Roby is one of the first Americans ever to play and coach full time professionally in Europe. His name is recognized worldwide by FIFA and National Teams as a high-level coach and educator. He has been instrumental in raising the level of skill and play for thousands of students from grade school through college, nationally and internationally. Roby has developed his unique teaching methodology through impressive soccer achievements at all levels.
His methodology is noted as one of the most professional and sophisticated worldwide. Roby is in constant demand as one of the most outstanding clinicians training individuals and teams in soccer today. He is an annual presenter for both the USYSA Workshop and the NSCAA Coaches Convention.
Roby graduated from the University of Akron in 1975 where he was a four-year varsity letter winner and captain for two years. During those years he was a member of the U19 Men's National Team and the U.S. Olympic Team player pool.
After graduating from Akron, Roby played professionally in Europe with the Cork Celtic FC in Ireland and trained with West Ham United of the English Premier League. Additionally, he played professionally for the Cleveland Cobras of the American Soccer League and was a member of the Clayton Football Club and Walthamstow Park FC of the Rothman-Isthmian League in London, England. He was very active in the London Football Coaches Association at that time.
In addition to his impressive playing resume, Stahl comes to AFC Lightning with extensive coaching experiences at the youth, adult, collegiate and professional levels. His professional coaching resume includes stints as the Head Men's and Women's Coach for Tyresö FF in Stockholm, Sweden, Head Coach at the College of Charleston (SC), Assistant Coach at Old Dominion University, and Interim Coach for both Men and Women at the University of Central Florida. Roby spent two years assisting with training for the Columbus Crew (MLS) and is the former Head Coach of the Cincinnati Kings (USL PDL & PASL). He is the former owner and director of Post-To-Post Training Centers catering to elite players across the US. During this time his staff was made up by many of the US National Team players and coaches, and many national team coaches, technical directors, and instructors from Sweden, England, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland and FIFA.
On the youth level, Stahl previously served as the Director of Coaching and Soccer Education for the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association, Founding DOC Boys Ohio Elite Soccer Academy, Technical Director/Director of Coaching for FC America Omni/Kumba in Orlando, Florida, Technical Director for Hungryneck International in Charleston, South Carolina, Technical Director for Kings Hammer Soccer Club, Cincinnati, Ohio, and as Head Coach for numerous boys' and girls' youth and high school teams in various states and countries.Roby possesses coaching licenses from NSCCA Premier, US Soccer 'A', Swedish FF Elite, Brazilian Elite, and US Soccer National Youth, and a Masters in Educational/Sports Administration from Old Dominion University.