Tommy's mission is to give children the opportunity to develop as brave and creative Soccer Players under our HappyFeet Soccer program. Coach Tommy has played Soccer since he was 5 years old and has had the chance to play all over the world. After his 4 years of Division 1 College at Jacksonville University, he fortunate to sign his first professional contract with FC Dallas from the MLS. A year later his career took him to Germany where he played for Offenburger FV. In 2009 he decided to come back to the US and play for our local Jacksonville United (now Armada U23’s) as well as coach at Jacksonville FC, the most talented youth club in Northeast Florida. He played for several years with Jacksonville United until the Jacksonville Armada became a NASL franchise here in Jacksonville. Tommy signed with the Jacksonville Armada FC for the 2015 Season and incredibly enjoyed playing not only in front of an amazing home crowd but also his new home, Jacksonville.
While playing, Tommy has been a youth coach in the Jacksonville area for Jacksonville Armada FC. Tommy works with all of the top tier age group but is the head coach of the U-13's and U-14's Development Academy Boys groups. He decided to create a HappyFeet Soccer franchise here in Jacksonville influenced by his strong beliefs in our HappyFeet Soccer Curriculum and Development Path. "Soccer should be fun at any age and we want our children to develop to the best of their abilities". Our program encourages young players to be brave, creative, and take risks. Making mistakes is the best way to learn and we certainly don't shy away from encouraging bravery and creativity. Through our HappyFeet Soccer program we aim to give your children the best possible Soccer experience.
Coach Kelsey is our most experienced League Coach as she has been with us over 3 years. Kelsey is currently enrolled at the University of North Florida where she studies Marketing and will be graduating in the Summer. Coach Kelsey is our 2's coach and her patience and trade speaks for itself. Our 2's love coach Kelsey and look forward to seeing her every week. Her favorite foods are Dunkin Doughnuts and she loves to have her regular cup of joe in the morning. Blue is her favorite color and she loves the Beach and Ocean.
Coach Eric is our volunteer HappyFeet Soccer League coach. He dedicates his saturday mornings to help his young daughter Isabela with her Soccer Skills. Eric and Isabella have been a part of our Team since Isabella has turned 2 and they never miss a day. Coach Eric brings his experience not only from his native country, Peru, but also has played High School, Club, and College Soccer in Jacksonville and New Jersey. Coach Eric is still a very active Soccer player himself and tries to find time as much as he can while playing.
Fun fact about coach Eric, he owns his own Precision Barbershop and during NFL Game Days gets all of the Jaguars ready for their games by providing the players with a Fresh Cut.
Marisa Testa, League Coach
Name: Marisa Testa
Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL
Soccer/Sports Team: Real Madrid, Pittsburgh Steelers
Game to Play: Soccer
Food: Seafood & Pasta
Least Favorite Food: Lamb
Player / Previous Experience:
Youth Soccer Pompano Beach (13 years)
Why are you coaching HappyFeet?
I love soccer and really want to give back to the little ones my love for the game.
What do you like most about coaching HappyFeet?
The coaching process with the little ones and watching them grow through our program!