Staff Profiles 2019
Come and check out our staff members from this summer!
Director of Soccer:
Hi everybody. My name is Dave and I am a professional youth development football coach from Leeds in England. I am one of a very small number of coaches in the UK that holds the UEFA “A” Advanced Coaching Licence, the new FA Advanced Youth Award and a BA (Hon) Degree in Sports Management. On top of this I have had 20 years’ experience of developing young players within Professional Academies: Huddersfield Town (13 years), Bradford City (6 years), and last season Leeds United. Six players I have coached have made international appearances at youth level for their country (England, Wales, and Ireland).
This is my 21st season at Two Rivers Soccer Camp as a Senior Coach and Director of Coaching. This week: “Love challenges, Be intrigued by your mistakes, Enjoy effort and Keep on learning” - Let’s have a good one.
Senior Staff Coaches:
Hola! My name is Carlos and this is my 2nd year here at Two Rivers. I’m from Spain. I’ve been playing soccer until 30 years old, and then I started to be a coach. I have been coaching for 7 years now. I am currently a coach on Getafe U16, that is a team on la liga. I’m a teacher on a Madrid coach school. I’m UEFA Pro Coach. This year I’ve written my first book about soccer. It’s titled “¿Hablamos de futbol?” I live by the quote, “Only if you share my passion, you can understand my crazy.”
Hello, I’m Coach David McCarthy and I am returning to Two Rivers for my 23rd summer season. I am currently living in Pensacola Beach, Florida and I am a former coach of the N.C.A.A men’s soccer program at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. As a product of the renowned Liverpool F.C. youth system, with a fifteen year professional playing career spanning over five hundred games. My coaching qualifications include the U.S.S.F “A” license, the U.S.S.F. National Youth License and the National coaching license with the English Football Association. I have accumulated twenty- five years of boys Varsity High School level experience, and I am currently Director of Player Development at Bayside Dynamo F.C in Florida.
Ahoj! My name is Jozef and this is my 21st year here at Two Rivers. I am from Slovakia which is part of former Czechoslovakia. Soccer is my life. I’ve been playing, teaching, and coaching soccer all of my life. Back home in Slovakia, I work as a high school teacher and coach for a professional club, Tatrau Presov. I’m married and have two kids and two granddaughters. Two Rivers has become a part of my life, and that is why I always come back with love!
I’ve lived in the United States for 15 years, the last 13 in CA. I’m a former professional player making 175 top flight appearances before being forced to retire in my mid 20’s through injury. I have been coaching for over 20 years and have worked with players who have gone to play at the World Cup, UEFA Champions’ League, and English Premier League Player. I am a UEFA ‘A’ License Coach, former English Premier League Player and Coach “Enjoy LEarning… Love Playing!”
Hi everyone and welcome to Two Rivers!!! My name is Miki and I am 22 years old. I’m from Spring Grove Illinois. I graduated last May from Benedictine University, in Lisle, Illinois. I have a bachelor’s degree of Business Administration in Marketing with a concentration in both Sports Marketing and Digital Marketing. I played on the women’s soccer team all four years.
This is my fourth summer at Two Rivers, and I've spent the past year working full time for Two Rivers in the Bay Area. I'm so excited to spend another year working at Two Rivers!
Junior Assistant Coaches/Counselors:
Hello and welcome to Two Rivers! My name is Bernard and I am 24 years old and am originally from Paradise Ca, up near Chico. I finished my degree in Sports Management at Concordia University in Irvine last year and have been working for Two Rivers ever since! As far as soccer experience, I’ve been blessed to be able to play and coach and many levels. I played club soccer with Butte United SC, high school soccer for Paradise Adventist Academy, and a year of college soccer at Butte College. On the coaching side I’ve coached for Irvine Soccer Academy and OC Nomads Soccer Club, as well as being an assistant director for the Irvine Youth Soccer league, and assistant coach for the Paradise Adventist Academy Varsity Men’s soccer team. I can’t wait to meet both you and your kids!!
Hello, and welcome to Two Rivers! My name is Nikolaj and I’m 22 years old. I’m from the country of Denmark. I love travelling and I’ve been living in Ohio for a year, in France for 4 months and just came home after 5 months of backpacking in Asia. I also love soccer as a player, as a referee and especially as a coach.
It will be my very first year at Two Rivers Soccer Camp. I will be a soccer coach and camp counselor at the camp, and I am excited to get started on the best summer ever. I hope that you are ready for the same!
Hello, and welcome to Two Rivers! My name is Harry and I’m 21 years old from the UK, a small town in South west England. I have just completed my Final year at Exeter University studying BSc Exercise and Sport Science. Prior to my academic interests, I have competed at a high level of English Academy soccer for over 10 years as a Player, experiencing playing against various Premiere league youth Academies. This will be my 1st year working at camp and an experience I cannot wait to begin, working as a Junior coach/camp counsellor. I hope to ensure that the campers have the experience of a life time and develop both on and off the field as players and young people. I am confident that this is a summer that both you and I won’t forget!
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Hey campers! My name is Matt Pickles and I am from Barnsley in England! I am 19 years old taking part in my second year at Two Rivers Soccer Camp as both a coach and counsellor. I can’t wait to get to know you all, see some familiar faces and have another fantastic summer!
Hi there! My name is Lauren Wolcott and I am a junior coach for Two Rivers this summer (and an EMT, but hopefully you won’t need to see that side of me!). I’ve been living in South Lake Tahoe and playing for the Lake Tahoe Community College soccer team for about a year, yet before that I lived in Boulder, Colorado while obtaining my degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder- ‘sko Buffs! I am currently applying to medical school while simultaneously spending my summer coaching and having fun at my favorite camp. I attended Two Rivers several times as a kid, and once I moved back to the area, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it at least once more. I have never forgotten my experiences as a camper, and I hope you get as much out of your Two Rivers camp adventure as I did!
Hello, Hello, Hello! My name is Ben and I’m 30 years old. I will be the Organization Director for the summer of 2019. This is my fourth summer here at the camp and I am very excited to get your camper going on as many off-field activities as I possibly can. I am originally from Tustin, CA, but have been living and working in Chico, CA as a fifth-grade teacher. I hold a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSU Chico, a Master’s of Leadership Development from Chapman University, and am in the process of completing a single subject in Natural Sciences. I will be working to try and create the most enjoyable and inclusive environment to allow your child to develop and enjoy their time at Two Rivers on and off the field. The Staff and I are here to help and make sure that all campers have the best possible week(s) they can while under our care, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to ask! I am here to make sure everyone has an extraordinary summer, and if any camper is not a happy camper, then I am not a happy camper! Let us have an incredible summer!
Hello and welcome to Two rivers! My name is Sam and I'm 23 years old.
I’m from a place in England called Exeter and have recently completed my degree in Geography and Sports Science at Loughborough University.
This is my 4th year at Two Rivers, and I will be the Activity Director this summer in the amazing mountains where I can’t wait to spend the summer creating many memories with everyone.
Hi and welcome to Two Rivers! My name is Dan and I’m 21 years old. I’m from Exeter, a city in the south of England. My dream is to become a Pilot in the Royal Navy and I am currently in the process of joining! This is my second year as a member of staff at Two Rivers, last year I was a coach and a counsellor! I enjoyed it so much I had to come back! Have a great summer!
Hello, and welcome everybody to Two Rivers, my name is Jorge (you can call me George) and I´m 22 years old. I’m from Mexico City. I will attend in the fall to Fanshawe College located in London, Ontario (Canada) and make and advanced diploma in Electrical Engineer.
This is my second time coming to Two Rivers, and I have a lot of goals and achievements I want to accomplish before the end of the summer. I love coming back to Two Rivers because is my favorite place on Earth, I love making new friends from all around the world and always growing as a person. I´m pretty sure that I will have so much fun like your kids would also be.
Let the 48th summer begin!
Hello, and welcome to Two Rivers! My name is Alex & I’m 21 years old. I am from a small town in the UK, called Widnes. I have just finished my second year at Liverpool John Moores University, where I am studying Sports & Exercise Science. This is my second year as a member of staff at Two Rivers. I am hoping to make it the best summer of my life and I am also hoping to help make it the best summer of your lives too. I can’t wait to get started and I hope you feel the same too.
Hi everyone! Welcome to Two Rivers! My name is Ana and I’m 18 years old.
I’m from Mexico City and I just finished high school. I’m about to start studying film production, back home in Mexico. I found out about Two Rivers thanks to my brother who came back for his second year, and I’m massively excited for what’s to come, that I’m totally sure I’ll be back. I hope everyone feels the same about this beautiful place as I do! Let’s have the summer of our lives!
Hi, my name is India and welcome to camp! I’m 19 years old and all the way from Tasmania, Australia! I’ve never been to camp before but I’m very excited and am sure it will be amazing. I turn 19 on the 9th of June, so this is my first time celebrating my birthday in the summer. When I return to Australia, I plan on starting a psychology degree at university. I am so thrilled to be at Two Rivers and have the best summer with you!
Hola! My name is Rodrigo and I ́m 20 years old. I ́m from Monterrey, Mexico. I have just ended my second year of college at Tecnologico of Monterrey, where I am studying International Business. This will be my first year as a counselor at Two Rivers and have heard amazing things about it. I'm excited to know that we all share a passion for soccer, and I can ́t wait for Two Rivers to start and have an unforgettable summer!
Hey guys! My name is Rachel and I am 21 years old. I grew up in Los Gatos, CA and am currently attending school at Northern Arizona University. I am in the process of finishing up my senior year at Northern Arizona University with a major in Business Marketing and a minor in Nonprofit Business. Outside of school, I enjoy pursuing my passions for fitness, soccer, and outdoor recreation.
I came to Two Rivers as a camper for 10 incredible summers and will now be returning for the first time as a counselor! I love coming back each year because this place has definitely become my second home. I’m very excited to see what this summer has to bring, and I hope you are too!
Hello campers and parents! My name is Catalina Garcés and I am 23 years old, I ́m very excited for this new experience that Two Rivers is giving me as Counselor this summer. I'm from Colombia more exactly from Bogotá, I want to tell you a little bit more about me, I studied music and music production, I already graduated in 2017 from the Berklee International Network music program.
This is my first year in a summer camp, but I have many expectations about the experiences and memories that I will take back to Colombia in a few months, in advance I appreciate the opportunity and confidence deposited to be part of the 2019 Staff!
Hi there! I am Alejandro and I am a 19-year-old Mexican born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. I am a second-year college student at Tecnologico de Monterrey, hoping to become an Industrial Engineer. All my life I have been a sports enthusiast and look forward to my first time as a Two Rivers counselor. Can't wait to have a remarkable summer with a lot of learning, growing, and fun experiences.
Hello all, and welcome to 2 Rivers! My name is Max, I’m 20 years old, and I’m from San Francisco. I will be a junior at Oberlin College in Ohio next year, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Hispanic Studies and Philosophy. I play lacrosse at Oberlin, but soccer was the first sport I fell in love with. Playing sports and being outdoors are two of my favorite pastimes, so I can’t wait to spend the summer at 2 Rivers! I came to 2 Rivers with my brother and sister as a camper for four straight summers and enjoyed some of the most exciting, formative times of my life. This will be my first year as a counselor; I can’t wait to share my love for 2 Rivers and give back to this wonderful community!
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Hi and a big welcome to Two Rivers Soccer Camp! I’m Jordi and I’m 21 years old. I’m from a city called Belfast in Ireland. I’m going into my 3rd year of medical school at St Andrews University in Scotland. This is my first year at Two Rivers Camp and I can’t wait! I love hiking, volleyball and yoga. I can’t wait to meet everybody, and I hope you all have a fantastic summer at camp!
Hi! My name is Keisha Johnson. I'm from Chicago, Illinois. Also known as the Windy City” I am a traveling nurse and I received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Xavier University. I’m delighted to be a part of the Two River’s family, ensuring that the cammpers are safe, healthy and most importantly having FUN!
I am an experienced former home-schooling mom of now 8 adults, 4 grandkids, and 1 more due in July. For the past 10 years, I’ve lived and worked in Fairfax, VA and Park City, UT where I have family. I am a retired US Naval Reservist who has worked in education, administration and child care. I love to volunteer time in my local community or church and donate platelets regularly. I first came to Two Rivers Soccer Camp in 2017 as a first aid counselor. I look forward to meeting and serving your kids all summer!
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Hi! My name is Josh, and I am 22 years old. I am from Orange County, California and I just graduated in the Spring of 2019 from Concordia University Irvine where I received my Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Global Cultural Studies.
I have a passion for traveling, and this fall, I will be leading a group of students from my alma mater on a five-month study abroad trip to over ten countries across the globe!
Growing up, I loved playing soccer, going off to camp, and being in nature - thus making Two Rivers Soccer Camp the perfect trifecta for me - I can’t wait to see you at camp soon!
Hello! My name is Brenda and I´m 24 years old. I´m from Mexico, I live in Atlixco, Puebla. I´m majoring in Pharmaco-biological Chemistry at Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (BUAP) and this coming year I’m graduating from there.
It´s my second time I work for Two Rivers, and I feel so excited because I have had a great time, I love that idea because I will meet a new people. I love Two Rivers because it’s a place where we can have fun and we can also make good friends. I know I can be helpful to the staff as well as the campers.
Hello Two Rivers Soccer Camp, my name is Lorena Cañón and I’m 24 years old.
My native country is Colombia and one of my favorite things in the world is traveling and learning about different cultures, my second favorite thing to do is tasting different type of food and learn more about gastronomy. I am a creative person and therefore I decided to take advantage of that potential in the advertising career that I am currently studying. I had already the experience of working last year in a summer camp and I liked everything I had experienced. For this reason, this year I decided to come again! Thank you, Two Rivers, for the opportunity provided to continue promoting knowledge of cultures in my life.
Hello, and welcome to Two Rivers! My name is Vale and I’m 19 years old. I’m from Mexico, the country with one of the best foods in the world. I’m going into my fifth and half time of a bachelor’s degree in law at Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City. I came to Two Rivers as a member of the staff, I’d be glad to assist you in the Kitchen. I'm here make delicious meal, make new friends and have fun in the summer.
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My name is Paula and I’m 27 years old. I’m from Bogota, Colombia, the country of better coffee in the world. I graduated in Audiovisual communication and Graphic Design.
It is my third year as a member of the staff. And I have all the enthusiasm to begin and end with the great expectation of the best camp that is Two Rivers.