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Andre Murray

Andre Murray is the President of the Hartford Premier and Development League (HPDL). Coach Andre is currently working at UnitedHealthcare as an accountant, and he enjoy using his 25 years of accounting experience to contribute to the healthcare industry on a daily basis.

Coach Andre graduated from the University of Hartford in 1997 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. While studying at UHart, he was also a member of the men’s division 1 soccer team. Coach Andre went on to play in numerous recreational leagues as well as coaching at the Rec level for various adult and youth teams.

Currently, Coach Andre is the head coach of our U10 Travel team , coaching kids ages 7-10 years old.

Tamika O'Connor

Being a sports enthusiast her entire life, Tamika, affectionately known as ‘Prim’ was destined to continue in her passion for the love of sports. Coming from a background where she represented Jamaica in netball and played basketball, volleyball, softball, netball and soccer in high school. 

She is a graduate of Capital Community College and has been working in the medical field for the past 8 years. She has been a member of the Hartford Premier and Development League (HPDL) board for the past three years and was recently elected as the Director of the Youth Program. This made it a perfect fit for someone whose philosophy is centered on the nurturing and positive development of young people. 

Thriving on giving back, Tamika has always been involved in various volunteering endeavors, whether it’s helping to build playgrounds for local schools, assisting children in her homework program, or helping individuals fundraise money for special programs, children in need, or special community projects. She intends to continue Making A Difference (MAD) in the growth and development of the HPDL youth and adult programs. 


Damon Davis

My name is Damon Davis, I was born in Yallahs, St Thomas, Jamaica, where I spent 11 years before migrating to England. After 7 years of living in England, I would later migrate to the United States of America where I resided in the Hartford community. I was introduced to the youth development portion of the Hartford Corner League and later played in the Men's Open League, winning the competition in 2006 with Lucians United. I later took a year off from playing competitive soccer only playing recreationally with my brothers, Kirk and Blax.

In 2008, Kirk, Blax & myself formed our first semi-professional team named Global International FC. That year we enter the Hartford Corner League where we finished runner up’s in both the Men’s Open and the Knockout final. From there onwards I played with East Hartford FC, winning 3 trophies until 2012 where unfortunately I tore my ACL. After a yearlong recovery I was back in action with our new team, NorthStars FC.  With continued success North Stars FC finished top of the league, however, losing out in the Knockout round of the playoff. The following year NorthStar FC went undefeated winning both the Men’s Open League and Knockout final in exciting fashion.

With the absence of the Hartford Corner League in 2015, it was tough for the NorthStar FC community and that is when it showed us the importance of having our community games. During this time, I became a big fan of the new and improved HPDL Summer League. Starting in January we start preparing for the upcoming summer league. We cherished the moments that follows, as we congregated with fellow West Indians and visitors to our culture. Throughout the years and after my dear friend Blax's tragic accident, I became more aware of what's valuable and what’s important to me. I promise to serve this board as a beacon of light, with youthful enthusiasms, and leading the next generation in the importance of togetherness. This new factor of teaching the next generation of youths to value their community first!!

I just simply want to say the HPDL Summer League is our World Cup, and I will always be an advocate to elevate and preserve it.

Ean Bernard

Ean Bernard is currently the Referee Coordinator for the Hartford Premier and Development League (HPDL). He has been playing soccer in the Hartford community for over 20 years now and is still playing competitively. A few of his friends that he has played with and against over the years have helped to rebrand HPDL and implement a youth program in the community.

Coach Ean started out as a volunteer two years ago after bringing his two sons every Saturday morning to the HPDL summer clinic. Coach Ean is now one of the youth coaches for the program and is ecstatic about giving back to the community, which he enjoys doing.

Coach Ean sees soccer as a way of life. Most of the people he has encountered in his life have come through soccer. Coach Ean finds soccer as a tool that teaches kids discipline, teamwork, and respect. In his opinion, Coach Ean believes soccer is the best sport in the world.

Currently, Coach Ean is the head coach of our U-16 Travel team, coaching kids ages 14-16 years old.

Keisha Soares

Currently, Keisha is an Admin 

Marcelles James

Marcelles James is the Vice President of the Hartford Premier & Development League (HPDL). Coach Marcelles helps young players achieve these objectives through soccer, by filling the gap between where they are now and where they want to be. By identifying where growth is desired, setting goals and objectives, and holding players accountable, they will achieve their highest aspirations and dreams.

Coach Marcelles is passionate and has a proven track record in guiding young players to achieve both personal and team-oriented goals. He is adept at utilizing powerful instructional techniques to help players maximize their performance and reach career highs. They are excellent at designing effective game plans consisting of offensive and defensive techniques. 

Coach Marcelles holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering Technology from the University of Hartford (UHart), an M.S. in Manufacturing and Industrial Management from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), and an M.B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University (QU). This extensive educational background helps create a unique perspective on his coaching philosophy and style.

Currently, Marcelles is a coach.

Chanta Anthony

Chanta Anthony is the secretary of the Hartford Premier and Development League (HPDL). She  have been with the organization for three years. Chanta used to play soccer when she was in high school so it is a sport she holds dearly to her heart. Chanta is grateful to be a part of such a great organization that have a positive impact on the community. She will continue to focus on the positivity and to become a even better role model for our community.

Currently, Chanta is an Admin.


Sherwane S. Hudson is currently the Political Consultant of the Hartford Premier and Development League. Coach Sherwane currently works for the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Service & Public Protection, Division of State Police, where he has worked for 14 years as a patrol trooper. Moreover, Coach Sherwane was assigned as a Team Leader/Operation Sergeant in the United States Army.

Coach Sherwane attended the University of Connecticut for one year, where he then transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU). At ECSU, he completed the final three years of his baccalaureate degree, where he studied history and studio art until he was deployed for one year to the Balkans of southeast Europe. While at ECSU, Coach Sherwane was the goalkeeper for the university’s men's division 3 soccer team. In his downtime, he also played in numerous recreational leagues as well as coached soccer and basketball at the travel and AAU levels. Currently, Coach Sherwane is in the process of completing an additional degree in Public Safety Administration/Counseling at Charter Oak State College.

Coach Sherwane is currently the goalkeeper coach for the youth programs.

Darien Steele (Adult League)

Darien 'RickyD' Steele has been the CEO of SteeleTrucking LLC for over 10 years. He joined the Hartford Premier and Development League (HPDL) in 2017, first as a donor, then as an active board member. RickyD served as treasurer for two years and also served as a member of the security detail for the adult league. He's now the current generalist serving on the executive board.


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