AFC Cleveland Announces Remainder of Coaching Staff

AFC Cleveland is proud to announce the remainder of their coaching staff for the 2014 NPSL season.

Aaron McGuiness has been named Associate Head Coach after spending two seasons as an assistant on the Royals staff. The Terranora, Australia native currently serves as the head coach of the Thiel College women’s soccer team, his fourth season as a member of the Tomcats’ soccer coaching staff.

McGuiness brings an extensive playing career to the Royals, having played in Australia and in the U.S. He was a member of the Palm Beach Soccer Club in the Brisbane Premier League from 2001-2005. He was a starter on the team that won the Brisbane Premier League Championship and placed as the runner-up in the Queensland Cup.

He began his collegiate playing career at Shenandoah University in 2005. He was a four-year starter and a two-year captain for the Hornets. He was twice named as an Honorable Mention selection in the USA South Conference and was chosen for the Sportsmanship Team following his senior season. He was also honored by the team with the Rookie of the Year award in 2005 and the MVP award in 2006.

McGuiness also played for the Winchester Impact in the PASL Premier League. He was a member of the team’s inaugural season, helping the team advance to the national playoffs. In the team’s second season, McGuiness led the team to a Mid-Atlantic Conference championship.

“Aaron thoroughly deserves the position as Associate Head Coach, having spent the last five years working with me in various capacities and consistently proving to be a solid and reliable person who brings a lot of passion, hard work, and coaching knowledge to the game,” AFC Cleveland Head Coach Andy Hoggarth declared.

Brock Kertoy has been named Assistant Coach on the AFC Cleveland coaching staff, joining the Royals for his first season.

He joined the staff of Hiram College in 2013, serving as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs. Kertoy brings coaching experience at the college, club, and high school levels. Prior to his time at Hiram, he was an assistant coach at Wayne State College (NE). Kertoy also gained coaching experience at the international level, directing Futbol Club Revolution in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic for two years. During that time the club won both the U-18 Boys and U-18 Girls Copa America Championships.

Locally Kertoy has coached with Team Challenger FC, Akron Metro Futbol Club, and GFS Premier Soccer Club. He is an accomplished coach in the indoor game as well, having won two youth Futsal National Championships with the Great Lakes Futsal League. He has also coached high school soccer for eight years, most recently with Orange HS in Pepper Pike.

Kertoy also boasts an impressive playing career, which includes time as a professional for Don Bosco Jarabacoa, in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.

“I have admired Brock’s enthusiasm and desire to be on the field coaching since I first met him,” Hoggarth added. “Brock is a very energetic coach and has a very thorough understanding of the technical and tactical aspect of the game. Brock will also focus some of his work on player management and ensuring that AFC Cleveland is providing a premier experience for the players we select.”

Carter Poe joins the staff as Player/Assistant Coach.

“With regards to Carter, I felt that after two years captaining the team he has shown his desire to help AFC Cleveland grow and would provide some good knowledge to staff and also provide a voice for the coaching staff on the field,” Hoggarth remarked. “Carter is a solid person with good ethics and morals and will help us continue to make strides as an organization.”

Poe brings a wealth of experience to the Royals, most recently as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer program at the University of Mount Union. His coaching career came after years of success as a player. The Chesterland, Ohio native played college soccer at NCAA Division I Duquesne University, appearing in 79 games over his four years there. He was named team captain for the Dukes during his junior and senior seasons.

Poe was also a four-year letter winner and two-time team captain at West Geagua HS.

“I am excited to complete the coaching staff with Aaron, Carter, and Brock,” Hoggarth concluded.

Further announcements regarding AFC Cleveland, including the 2014 regular season schedule, will be made in the near future.