GROVE SOCCER STAFF
OWNER | DIRECTOR
Justin Grove brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to GSA. Grove is a former professional player for the Richmond Kickers in the United States. He has international playing experience with professional French club Red Star FC and semi-pro South African clubs Magic FC and Grassy Park Utd. Before going abroad, Grove was a full-scholarship player at the University of Richmond in the NCAA Division I.
Justin Grove is certified by the French Football Federation, United States Soccer Federation, Scottish Football Association, and the Irish Football Association and holds a UEFA C license. He coached at the Red Star FC Academy in Paris, France which has developed numerous professional players throughout all levels of professional soccer. He has over 15 years of experience coaching in the United States, South Africa, and France. Grove has developed players who are currently playing in pro clubs, semi-pro clubs, and on scholarship in the United States NCAA 1st, 2nd, and 3rd divisions.
Grove has a Master's degree in Business from the University of Paris 10 and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Richmond. He brings his academic background to the GSA program to guide players in their development off the pitch and in their college recruitment process.
PRO TEAM ASSISTANT COACH | HEAD OF PRO PLAYER PERSONNEL
The Grove Soccer Academy is pleased to welcome Eduardo Gama to its coaching staff.
Gama brings international playing and coaching experience having played and coached in Brazil, Australia and the US.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Coach Gama started to play futsal at age 3 for Sport Club Mackenzie. Gama went on to play for Brazilian Youth Academies Flamengo and Vasco da Gama before and joining Concord University in NCAA DII. Gama played semi-professionally with the Joplin Demize.
Coach Gama brings collegiate and youth coaching experience to Grove Soccer. He was the assistant coach at NJCAA Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and has coached is all ages and levels in the youth game over the last 10 years.
Gama has earned a Sports Management bachelor's degree from NCAA DII Concord University and an associate's degree in General Studies from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M college. Gama is licensed by the USSF and holds an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT/B).
ACGK DIRECTOR | PRO TEAM ASSISTANT COACH
Grove Soccer is proud to be in partnership with one of the top GK Academies in the country, ACGK. Originally from Dover, England, Adrian Clewlow is the owner and GK Director of ACGK, LLC, and holds a FA Youth Coaching Certification, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and is a USSF licensed coach.
Clewlow played in the youth and academy teams for both Gillingham F.C. and Chelsea F.C. in England, and also represented England at the U-18 schoolboy level, making his debut against Switzerland in Zurich.
He later attended the University of Richmond, where he was a four-year starter and two-year captain for the Richmond Spiders. Nominated as the CAA Rookie of the Year, and a two-time All-South Regional All-American in his final two seasons, Clewlow led the team to the 1998 CAA Championship.
Clewlow’s professional playing career included stints with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, New Orleans Storm, and two seasons with the Richmond Kickers, before coaching college soccer at Randolph-Macon College, Franklin Pierce University, and the University of Richmond. He also served as the Goalkeeping Coach for the Richmond Kickers Pro Soccer Club in the USL League One and currently serves as the Director of Goalkeeping for the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club.
USA ACADEMY ADVISOR
The Grove Soccer Academy is pleased to welcome Bruno Ramos to its coaching staff.
Ramos is a USSF licensed coach - he currently holds his National C license and is now a candidate for the National B license. He also holds his USYF Futsal Level 2 license and other certificates such as Sports Psychology and Mental Skills from U.S.C and Performance Analysis from U.S.C. He is also a Level 1 Applied Performance Analyst through ISPAS.
He is currently a full-time coach at MLS Academy Atlanta United previously served as the Director for the Richmond Strikers and the Boys Director of Futsal and Director of Boys ADP.
Bruno also brings his playing experience to the GSA - playing professionally with the Harrisburg Heat in the MASL and with RVA F.C. in the NPSL. Bruno is also a product of the Richmond Strikers D.A. and is a former youth professional at Monterrey C.F. Bruno is now an NPSL player with Grove Soccer United.
USA ACADEMY COACH / PRO TEAM ASSISTANT
Pavone brings over 8 years of coaching experience and both domestic and international playing experience to the Grove Soccer Academy. Pavone is entering into his 3rd professional season as a forward with the Richmond Kickers. Before joining the Richmond Kickers, he played overseas in Isreal for second division side Hapoel Petah Tikva F.C.
Luke Pavone played in college for the DIII program the University of Massachusetts- Amherst and the DI program Buffalo State. Pavone was a standout player earning All-American Honors, was a 2-time SUNYAC Offensive Player of the Week, and tallied 19 career goals for the Bengals.
USA ACADEMY COACH
Mumbi Kwesele is in his second season as a professional and is currently signed to the Richmond Kickers. Prior to signing in Richmond, he spent the 2018-2019 season playing for Real Unión Club de Irun “B” in the Basque region of Spain.
In his time as a coach, Mumbi has spent over six years working with players at various youth levels. This has included roles across the country and in Spain. Coach Mumbi is certified by the Irish Football Association.
Kwesele is the co-founder of The Rising Point, an organization aimed to develop quality people and build community through the .
Mumbi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Humboldt State University. He uses his educational background as a tool to help build individual and group confidence both on and off the field; the ultimate goal for Mumbi is to guide the youth towards being more aware, intentional and responsible players and people.
USA ACADEMY COACH
Mwape brings a lot of playing experience to GSA. He played two years of college soccer at Lindsey Wilson College between 2016 and 2017, where he scored 25 goals and tallied 19 assists in 34 appearances for the Blue Raiders.
First signed his professional contract with Charlotte Independence who play in the USL Championship in 2018. Then signed with the Richmond Kickers in 2019. He has also featured for the Zambian u15 and U16 national team
While at college, Mwape also appeared for Premier Development League sides Ocean City Nor'easters and Charlotte Eagles. While with the Nor'easters in 2016, he helped the team win the Eastern Conference championship while playing in every game during that playoff run. He scored two goals and dished out two assists before Ocean City fell short in the PDL Semifinals. The following year, Mwape joined the Eagles where he helped the club win the first PDL championship in team history.
USA ACADEMY COACH
Amass Amankona brings years of coaching professional playing experience to the Grove Soccer Academy. Amass Amankona is originally from Ghana and played one year at the University of Ghana before moving to NCAA D1 program University of Dayton.
In his final year at Dayton, he was named Atlantic 10 Conference Most Valuable Player and Midfielder of the Year as well as First Team All-Conference and Academic All-Conference. He finished the season as No. 23 ranked player in the nation according to Top Drawer Soccer and was drafted 46th overall in the third round of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by MLS Club Real Salt Lake
Amass continued his professional career for 4 more years with USL clubs Real Monarchs, Indy 11 and the Richmond Kickers.
Amass has coached at all levels of youth soccer in Richmond and Indiana and holds a USSF C Licence.
USA STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Over the past 25 years, I have been blessed beyond measure to have worked with many elite athletes from a variety of different sports and organizations. My passion has always been to see an athlete reach their full potential not only as an athlete but as a person as well. Every athlete is unique and has a different story. My calling is to provide them with the tools they require and push them to achieve greatness in their sport and life. As a coach, I always instill in my athletes the idea that their level of success is equal to the amount of sacrifice they are willing to make. Great things happen on the other side of suffering!!
Strength and Conditioning Coach, over 200 NCAA Division I, II, and III athletes
Gold's Gym Director of Strength & Conditioning 2020-Present
Strength and Conditioning Coach, FC Richmond Soccer Program, 2018–2019
Strength and Conditioning Coach, Richmond Generals Hockey Team, 2018
2018 National Champions
Assistant Coach, Mills Godwin Girls Tennis, 2011–2019
3 Virginia state championships
6 regional championships
Strength and Conditioning Coach, Richmond Tennis Association (RTA) Elite Training Program, 2001–2015
USTA Area Coordinator-Strength and Conditioning, 1999–2001
SOUTH AFRICA STAFF
SOUTH AFRICA ACADEMY DIRECTOR
The Grove Soccer Academy is pleased to welcome Junior Mutumene to its coaching staff.
Mutumene has over 10 years of sports management experience in his working career. He has played for several professional clubs which include: Maritzburg United, Santos Football Academy & Olympic Club de Kinshasa, in his younger years. Coach Junior currently holds a SAFA D coaching license and is working on soccer development with GSA and across Africa.
SA ACADEMY COACH
The Grove Soccer Academy is pleased to welcome Chad Mansfield to it's coaching staff.
Coach Mansfield is certified by the Scottish Football Association and the South African Football Association. Mansfield has completed his GSA Mentorship program level 1. Chad is currently studying Business Marketing with Prestige Academy.
SA ACADEMY COACH
The Grove Soccer Academy is pleased to welcome coach Taugheed to it's coaching staff. As a former first team player and International Tour player for the GSA, Coach Taugheed has a deep understanding of the philosophy and methodology of the Academy. Coach Taugheed is certified by the Irish Football Association and the South African Football Association.
SA ACADEMY COACH
The Grove Soccer Academy is pleased to welcome Coach Farouk Musson to its coaching staff.
Coach Farouk brings vast experience to GSA with his over 25 years of coaching experience. Musson has successfully managed, coached and led various clubs around Cape Town, such include but not limited to Ajax Cape Town, Vasco Da Gama
Musson is certified by SAFA and KVNB.
SA ACADEMY COACH
The Grove Soccer Academy is pleased to welcome Coach Melvin Lategan to its coaching staff.
Coach Melvin brings vast experience to GSA, he has been involved in the game for over 25 years. Mr Lategan has successfully managed, coached and led various clubs around Cape Town, such include but not limited to Ajax Cape Town, Vasco Da Gama, Avendale FC and FC Kapstaard to name a few.
He holds certificate in physical education, F.C.A level one course, SAFA introductory level 1 and 2, Ajax Cape Town coaching course, CTTFA certificate level 1, Ajax Cape Town KNVB certificate.
SA ACADEMY COACH
The Grove Soccer Academy is pleased to welcome Keegan to it's coaching staff.
Coach Keegan heads up the Future Stars Program and comes to the Grove Soccer Academy with a school soccer coaching background. Coach Keegan is in the GSA Mentorship Program and is on track to complete his SAFA D licence.
MARCELLA MONTEIRO BARROS
USA ADMINISTRATOR | PHOTOGRAPHER
With her educational background, vast cultural knowledge, and language proficiency, Marcella Monteiro Barros is an invaluable addition to the Grove Soccer Academy academic staff. Daughter of Brazilian Diplomats, Marcella has lived and studied in over 7 different countries gathering a vast cultural understanding and experience with adapting to different cultures. Marcella has her bachelor's degree from Clartiano University in Brazil. She is fluent in 5 languages including French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Farsi. She has studied language, culture and civilization, and other domains at top French, Italian, and Brasilian Universities such as Claretiano University in Brasilia, University of Paris 4 La Sorbonne, and University of Paris 5 La Sorbonne Decartes in France, and the Italian Institute, Instituto Marangoni. Marcella is also certified by the CANON institute of photography and is the photographer and videographer for Grove Soccer. Marcella will head the Grove Soccer Academy USA administration and language & culture programs.
SA HEAD OFFICE MANAGER
The Grove Soccer Academy is pleased to welcome Mrs Domingos to its staff.
Mrs Domingos brings vast of management experience to the Grove Soccer Academy. She has been involved in management positions for many years working for international brands such as Nine West and Steve Madden. Mrs. Domingos will be working to take the GSA brand to new heights.