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Lorin Spasovici, Technical Director

USSF National A License

  • Former professional player in US and Romania.
  • Director of Coaching, U8-U10 boys & girls, Michigan Rush Northville Soccer Club, 2011
  • Director of Coaching, Huron Valley Soccer Club, 2005 - 2011
  • Coach, Michigan Rush Soccer Club, 2011
  • Evaluator and Trainer, Michigan ODP Program, 2010
  • Coach/Trainer, Huron Valley Soccer Club, 2003-2011
  • Coach/Trainer, Waza FC, 2001 - 2003
  • Trainer, Detroit Rockers Summer Camps, 2001 - 2011
  • Soccer referee - outdoor, indoor - all levels
  • Coaching diploma: FCBESCOLA, the Barcelona FC official football school, 2012
  • United States Soccer Federation National Youth License, 2007
  • United States Soccer Federation National “A” License, 2014
  • United States Soccer Federation- Referee License - Grade 8, 2005-Present
Lorin Spasovici

Lorin Spasovici

Technical Director & Head Coach

Marlon McKenzie, Neighborhood Academy Director

USSF National C License

Marlon began coaching in his teens at Sporting Central Soccer Academy in Kingston, Jamaica. He has also coached in IYSA’s Inner City program and in various paid programs and free clinics on Chicago’s South Side.  Coach Marlon also works as a counselor for special-needs children at the Orthogenic School, on the University of Chicago campus.

  • College and semi-pro player, Jamaica.
  • Short-listed for the Jamaica U21 National team, January 2001
  • United States Soccer Federation National Youth License, 2014
  • United States Soccer Federation National “C” License, 2015
  • Illinois ODP Youth Assistant


Marlon  McKenzie

Marlon McKenzie

Neighborhood Academy Director, Interim Marketing Coordinator, Head Coach

Coaching Staff in the News

Coach Marlon McKenzie Receives USSF National "C" License.

12/24/2016, 1:00pm CST
By SSF President

Congratulations! Coach Marlon Awarded USSF National "C" License.

The National "C" License course addresses the challenges of working with 15-18 year-old players and represents a substantial and significant commitment to the profession of coaching. Candidates think about, discuss, and recognize the recurring concepts or themes that exist in soccer; identify the roles and responsibilities of players; and assess how the principles of play impact the coaching process. A primary emphasis in the National ‘C’ License course is the close relationship between technique and tactics. During the course, coaches practice organizing, developing and implementing appropriate training sessions to correct and reinforce the demands of the game. The “C” License requires seven days of onsite instruction, 6-8 weeks of assignments, and three days of onsite assessment.

Congratulations Coach Lorin - Awarded USSF National "A" License

The National "A" License course is designed to introduce concepts that are targeted toward coaching older players (older junior level and senior level players). The National "A" License focuses on recognizing the principles of the game and its technical applications in 11v11 game format and how these principles influence positional, group and team organization. The course also examines player, team and game management issues as they relate to the senior level player. Key Elements of the National "A" License Course: •Candidates are encouraged to understand the "Four Pillars of the Game" (Technical, Tactical, Psychological & Physical) and to devise plans for and effectively improve those areas with their team •Candidates are encouraged to explore the variety of methodologies open to them and to solve coaching problems in the 11v11 game format. This varies in task from team management, game management, and practice management issues. •Much attention is given to breaking down the principles of play and the various systems by watching games played (video analysis) and playing in the games themselves.

Coach Marlon McKenzie Receives National Youth License!

09/01/2014, 8:30pm CDT

Congratulations Coach Marlon - Awarded National Youth License

The National Youth License focuses upon the nature of children and the adjustments adults must make to coach them. The course curriculum covers the ages of 4-12 year olds. Each day of the course, the focus is upon one of the traditional soccer age groups of U-6, U-8, U-10 or U-12. The course combines both classroom (theory) and field (practical) sessions and concludes with written, oral and practical examinations. The National Youth License course is six days in length, sometimes being held over two weekends rather than six days in a row. It is ideal for anyone hoping to become a better and more effective coach.