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Meet Our Coaches

Who We Are

Jim Buchanan

Founder & Director of Coaching

Our founder & Director of Coaching at Maestro Soccer turned out for English team Doncaster Rovers as a youth player. He would later represent Loughborough University in England whilst completing his studies.


  • Immaculata high school Boys Varsity Head Coach

  • Director of Coaching at Lehigh Valley Magic

  • Current Director of Coaching at Legacy Premier

  • Current Rutgers Preparatory School Girls Varsity Head Coach

Andrew Tarantino

General Manager

Andrew has competed at both high school and collegiate levels in soccer. He also received high accolades as a two year New Jersey high school all state athlete.​




  • TSF Academy coach

  • Centercourt FC Coach

  • Director of Soccer - The Fields Complex


Dave Byrne

Head Trainer

Dave began his playing career as a junior with East Meath United in his native Ireland playing through to seniors. Dave was also selected for league representation over three seasons whilst at Meath United.


  • FA Kickstart 1 & 2

  • UEFA B

  • United Soccer Coaches Advanced National

  • United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma

  • United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching Diploma 

Dave Purcell

Head Trainer

Dave has a wealth of playing experience from local youth teams in his hometown of Liverpool, to high school and collegiate level. Dave also represented Tranmere Rovers FC as a youth academy prospect and played semi-professionally for Airbus UK FC in the Welsh Premier League.


  • 20+ years coaching experience across the UK and US.

  • Tranmere Rovers FC (Academy & Community)

  • United Soccer Academy


Russell Burke

Coaching Programs Director

Russell played at youth team levels in England as well as representing Bolton Wanderers Academy in England. He also played at high school as well as competing at Collegiate level whilst completing his studies at The University of Chester.


  • UEFA B​

  • Stoke City FC (Community)

  • Port Vale FC (U18 Performance Analysis)

  • United Soccer Academy (Regional Director)

Tommy Owens

Head Trainer

Tommy started his fascination with soccer whilst playing for Moston Juniors in England. Winning Manchester County Cup at U13 and again with Manchester Youth at U18. He furthered his playing experience at the collegiate level whilst completing his studies.


  • FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

  • FA Futsal Level 2

  • US Soccer D License

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Guido Niehof

Head Trainer

Guido brings a solid foundation of understanding in soccer from his playing experiences in his native Netherlands. He played in the Dutch league, one below the professional league, competing against several professional clubs in many different stadiums.


  • UEFA B

  • Two season in Holland with SCE Nijmegen

  • 6 Months in South Africa with Ajax Cape Town

  • Over 5 years coaching experience in NJ & NY


Head Trainer

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Interested in joining the Maestro coaching staff?

Contact us here and a member of our recruitment team will be in touch.

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