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PFC Coaching Staff


Birth Year
Boys
Girls
2008

2007

2006Jim Van Kirk / Sean Richter 
Kelly Mehalko / Mary Lou Mathies
2005Martin Khembo/Rob DilucaOlivia Wilkerson
2004Tom Strang
Betsy Warren / Sarah Ellis
2003Ryan Gaudy
Dave Sinclair / Jessica Sinclair
2002
Kris Schemm
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Rob Diluca
Kelly Mehalko / Michelle Maloney
2001Sean Richter
Ron Lupori
2000Mick Sullinger/Jim Vankirk
Ron Lupori
1999Jim Van Kirk / Rob Diluca
Kelly Mehalko / Emily Linner
 





 

Get to Know the Coaching Staff

 

  Kelly Mehalko - Interim Director of Coaching 
 Coach Kelly has been coaching in the Pittsburgh area for 32 years. Along with her coaching responsibilities at PFC, she is currently a head coach with Steel City F.C., which is a Semi-Professional Women's soccer team in Pittsburgh associated with the WPSL  She is on the state staff for the PA West Olympic Development Program and is a USYS Region 1 Olympic Development Staff Coach.

Her background includes working with female soccer athletes ages 3- 25 from recreation up through the Division 1 college level. Mehalko has coached various club teams to becoming a State Finalist or Champion.

Coach Kelly played college soccer at Mercyhurst University and was a member of the PA West Olympic Development team.  She holds a USSF National License and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Positive Coaching Alliance.  She earned a bachelors degree in Human Ecology from Mercyhurst University in 1990.


 Allen Duda - Director of Elite Development Academy
 Coach Duda has a vast array of experience in developing youth players in the Pittsburgh area at every level, including his current role as the men’s and women’s assistant soccer coach at Carlow University. He is also involved in local futsal training and skill development with Next Level. He is a nationally licensed coach who holds a B.S. in Physical Education and Sports Management from Slippery Rock University.

Coach Duda believes that positive reinforcement helps to foster a player’s confidence and encourage their play. He wants to create better decision makers and establish a sense of personal responsibility with the players. Most importantly, Coach Duda wants the players to respect themselves, their team, coaches, opponents, and the game itself. This will establish an appreciation and passion for the game of soccer, which Allen believes will ensure every player’s strengths to develop and emerge.

“Give all players a chance, be patient, nurture each player, they will all flourish at different times so be persistent. Some rise quickly, some rise slowly but all will rise at some time.“ Allen Duda


 Rob Diluca
 Coach Rob has been a youth coach for over 15 years and coaching soccer with PFC for the last five. Coach Rob and his wife Annie live in Scott Township and their two children Devin & Jake. They both play soccer in middle school, high school, Chartiers Valley Soccer Association & PFC. Coach Rob is currently the President of Chartiers Valley Soccer Association where he has been involved in many positions since 2004.

Coach Rob holds many coaching accreditations including NSCAA certificates that include diploma in Attacking principles of Play & Defending principles of play. Coach Rob also holds a USSF 'E' license, Youth modules 6-8 & 8-10 and due to the constantly changing world of soccer and evolution of today’s players, Coach Rob is a member of National Soccer Coaches Association of America where he has attended week-long NSCAA coaching conferences to continue to learn from professionals such as Tony DiCicco and Anson Dorrance.


 Ryan Gaudy
 In his day job, Coach Ryan is an Electrical Engineer. Coach Ryan had very successful soccer career playing for STM Soccer Club (2001-2007), Peters Township High School (2003-2007) and at Waynesburg University (2007-2009). Some of his achievements include Waynesburg University - Team captain 2008 – 2009; All conference selection – 2007, 2009; All-tournament team, JCU tournament – 2009; Peters Township HS - Senior captain; #1 ranking in WPIAL; Two time WPIAL 2nd place; Two time State quarterfinalist; 2007 WPIAL player to watch; STM Soccer Club - PAWest State Cup 2nd place (U18); 2007 Nike Cup College Showcase Premier (top) Champions(U18); 2006 PAWest State Cup 3rd place (U17); 2002 PAWest State Cup Champion (U13)

Coach Ryan started coaching in 2013 and currently holds a USSF 'E' License and a NSCAA Level 1 Diploma: Stage 4.


 
  
 
  
 Jim Van Kirk
 Coach Van Kirk, who has nearly 20 years of coaching experience, began his coaching career in 1997 at his alma mater, South Allegheny High School, coaching the girls program. In 2000, he was hired at Keystone Oaks High School as an assistant for the boys team and was later the head coach at West Mifflin Area High School for the boys soccer team for three seasons. Coach Van Kirk is also the Penn State Beaver Men’s Head Coach and Director of the PFC Junior Academy.  Prior to joining PFC, Coach Van Kirk was with 3 Rivers Soccer Club.

Coach Van Kirk is a member of National Soccer Coaches Association of America and currently holds a National level license with the NSCAA.

 Ron Lupori
 Coach Ron has been involved in professional coaching for 28+ years. This includes 20 years of CUP experience coaching both boys and girls with 11 of those years here at PFC. Coach Ron also has a total of 14 years of High school coaching experience also with both boys and girls programs throughout this period of time. Additionally, Coach Ron has coached 5 years and 4 seasons at Waynesburg University as the Men’s Assistant Coach. Finally, Coach Ron has been involved throughout with various camps and clinics in the area.

Coach Ron has vast playing experience. He has played 4 years at California University of Pennsylvania. He played 21 years in the GPSL with the Dunlevy Redbirds Men’s Team as well as 10 seasons in the premier division with the Mon Valley over 30 team. Currently Coach Ron is rostered with the Mon Valley over 40 team.

Coach Ron has a current C license with the USSF and an Advance National Diploma with the NSCAA. Moreover, he has been named to the Charleroi High School Hall of Fame and the Charleroi High School All Half Century Team. Coach Ron earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. His doctoral research was focused on character development of the student athletes.
  
 Sean Richter
  
 Kris Schemm
 Coach Kris has been coaching since 2005 when he started coaching the u8 Girls. He is the Harrison Middle School Boys Coach and has been President of BWSA since 2009. He has previously Coached Middle School Girls Soccer.

Coach Kris currently holds an E Certificate, NSCAA High School Cert, NSCAA Level 1 Goalkeeping, ACA Coaching Certification, NSCAA Special Topics: Key Moments in the Game, Cardiac Wise 2.0, SSI Concussion Safety Certification, NSCAA Attacking Principles of Play, NSCAA ST: The Mental Game.


 David Sinclair
 Coach Dave has been a youth coach for 20 plus years and a youth soccer coach for over 18 years. His soccer education began in the PFC junior's program learning with our Director of Coaching. That experience led Coach Dave to form the 97/98 PFC Girls at U11 and he coached them until U18 and helped 9 of them play in college. Coach Dave has also been an assistant on the 02 PFC boys and is currently the 03 PFC Girls head coach. His day job is as a Senior Technical Specialist for GAI Consultants in their Energy and Transportation Permitting Department.

Coach Dave is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and holds a National Youth License, State E License, NSCAA Level VI course, Goalkeeping Level II, Mental/Physical Player Development Diploma, CDC, "Heads Up" Concussion Certificate and Nation Federation of High School/NSCAA Professional Development Certificate. In an effort to "always keep learning" the game of soccer, he has also attended nine NSCAA Coaching Conventions.


 Jessica Sinclair
 Coach Jessica has been playing soccer since she was 6 years old, which included playing for the Chartiers Valley travel (8yrs), middle school (2yrs), and high school (4yrs) teams. She also played for Pittsburgh Football Club (5yrs), and collegiately at Wittenberg University (4yrs). The experiences of playing for a multitude of coaches has helped Jessica become very knowledgeable soccer coach.  

Coach Jessica holds an USA F License and The U.S. Soccer Federation; Concussion in Sports and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Certifications. She also recently received her B.A. in Psychology from Wittenberg University, with minors in both Art and Health Science;


 Walter Sullinger
 Coach Walter “Mick”  Sullinger has coached for PFC for over 4 years, but has over 15 years of coaching experience. He is currently the head coach of the PFC 2000 Boys team. Coach Mick holds a youth coaching license. Coach Mick the Head coach of Penn State University of the Greater Allegheny Men’s team for the 2016 season.


 Betsy Warren
 Coach Warren is entering her fifth season as the Head Soccer Coach and Student Athlete Advisory Committee Advisor at Chatham University.  Coach Warren’s background includes 14 years of experience coaching and administering programs and clubs at the youth, college and semi-professional level.

Coach Warren’s college coaching resume includes stints at three other institutions, most recently serving as the Head Coach at Pitt-Greensburg from 2011-2012.  Prior to Pitt-Greensburg, Warren spent two years (2007-2009) as the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach, Assistant Track & Field Coach and SAAC Advisor at Carnegie Mellon University. While at CMU, the Tartans advanced to the ECAC tournament and garnered some impressive individual player accolades including one All American, two All Region Players, and one Rookie of the Year.   Warren started her college coaching career as the Assistant Men’s & Women’s Soccer Coach at Ashland University (2004-2007).  During her time with the Eagles, the women’s soccer program was ranked as high as 7th in the nation, won a GLIAC Conference Championship, made an Elite Eight NCAA Tournament appearance and accumulated a 38-15-4 record. Warren was part of a coaching staff at Ashland that produced 2 All-Americans, 2004 GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year, 2004 GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year and 5 First team All-GLIAC Players. 
 
In addition to her experience in the college ranks, Warren is one of the founding committee members and Co-Head Coach for Pittsburgh’s Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team, Steel City FC. On the youth soccer side, Warren is on the state staff for the PA West Olympic Development Program and remains involved with local community youth soccer programs in order to continue to help grow the women’s game in the greater Pittsburgh area. Warren holds both an NSCAA National Diploma and National “C” License and has been a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America since 2005.   

As a student-athlete, the Northern Virginia native was a standout soccer player at Division I Radford University in Radford, VA. Named team captain her senior season, Warren helped her squad to an overall record of 46-28-6, which included both Big South regular season and conference tournament titles as well as an NCAA Division I tournament appearance.


 Olivia Wilkerson
 

Coach Olivia has been coaching since 2015 when she started with the California Middle School team. She joined the coaching staff of PFC in Fall 2015, with the PFC 2004/2005 Girls team. She played cup soccer for Foothills Soccer Club from 1999-2003 and finished with STM in her 2003-2004 season. Coach Olivia played collegiate soccer for Westminster College from 2004-2007.

Coach Olivia holds the US Soccer National "F" License, NSCAA - GoalKeeper Level I & II Diploma & the Heads UP! Concussion in Youth Sports Certification.


 Justin Womer
 Coach Justin has played soccer for over twenty years at numerous levels including the club collegiate level at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a coach in the PA West Classic Division for five years and a PFC coach for the past two years.

Coach Justin holds a USSF National D License, USFF Futsal State Level One License, NSCAA Level 2 Goalkeeping Diploma,
NSCAA Level One Diploma. He is a current student at Robert Morris University working towards B.S. in Organizational Leadership.
  


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