The philosophy of the WVFC Academy is to give our young soccer players, boys and girls ages 8 to 11, the best possible developmental opportunity in preparation for the rest of their soccer experience. The WVFC Academy program staff focuses on enhancing our player’s development, including technical enhancement of each player’s soccer-specific footwork, ability, and overall enjoyment of the game. We aim to ensure all academy players are comfortable with a ball at their feet and to establish a lifelong love for the game!

Players of academy age are able to absorb positive habits and attitudes, creating fantastic platforms for excellent development further down the soccer road. At WVFC’s Academy Program, we stress player development instead of expecting results. At this age, it’s important to put more significance on the player’s technical and tactical development, rather than creating a “win at all cost” mentality. After all, pushing winning over fostering a fun learning environment can hamper a player’s development.

To achieve our goal, we provide a great training environment for our young players. Along with technical skills development and small-sided games and free play, our licensed coaching staff teaches a special curriculum based on each age group and level of player.Providing locations throughout the region is part of our effort to reach as many players as possible. Along with the possibility of attending up to four sessions per week, our hope is to create a wonderful environment to learn soccer. Our WVFC staff is confident your child will thrive in a setting that encourages creativity and building skill. We believe that through having fun and working hard, our players can improve at great rates! For additional questions regarding academy you can reach out to [email protected] .

2019-2020 Academy Practice Times and Locations

Monday Marshall & Trace Fork 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday Valley Park 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday Valley Park 5:30pm 7:00pm


Kimberly D'Angelo

  • University of Charleston (UC): Lettered all four years as an All-Conference or All-Region selection, named the WVIAC Freshman of the Year, served as captain Junior and Senior years

  • Multiple award winner: Offensive Player of the Week Honors as a center mid

  • Assistant Coach at UC while pursuing MBA

  • During tenure at UC: Women's soccer team first and second NCAA appearances, first Sweet 16 appearance, two conference championship appearances, first Top 25 national ranking

  • Coach for the 2005 and 2009 WVFC girls teams.

Drew Sutler

  • Began playing soccer in WV as part of the Rowdies Soccer Club

  • Coach with WVFC since inception

  • Has children in the club and oversees the development of the current 2010 boys team

  • Certifications: Licensed USSF Coach

Dion Peters

  • Native of twin islands Trinidad and Tobago with national youth team experience, U-17, U-20, U-21 and U-23 before leaving for Charleston WV.

  • Played 4 years at the University of Charleston was a captain for 3 of those 4 years. In that time, I received All American team honors twice, All Regional team honors three times and All Conference team honors four times.

  • Named All Region player of the year my senior year and conference player of the year my sophomore and senior years. Including scoring 53 goals in my career at UC which was a record at the time.

  • While at UC, I coached various travel teams in the Charleston area and upon completion of my playing career I stayed on as an assistant with both Men’s and Women’s programs

Dennis Ahewba

  • Played two years in Uganda after attending high school.

  • Played at Marshall from Fall 1999 to Fall 2002.

Brian Shields

  • Originally from Long Island, New York, Brian played in college at the University of Mobile.

  • ​He currently holds a USSF D License and is a long time member of the WV ODP State coaching staff. 

  • Named 2016 WVSA ODP coach of the year.

  • Currently coaching within the WVFC Academy focusing on the 2009 Boys group.

Ross Holland

Biography Coming Soon

Jaxen Wirth

Biography Coming Soon


Shawnee Sports Complex

519 King Street
Dunbar, WV 25064

Valley Park

1 Valley Park Dr, Hurricane, WV 25526

Trace Fork Soccer Complex

25 RHL Blvd
South Charleston, WV 25309