Virgil Seymour : Technical Director

Virgil Seymour

Technical Director

Coach Virgil is Academy's longest serving youth coach and has been instrumental in developing the club's football program since 2008. Virgil earned his CONCACAF 'D' License in 2012 and is currently Academy's Technical Director and coach for the U11 Boys team. He has experience coaching all age groups at Academy has coached Academy teams on many international tournaments including the Dallas Cup, Disney Youth Cup and USA Cup in Minnesota over the past 10 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.

Paul Byles : Head of Youth Development

Paul Byles

Head of Youth Development

Paul has been a youth coach at Academy for the past 7 years, initially coaching the U13 team and now head coach of the U15 and U17 boys teams. He is Head of Youth Development at the club, overseeing its youth football program. He received a COERVER youth coaching Diploma in 2012 and earned the CONCACAF 'D' coaches license in 2013. He coached the Cayman Prep U11 PFL team for 6 years and was the lead coach coordinator for Cayman Prep's U9 and U11 during that period. He has also been coaching Cayman Prep's U13/14 Boys team in the Dart high school league for the past 2 years.

Paul served as an assistant U15 National Team coach for the Cayman Islands in 2015 and is currently an assistant Coach and Team Manager for the U20 Men's National Team. Paul has coached various Academy teams overseas over the past 7 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.

Ben Pugh : Youth Coach

Ben Pugh

Youth Coach

Ben is Academy’s first full time professional coach. He coaches Academy’s U13 Boys, U15/U18 Girls and U21 Mens 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 has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Suffolk.

Ben is the current Head Coach of the Cayman Islands Men's National Team.

Martin Cooke : Youth Coach, Director

Martin Cooke

Youth Coach, Director

Martin Coaches Academy’s Under 13 Stingrays 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 also a current St. Ignatius coach in the CUC Primary Football League.

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.

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 previously coached the U-17 National Cayman Islands Boys Team and is currently an assistant coach for the Cayman Islands Men's National Team.

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

 

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