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MOBA Coaches

Professional-grade coaching for all

MOBA Soccer Academy is built to deliver to highest quality coaching and player development that will not be found in most clubs. The difference is easy to see. Every program is built on a core curriculum that is designed for each age group, coached by fully-licensed and accredited coaches. We then take it the next step further and incorporate a robust Sports Science department that allows for every player to be evaluated and train to reach their individual goals.

The coaching, sports science, and opportunity is all housed in a world-class facility that plays host to major sporting events and tournaments. 

Joshua Villalobos

Joshua Villalobos, PhD: Director of Sports Science, Head Coach

Joshua directs MOBA's sports science program in addition to coaching. Joshua holds a Master of Science in Exercise Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Health & Exercise Science, and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified Specialist. He is also the owner of Synergy Athletic Solutions, where he is specialized in training  aspiring pro-athletes. His offerings include strength and endurance training, sports science testing, return to performance, athletic management, and sports nutrition.

Joshua has more than 10 years of extensive coaching experience and is USSF and United Soccer Coaches certified. Joshua has coached at different levels and clubs with last being the  Academy Director for Southern Soccer Academy (SSA) and Head of Sports Science.   

Joshua loves the game of soccer and has been playing since the age of 12. He played for the U17 Youth National Team and became a member of the residency program in Bradenton, Florida. Joshua played on a collegiate level at Furman University and on an international level for the U23 Puerto Rican and Men's National Team during Olympic and World Cup qualifying Campaigns. 


Education:

  •  Bachelors in Exercise Science, Furman University
  •  Masters in Exercise Science, Georgia State University
  • Concentration: Exercise Physiology
  • PhD in Kinesiology (ongoing), Georgia State University

Certifications

  • National Strength Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Barcelona FC Innovation Training for Team Sports
  • Barcelona FC Innovation Advanced Sport Nutrition
  •  United Soccer Coaches Maximizing Player Performance Using Technology and Science

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • National Strength Conditioning Association
  • Barcelona FC Innovation
  • United States Soccer Federation
  • United Soccer Coaches
  • Southern Soccer Academy Director & Head of Sport Science

Connect with Joshua: jvillalobos@mobasoccer.com(470) 409-9393

Brian Wilson

BRIAN WILSON: Boys Director, USL 2 and USL Academy Head Coach

Coach Brian leads our boys programs as well as our USL Academy and has more than 10 years coaching experience on the youth and high school level, varying from ages 9 to 19. He has been the Head Coach for Glory United Football Club, Assistant Staff Coach Georgia ODP and Boys Varsity Head Coach for Community Christian School, winning 5 state championships. Brian has been the Head Coach for AFC Lightning DA teams’ before joining MOBA Soccer Academy in 2017.

Brian holds the USSF A, USSF A-Youth AND a  UEFA A license. Brian has extensively traveled internationally to Europe and South America as a soccer player and as a coach and believes in life-long learning and coaching education. He has experience with teams such as St. Pauli FC, Universidad de San Jose, and Miami’s USL Team Tango.

Brian made Atlanta’s professional team, Atlanta Ruckus in 1998 and is an alumnus athlete from the University of South Carolina.

Connect with Brian: bwilson@mobasoccer.com

Gene Smith MOBA Coach

GENE SMITH: Girls Director, USL W Head Coach

Gene Smith comes to MOBA Soccer Academy with a plethora of head coaching experiencing across NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III levels, and high-level club experience as a Director of Coaching and long-time senior staff coach.  In his collegiate career, Smith's recruits have garnered multiple All-Americans, All-Region, All-Conference, Players of the Year, Freshman Team selections, and Defensive Players of the Year, and his teams have produced six professional players both domestically and internationally. Smith also has coached many players through the Olympic Development Program and served as a senior member of the US Youth Soccer Region 1.
 
Coach Smith’s extensive collegiate coaching experience includes tremendous successes at respected institutions such as: Coly Sawyer College, Marist College, Davis and Elkins College, California University of Pennsylvania, and Plymouth State University.
 
At the club level, Smith’s coaching has garnered multiple tournament, division, state, and national titles at Beadling Soccer Club, Far Post Soccer Club, New Hampshire Classics, and lead the New Hampshire Olympic Development U17 team.
 
Connect with Gene: gsmith@mobasoccer.com 
 
Brian Benoit Assistant Coach at MOBA Soccer Academy

Brian Benoit: Assistant Coach

Coach Brian oversees the T Academy program at MOBA as well as coaches the '11 girls team.  He also assists with the administration of the USL W and USL 2 teams.  Prior to joining MOBA, he coached the women's club soccer team at the University of Georgia for 12 years. 

He is originally from Salem, Massachusetts.  As a defender, he was an All-Greater Boston selection at Bishop Fenwick High School and then All Lakes Region at Brewster Academy.  He received multiple offers to play college soccer, however, he chose to play college hockey and baseball at Salve Regina University instead.  After college, he worked as a golf professional at the Salem Country Club before coming to Georgia to attend graduate school at UGA.

Certifications:

  • USSF D license
  • NSCAA/USC Advanced National license

Connect with Brian: bbenoit@mobasoccer.com

Todd Fidler Assistant Coach at MOBA Soccer Academy

Todd Fidler: Assistant Coach

Originally from London, England, Todd has a Masters in Sports Administration and Leadership, a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a FA Level Two coaching license from the UK. Todd played for three years at Reinhardt University in the NAIA where he was named all-conference and all-region for three consecutive years before going on to become an assistant coach for the 2018/19 season post-graduation. While coaching college soccer, Todd was also a youth coach for two of Concorde Fire's teams. His playing history in England includes numerous premier league academies, such as West Ham and Fulham from age U15 to U18, before moving to the US in 2015 to attend college. During college, Todd played for MOBA's USL 2 team for three of their five seasons, including our inaugural season.

Education:

  • Masters in Sport Administration and leadership, Reinhardt University
  • Bachelors in Exercise Science, Reinhardt University
  • The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science (UK)

Certifications:

  • FA Level Two coach
  • NSPA Certified Speed and Agility Specialist
  • NSPA Certified Weightlifting Performance coach

 

Brian Garcia Assistant Coach at MOBA Soccer Academy

Brian Garcia: Assistant Coach

Coach Brian Garcia has more than 10 years of goalkeeper coaching experience which includes working with youth, high school, and collegiate-level players. At the youth club level, he has been the goalkeeper coach for Concorde Fire (2011-2013), AFC Lightning (2015-2017), Georgia ODP (2020-2022), and MOBA (2017-2019, current). At the high school level, Coach Garcia was the goalkeeper coach at Woodward Academy from 2011-2014 and the assistant coach from 2015-2018 where they achieved one State Championship and one State Finalist. Coach Garcia was also the goalkeeper trainer at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) in the final year of their collegiate program before merging with Kennesaw State University. 

Mauricio Lopez

Mauricio Lopez: Assistant Coach

Coach Mauricio came to MOBA in 2017 after coaching different youth teams at SSA.  He loves the game and he has been playing soccer since he was six years old at different levels, from club to high school and college, in his hometown in Colombia, South America.  Since he joined MOBA, he has coached various age groups and is also part of the Minis/Pre-Academy program and synergy staff. 

Education:

  • Industrial engineering
  • Computer programming

Certifications:

  • United Soccer Coaches National Diploma
  • US Soccer National C license
Assistant Coach Matt Muia

Matt Muia: Assistant Coach

Coach Muia is from Athens, Georgia and was a member of the University of Georgia women's soccer coaching staff for 4 years (2017-2021). While on staff at UGA, he graduated with his Master’s degree in Sports Management. Having previously served as the interim head coach for the women’s team at Southeastern Louisiana during the 2016 season and assistant coach during the 2015 season, the Lions were crowned Southland Conference Champions and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Coach Muia previously served as a volunteer coach from 2013-2015 and 2017, at Florida Atlantic University. He was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of North Georgia in 2008 and 2009 while earning his bachelor's degree in Physical Education.

Coach Muia also has coaching experience at multiple clubs and has coached from U7 to U19 age groups. He is currently working with the US Soccer Federation Youth and Extended National Teams with Equipment Operations. He was on staff with the U20 BYNT at the U20 CONCACAF Championships in Honduras where the USA qualified for both the 2023 U20 World Cup, and the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Sports Management
  • Bachelor's degree in Physical Education

Certifications:

  • USSF National C License
  • USC (NSCAA) National Goalkeeping Diploma (Level 3)
Brian Lukasiewicz Assistant Coach at MOBA Soccer Academy

Brian Lukasiewicz: Assistant Coach

Coach Brian started coaching at Athens United Soccer Association from 2006-2022 where he served as Academy Director, Assistant Director of Coaches and Recreational Director. He was the first coach to win a State Cup for the club in 2021. Coach Brian was an Assistant Coach at Emmanuel College from 2009-2011, for both the Men's and Women's soccer teams. He has been a part of the Georgia Olympic Development Program since 2018. Coach Brian also oversaw the Northeast Georgia ODP Regional Identification Center from 2021-2022.

He was the Head Coach for Cedar Shoals High School boys' team from 2017-2021. During that time, the team made two playoff appearances and received their first top 10 state ranking in 20 years. Coach Brian was named Georgia Soccer Girls Coach of the Year in 2020. He is currently coaching the 2012, 2010, and 2005 boys teams at MOBA. 

Connect with Brian: blukasiewicz@mobasoccer.com