‘The Academy’ Names Four New Coaches To Slate For 2017/18

Floyd Franks in the colors of Chicago Fire during his MLS stint there

Antonio ‘Tony’ Marriel from Brazil

‘The Academy’ is pleased to announce that Floyd Franks will be exclusively working with us from our Birmingham, Alabama satellite for 2017/18. The former MLS player was actually born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi before moving to Birmingham at a young age. Floyd worked with us some in the spring of 2017 before agreeing to join us exclusively for the upcoming year. We are delighted to have captured him.

Tony Marriel is a goalkeeper coach and youth coach from Brazil who has been in this country for more than 20 years. Tony was Nigel Boulton’sgoalkeeper coach when they were together in New England with the pro USL Worcester Wildfire, then the farm team for the New England Revolution. Tony later moved on to Florida where he has been for the last few years before accepting an offer to ‘Join our Journey’ here at the Oakes. We are very fortunate to have hired such an experienced and quality coach.

Brittany Taylor joins us as assistant to Jade Reynolds and goalkeeper coach for the PDC girl’s program at The Oakes. Brittany is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and played her college soccer at USM for the Golden Eagles. We are pleased to capture her and add her to our staff.

As part of a desire by Southern States Soccer to give coaching opportunities and mentoring to young coaches as well as always looking to hire top quality, experienced coaches, we are pleased to have Romar Smith working with us as an intern/assistant coach. Romar played for coach Carl Reynolds at PRCC and comes from Gulfport, Mississippi though originally born in Jamaica.

Brittany Taylor in action

Romar Smith played for Carl Reynolds at PRCC