GROVE SOCCER STAFF

JUSTIN GROVE

OWNER | DIRECTOR

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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 STAFF

EDUARDO GAMA

PRO TEAM ASSISTANT COACH | HEAD OF PRO PLAYER PERSONNEL

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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).

ADRIAN CLEWLOW

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ACGK DIRECTOR | PRO TEAM ASSISTANT COACH

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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.

NEIL PARR

PRO TEAM ASSISTANT COACH

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The Grove Soccer Academy is pleased to welcome Neil Parr to its coaching staff.

Neil brings a wealth of international experience to the academy having played and coached in his native England and the USA. Born and raised in Liverpool, UK, Neil began playing soccer at an early age after being scouted and coached on Merseyside by former Everton and England star Alan Whittle, playing in the Wirral Schools FA (WSFA). 


Neil went on to play for Academy teams in Liverpool and played at Goodison Park, the home of his beloved Everton FC as a youth. After relocating to the northeast of England, he played semi-professionally in the Northern League.

 
Neil brings intensity, experience, and advanced technical and tactical knowledge adapted from English playing styles. He has been involved in the beautiful game for over 40 years and is in the process of completing his Scottish FA and Irish Football Association certifications.

LUKE PAVONE

USA ACADEMY COACH / PRO TEAM ASSISTANT

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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.

JIM COHEN

USA STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

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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

 

ADMINISTRATION

MARCELLA MONTEIRO BARROS

USA ADMINISTRATOR | PHOTOGRAPHER

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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.