Website Manager

HANNAH ABRAHAM



Hannah comes to Empire with an extensive playing career. As a record setter at West Virginia University, she was an outstanding forward. During her time at WVU she scored 13 goals and had 10 assists. Hannah strives to become one of the best coaches in area serving all levels of place. Nikki Izzo Brown (WVU Womens Head Coach) is someone she looks up to and her mentor. 


Hannah loves coaching players through the Empire and doing personal training. She is leading up some of the summer camps at the Bridge Sports Complex. She has been coaching for several years now. Currently Hannah is coaching two teams for the Empire. 

ERIC BELCHER


Eric brings a lot of experience to the Empire Soccer Club.  He currently is the head coach at Glenville State College in Glenville, WV and also serves as the head coach of the 06 Empire girls. He is a hyper enthusiastic coach that knows how to get the best out of players. 

Over his extensive soccer career, Eric lead the 2008 Alderson Broaddus team to a conference championship and was a honorable mention for the decade team as a player. He was also awarded twice the WVIAC all-conference team. During his youth coaching career, Eric has led multiple teams to multiple championships. 

Theo Egeble


Theo brings an extensive coaching and playing career. He has been involved in collegiate coaching for over 19 years and currently serves as the Salem women's head coach. Theo currently coaches the 07 Empire girls's team. Theo is an extremely dedicated coach that thrives teaching youth the game of soccer. He as spent close to a decade coaching players of all ages. 

In addition, Theo is the president of WVU Mens' Club team and founded the organization during his time at the university. In 2017, he was awarded the NCAC coach of the year award. 

Brandon Heembrock


Brandon has thrived in soccer both as a player and coach. He played college soccer at Dominican College, starting all four years. While playing there, Brandon racked up 4 all conference awards, 2 MVP seasons, and NCAA individual awards. Brandon has also coached in the SC Olympic Development Program for 3 years.. He has spend close to a decade coaching youth and collegiate players including 5 seasons at Fairmont State (winningest Head coach in program history) and 5 years as assistant at Francis Marion University.

Education, Certifications, & Licenses:
Bachelor in Education
Master in Instructional Accommodation 
USC Advanced National 
USC Goalkeeping
USSF D
CPR Certified

Jaron Hulme


Jaron has has been with Empire since 2018 and brings over 5 years of college coaching experience with him,  His college coaching career has been at William Penn University and Alderson Broaddus. Jaron's playing experience lead him to Alderson Broaddus, where he played all 4 years.  He then served as the Assistant Coach there and eventually became the head coach.  We are excited to have his soccer knowledge and love of the game with us at Empire!

Education, Certifications, & Licenses:
Bachelor's Degree Major in Christian Studies & Minor in Athletic Coaching
Master's in Business Leadership (William Penn University)
NSCAA National Diploma 
CPR certified
First Aid certified

Abbey Lindblad


Abbey has an unbelievable soccer past and has started her career teaching the next generation of soccer players. She played her collegiate career at West Virginia Wesleyan College taking in 2 all conference awards and 2 all regional awards. Abbey has been a leader of young women in college for over 5 years at both Fairmont State and Tiffin Universities.  She currently coaches the HS Boys and 09 Girls in the Empire FC. As a youth player with the Ottawa Fury, Abbey was a participant of the national championship team. 

Education, Certifications, & Licenses:
Bachelors degree in Exercise Science (West Virginia Wesleyan)
MBA from Tiffin University  
F coaching license 

Cristian Materazzi


Cristian has spent decades dedicating himself to make youth soccer players better. He currently serves as the head Women's Goal Keeping Coach at West Virginia University. Cristian coaches the 09 Boys and the 08 Girls with the Empire Soccer Club.  He has over 20+ years of club coaching experience. Additionally, he has over 20 years of division 1 and 2 men's and women's college soccer. 

Liesa Seifert


Liesa is a current Graduate Assistant at West Virginia University, College of Physical Education & Sport and Sciences and serves as the WVU Women’s Soccer Graduate Assistant Coach.  She has extensive playing experience including playing 2 years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and while she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business.
Liesa had played at some of the highest levels of German soccer, seeing time on the Under-17, Under-19, and Under-20 German national teams. Won the bronze medal at the U17 European Championship in 2011 with Germany. She was also a part of German's extended U-20 National World Cup Team in 2014.

Empire Board Members

2021-2022 Board Members

President - Andy Wharton
Vice President - Tom Terebus
Treasurer - Drew Pomeroy
Secretary - Lucas Pammer
At Large Member - Sam Mckinney
At Large Member - Kevin Egidi
At Large Member - Keith Dumas
At Large Member - John Ramsey

Executive Director

Droo Callahan currently serves as the Empire Soccer Club Executive Director. He comes to West Virginia with an extensive soccer past. Over almost 30 years, he has coached professional, college, high school, and club players. Droo aspires to make the Empire experience the best in the state. 

Droo Callahan
27 Club Coach
College Coach
Professional Coach
High School Coach
Director of Coaching - Brighton Express
Director of Coaching - Michigan Alliance
Director of Coaching - Legends FC
8 Year Professional Player
2 Time All-Star (NPSL & MISL)
Michigan State Youth Soccer Education Staff
United States Soccer Federation - B License
United Soccer Coaches - Advanced National Diploma
United Soccer Coaches - National Diploma
Eastern Michigan - Secondary Education Degree

Contact

The Empire Soccer Club

PO BOX 1174 
Bridgeport, West Virginia 26330

Phone: 304-848-9995
Email: [email protected]

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