NCE Soccer – Meet The Team

NCE Soccer: Excellence Is Standard

NCE Soccer provides elite soccer coaching – and that can only be delivered by a world-class team.

That means top class coaching, it means access to the ultimate soccer resources, it means maintaining excellence as standard.

Led by former Manchester United and England player John Curtis, we are determined to set new standards, to lead by example.

We are committed to constantly improving, we never stop learning, we never stop trying.

We are committed to providing each and every player with the tools you need to maximize your potential.

Senior Management

John Curtis, Technical Director & Founder

John is the Founder and Technical Director of NCE Soccer.

John graduated from the prestigious Manchester United Academy, helping the club win the FA Youth Cup in 1995 and winning the young player of the year award in 1997. Making his Manchester United debut in the 1997/98 campaign, John was purchased by Blackburn Rovers in 2000 for $2,000,000 and went on to play for Leicester City and Portsmouth in the English Premier League. During his 15-year professional career, John played in every tier of English professional soccer, representing clubs like Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Barnsley, Preston, and Northampton Town. In addition to his exploits at club level, John captaining his country, England, at U15 to U20 levels and is the most capped England School Boy of all time.

John began coaching towards the end of his playing career, working at league clubs in England, Australia, and Italy. He holds the esteemed UEFA A License and the USSF A Youth License. John is also a US Soccer Coach Educator and delivers coaching licenses across the North East.

John is responsible for overseeing the entire NCE program and uses his extensive experience in professional youth development to help fulfill our mission.

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Nick Dunbar, Chief Operating Officer

Nick Dunbar is NCE Soccer’s Chief Operating Officer.

He was Vice President of Sales and Business Development for XL Sports Tours and also works with the nationally renowned Club Champions League, as their Technical Advisor for Club Champions League New England.

Nick graduated from Northumbria University with a Bachelor of Arts (HONS) in Sports Studies with a concentration in Sport Sociology and added a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Physical Education at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is also a qualified teacher for up to High School age students.

Nick’s experience extends beyond the soccer field and into the boardroom having held multiple executive roles including Academy Director and Director of Human Capital for Global Premier Soccer (Waltham, MA) one of the largest club programs in the USA, Senior Management Advisor at the renowned Seacoast United Soccer Club (Hampton, NH) and President of Major League Soccer Camps (Groton, CT).  As President of MLS Camps Dunbar led the largest provider of sports education across the USA and was responsible for corporate growth.

He is a respected thought leader in youth soccer matters and has spoken regularly at regional, national, and international conferences and forums on topics ranging from coaching, coach and player development, and curriculum design and rollout.  He holds his FA Coaching Certificate, a USSF “A” coaching license, and a United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, and also the Master Coach and Soccer Leader Diploma.

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James Fletcher, Marketing & PR

James Fletcher is a former national newspaper journalist with more than 20 years experience.

He began his career as a news journalist with local newspapers, before moving to The Mirror in London aged just 21. Notable news events included the death of Princess Diana, the Gulf War, General Elections, crime, news and politics.

In 1999 he moved to Manchester to become The Mirror’s Chief Northern Football Writer, before moving to the News Of The World. Responsibilities included covering Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool nd clubs in the North West of England as well as the England national team, working closely with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney, Sam Allardyce, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Steven Gerard.

In 2007 he established Onside PR, a PR agency based South of Manchester in the UK, and has gone onto work with numerous clients including the Professional Footballers Associate, SMEs, individual sports personalities, and high net worth individuals.

James provides NCE Soccer with marketing and PR support, as well as producing content for the NCE Soccer websites and social media channels.

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Regional Directors

Scott Middlemass, North Atlantic Regional Director

Scott Middlemass is NCE Soccer North Atlantic Director.

Scott was raised in England in a soccer family and followed his father into the professional game. Scott’s professional career lasted over 14 years, taking him to 4 countries (England, China, Norway, and the U.S.) and 3 continents.

Scott arrived in South Jersey in 2001 after he retired from playing and became the Technical Director for a local South Jersey Club where he worked for 13 years.

He went on to build a club-neutral Talent ID structure for a league with teams and players from DE, PA, and South Jersey, and, at its height, this program had four separate training centers in which there were local, district, and regional level training groups.

Many of the players that attended the training centers had the opportunity to travel to Brazil, Argentina, Belgium, Portugal, Spain and/or England to compete against teams such as Manchester City, Vasco de Gama, Argentina Juniors, Celtic, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona.

Scott currently resides in South Jersey and is responsible for delivering NCE programming within NJ, DE and PA.

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Kristen Sample, Goalkeeping Director

Kristen Sample is NCE Soccer Goalkeeping Director.

She joined the NCE Soccer team in the summer of 2021 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our goalkeeping department.

Kristen is a UEFA A qualified coach and has played and coached at the highest levels at clubs around the world.

She has played in five different countries across three different continents and has coached ECNL, Development Academy (boys and girls) and senior level women.

Kristen was most recently Assistant Manager and Goalkeeping coach to Boavista Futebol Club in Porto, Portugal, but is delighted to be back home, coaching in an area close to where she grew up and spent her childhood.

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Coaching Team

Tiffany Lucas, Coach

Tiffany Lucas is a former double  NJ State Cup winner.

The tough tackling defender was crowned South Jersey Defender of the Year at High School an d was All-American nominee, four-year  varsity player

Tiffany started playing club ball with Mt. Laurel United, played W League at the age of 15 & 16 with the South Jersey Banshees, and the Medford Strikers. She also enjoyed four years at Shawnee High School and starring as senior-year captain.

Tiffany’s coaching career began under former coach James Galanis, working with the Medford Strikers/Universal Soccer Academy for four years before enjoying seven years with Mt. Laurel United earning her SSF F, E, & National D Licenses along the way.

She has coached for the past two years coaching independently working with SLM Soccer and now NCE Soccer.

Watching the USWNT win the 2015 World Cup on tv with my U13 girls team. The last time the USWNT had won a World Cup was in 1999 and I was the same age those girls. It was a really special soccer moment to share with them.

Away from football, Tiffany lives in Moorestown, NJ and helps people to buy houses during the day.

Evan Brandsdorfer, Coach

Evan Brandsdorfer is a former semi-professional soccer player from Scotland.

He moved to the States and went onto player Division 1 soccer at Temple University following an all-state career at East Brunswick (NJ) High School.

Evan was a member of the US Academy program and played for MatchFit Academy.

As a coach, aside from his work with NCE Soccer, Evan is the head coach at Sarah Lawrence College and was formerly a top assistant at Division 1 Saint Peter’s University for five years, having previously served as an assistant at Division 1 NJIT and Division 3 Drew University.

John Paul Hughes

John Paul Hughes is a detail oriented and experienced soccer coach with a passion for developing younger players.

He has a proven track record of inspiring and developing young players and helping them to take the next steps into College and then the Professional game.

JP has coached boys and girls in the Long Island area for the past 16 years helping hundreds of young players to maximize their potential.

His qualifications include USSF E and D as well as holding NSCAA National Licence and Advanced National Licence and a hugely successful track record with High Schools and Junior Varsity teams in London Island as well as boys and girls teams and is proud to have worked with Special Needs soccer players since 2006.

Ben Scott

For an egg-chasing fan who loves the sound of leather on willow, Ben Scott sure makes a fine soccer coach.

NCE Soccer’s very own Yorkshire ex-cricket star may have been in the United States since 2005, but his love for sport remains as English as tea.

Ben is a vastly experienced soccer coach, he has coached in the New York area for the last six years and has his UEFA B License, USSF C License, USYS National Youth License, USC Director of Coaching Diploma, and TOPS Soccer Qualification.

Ben has been part of the NCE Soccer coaching team for the past six years, as well as enjoying coaching with UK Elite Soccer, NOGA Soccer, and LMFC Boys in a Director of Coaching role.

Over the past 15 years he has coached thousands of young players and, even though he is totally committed to soccer, still has a passion for Yorkshire cricket and Leeds Rhinos Rugby League, or egg-chasing as some would say! As a schoolboy, he was selected for Yorkshire Schools Crickets Teams.

Ben lives in Ossining, New York, with his wife Amanda and two boys, Luca and Euan.

Goalkeeping Team

Lee Broster, Senior Goalkeeping Coach

Lee Broster leads NCE Soccer’s Goalkeeping program across all regions.

He was formerly goalkeeping and lead foundation coach at Notts County, the oldest professional football club in the world, responsible for implementing the goalkeeping syllabus for youth players aged 9-to-18-years.

Lee delivered comprehensive coaching for goalkeepers in the Senior First and Reserve teams as well as the supervision of coaching staff, ensuring safeguarding policies were followed across the Academy. This included organized assessment evenings to advise and discuss young player development with parents and guardians.

He worked alongside first team manager Martin Allen and three of his young graduates went on to win professional contracts with Notts County before moving to the US in 2015 to coach with PDP before joining forces with John Curtis and the NCE Soccer team.

Lee has grown the goalkeeping Centre of Excellence program from a handful of young keepers to a roster full of talent coaching more than 400 youngsters in the past three years. Lee is well qualified and has successfully achieved UEFA B License Level 3 in both Outfield and Goalkeeping, UEFA level 2, and Youth Module 1 & 2 qualifications.

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Nick Pilny

Nick Pilny played in goal for the highly ranked Washington United and Real Jersey FC soccer clubs throughout High School.

He went on to play four years as Varsity Keeper at St. Augustine Prep from 2014-2018 (continuously ranked as a top team in SJ and the state) and is the current Elizabethtown College goalkeeper in Division Three.

Nick traveled to Spain and Canada with Washington United and SALA, respectively and was a former NJ State Cup Champion with Washington United 2018; NJ President’s Cup State Champion with Real FC 2016; South Jersey Sports Digest Team of the Season 2017; Press of Atlantic City Boys’ Soccer MVP 2018; Cape Atlantic League 1st Team Honorable Mention 2018.

Adam Janowski, Goalkeeping Coach

Adam Janowski is a former Polish Youth international goalkeeper.

He coaches NCE Soccer Students in the New York Metro area and is committed to developing top class shot-stoppers.

Adam combines his role with NCE alongside that of goalkeeping coach with Hofstra University and as FC Barçelona Academy Pro NY GK Director.

As a player, Adam represented Region 1 ODP and played for Longwood High School, representing the Poland Youth National Team at the age of 13 and 14.

His collegiate career was at Hofstra where he played and coached at the D1 University out of New York, being crowned CAA Finalist three years as a GK, Adelphi University Conference Champions, and NCAA Elite 8 as a Coach.