The Force is fortunate to have an outstanding coaching staff of more than two dozen passionate professionals. Collectively the staff has hundreds of years experience playing and coaching soccer at the youth, collegiate, MLS, and international levels. All staff is credentialed including ten coaches holding the USSF Class-A coaching license.
Force players are virtually guaranteed to train with multiple coaches through their Force careers and benefit from multiple styles, perspectives, and talents our staff brings.
Tom has been coaching in the United States since 2004. He is currently coaching competitive teams with De Anza Force Soccer Club and is also the Youth Director at the Club. Tom is also involved with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) at the District and the State level. Coach Tom has prior U.S. coaching experience with MLS youth programs and U.K. experience as a youth coach for the Newcastle Football Development Scheme and Penrith Football Club. Before launching his career in coaching, Tom played 3 years of semi-professional and college soccer in England and most recently played for the San Jose Frogs. He graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
NASL (North American Soccer League)
MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League)
WSL (Western Soccer League)
Hometown: Saratoga, California
Education: U.C.L.A. (Sociology Major); Bellarmine College Preparatory
2002-2006 Played professionally for the Rochester Rhinos in the United Soccer League (USL) Enjoyed three successful seasons with the rhinos anchoring the defensive mid-field role.
2001-2002 Was signed by Syracuse NY of the United Soccer League (USL) however, halfway through the season was bought by the Rochester Rhinos for the remainder of his 3 year contract.
2001- Joined the New England Revolution in early part of the year.
2000- Was drafted by the New England Revolution of the Major League Soccer (MLS) Super-draft, however chose to stay in school to complete his degree.
1999 — Made 24 appearances for the U.S. Under-20 National Team, tallying four goals and eight assists ... Earned 10 career caps for the U-20's ... Was a member of the squad which won two games at the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Youth Championships in Nigeria, tallying two assists in the tournament ... Earned first-team All-MPSF Pacific Division honors … Ranked first on the team and in league with 13 assists, the sixth-most in UCLA history …
Appeared in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments with the Bruins, which included a National Championship in 1997 and another trip to the College Cup Semifinals in 1999 ... Finished his eligibility at UCLA in fifth position on the school's all-time assists chart ... The senior captain was also named a NSCAA/Adidas All-Far West First Team All-American in addition to earning First Team all-conference honors for the second straight season ... Was Indiana University’s Classic All-Tournament Team in 2000.Earned UCLA’s Most Valuable Player award in 2000. Ended his career at UCLA with 61 points (14g, 31a) in 61 appearances. ... Had a career-high nine goals in 2000, including four game-winners
1998- Member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team. Missed seven games for UCLA due to an ankle injury … Prior to the injury, he started nine games and scored 10 points (3g, 4a) … Scored the game-winner with less than 10 minutes to play against Gonzaga …
High School- 1997 Member of the U.S. U-18 and U-17 National Team. Four-year letterman at Bellarmine College Preparatory … First-team all-league performer from 1995-97 … Sophomore of the Year in 1995 … Senior and Player of the Year in 1997 when he scored 11 goals and 12 assists … Led his 1997 team to a 21-1 record and the Central Coast Section and league championships … Two-time All-Central Coast Section selection in 1995 and 1997 … 1994 Umbro All-American … San Jose Mercury News High School Player of the Year as a senior …High School Sports Focus Player of the Year 1997.
CLUB and HIGH SCHOOL COACHING EXPERIENCE
PROFESSIONAL PLAYING EXPERIENCE
BA, Economics, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Jeff Leightman was named the San Jose State University women's soccer head coach in February 2008. He enters his third season with the Spartans as the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Leightman quickly placed his stamp on the San Jose State program with the 2009 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular season championship - the first for the university in its 15-year history. The Spartans notched their first winning record in 10 years with their 11-6-3 win-loss record. A single-season school record 14-match streak without a loss ignited by five consecutive shutout victories put San Jose State on the right track. Four Spartans were first-team All-WAC selections and one more earned second-team conference honors in addition to Leightman becoming just the second San Jose State women's soccer coach to be a WAC Coach of the Year.
The success on the pitch in his his first two seasons with the Spartans parallels the team's academic success. San Jose State players have 27 Academic All-WAC awards since the 2008 season. In 2009, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recognized the Spartans with one of its Team Awards for achieving a team grade-point average over 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. In 2010, San Jose State also had its first player earn an Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award in eight years.
Leightman heads into the 2010 season with a 16-17-7 win-loss record at San Jose State and a 118-83-28 mark in 12 seasons as a major college head coach. He came to the Spartans after a successful 10-season run at Binghamton University.
A COAST-TO-COAST PROGRAM BUILDER
Coaching at his alma mater, he seamlessly transitioned the program from a mediocre Division III team into a regionally-ranked Division I force in the East. Leightman left Binghamton for San Jose State as its winningest women's soccer coach compiling an overall record of 102-66-1 from 1998 through 2007.
In 1998, Leightman's first year and the program's first in NCAA Division II, the Bearcats finished with a 14-3-1 record and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) crown. The Bearcats were ECAC runners-up in 1999 and semifinalists in 2001 and 2003.
In 2004, Binghamton won the America East Conference title and earned an NCAA Championship Tournament berth in just its fourth season competing at the Division I level. The Bearcats' success resulted in Leightman receiving America East Conference Coach of the Year honors.
Over seven years of Division I competition, Leightman directed his squad to top-10 Northeast Region rankings by both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer Buzz Magazine. In 2001, Soccer Buzz ranked Binghamton as the top first-year Division I program in the nation.
Respected by his coaching colleagues, Leightman served as the America East Women's Soccer Coaches' Chair from 2005-07, the National Chairman for the NSCAA/adidas rankings and the East Region Chairman for the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-America Committee.
A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COACH & ODP EXPERIENCE
Leightman's coaching career began with a three-season tenure in 1993 as an assistant at Binghamton. The Bearcats went 39-13-8 overall during that span, earned a conference championship, was ranked second nationally in 1995 and played in the 1995 NCAA Division III Championship . He moved to the University of North Carolina for the 1996 season and was an assistant coach on the Tar Heels' NCAA Division I championship team. After a year as a Villanova University assistant coach, he returned to Binghamton as the women's team head coach.
Since 1999, Leightman worked for the Olympic Development Program. Presently, he is the head coach of the DeAnza Force U17 team based in Cupertino, Calif. The Force competes in the Elite Club National League (ECNL), the most elite program in girls' youth soccer. He was a United States Youth Soccer Region I staff coach and was the Director of Coaching for the BC United Fusion, a premier girls' youth soccer program, from 2004-07. He was the girls' head coach of the New York State West ODP U16 and U17 teams in 1999-2000.
An honors graduate of Santa Clara University in 2001, Rusty Johnson completed his eighth season coaching at his alma mater in 2010, focusing primarily on the development of the Bronco goalkeepers.
An intergal part of the coaching staff since 2003 under four-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year Cameron Rast, Johnson has helped guide the Broncos to four WCC titles in eight seasons and six NCAA College Cup tournament appearances.
Most recently, under Johnson's tutelage, true freshman Larry Jackson posted four shutouts in 2009 to help Santa Clara tie for the league lead with five. Jackson was an All-West Coast Conference selection - as was Kevin Klasila during the Broncos' championship run in 2010.
Johnson was intrumental in helping Joseph Buttitta lead the WCC in shutouts with eight in 2006. In 2007, Klasila finished second nationally in the regular season with a goals against average of 0.49. Klasila was also unbeaten at 12-0-3 during the 2007 season.
Johnson holds an NSCAA National Diploma and, in 2008, he earned a United States Soccer Federation `B' License. In addition to his duties with the Broncos, he coaches the U-17 MVLA Wolfpack.
While playing on the Mission Campus, Johnson etched his name into many goalkeeper categories of the Santa Clara record books. He holds the school record for most consecutive shutout minutes with 526:14, most saves in a postseason game with nine and most saves in a postseason career with 19. His career goals-against average of 0.79 is fifth-best and 164 saves are the fourth best totals in Bronco history, while his 23.5 career shutouts are second in SCU history, trailing only Eric Yamamoto who is also an assistant coach for the Broncos.
Johnson stepped into the goalkeeper position late in his freshman year and helped guide the Broncos to back-to-back College Cup appearances in 1999 and 2000.
A two-time All-West Coast Conference selection, Johnson was also selected to the NSCAA All-Far West Region team in 2000. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Johnson was also honored for his academic prowess, garnering All-Academic honors for both the WCC and the West Region. He graduated with honors from Santa Clara with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in December 2001, maintaining a 3.64 overall GPA and a 3.83 GPA in his major. Following graduation Johnson worked as a manufacturing/design engineer for n&k Technology, Inc., located in Santa Clara until he returned to his alma mater.
Adrianne has been a part of the Force Soccer Club since 2001 as a coach and also as a member of the Force Club Board of Directors since 2003. She is the current club vice president and former Girls DOC (Dec 2005- Mar 2008). Adrianne currently holds an USSF "A" coaching license. Adrianne was also awarded the USSF Bob McNulty Award of Excellence, which is given to the coach who best exemplifies the spirit of and devotion to coaching at the USSF coaching school.
Adrianne grew up playing soccer on the East coast, where she had a very successful youth and collegiate career. While in high school, she was a member of the Region III ODP team from the ages of 15-18 and was also a member of the U18 national team pool. In 1995, her club team made the USYSA Snickers National Semi-Finals, where they finished third overall in the country. Coming out of high school, Soccer America listed her among the top 11 college recruits in Region III.
Adrianne played 4 years of Division 1 soccer at the University of Florida, where she was an All-American, All-Southeast Region and All-SEC member. In 1998, her team won the Division 1 National Championship, defeating the University of North Carolina in the NCAA finals, 1-0.
Click to see Adrianne's soccer profile at the University of Florida web site.
To provide quality and competent coaching for all soccer players, in a safe and educational environment.
Coach David Burgee brings a wealth of soccer knowledge to the De Anza Force Soccer Club:
David was directly involved and instrumental in building the University of Oregon women’s soccer team from a club program into a regionally recognized NCAA Division I program, and served as an assistant coach from 1996-1999. Prior to his undertakings as an assistant, David was the head club coach in 1994.
In 1997, David founded and directed Scoretech Girl’s Soccer Camps. Scoretech was a multi-state training organization, operating camps in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and Nevada, and worked with approximately 800 female soccer players in day and residential camps each summer. Between 1997 and 2002, Scoretech trained nearly 3,500 girls.
Between 2003 and 2006, David served as head coach of the Gunn High School varsity boys soccer program. Under his direction and leadership, Gunn attained unprecedented success compiling an overall record of 47-11-17. Each year, Gunn advanced to the Central Coast Section (CCS) semifinals and moved on to the championship game in 2006.
The San Francisco, California, native has performed as a trainer in a wide variety of coaching and workshop settings. He has served as an instructor for Santa Clara University, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and the Women’s Soccer Foundation. As well, David has coached at such organizations as the Palo Alto and Stanford Soccer clubs.
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) have nationally recognized David. He currently holds an NSCAA “Premier Diploma” and a USSF “B” License. Additionally, he holds an NSCAA “Goalkeeper Level II” Certification.
As a player, David played for the Southern Oregon University Raiders before suffering a career ending injury.
David is a 1993 graduate from the University of Oregon receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He went on to complete a Professional Bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2001 from the School of Architecture and Allied Arts from the same institution. In May of 2007, David completed his Master of Arts degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco.
David returns to the Force after a two-year hiatus. He served as head coach of many Force teams between the fall of 2003 and winter of 2007.
From an early age, he played soccer, both with the Palo Alto and Stanford Soccer Clubs. He went to Gunn High School where he played both junior varsity and varsity soccer. As a freshman, his JV team won the league championship. During his sophomore year at Gunn, he distinguished himself by leading the varsity team in goals. The next year, the Titans were Central Coast Section champions and Marquess led the team with assists.
Marquess began his college soccer career at University of California, Santa Cruz, in NCAA Division III. As a first-year player, he earned the position of starting left back. He played every game and scored five goals. It was a successful year for the UCSC Banana Slugs. They ended the season strong and went on to the Division III National Championships, losing in the final game. Matt earned personal accolades including being named to the NCAA Division III All-Tournament Team and recognized as the Division III Independents, 'Freshman of the Year.'
As a sophomore, he transferred to Santa Clara University. He came off the bench early his first season and progressed to anchoring the back line. He held that position of center back for two years, playing every game and continuing into the playoffs. While at SCU, he earned numerous accolades including his selection as Regional Academic All-American and ESPN Scholar Athlete. His junior season he was voted as the Broncos' 'Defender of the Year,' an honor bestowed by his teammates. Under the guidance of coaches Cameron Rast, Eric Yamamoto and Rusty Johnson he played most every position while at SCU and did whatever was required to help the team.
Midway through his senior year at SCU, Marquess was drafted in the third round of the MLS Superdraft by the Kansas City Wizards. He played two injury-plagued seasons with the Wizards before retiring to return to his ‘real’ life. He recently returned to SCU to finish his Finance degree; he will graduate in December 2010 with honors.
Daniel Hicker has over 15 years combined coaching and management experience in collegiate, club, semi-professional, and youth development. Having a strong passion for the game, Hicker is known for the positive influence and leadership given to his players at every level. He has also been recognized for his comprehensive effort to help with the preparation and advancement of his players to higher levels of achievement on and off the field.
Hicker began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer program at Pierce College, Washington, in 2002 at the age of twenty before continuing educational and playing pursuits. He returned as head coach in 2005 successfully taking the program to the quarter finals of the NWAACC Championships for the first time since 1992. Over his tenure, Hicker lead the program to an impressive list of achievements including 3 consecutive post season appearances, a first ever league MVP selection, 3 all-star team selections, 5 all-academic team selections, and the highest ever recorded cumulative team GPA in program history.
In 2010 Hicker was named the first ever head coach for the women’s soccer program at Trinity Lutheran College, Washington, where within two seasons the program became a recognized identity with players earning national honors and the team qualifying for the NCCAA Division I Regional Championships. During his time at Trinity Hicker also served the college as an Instructor of Exercise Science.
Other past coaching and directing terms for Hicker involve his time with the South Hill Revolution Soccer Club, WFC Rangers, Highline Premier FC, and head fitness coach of the former Seattle Wolves FC of the USL. He has been recognized as an up and coming authority in player development by Speed Trainers USA.
After youth, Hicker began his collegiate career at Pierce College, Washington, of the NWAACC before moving forward to Colorado State University-Pueblo of the NCAA. While in Colorado he played for the Player Development League of the USL and was selected to participate in the 2006 USL player combine. He later played semi-professionally for the Premier Arena Soccer League and the Seattle Wolves FC.
Hicker holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma. After attaining a Bachelors of Exercise Science from Colorado State University-Pueblo, Hicker completed his Masters of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation from California University of Pennsylvania. During his candidacy, Hicker earned advanced credentials in Performance Enhancement and Corrective Exercise from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Coaching beliefs: Players should be comfortable on the ball and have many touches at practice.
A coach does not need to shout, but to guide and encourage his players.