Paul Byles : Head of Youth Development

Paul Byles

Head of Youth Development

Paul has been a youth coach at Academy for the past 6 years, initially coaching the U13 team and now head coach of the U15 Blue  and U17 teams. He received a COERVER youth coaching Diploma in 2012 and earned the CONCACAF 'D' coaches license in 2013. He has coached the Cayman Prep U11 PFL team for the past 5 years and was the lead coach coordinator for Cayman Prep's U9 and U11 teams for 5 years.

Paul served as an assistant U15 national team coach for the Cayman Islands in 2015. Paul has coached various Academy teams overseas over the past 6 years at the Disney International Youth Cup in Orlando and the USA Cup in Minnesota. He has also coached Academy teams in various locally hosted international tournaments since 2011. In 2018, he was recognised with a Heroes Day award for his contribution to sports.

Martin Cooke : Youth Coach, Director

Martin Cooke

Youth Coach, Director

Martin is the Coach for Academy’s Under 11 team, and serves on the board of Directors of Academy Sports Club.

Martin holds a degree in Sports Studies, with specific focus on Sports Development. He was previously the General Secretary of the British Virgin Islands Football Association, sat on the Executive Committee for the BVI FA, and more recently, was the Director of National Programs for the Cayman Islands Football Association.

Martin is the current St. Ignatius U9 coach in the CUC Primary Football League.

Claudio Garcia : Senior Men's Coach

Claudio Garcia

Senior Men's Coach

Originally from Portugal, Claudio was a professional football player in Portugal for 10 years. He uses his experience as a professional player to both motivate and challenge the ASC Men's team in their football development. Claudio also held youth coaching positions in several of Portuguese leading youth academies, as well as with Argentina’s Boca Junior International Academy.

Fabian Malcolm : Youth Coach

Fabian Malcolm

Youth Coach

Fabian has been a volunteer coach for the past 5 years coaching boys and girls teams from U11 to U18. Fabian has also played for the men’s team and holds the CONCACAF ‘D’ license.  This year Fabian is working with the U11, U13, U15 and U18 Girls.

Ben Pugh : Youth Coach

Ben Pugh

Youth Coach

Ben is Academy’s first full time professional coach. He coaches Academy’s U13, U15 White and U13 Girls teams, as well as oversees all technical aspects of the club’s youth football curriculum and provides ongoing training to Academy’s youth coaches.

Ben is formerly a lead Youth Development Phase Coach at Ipswich Town FC and he has over 12 years in youth football coaching. He has both UEFA A and B Coaching Licenses as well as completing his FA Advanced Youth Award and has served as a coach within a professional football environment for the past 8 years.

He also has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Suffolk.

Virgil Seymour : Technical Director

Virgil Seymour

Technical Director

Coach Virgil is Academy's longest serving youth coach and has been head of its youth program since 2008. He has experience coaching all age groups at Academy and is the club's technical director.Virgil has coached Academy teams on many international tournaments including the Dallas Cup, Disney Youth Cup and USA Cup in Minnesota over the past 9 years.

He was the Head Coach of the Cayman Islands U15 team in 2015 and is a former Cayman Islands national team and club player. He has also played competitively in Canada where he also coached a school team. In 2018 he was recognised with a Heroes Day award for his contribution to sports.

Bruce Sigsworth : Youth Coach

Bruce Sigsworth

Youth Coach

Bruce has been a youth coach for the past 13 years, coaching school teams and Academy teams from U9 to U-15 age groups. He is a Level 2 FA Licensed Coach, holder of the COERVER youth coaching Diploma and a CONCACAF ‘D’ license. He currently coaches the U-17 National Cayman Islands Boys Team as well.

In 2018 he was recognised with a Heroes Day award for his contribution to sports.