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Coach Chico

Coach Chico Barata

Chico Barata

Chico Barata | Staff Coach

Coaching License / Certificate:

  • United States Soccer Federation Grassroots 4v4, 7v7, 9v9
  • United Soccer Coaches 7v7 
  • CIAC Coaching Module for High School Coaches

Coaching Background: 40+ years coaching experience

Currently Coaching: U9 Legacy Boys Pride, U11 Legacy Boys Pride, U14 Legacy Boys Pride

Previous Clubs / Positions:  Immaculate High School, Danbury, CT  (Head Coach - Hall of Fame Member), AC Caldo, CT (Head Coach)

Why do I coach?: I love to work with kids and I love soccer. It is a great game and I want to help the players be the best they can.  

Chico's Favorite Team:  Benfica SLB

Coach Rachel

Coach Rachel Dunbar

Rachel Dunbar

Rachel Thomas | Staff Coach

Coaching License / Certificate

  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • US Youth Soccer 4v4 and 7v7 Grassroots License and Goal Keeping Certificate

Coaching Background: 20+ years coaching experience at preschool to through high school levels including youth, TOPS, club and high school

Currently Coaching: U10 Legacy Girls Pride

Previous Clubs / Positions: 

  • Sharon High School (Varsity Coach)
  • Canton High School (Junior Varsity Coach)
  • Eastern Mass Football Club (Coach)
  • Canton Youth Soccer (Coach)
  • Canton Soccer School (Coach)

Why do I coach?: I have enjoyed coaching since I was asked to coach a boys U10 team when I was 16 years old. Passing along the love for the game and motivating players to be better on and off the field is the drive behind my love of coaching. When I was younger I pursued coaching education to help me be better as a coach and then took a break while I started a family. Now that my children are older I have started coaching them as they have started playing and loving the game I love. I love being able to share soccer and a healthy lifestyle with my own children and all the children that I coach. I want to show them responsibility, teamwork and cooperation as life lessons and hopefully inspire them to be the best they can be!

Rachel's Favorite Team:  Internationally I have liked watching Chelsea and even was able to visit Stamford Bridge on a trip to England. More recently the kids and I have enjoyed heading to Foxboro to watch the Revolution play. It’s a great family night out. The US Women's National Team is a powerhouse and always so much fun to watch!!

Coach Peter

Coach Peter Galeno

Peter Galeno

Peter Galeno | Staff Coach

Coaching License / Certificate: USSF Grassroots Certified

Coaching Background: 4 years of experience

Currently Coaching: U10 Legacy Boys Pride, U13 Legacy Boys Pride

Previous Clubs / Positions: None

Why do I coach?: I have always said soccer is my chocolate. My love for the game is to the core, which is why I now coach, to give back the knowledge that was once given to me and hopefully that passion grows in youth players I work with!

Peter's Favorite Team:  Always been a Manchester United fan since the 90’s, that was a team to see play! Go Devils!

Coach John

Coach John Goncalves

John Goncalves

John Goncalves | Staff Coach

Coaching License / Certificate: USSF D License

Coaching Background: 30+ years coaching experience at competitive levels U8-U20

Currently Coaching: U12 Legacy Girls Power,  Victoria F.C. 

Previous Clubs / Positions: 

  • South Shore Select Soccer Club, MA  (Head Coach)
  • NEFC, MA ( Head Coach)
  • Eastern Mass FC, MA ( Head Coach)
  • Norwood Youth Soccer, MA Head Coach and  MTOC State Champions Boys 2009, Girls 2011
  • Norwood High School, MA (Assistant Coach) Boys,  2010-2012 Girls 2013-
  • Ponds of Norwood, MA  soccer clinician for 5 years

Why do I coach?: Coaching as always been part of my life ever since I stopped playing. I love teaching young players and seeing them learn to love the beautiful game as they get better at playing. For me coaching soccer is my way of giving back and honor those that thought me what it is to be part of a team!

John's Favorite Team:  Since I can remember listening to the radio and later watching on TV S.L. Benfica is and will always be my favorite team! In Portugal known as the team of the people. Nothing beats the Stadium of lights and the red wave!

Coach Wesley

Coach Wesley Matthews

Wesley Matthews

Wesley Matthews | Youth Academy Director & Staff Coach

Coaching License / Certificate: US Soccer 4v4 , 7v7 and 11v11 Grassroots License 

Coaching Background: 1 year with GPS Rhode Island and 
2 years with Legacy Soccer Club 

Currently Coaching: Legacy Juniors Academy, U9 Legacy Girls Pride and Legacy U15 Girls Pride

Previous Clubs / Positions: GPS, Head Coach

Why do I coach?: I have played soccer my whole life and have been blessed to be able to learn so many life lessons through the beautiful game. I have a big desire to teach and pass on my knowledge on the soccer field and all the lessons learnt to the youth of today. I have a passion for the game beyond the field and love every moment I get to change someone's life through this amazing game.

Wesley's Favorite Team:  Huge Liverpool FC fan. YNWA!

Coach Ryan

Coach Ryan Michelangelo

Ryan Michelangelo

Ryan Michelangelo | Staff Coach

Coaching License / Certificates

  • NSCAA Advanced Regional
  • National and State GK Diplomas
  • Several individual certification courses

Coaching Background

  • 20+ years coaching experience at competitive club levels U10-U17 (7 State Cup Championships
  • 9 years coaching at the Collegiate Level (2 NCAA Tournament Appearances, 2 ECAC Regional Tournament Appearances, 2 Conference Championships)

Currently Coaching: U15 Legacy Boys Pride

Previous Clubs / Positions: 

  • Lasell College (Assistant Men’s Coach)
  • NEFC, MA (Head Coach)
  • EMFC, MA (Head Coach)
  • Galway Rovers, MA (Head Coach)
  • South Coast Scorpions Soccer Club, MA (Assistant Coach)

Why do I coach?: I could likely write a book when I think about all the reasons I coach, at the end of the day coaching has always been about mentorship. During my soccer career I’ve always been very lucky to have amazing coaches and teammates in my life. They made it their priority to not only drive me to accomplish more than I ever thought imaginable, but most importantly they knew how to use sports to teach me valuable lessons about life. I take great pride in providing guidance and mentorship to young athletes in hopes that I can help them reach their full potential, while leading them to experience the same joys and success I was lucky enough to experience myself.

Ryan's Favorite Team:  With my crazy schedule I’ve not been able to watch much soccer over the past several years but when I was able to, Manchester United was my team of choice.

Coach Scott

Coach Scott Sullivan

Scott Sullivan

Scott Sullivan | Staff Coach

Coaching License / Certificate

  • United States Soccer Federation “D” License
  • United Soccer Coaches - Advanced National Youth Diploma
  • United Soccer Coaches - National Diploma
  • United Soccer Coaches - High School Diploma
  • United Soccer Coaches - National Goalkeeper Diploma

Coaching Background: 21+ years coaching experience

Currently Coaching: U12 Legacy Boys Pride

Previous Clubs / Positions: 

  • Boston Rams, MA (Head Coach / GK Coach - 2010 - 2016) 
  • Curry College, MA  (GK Coach / Ass't. Coach - 2007-2010)
  • Norwood High School, MA (Varsity Head Coach - 2004 - 2007) 
  • Norwood Youth Soccer, MA (Head Coach - 1998 - 2003)

Why do I coach?: Some of my first memories are kicking a soccer ball, and was lucky enough to have my dad be my first coach.  I knew the game would have a place in my life for as long as I'm standing.  There's no better feeling than coaching kids through a season and watching the progress over the year.  Helping them through the ups and downs and building a team from a group of individuals.  The game is the best teacher, my role and goal is to keep them moving in the right direction and make it fun.

Scott's Favorite Team:  Liverpool FC