Coaches and Directors

Players North strives to provide the highest level training possible for our young players.  Our Directors have assembled a “Professional Quality” coaching staff that is beyond compare in Northern Nevada.  Many of our coaches bring experience across all levels of soccer: including the professional game, Olympic Development Programs, and some of the most respected Collegiate Programs in country.

Randy Ritter : President and Co-Founder, Great Basin Youth Soccer League President and former League Commissioner, Co-Director of Northern Nevada Olympic Development Program.

Ryan Long : Co-President Spanish Springs, former President of Spanish Springs Soccer Club.

Heather Johnson: Vice-President and Co-Founder, USSF C License in progress.

Rob Range : Executive Director, USSF D License, Co-Director Northern Nevada Olympic Development Program, Nevada Youth Soccer Association Vice President.

Jason Goodson : Director of Coaching, USSF A License, National Premier Diploma, UEFA B License, Northern Nevada ODP Coach, former recruiting coordinator for Washington State University, Ohio State University and Universtity of Kentucky.  Previously worked with the Japanese Football Association, Leahi Soccer Club of Hawaii and Sereno Soccer club of Arizona.

Dustin Espindula : Academy Director, USSF C License.


Club Training Staff:

Anibal “A1” Echeverria : Professional player with Reno 1868, Ontario Fury, and Sacramento Surge.

Nick Arbelaez : USSF C License, Former TMCC and LTCC Mens and Womens Head Coach, Northern Nevada ODP Coach.

Brian Slusser : USSF A License, TMCC Mens and Womens Head Coach, Northern Nevada ODP Coach, Region IV ODP Camp Coach.

Casey Tate : USSF A License, Reno 1868 Assistant Coach, Northern Nevada ODP Coach.

Jeremy Thornton : Goalkeeper Coach.


Our professional staff is complemented by a dedicated team of volunteer and part-time coaches.

Our team head coaches include:

Nick Arbelaez (USSF C), Josh Backman (USSF D), Carl Baker, Sean Canty (USSF C), Jason Clydesdale, Robert Corbin (USSF E), Dustin Espindula (USSF C), Julio Espinoza (NYSA D), Rudy Espinosa, Steve Estipona (USSF C in progress), Josh Etchegoyen, Mike Faker, Genevieve Farnady, Jason Goodson (USSF A, UEFA B), Dan Graffam, David Harder, Jason Hefner, Rodney Helsel (USSF F), Joseph Henry, Mark Hernandez (Player with Reno 1868 FC), Yosimar Hernadez (Player with Reno 1868 FC), Steve Heyder (USSF D, UEFA C), David Hofman (USSF F), Anacleto Jacobo (USSF E), Heather Johnson (USSF C in progress), Marco Lamaestra, Jeremiah Lee, Izzy Lemus, Joseph Mavis, Christ McMillan, Kerry Nemovicher (USSF F ), Kirk Offerle, Ernesto Oliden, Yuli Parada (USSF F), Ron Parsons, Jeremy Phillips, Rob Range (USSF D), Carlos Rivera (USSF F), Steve Russell (USSF E), Casey Tate (USSF A, Reno 1868 Assistant), Cesar Tobar.