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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.

Christian Dane

Director of Coaching - Girls
Phone: 404-217-2913

Email: christian@afclightning.org

Christian, an Atlanta native, comes to AFC Lightning from North Mississippi Soccer Academy, the product of a merger between Tupelo Fútbol Club and Oxford Soccer Club where he served as Technical Director.  Prior to the merger of these organizations, Christian was the Director of Coaching for two years at Tupelo Fútbol Club, located in Tupelo, MS.  Further, he has been an Assistant Director of Coaching at Roanoke Star Soccer Club in Virginia and prior to that an Academy Director at Thunder Soccer Club in Henry County.  Christian has experience with the Olympic Development Programs in Virginia and Mississippi as well as working as an assistant coach at the collegiate level for Itawamba Community College.  Christian has a USSF ‘B’ License, a NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and a NSCAA Goalkeeping Level II Diploma.

As a player, Christian played for Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA where he was a four-year starter and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-South Region Second Team.  He graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology and graduated in 2012 with a Master of Science degree from Georgia State University.

 

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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