Union Soccer Schools coaches and staff truly are the best of the best. Our all adult staff is selected from an extensive and thorough recruiting, interviewing and reference check process. Less than 10% of all yearly applicants are chosen to work for Union Soccer Schools. Once those rare few are identified, they go through a comprehensive on-boarding process. Every single member of our staff is fully compliant with Pennsylvania Act 153 ensuring their ability to work with children. Before they officially become a proud member of our team all staff members move through a criminal history screening, FBI fingerprint verification, and a child abuse clearance, in addition to an independent background check.
Once team members are authorized they then must complete online modules where all vital aspects of Union Soccer Schools are covered but there is a specific emphasis on safety on security. From there, our coaches and off-field staff attend our “Team Training” event live at Talen Energy Stadium where we once again educate our staff on a plethora of topics regarding our operation and the importance of working with children and how we can make a difference in their lives by being so much more than soccer coaches.
The last step before camp begins is our camp simulation day to help our staff become as familiar as possible with the functionality of daily tasks and best practices are taught to make certain that all campers and their families have an unforgettable experience at Union Soccer Schools!
We take great pride in providing an incredibly unique soccer experience, improving their overall soccer abilities, assisting our campers in maturing off field, having fun, but above all else keeping them safe under our care.
Chris ZirpoliOperations Manager
Chris Zirpoli has been performing various roles for Union Soccer Schools since 2010. In March 2014, he became the full-time Operations Manager.
Chris is a graduate of Riverside High School (Riverside, NJ) where he earned various soccer honors including; Honorable Mention All-State in 2001, All Group One, All-County, All South Jersey, and All Conference (Freedom Division). He served as team captain and earned Team MVP honors as a defender.
Chris attended Delaware Valley University (Doylestown, Pa) where he was a 4-year starter as a goalkeeper and ranked second in All-Time in saves. He currently holds the record for saves in a game (26).
After graduation, Chris quickly jumped into the coaching ranks serving as an Assistant Coach at Delaware Valley University and then coached at Holy Cross High School (Delran, NJ). In 2009, Chris helped launch the women’s soccer program at Cumberland County College (Vineland, NJ) where as head coach, his team earned their first ever playoff appearance and featured two Academic All-Americans.
Currently, Chris is an assistant coach at Cabrini University with the men’s soccer team. Chris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management, Master’s Degree in Sports Administration (Canisius College), and holds his NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA GK Diploma among other NSCAA, NFHS, and US Soccer licenses.
Through his various roles in coaching club soccer, South Jersey Select, high school, college, and Union Soccer Schools camps, Chris is passionate about the sport of soccer and its ability to bring people together, inspire dreams, and forge memories.
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” -John Wooden
David KnoxField Manager
Coach David Knox was instrumental in the launch of the program in 2010 and has been with Union Soccer Schools every step of the way. Under his leadership and guidance, Union Soccer Schools has grown from an original four sites to nineteen, achieved record highs in enrollment, launched new sites, and kept an impeccable safety record.
David is a native of Scotland who graduated with honors from John Moores University in Liverpool, England with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. While overseas, Coach Knox was the Head of the Health and Physical Education Department at Croxeth School in Liverpool and then moved on to serve as the Athletic Director at Bavarian International School (K-12) in Munich, Germany from 1995-2000. During this time, he also earned his FA Badge from the English Football Association and was the Director for Terry Venables School of Soccer for three years.
After moving to the states, he had a very successful stay at Charlotte Country Day School from 2002-2009. Currently, Coach Knox is a Physical Education Teacher and the Head Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA.
Our staff are a collection of high school, college, and club coaches in addition to college student-athletes. Here are some of the places they come from!