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Simon Picazo is the lead coach and owner of Coerver Fort Wayne. Simon grew up playing street soccer in Haiti, where his father started and managed a club.  He played youth soccer in Kentucky up through high-school and has played intramural soccer in Haiti, Chile and Switzerland and now Fort Wayne. For the past decade he has dedicated himself to coaching the beautiful game to youth players ages 2-23. His passion is to bring together and showcase the creative technical talents of many different styles of play from around the world. Simon holds a Masters Degree in Coaching and Physical Education from Ball State University as well as a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Flagler College, a United Soccer Coaches Premier and Goalkeeping 2 Diploma and USSF National D and National Youth Licenses. Simon has been happily married for 20 years and has 4 children ages 3-19. He is also a professional recording engineer, musician and composer, chef and novelist and is comfortable in five languages.


Nyein Aung (aka CJ) has just been signed for Indiana Tech. Nyein has played soccer his whole life. Nyein was a three-year starter at North Side High-School. He is a three-time All-Summit Athletic Conference pick for the Legends. He is enrolled at Indiana Tech and plans to study Business Administration. His college coach says, "He has tremendous pace, an engaging personality, and the heart of a lion on the pitch. He can take players on, get in behind and make a lot of things happen."


He was a trusted captain in his Fort Wayne Sport Club as a U15-U18 player also. His club coach says,

"He was the one that I could rely on to always be passionate about the game and his creativity and ball mastery are second to none."


Nyein has also worked with other players from his club team to run camps for kids in his neighborhood. He is the perfect example of what technique and creativity in a player can accomplish and brings his strengths now to Coerver as a staff coach. Nyein was one of Coach Simon's best players throughout their years together and they have done hundreds of games and practices together as coach/captain.


Sarah Stureman is currently a Collegiate Soccer Player at Depauw. She grew up playing for Indiana Fire FC, Fort Wayne United, Indiana ODP and Bishop Dwenger where she played on Championship Teams from 2013-2015. As a student she was the vice-president of her chapter of the National Honor Society and made IHSAA Academic All-State Team. Sarah has also done a lot of volunteer work in the area. She loves the game of soccer and has coached youth at various soccer programs and camps one of which she and her sister founded and ran together. She is also a pianist and loves the pursuit of excellence and creativity in all aspects of her life. We are privileged to have Sarah as a staff coach here at Coerver Fort Wayne.


Branden Carpenter was a collegiate soccer player and continues to play intramural soccer as well as coach his own kids in the local leagues. An avid adventurer and musician and guitar expert, Branden brings a creative edge to his technical approach to the game. Branden has such a level head under pressure and he truly enjoys bringing out the best in those around him. Branden is happily married with 4 children and is a very active participant in their lives. We are so excited to have Branden as a staff coach here at Coerver Fort Wayne.


Josh Capps was a collegiate soccer player and has continued to play intramural soccer and coach at every level over the last decade. Josh has been the DOC, the head coach, the board member and the dad cheering on his kids and then going to play in the night-time league at the local indoor facility for as long as I have known him. Josh loves the beautiful game and brings an awesome energy to his sessions and great tactical awareness to his teams. Coerver Fort Wayne is honored to have Josh on board as a staff coach.


Coerver Coaching Promo


When Coerver Coaching launched it's new 3 part DVD series and book entitled "A new Era" it did more than just extend its product range. These new products contained the blueprint for Coerver Coaching going into the new Millennium.

The new curriculum represented by the Pyramid of Player Development, as shown above, consisted of 6 building blocks.

Each block has dozens of games and training exercises for all ages and experience levels.  The exercises and games can be used by coaches who are planning training sessions as well as players practicing on their own.

Ball mastery is the foundation of every player's development and becomes essential to progress through the pyramid.  But don't think of this as a ladder, where one level must be completed before continuing to the next level.  Instead each step is integral to the others and the player improvement is achieved as their techniques improve at each level.

Coerver® Coaching is

A soccer skills teaching method suited for all ages but especially for players aged 5-16 years old of all abilities and their parents, coaches and teachers

A Method that focuses on Individual skills development and small group play

Endorsed and recommended by the top federations, associations, legends/experts of the game, club teams and corporations including:

  • French Football Federation
  • Football Federation of Australia
  • Chinese Football Association
  • Japanese Football Association
  • Newcastle United FC
  • Arsenal FC
  • Global partner adidas®


Highlights since 1984:

  • 8 TV series in 8 languages
  • Videos, DVD’s and books in 12 languages
  • 1.5 million kids and coaches have attended Coerver® Coaching camps/clinics
  • Coerver® Coaching centers operating in 30 countries
  • adidas® partner for 20 years


The ultimate goal of the Coerver® Coaching Method is to:

  • Develop skilled, confident and creative players
  • Make the game fun to practice and play
  • Teach good sportsmanship and respect for all
  • Value winning but not more than character and performance
  • Provide a safe & educational experience that meets best practice criteria
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