Coaches

President and Executive Director:  Arthur Dimitrakopoulos

  • New England Revolution Youth Teams- Former U16 & U18 coach
  • USSF "A" License
  • USSF Region I - Staff Coach
  • Mass ODP - Current BU12 Head Coach; Former Head Coach; BU13 & BU15
  • Mass Youth Soccer - Former Development Coach; Player Development Liaison
  • Former High School Boys Varsity Coach
  • Assumption College- Freshmen starter and 2 year captain
  • Former player in the LASA League
  • Mass Youth Soccer- Instructional Staff

Arthur@Benficausa.org


Director of Coaching: Mario Prata

 
  • BU14 Team- Assistant Coach
  • New England Revolution - Former Director of the Youth teams, and head coach for the U16 & U18s
  • Mass Youth Soccer - Former Development Coach
  • Mass ODP Boys - Former Head Coach
  • USSF Region 1 - Former Head Coach
  • Former Professional Player - S.L. Benfica of Portugal
  • USSF "A" License

Mario@BenficaUSA.org


Technical Director - North : Alvaro Amaral

 
  • USSF "B" Coaching License
  • Former New England Revolution Youth team Conditioning Coach
  • ODP MA coach - since 2006
  • Health and Physical Education Teacher - Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
  • Holden Youth Soccer - Former Director of Coaching
  • Mass Youth Soccer - Instructional staff - since 2002
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal trainer, Performance Enhancement specialist

nunoamaral77@hotmail.com


Boys Co-Director : Humberto Calle

 
  • USSF "C" Coaching License
  • Assistant Coach Mass ODP
  • Dutch Youth License
  • Former player in the LASA League
  • Co-Founder of Greater Lowell Soccer Club

hcalle83@comcast.net


Boys Co-Director : Norris Gibson

 
  • Club Coach for over 15 years
  • Assistant Coach Wheaton College
  • Head Coach Lynn Classical Varsity Boys
  • Assistant Coach Bishop Fenwick Varsity Girls

ngib@comcast.net


Girls Director : Dr Dina Gentile

  • Professor of Sport Management at Endicott College
  • Former College coach at Division II and III colleges
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • Director of Coaching Diploma.
  • Player Development Officer at Beverly Youth Soccer
  • Organiser of Soccer Camps for 20 years on the North Shore
  • Published author in Camp and coaching business

Head Goalkeeper Coach : Dusan Obsajsnik

 
  • Former New England Revolution Youth team Coach
  • Holy Cross Mens GK Coach
  • Former Boston University GK coach - 7 years
  • Former Boston College GK coach - 13 years
  • Former ODP Region 1 coach - 6 years
  • ODP MA - 4 years
  • Former Professional player - VSS Kosice - Czechoslovakia Premier League - 9 years

DusanObsajsnik@aol.com


Tom Curley

 
  • USSF "C" Coaching License
  • Benfica USA coach since 2007
  • Coach in Middlesex Youth Soccer League
  • Assistant Coach in District Select Program

coachtc18@yahoo.com


Fraser Murphy

 
  • USSF Youth Coaching License
  • USSF "C" Coaching License
  • NSCAA National Youth Diploma
  • Tyngsboro Youth Soccer travel program director - 2004-present

Dimitri Markonidis

 
  • 6 years pro soccer player in Greece
  • 2 Years National player (U15-U16)
  • Benfica USA coach since 2007
  • Hudson HS Varsity coach
  • E coaching license

Ryan Keefe

 
  • Player UMASS Lowell 2002-2005
  • Asst. Coach UMASS Lowell 2006
  • Asst. Coach Chelmsford High 2007-2009
  • Head Coach Dracut High School 2010- Present

Mario Bettencourt

  • USSF National "D" License
  • NSCAA State Diploma
  • Benfica USA coach since 2008
  • Peabody Youth Soccer coach 2005-2011

Nick Vitorino

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  • USSF National "C" License
  • Benfica USA Coach since 2007
  • Played for Lowell Lusitanos
  • Played for Central Catholic High School

Kendrick Whittle

  • Girls varsity coach in Salem, NH.  
  • He has played in college and has been running a successful program.  
  • During his time in that capacity he has been league champions once and semi-finalists twice. 
  • He was named the Eagle Tribune Coach of the Year in 2009 and the NH Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the year in 2010.
  • In addition, he had 8 girls selected as All State, 3 selected as All New England, and one selected as All American.
  • Currently, 7 former players are playing collegiate soccer at the all levels (I,II,III).

Michael Borba

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  • USSF National "D" License
  • Benfica USA coach since 2012
  • Currently playing for Greater Lowell United SC

Charlotte Jensen

  • HS summer training director/coach
  • Played for UMass Lowell, Athletes Honor Roll
  • Majored in Exercise Physiology, with minor in Nutrition
  • HS varsity, ODP and Club player during youth

Brianne Bozzella


  • 3 year starter at U-Mass Lowell. Senior Captain
  • Female Student-Athlete of the Year
  • BS in Exercise Physiology
  • Coaching Experience with High School and Youth teams.


Sarah Mainen

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  • NSCAA Regional Diploma
  • NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Dimploma
  • USSF E Coaching License
  • Head Coach District Select Program 2012 and 2013
  • Coach in Essex County Soccer Program

David Sparks

  • Football Association of Wales (FAW) preliminary coaching award (equivalent to USSF "C" license)
  • FAW Football Leaders Award (Level 1)
  • Positive Coaching Alliance - Double Goal Coach certified
  • Head Coach in Mass Youth Soccer District Select Program
  • Former player in the Cardiff & district League (Fairwater FC)
  • Former coach for North American Soccer Camps
  • Former coach for MLS Soccer Camps

Goalkeeper Director: John Amorim

  • USSF "A" Coaching License
  • USSF Region I - Goalkeeper Coach
  • Temple University - Former Coaching Staff
  • Played Pro in Portugal from 1984-1987
  • 1st Team All-American 1982 and 1983

Technical Advisor and Clinician: George O'Neill

  • Played Pro in Scotland from 1962 - 1973, with Celtic, and as Captain for Partick Thistle.
  • Came to Philadelphia Atoms, and won the soccer bowl that same year.
  • Played for National Team on tour of Haiti, Italy and Israel.
  • Coached Pro-indoor - Philadelphia Fever.
  • Coached many men's amateur teams, youth teams, and the University of Penn. College.
  • Region 1 ODP U16 boys head coach

Technical Advisor and Clinician: Efrain “Chico” Chacurian

  • Member of the National Hall of Fame.
  • Turned pro at age 15 with Racing in Argentina.
  • In the USA, played on several Pro teams, and had several tours with the National Team.
  • Coached many men's professional, college, and youth teams, including Yale University.
  • Region 1 ODP U13 Boys team - Coach and Technical Director.

Coaches interested in joining the Coaching staff should send their resume to the club President: Arthur@benficausa.org

 

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