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USL2 SSA King's Coaching Staff Announced

Kelham O'Hanlon - USL2 Head Coach




Kelham O’Hanlon - [email protected] - 678 876-9493

Kelham has been a part of the SSA coaching staff since 2013 and the Middlesbrough native has vast playing and coaching experience. Kelham's professional playing experience includes more than 600 Senior 1st team appearances in the EFL and SPL, featuring for clubs such as Middlesbrouh, Rotherham Utd, Preston North End and Dundee Utd, as well as appearances with the U-21 and Senior Republic of Ireland National teams.

Upon retirement from playing he joined the coaching staff at Preston becoming David Moyes' assistant in 1998 and his managerial experience also includes a stint working with Craig Brown in the 12 years of his managerial career in the UK.

Kelham is currently SSA's National Premier League Program Director and Director of Goalkeeping and holds a UEFA A License and LMA Diploma in Management-Warwick University. 

Clayton Schmitt - Head of Player Recruitment

Clayton Schmitt - [email protected] - 404 791 8323

Clayton is currently the Men's Assistant Coach at Emory University, and is in his 9th season overall coaching at the collegiate level. He started his career at Emory in 2011 and was there through 2014. During that time, the Eagles went 31-20-4 and made the 2012 NCAA Tournament. In 2014, he left for Oglethorpe University. In three seasons at Oglethorpe, the Stormy Petrels won two Southern Athletic Association championships (2015 and 2016). 
Clayton returned to Emory University for the 2017 season, where the Eagles went 15-5-2 and made the NCAA Elite Eight. In the 2018 season, the team was ranked in the top 5 nationally before finishing up the season at 9-7-2. 

In addition to coaching at the college level, Clayton has overseen the Northside branch of Southern Soccer Academy for the past 7 years, as it has grown from 3 competitive teams to nearly 40 in that time. He currently coaches U19 Girls teams at the ECNL and NPL leagues. 

Clayton has also coached at the high school level with four different schools, including currently coaching at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, where the Varsity Girls team has made 3 of the past 5 GHSA Final Fours. Currently three of his former players are playing at the college level, at the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, and the University of the South (Suwanee). 

Clayton was a former goalkeeper at Mercer University, where he earned a BBA in Sports Management, and then went on to earn his Masters Degree in Sports Administration at Georgia State University. He holds the United Soccer Coaches Premier Advanced National Goalkeeping, High School Coaching, and Director of Coaching Diplomas, as well as the US National Youth License.


Laszlo Halmi - Assistant Coach

Laszlo Halmi - [email protected] - 678 857 8065

Laszlo Halmi holds a USSF A and National Youth License and started his coaching career at Manatee Magic in Bradenton, FL and progressing to become the Director of Coaching. He led the Southeast High School Boys Varsity team to great successes before moving to Georgia to continue his coaching career at AFC Lightning as Academy Director and Boys Director. Laszlo joined SSA in 2014 and is currently the SCCL Program Director. His previous roles at the club include Academy Director and Boys Director and he has also coached at numerous levels including DA, ECNL and RPL.  Laszlo’s playing career included Divisions 1, 2 and 3 clubs in his native country of Hungary.

Jordan Tant - First Team Coach

Jordan Tant - [email protected] - 470 452 1762

Jordan is the current Program Director for SSA South, based in Newnan, GA. He officially took on that role in the summer of 2020

Prior to that, Jordan served as a Director of Coaching and Regional Manager for Global Premier Soccer in New Jersey & Georgia, which also involved a coaching role in the FC Bayern Munich ID Program.   Jordan also spent time with the New York Red Bulls serving as a coach in their Training Program and Regional Development Schools prior to moving to the South.
 


Troy Connolly - Fitness Coach

Troy Connolly – [email protected] – 678-488-3654

Troy is currently a SCCL coach at the SSA Northside branch located in Buckhead. He holds a USSF “D” license and a BA in History Education, with a minor in Coaching, from Kennesaw State University. Troy has ten years of coaching experience at both club and high school levels and he has been with SSA since 2017. He began his coaching career as a Community Coach at Kennesaw Mountain High School (2011-2014) and Staff Coach at North Atlanta Soccer Association (2015-2017).

Since 2015, Troy has been the head coach of the boys’ Varsity soccer team at Campbell High School. During his time there, his team has advanced to the state playoffs four consecutive times, with one of those seasons producing a region title and reaching the final four. His team has produced an overall record of 60-28-6.

Wesley Lutz - GK Coach

Wes Lutz - [email protected] - 678 850-6677

Wesley currently serves as the academy director at SSA Northside the newest branch of the club which is situated in Buckhead, GA.

Wesley also recently completed his third season as the volunteer assistant coach for the Georgia State women's soccer program in 2019 and additionally, joined the GA State Men's Soccer program as the volunteer assistant for the Fall 2019 season. 

Wesley previously coached at Oglethorpe University where he served as an assistant from 2015-2017. In his first season at Oglethorpe, he coached goalkeeper Vaughn Moore who posted a .67 GAA and was named SAA Conference Defensive POY. In 2017, Wesley mentored junior Luke Whelan who was named a 2nd-team All-SAA honoree. 

Before coaching at Oglethorpe, he also spent time with the Truett-McConnell women's soccer program and the Emory University men’s program serving as an assistant with both programs. 

Wesley played collegiately at Truett-McConnell College and holds a USSF "B" coaching license, an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I & II Diploma. He received his B.A. in history from Georgia State University in 2014 and in 2017, received a Masters of College Athletic Administration from Coker College.

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