Namazi is a two-time MISL Coach of the Year (Photo by Rich Graessle).
Soccer Academy Focuses on Training in Tri-State Area
Williamstown, N.J. (Tuesday, November 17, 2009) – Today marks the official launch of ON3 Soccer, a soccer academy based in the Tri-State region of New Jersey and Philadelphia. The academy was founded by USSF “A” License holder Omid Namazi, who brings over 16 years of professional experience as a player and 10 years as a coach to ON3 Soccer.
“Two years ago, I assumed the coaching role for the Ironbound Soccer Club BU-13 team, and through proper training and discipline, I was able to improve the team's level of play, culminating with a National Championship win in that age group this past July,” said Namazi, a two-time Major Indoor Soccer League Coach of the Year. “The experience has helped me channel my thoughts in coaching methods and philosophy in coaching youth, and hence the creation of ON3 Soccer Programs.”
As evidenced with the national championship won at the youth level, Namazi has been a proven winner at all levels within the game of soccer. As a coach at the professional level, Namazi appeared in four consecutive MISL Championship Series with three different clubs, and he is the only coach in the 30-year history of indoor soccer to lead four separate teams to the MISL postseason. His championship experience and demeanor is one he looks forward to implementing into the ON3 Soccer programming.
“The goals for ON3 are to develop players technically at an early age, paving the way for their introduction into academy programs around the Tri-State area, as well as other parts of the country,” he commented. “This will be achieved through our Academy Program as well as our various camps. Additionally, we will provide clubs and travel teams, as well as their coaches, with coach and team-training customized to the individual team's needs on a technical, tactical or physical level.”
The first program that ON3 Soccer is offering is a Holiday Camp that will be conducted from December 28-30th from 10 am to 12 pm at the International Sports Center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The three classifications of training that will be offered are fundamental training for 5-6 year olds, intermediate player training for ages 7-11 as well as striker and goalkeeper training for players between the ages of 12-16. Some of the other programming that is now available includes academy training and year-round training for travel teams, in addition to coaching clinics designed to improve the coaching tactics at the youth club level. In addition to Namazi, ON3 Soccer Programs will be staffed with qualified licensed coaches with extensive backgrounds at the youth and professional levels.
For additional information regarding ON3 Soccer or its programming, log onto the ON3 Soccer website at www.ON3Soccer.com or contact Namazi at (609) 254-1811.
Prior to the launch of ON3 Soccer, Namazi most recently spent two years as the Head Coach/VP of Soccer Operations for the New Jersey Ironmen professional indoor soccer team. He took the team to the MISL postseason in its first year of existence, and he came a single game short of winning his third indoor championship last year. Prior to arriving in New Jersey, Namazi served as the Technical Director of the MK Soccer Club in Newport Beach, California.
Namazi first put on the coaching whistle as the head coach of the Philadelphia KiXX of the MISL for parts of five seasons (1999-2002), a stint during which he led that club to back-to-back championship appearances and won the 2001-02 MISL Championship. After departing Philadelphia, he spent one season as the head coach of the San Diego Spirit in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) and guided that team to their only postseason appearance. Namazi then returned to the MISL in December of 2003 as a player for the Cleveland Force, and the 2001 MISL Defender of the Year led the Force to the 2004-05 MISL Championship Series before moving to the St. Louis Steamers for the 2005-06 season. Under his guidance, he led the Steamers to the MISL Championship Series Finals, his fourth consecutive finals appearance when spending a full season at the helm. After taking a year off from the professional game, he then headed to New Jersey to coach the expansion Ironmen.
Namazi enjoyed a 19-year career as a professional player during which he garnered many individual accolades and awards. A four-time MISL All-Star player that was highly acclaimed for his defensive prowess, he was voted the 2001 MISL Defender of the Year. Prior to playing indoors, Namazi also enjoyed a very successful career for numerous outdoor teams such as the Washington Diplomats, the Maryland Bays and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. While playing for the Philadelphia KiXX in 1997, he was also called up by the NY/NJ MetroStars of Major League Soccer.
Namazi played collegiate soccer at West Virginia University where he graduated with a degree in Exercise Physiology, and he currently lives in South Jersey with his wife, Colleen, and their three children: Kyan, Julian and Roman.