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About Metasport

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not your ordinary

soccer club

Utah’s MetaSport Futbol Club was founded on the belief that above all else, it’s about the players. We opened our doors as a competitive youth soccer club in 2016 to players in Davis County and Salt Lake Metro areas to the trifecta of what makes for a successful athletic program: great players, great parents, and great coaches who want a small-club experience of lasting relationships and long-term investment.

As a smaller organization, we are better equipped to train the individual player. That starts with providing ongoing educational opportunities for our coaching staff and additional training opportunities throughout the year for players such as strength and conditioning, speed and agility, and goal keeper and technical training.

We’re not focused on recruiting kids to then just churn them through a program at all costs. Ideally, we want to spend 5, 10 years with a player, facilitate their development and see them become a high-performing, healthy athlete, and a well-rounded person. Plus, we were the first soccer club in Utah to encourage and offer multisport training during part of the winter season. Yep – a true off-season. Learn more about our philosophy behind multisport play.

Every year we initiate a club-wide and each time these three reasons rank the highest for why parents and players love Meta: Good Club Philosophy, Great Coaches, and Positive Team Experience.

 
 
 

making a difference

 
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2018-2019 Meta

Staff & Coaches

 
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BRITAIN THOMAS
Founder and
Club Director

 
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MICHELLE WIXOM
Club Administrator

 
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JUNIOR HOFFMAN
Coaching Director

 
 

+ Britain Thomas, Club Director ...

Britain has 17 years of experience coaching athletics. He holds US Soccer National ‘B’ License, National ‘Youth’ License and is completing his 'A' License. He is a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer. Britain has a strong desire to know everything there is to know - really.

+ Junior Hoffman, Coaching Director ...

Jordan (Junior) grew up playing in Cache Valley. After high school he played for William Penn University, where he first got involved in coaching for local rec leagues. Junior then transferred to Ashford University to play. After college, Junior (who holds a D license and is pursuing is C license) moved back to Cache Valley and began coaching for FC Bayern, where he eventually took on the responsibility of running the club. Last year he coached for Utah Avalanche/Apex.

+ Abby Hunter, Coach, Davis County ...

Abby has played soccer nearly all her life. She worked her way up to the college level where she played for Westminster College as well as Weber State University. Her love for the game and player development is huge, and she is excited to continue in her soccer career through coaching at MetaSport.

+ Brian Simmons, Goalkeeper Trainer ...

Brian was a stand-out goal keeper growing up, garnering top state honors through his play at Bountiful High School. He's been coaching since 2008, including working with dozens of keepers of varying ages and abilities, from just starting out to preparing for college tryouts. He currently runs small group sessions under the banner TIP Goalkeeping.

+ Brian Smith, Coach, Davis County ...

Brian has been coaching soccer for the past 9 years and he has coached ages U6 to high school. He has played on numerous championship teams including club, ODP, and college. He holds a USSF National 'D' license and plans on continuing his soccer education.

+ Chelsea Astle, Coach, Davis County ...

Chelsea has 10 years coaching experience she holds a national D and a National youth license. She is always looking to learn more about the game physical and psychologically. She is very passionate about the sport and kids. She worked in special education and schools for 5 years and has a way to connect with kids because she still acts like one. She loves to build passion in kids so they play their whole life.

+ Chris Orn, Coach, SLC Metro ...

Chris has been playing soccer for 25+ years in the Salt Lake area and played on the Utah ODP select team. Chris has been an assistant coach for 3 years for Mt. Vernon Academy in Murray and this first season as a head coach. His family have been lifetime season ticket holders for Real Salt Lake.

+ Clay Holbrook, Coach, Davis County ...

Clay has over 14 years of coaching experience in multiple sports. After his own soccer career, he began coaching his children and many other teams of all levels. Clay holds a USSF National 'D' license, as well as a USSF National Youth license.

+ Craig Gill, Coach, Davis County ...

Craig has 6+ years of coaching experience. He especially loves working with the younger ones to help them gain a love for the game. When Craig is not involved in soccer, he enjoys traveling with his wife and four kids. Craig holds a USSF ‘F’ license and is pursuing his ‘E’ license.

+ Glen Judd, Coach, Davis County ...

Glen played soccer through college at UVU, when it was club soccer. He has coached 10+ years with rec, AYSO, and comp leagues. He is passionate about soccer but more passionate about life learning skills. He has been a youth adviser for 20+ years. Glen retired from the U.S. Army where he taught numerous leadership courses.

+ Jamie McGregor, Coach, Davis County ...

Jamie is from Glasgow, Scotland. He received his youth licenses through the Scottish Football Association and began coaching at his boyhood club Glasgow Rangers FC. Jamie enjoyed spells at several clubs in Scotland, including St Mirren FC before moving to the U.S to play college soccer and at the professional level.

+ Jeremiah Mollman, Coach, Davis County ...

Jeremiah has 13 years of coaching experience and holds a National 'D' license. His love for the beautiful game started at age 5 and he was lucky enough to have played ODP and in college. His “real” job is a linguist for the Air Force, but his true passion is helping young players reach their potential.

+ Johnny Peppinger, Coach, SLC Metro ...

Johnny currently holds an 'E coaching license and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling. He has many non-profit foundations and soccer specific programs including: Hanging Cleats, Soccer 4 College, and One World Futbol. Johnny played soccer at both Dixie College and Utah State University.

+ Kacie Moore, Coach, Davis County ...

Kacie has played soccer her whole life. She has a deep love for the sport and loves helping others improve and succeed. She is currently coaching track at Viewmont High School and is excited to help soccer players improve their running technique here at MetaSport. Kacie holds a National ‘E’ Coaching License and her goal is to help players develop skills and learn how to apply those skills in game situations.

+ Ken Robinson, Coach, Davis County ...

Ken has been coaching for 32 years and holds a US Soccer ‘B’ license. His competitive coaching in Utah began with AYSO All Stars. Ken was head coach for Ogden High, SLCC women’s team, and he spent 6 years coaching ODP before moving to Nevada to coach an independent U12 team to State Cup Champions. Back in Utah since 2012, Ken has been coaching U12, U13, U15 and U16 teams for various clubs, as well as assisting at Davis HS and for the ODP 05 Girls. His favorite team is the incomparable Manchester United!

+ Kirstin Evans, Coach, Davis County ...

Kirsten has loved playing soccer all her life. She loves all sports and spends a lot of her time outdoors with her husband and four kids and dog. She is passionate about team sports and the life lessons that are learned in a team setting. Kirsten holds a National ‘E’ Coaching License and is excited to be coaching soccer and loves to work with and develop young soccer players!

+ Pete Tesch, Coach, Davis County ...

Pete has coached soccer and other sports for 20+ years. In soccer, he has coached in rec, academy, competition, high school and ODP. He is in his 7th season as ODP staff . He has his National 'D' license and National youth license as well. He is passionate about player development, creating the technical/thinking players and all things FC Barcelona.

+ Savannah Mackenzie, Coach, Davis County ...

Savannah grew up in Bountiful and startted playing almost from the time she could walk. She played collegiately at Utah Valley University, a Division 1 School. She earned her USSF Grassroots License last year and loving the experience of coaching younger players.

+ Seth Law, Coach, Davis County ...

Seth Law is a computer hacker by day and an avid soccer fan/player at all other times. He has played soccer since elementary school and coached recreation teams for five years from ages 5 to 8. Seth has earned his National F License and is excited about working with players at the next level in soccer with a formal coaching role with Metasport FC.

+ Tom Harrison, Coach, Davis County ...

From a young age Tom played soccer and still plays in a men’s league premier division. He has a passion for soccer and works well with youth to make it fun and exciting. His soccer knowledge and years of experience will help to train and develop a love of the game for young players. His favorite team is Real Madrid. Woot!

+ Tony Pruitt, Coach, Davis County ...

Tony has 12+ years coaching youth soccer. He currently holds a USSF National 'D' license. Both teams he started at age 5-6 have made it to premier. He has also coached ODP as an assistant for 3 years. Tony loves kids and spends his days torturing them at his pediatric clinic. His focus in coaching has changed over time to prioritize development, FUN, life skills and character building over simply winning.

 
 

 
 

MetASPORT FC Board of Directors

 

+ Sean Enright, President ...

Sean is the General Manager at Russell Mineral Equip. He is living out his soccer dreams vicariously through his three daughters, and is continually looking for a better approach to developing and encouraging young people through sports-related activities.

+ Adam Tullis, member ...

Adam the Director of Tax at Instructure. He is a little shy when it comes to bios, so his wife Anne jumped in to share a few thoughts: "Adam is so handsome and smart." We concur.

+ Dan Snell, member ...

Dan has a degree in engineering and worked as a project manager. A few years ago he started a company in Bountiful. He and his wife, Lindsay, have four kids whom they chase around school and athletic ventures.

+ Whitney Childers, member ...

Whitney is the owner of Glee Media, an operations and communications firm specializing in small businesses, startups, nonprofits and individuals. She's the former president of RallyMe, the top sports crowdfunding platform for youth athletes to Olympians.

+ Tim Nichols, member ...

Tim is a partner at Workman Nydegger. He loves seeing and helping youth develop through soccer. He has been personally involved at various levels of the game including club, ODP, NCAA D1, and professional..

 
 

Get to know Meta

 
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Common Questions and…

FAQs

+ What is MetaSport Futbol Club? ...

MetaSport Futbol Club is a Utah elite soccer club supporting nearly 40 youth soccer teams in Davis County and additional teams in the Salt Lake City metro area. We host annual tryouts for our Academy and Competition teams in late May and first week of June. Plus, we have player placements for 6U-8U in the PlayOn! program.

Britain Thomas, a long-time coach and administrator in Utah youth soccer, is the Founder and Club Director. We are proud to share the experience of over 25 licensed coaches and trainers. MetaSport has an experienced Board of Directors and is recognized as a US-registered 501c3 nonprofit.

+ What's up with the name MetaSport? ...

At its basic, meta means above or beyond. Boom - that's pretty simple! But peel back a few more layers and meta also means a change or transformation. This is fitting for our club. We aim to provide players with the training and mentorship to help them transform into extraordinary players - and people.

+ What programs do you offer? ...

We host tryouts for competitive soccer teams for all age groups, plus we have a development program for players 6U-8U called PlayOn! We host various extra trainings throughout the year including speed & agility, strength & conditioning, shooting clinics, technical and ball mastery clinics, goalkeeper training, and a Summer Retreat overnight camp. We are the first elite soccer club in Utah to provide and encourage multisport training during the off season in November and December. SEE ALL META PROGRAMS >>

+ What is the Multisport Program? ...

MetaSport is proud to be one of the first elite soccer clubs to encourage and offer multisport play in the offseason. While soccer is a beautiful and dynamic sport, we believe that switching gears means less burnout, fewer injures, and a more complete and healthy athletic experience. LEARN MORE about what drives our commitment to offer multisport training.

+ Are Meta teams competitive? ...

Yes! We don’t believe that a focus on individual player development and multisport training are mutually exclusive from elite and successful competitive play. In fact, we think it makes players and teams even better.

Meta teams range from premier to mid-level divisions, with many of our players selected for UYSA’s State Select teams (formerly known as the Olympic Development Program). Other Meta players participate in additional competitive sports, such as basketball, track, dance, skiing, flag football and baseball. Older Meta teams travel to and qualify for out-of-state tournaments, we offer an off-site Summer Retreat for intense training and fun team building, and our PlayOn! program for U6-U8 kids focuses on short-sided play - no standing around, no waiting and way less driving.

+ What's special about Meta coaches? ...

All Meta coaches are licensed and have been coaching for years, with many playing elite and at the collegiate level. We also spend a significant amount of time on education. Meta coaches have access to weekly online training modules that we create in-house. Coaches use the education to help create training scenarios that focus on individual development so players learn how to react in different environments, thus preparing them for the best decision-making during games.

And unlike some youth sports, we aren’t defined by yelling and out-of-control coaching. Rather, Meta coaches strive for displaying a great respect of the game, the referee, the players, the opposition and the parents.

+ Where is the club based? ...

MetaSport is based in Davis County with some additional teams in the Salt Lake City metro area. We are an associated club within the League 30 organization. We compete in the Utah Youth Soccer Association Gaming League, Region 2 Academy League (Morgan, Davis, Weber County) and the X-League.

+ When and where are trainings & games? ...

*Some of these details vary depending on league and division play.

Trainings
• Summer, fall, spring training: twice a week (plus bonus tech and goal keeper trainings session for U9s and up).
• Davis County-based teams: train mostly at Centerville Park, and some teams in Bountiful and Farmington.
• Salt Lake-based teams: training locations at 11th Avenue Park and Sugar House.
• Training times/days: decided by the team coach with input from participating players and parents.
• Winter training indoor (Jan.-March): twice a week at the Utah Athletic Center.
• Opt-in multisport training in volleyball and basketball and pick-up games in futsal, Nov.-Dec at the Utah Athletic Center.

Games
• Outdoor seasons are in the fall and spring and will mostly be on Saturdays with week-day games as well. Tournaments can be throughout the year.
• Davis County-based teams: Home fields for games are at Legacy Events Center in Farmington.
• Salt Lake-based teams: Home fields for games are at 11th Avenue Park.

+ What are the club policies? ...

We don't believe in pages and pages of policies that read more like a pro contract instead of a youth soccer program. Instead, we outline basic policies and costs and ask our players and parents to demonstrate and learn their best in Respect, Enthusiasm, Technique and Soccer Intelligence. READ MORE >>



 

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