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Meet Our Staff

We are here to provide you and your family with the best youth soccer experience possible! We are proud to bring you a group of highly accomplished coaches and administrators. Read the bios below to learn more about your coach and other leaders in our community.





Steve Muccillo

Executive Director
Phone: (770) 851-1391
Email: stevemuccillo@aol.com

Steve grew up in the Atlanta-area and attended Forest Park High School in Clayton County. After high school, he enrolled at Armstrong State College where he was selected to the All Big South Conference team as a sophomore.  He transferred to Georgia State University and played for the Panthers helping them win two Trans America Athletic Conference Championships (Atlantic Sun Conference) in 1986 and 1987. Steve went on to play professionally in the USISL, the NPSL, the A-League, and the EISL.  Steve holds a USSF A License and NSCAA Premier Diploma and was a former assistant coach at Georgia State University and Lagrange College, as well as, the head coach for the Atlanta Silverbacks U23 PDL team.

Steve comes to us from Concorde Fire where he served as the Director of the South Program and was formerly a member of the AFC Lightning staff for 13 years serving in various roles, including Boys Director of Coaching, Girls Director of Coaching and Assistant Director of Coaching. Throughout his career in youth soccer coaching and administration, he has successfully competed at all levels including winning the U19 Boys USYSA National Championship in 2014.

Gavin MacLeod

Director of Coaching - Girls
Phone: (859) 414-5343

Email: gavin@afclightning.org

A native of East Kilbride, Scotland, Gavin MacLeod is a 2009 graduate of Lincoln Memorial University where he was a key member of the men’s soccer program for four years. While at LMU he led the team to the 2006 Final Four and the 2007 NCAA DII National Championship Final. In addition, he was named 2008 NSCAA Scholar All-Region during a senior season that saw him named team captain. He helped the program obtain the first #1 national ranking in the history of Railsplitter athletics. Gavin has also played for the Cincinnati Kings and the Vermont Voltage in the USL PDL.

After obtaining his BS in Kinesiology & Physical Education from LMU he moved to Leeds, England where he completed his MS in Sport & Exercise Nutrition at Leeds Metropolitan University, graduating in 2010. During his time there, Gavin began working for Leeds United FC where he acted as the first team nutrition consultant, assistant strength & conditioning coach, as well as a member of the youth coaching staff.

Upon returning to the Cincinnati area in 2012, Gavin worked with the Kings Soccer Academy as the Assistant Coach of their USL PDL team, training Elite teams and worked with the Elite Performance Training staff. He is formerly the Head Coach of the Dayton Dutch Lions USL W-League team for top collegiate athletes. In addition, he is an NSCAA Associate Staff coach and has served as part of the women’s coaching staff at the University of Cincinnati (D-1) and Mt. Saint Joseph University (D-3).  His collegiate contacts will greatly benefit our players.

Gavin has also been a key part of one of the top Region II girls clubs, Cincinnati United Premier, training several teams and players who have gone on to regional and national success.

MacLeod’s experience also includes strength & conditioning/nutritional consulting work with members of the Great Britain women’s basketball team, Scottish national team rugby players, Olympic & world champion triathletes as well as world champion boxers.

He holds many licences/certifications including UEFA 'B', NSCAA Premier Diploma (Distinguished Pass), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA and UKSCA), and Level 4 Obesity & Diabetes Management (REPS).


Jon Williams

Director of Coaching - Boys

Phone: (901) 828-2694
Email: jon@afclightning.org

Jon hails from Memphis, Tennessee and played at Lincoln Memorial University leading them to final four appearances, and one NCAA runners up.  Following graduation, he served as LMU Assistant coach. After college Jon spent time in the USL Premier Development League and played for the Memphis Express, Indiana Invaders, Vermont Voltage, and four years with the Cincinnati Kings PDL team.  He also served as the team’s assistant, coaching players from various college programs including Indiana University, Santa Barbara (CA), Kentucky, Louisville, NKU, Xavier, and the University of Cincinnati, as well as players who went on to become professionals (Steven Beattie, Paul Andrews, Luke Spencer, Stephen Williams).  Jon has also played two years for the Cincinnati Kings professional indoor team and was part of the team that made the Open Cup final in 2011.

Jon also spent time as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s soccer programs at the College of Mount St. Joseph and helped lead the women’s program to the conference tournament semi-finals. On the club side, Jon worked with Kings Hammer Academy as their u7-u9 Director of Coaching, as well as coaching various teams in the OSSL and MRL divisions in Ohio. Jon currently holds his NSCAA “Premier” Diploma which is the highest coaching license within the NSCAA coaching education program. He also has a degree in Kinesiology and a Master’s in Education- Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.




Jeff Timmers

Director of Coaching - Academy

Phone: (859) 992-6521
Email: jeff@afclightning.org

A native of Northern Kentucky, Jeff is a USSF C License coach that has an extensive background in teaching  and coaching children.   Jeff is a 12 year veteran teaching middle grades education.  Jeff has his Master’s Degree in Education in Sport Administration from Xavier University as well as his Bachelor’s Degree in Education grades K-12 from Northern Kentucky University with an emphasis in Physical Education and Health Education. 
Jeff has coached at all levels throughout his 20+ year coaching career.  Jeff has served as an ODP coach for Ohio South and Kentucky taking teams from both State Associations to the ODP Region 2 camps.  Prior coming to AFC Lighting, Jeff fulfilled responsibilities as head coach as well has lead trainer for the U8-U12 teams at his previous club, KHA in Northern Kentucky.  Jeff has coached teams that have competed in the Midwest Region League, Super Y League, Buckeye Premier League and State Leagues in Ohio and Kentucky.
Jeff has been an Associate Director of Roby Stahl’s Striker Schools Nationwide, Elite Players training centers and in very active in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  A student of the game, Jeff has traveled in Europe attending various coaching schools and is currently planning future trips domestically and abroad to work directly with clubs to further enhance his education.  
Jeff’s role as Academy Director is to continually refine and implement training methods that the players and coaching staff will see the most development from.  Jeff is also responsible for designing appropriate age group curriculums.  

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