Burlington – Camden – Gloucester Counties
Ron brings his passion for soccer and helping young children to the Southern New Jersey (Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties) Territory with the wildly popular Mighty Kicks Mobile Soccer Program for Youngsters. Born and raised in Southeastern Pennsylvania, now residing in Medford, NJ with his wife (Veronica, married 1993) and their children (Ryan, Julianna, and Luke). Ron grew up playing soccer in the 1970’s when youth soccer was just beginning to take shape in the United States. Ron’s talents earned him numerous accolades as a youth soccer player in Southeastern PA. In High School, Ron had an extremely successful 4- year Varsity Soccer Letter-winning career, culminating in an appointment to the Regional-All American Team for the Philly Metro Area. Ron chose to stay fairly local and continue his soccer career at the University of Delaware and was a 4 year starter and Co-Captain in his senior season.
Upon graduating from Delaware, Ron became the Archbishop Carroll High School Varsity Assistant/JV Head Coach under renowned player and coach, Alexandre Ely (former teammate of Pele’ at famed Brazilian Soccer Club, Santos). During his time under Ely, Ron was asked to play semi-professionally in Philadelphia for the America Kolping Soccer Club, founded and coached by Ely. Ron currently holds a United States Soccer Federation F License and has gained valuable experience over the last 15 years coaching and training the youth of the Medford Soccer Club in Medford, NJ. Since his children have grown up, he now strives to enrich the overall health and development of young children exposing them to “the beautiful game” through the Mighty Kicks Mobile Soccer Program.
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A Southern New Jersey native (now residing in Medford, NJ with his wife Stacey and their three boys, Owen, Charlie and Andrew), Jason brings his love for the game to Mighty Kicks. He received “All-South Jersey 1st Team” at Haddon Township HS and was a starter and captain at Susquehanna University. After graduation, Jason decided to pursue coaching. He enjoys giving back to the community as a coach where he has worked with Real NJ Soccer Club and Medford Soccer Club. He also has been on the Medford Soccer Club board since 2009, leads the recreation program, runs a summer soccer camp and manages 65+ local coaches/coordinators.
Since 2008, Jason has also been very actively involved with the YMCA, specifically serving Camp Ockanickon’s (Financial Development Committee, Co-Chair of the Camp Ockanickon “Strong Kids Campaign” Golf Outing, and the Strategic Planning Committee). Jason seeks to add value to his community through Mighty Kicks; he states, “This program marries two of my passions; soccer and enriching the lives of young children, exposing them to opportunities that they may not otherwise get exposure to.”
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Meet Our Coaches
Coach, “Soccer Guru”
Matt Brooks has been bringing his high energy and passion for soccer to New Jersey for years and will be helping young children in the Southern New Jersey (Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties) Territory. Born and raised in Liverpool England, Matt now resides in Marlton, NJ with his wife Laura and their son Jake, 5. At 10 years old Matt signed with Wigan Athletic Football Club of the English Premier League (EPL). Matt turned pro at the age of 16 and spent 4 years at Wigan. Following an injury, Matt was forced to retire from EPL play, but was not finished sharing his talents with fans and soccer followers. Matt came to the US and played for the Philadelphia Kixx for 5 years (MISL Championship in 2001). Matt currently holds his coaching licenses for both the UK and USA. Brooks has been a professional coach and trainer for kids of all ages since 1997 and he looks forward to using his valuable experience to lead the other Mighty Kicks instructors. “As a father of a preschooler” Matt says, “I see the many benefits of the Mighty Kicks Program and how it can positively impact a youngster’s life.”