academy Winter 2015 Program
Training for FOSC's Academy aged players (5-8 years old) for this winter will be held on Saturday mornings with Will Peppard and FOSC Academy Staff starting early January at Gametime Training Center in Fairfield.
FOSC asks players to register online with our new online system. For more information, please see the Academy tab of this site.
- Practice Schedules -