Full Time Coaching Staff

Coach James Kavanagh - Company Director
Hails from: Liverpool, England
Favorite Team: EVERTON!

James grew up in the soccer crazy city of Liverpool in England, and has been playing the game since he could walk. He grew up playing for various clubs in the Liverpool area before studying at Liverpool University where he achieved a BSc Combined honors degree in Sports Science with an emphasis on Teaching and Coaching methodology.

Whilst at Liverpool University James played for the men's soccer team and was part of the university squad which won the BUSC national championship in 2000.

Whilst at University James coached youth players for Wigan Athletic FC of the English Premier League and visited the USA during summers to coach teams in America. He has coached in over 20 different States from East to West coast and has a wealth of experience working with players of all ages and abilities.


  • BSc Combined Hons Degree - Sports Science, Teaching & Coaching
  • English F.A. Coaching License
  • USSF B Licence
  • NSCAA - Advanced National Diploma

Connor McAlinden -
Full Time Coach + Program Development Coordinator

Originally from Corby, Northamptonshire.
Favourite team: Leicester City (Since before 2016!)

Connor is a sports fanatic and shares a love for various sports, having won youth accolades in Soccer, Rugby, Cricket and Field Hockey. As well as a passion for playing, Connor has also been a soccer referee whilst in England, and is Level 7 qualified by the FA.

Over the last 6 years Connor has been working in England for the biggest provider of school sports coaches in the UK, leading lots of soccer clubs to various ages and providing lots of opportunities for children to be successful in PE soccer sessions. During this time he was working closely with a number of schools to cater a program that best fitted each schools need.

Connor first came out to California in 2015 where he impressed at a number of soccer clubs around the state, with his passion and drive for success as well as soccer itself, but with a fantastic mix of patience and understanding.


  • English FA Coaching License
  • English FA Referee Level 7
  • PE and School Sports Advanced National Diploma
  • Activity Leadership Advanced National Diploma

McDonald Tshwaranang -
Full time Coach + Program Operations Coordinator

From: Gaborone, Botswana
Favorite team: Barcelona

Coach McDonald is arriving from Des Moines, Iowa, where he did his Bachelors in Management Information Systems. But, he was born and bred in Gaborone, Botswana. He got a soccer scholarship to play soccer at Grand View University under a Scottish born coach Blair Reid. At Grand View University, McDonald is a two time academic all conference selection. He is also a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Academic- All American.

Prior to coming to the United States, McDonald played soccer in semi pro clubs in Botswana like Township Rollers and Uniao Flamengo Santos. He has represented his country at both the National U17 and National U20 where he captained the team to its first ever National Under 20 world cup qualifiers elimination round.

During his time at Grand View McDonald coached for Vision Soccer Academy. At the Academy, he was responsible for coaching both the U9 and U10 boys and girls teams.


  • USSF Coaching License

Part-Time Staff

Our full-time coaching staff are supported by a group of exceptional part-time coaches. Our part-time coaches are high energy and outgoing individuals, that lead and assist coaching sessions at a variety of soccer programs throughout the year.

Interested in Joining our Team?

We are always on the lookout for exceptional part-time and full-time coaching staff. All staff must love working with kids, be reliable, and energetic, and pass a criminal background check. To apply for positions with our organization, please see below.
  • Full-time non-OPT coaches, please send a resume and cover letter to james@visionsoccertraining.com to be considered for full-time coaching roles.
  • OPT staff, please review our OPT page
  • Part-time staff - please read through the part-time coaching description on the Part-time staff page.

    "Having worked with the coaches from vision soccer training I have been extremely impressed. Not only do they possess the unique ability required to relate to children but they also demonstrate an extremely good knowledge base around the teaching of the technical and tactical aspects of the game."

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