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Jeff Knittel

Jeff Knittel

Director of Soccer Instructor

Email: jeff.accelerate@gmail.com

Playing Experience

  • United Soccer League 1st Division
    • Syracuse Salty Dogs (2003)
    • Lehigh Valley Steam (1999)
  • Starting Midfield/Forward, Syracuse University (1995-1998)
  • All-Big East 1st Team (1998)
  • NSCAA All-Region 1st Team (1996, 1998)
  • NSCAA All-Region 2nd Team (1995, 1997)
  • All-Big East 2nd Team (1995-1996)
  • U17 U.S. Men's National Team (1992-1994)
  • Varsity Boys Soccer Team, Chittenango High School (1990-1994)
    • Played on the high school varsity team as an 8th grader

Coaching Experience
  • Director of Soccer & Coach, Accelerate Sports (2017-Present)
  • Director of Coaching, CNY Family Sports Centre (2001-2017)
  • Head Coach Men's Soccer, Onondaga Community College (2009-2011)
    • Team won Mid-State Athletic Conference Championship (2011)
  • Director of Coaching, CNY United FC (2002-2008)
  • Head Coach Varsity Boys Soccer, Fulton High School (2002-2007)
    • Lead team to Section III Finals (2006)
    • Team won NYSPHSAA State Championship (2005)

Accomplishments
  • Hall of Fame, Chittenango Athletic Hall of Fame (2018)
  • Hall of Fame, NYS West Youth Soccer Association (2008)
  • Big East Rookie of the Year (Syracuse University, 1995)
  • NSCAA National High School Player of the Year (1994)
  • Parade Magazine All American (1993, 1994)
  • USSF National "B" License, Coaching Certification (2005)

Nick Bibbs

Nick Bibbs

Assistant Director of Soccer Instructor

Email: bibbs.accelerate@gmail.com

Playing Experience

  • Bethlehem Steel (2016)
  • Saint Louis FC (2015)
  • IFK Lammhult (2013)
  • Syracuse University (2010)
  • Lower Merion Soccer Club/ Spirit United (2005-2009)
  • Regional All-America (2008)
  • Central League MVP (2008)
  • ODP Region l Team (2007)
  • U18 US National Team (2007)

Coaching Experience
  • Asst. Director of Soccer & Coach, Accelerate Sports
  • Youth Soccer (2018-Present)
  • Head Coach, Syracuse Development Academy Utica (2018-Present)
  • Coach, Syracuse Development Academy Utica (2017)
  • Director of Quality Control, Syracuse University (2017)
  • Varsity Assistant Coach, Harriton High School (2016)
  • Assistant Coach, Lower Merion Soccer Club (2016)
  • Coach, YSC Youth Programs (2014-2016)
  • Philadelphia Union, Player Development Program (2014-2016)
  • Volunteer Assistant, Villanova University ( University (2014)
  • Assistant Coach, Continental FC (2014)

Dawson Green

Dawson Green

Instructor

Email: dgaccelerate@gmail.com

Playing Experience

  • Syracuse FC (Currently) (2018)
  • Krajisnik FC (Tournament Team) (2018)
  • Herkimer college (2017)
  • Varsity Soccer at Adirondack (2014 & 2015)
  • Coliseum Soccer Club (4 years)
  • Copper City Soccer Club (Tournament Team)

Coaching Experience
  • Coach, Accelerate Sports Youth Soccer (2015-Present)
  • Varsity Assistant Coach, Adirondack High School (2018-Present)
  • Coach, Herkimer College Summer Soccer Camp (2015-2017)

"My main areas of expertise are in Soccer and Fitness Coaching. Along with soccer and fitness, I am also an Ultra Endurance athlete. I compete in events that challenge and push the mind and body to its limits. Many events last between 8 and 12 hours, and range from distances of 30-40 miles. I use my training experience from these events to help push each athlete I work with to their fullest potential and help them reach their personal goals. The road to greatness is never an easy one, but a phrase I use often with my current clients is, "Those who say they can, and those who say they can't, are both usually correct."

Certifications Include
  • PN1 Nutrition Coaching Certification (In progress)
  • NASM Personal Training Certification (2019)
  • SGX, Spartan Coaching Certification (2018)
  • AAS, Sports Management Degree (Herkimer, SUNY 2018)
  • 1st Degree Senior Black Belt in Kenpo Karate (2016)
  • USSF

Anton Mullen

Anton Mullen

Instructor

Email: twonmullen@gmail.com

Playing Experience

  • Niagara University Goalkeeper (2019)

  • Herkimer Men's Soccer team (2017-2019)
    • Won 3 regional soccer championships (2018)
    • Placed third at the Junior College National Tournament (2018)
  • Olympic Development Academy, NYS West Goalkeeper (2016)
  • Three-time Baldwinsville Varsity Soccer (2014-2016)
  • 2015 Sectional Runner -Up
  • U19 State Cup Champions, SDA West (2015)
  • SDA West 1998 Boys Team, nationally ranked 98 (2015)

Coaching Experience

  • Goalkeeper Head Coach, Accelerate Sports (2017-Present)
  • Coach, Accelerate Sports Youth Soccer (2017-Present)
  • Goalkeeper Head Coach, SDA Utica Head (2019)
  • USSF F License, Soccer Coaching Certification (2018)
  • Varsity Goalkeeper Coach, Bishop Ludden (2016-2017)
  • Coach, SDA Utica Youth Soccer (2017)
  • Assistant Goalkeeper Coach, BLGK Goalkeeping Academy (2019)

    • BLGK is a premier goalkeeping academy in Syracuse, NY and is a tryout basis training environment for high school goalkeepers trying to play at the collegiate level

Who I Have Coached With/Been Coached By

  • Phil Weedon- Current US Women's National goalkeeper coach
  • Neel Bhattacharjee- Current Binghamton Women's Soccer coach and was Boston College goalkeeper coach
  • Andrew Coughlin- Current Utica City FC goalkeeper and Syracuse men's goalkeeper coach
  • Bubby Leasure- Runs BLGK Goalkeeping Academy and has coached at Colgate University, Hartwick College, University at Albany, and Hamilton College as their goalkeeper coach