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Meet Our Coaches

David Flower

David Flower

David Flower

Director of Coaching
Girls Director

Dave joined the Chelsea Piers team in 2012 and works as the Field House Director as well as the Director of Coaching for Chelsea Piers Soccer Club. He played youth team, scholastic and senior football in the UK before turning his hand to coaching in his early twenties. He has more than two decades of coaching experience with athletes ranging in age from elementary through high school. Through his years transforming Westhill High School into an FCIAC powerhouse, as well as selecting and coaching the best players in the state to compete in the Elite Clubs National League, Dave has helped dozens of athletes achieve their goals of playing collegiate soccer. He currently oversees all of the Chelsea Piers Soccer Club teams working to map out the pathways for those players looking to play at the collegiate level as well as those that simply love the game and intend to play as long as possible. Dave specifically coaches both the U10 and U12 Girls teams and runs technical sessions for the premier teams.


Susie Starr

Susie Starr

Susie Starr

Head Coach

Susie joined Chelsea Piers Connecticut in the summer of 2012, prior to the facility opening. At Fairfield High School, she was an All-American as a goalkeeper and was selected to represent the region at the youth level. After high school, Susie was recruited to play as a goalkeeper at Yale University. After graduating, she worked as the Graduate Assistant for Fairfield University’s women’s soccer team while completing her MBA. Susie works full time at Chelsea Piers, combining roles as Sponsorship Director and Chelsea Piers Soccer Club Director. Susie’s passion is coaching and creating programs that build complete athletes. In addition to training the club goalkeepers, she also runs the U11 and U12 Player Development Academy teams and oversees all off-field team building, leadership and athlete development programs for the Chelsea Piers Soccer Club.


Ross Stride

Ross Stride

Ross Stride

Technical Director
Boys Director

Ross joined Chelsea Piers for its inaugural soccer season in 2013. He brings a strong emphasis on technical development as well as a plethora of experience, having played for Park University in Missouri and served as a trainee at Celtic Football Club in Scotland. After graduating, Ross started coaching with Sporting Kansas City’s Elite Club National League teams before moving to the Northeast in early 2013. Ross is currently the women’s Assistant Coach at Fairfield University and previously served as the Assistant Coach at the University of Bridgeport. Ross coaches the U13 girls as well as the 2006 Academy boys.


Johnny Sanchez

Johnny Sanchez

Johnny Sanchez

Head Coach

Johnny also joined the Chelsea Piers team in 2012 to help lead the growing youth soccer classes, coaching athletes from 2 to 18 years old. Originally from Bogota, Columbia, Johnny moved to Stamford as a 12-year-old and was a member of the standout Westhill High School soccer team. Johnny started his coaching career before he graduated from high school and has since gone on to work with many of the town travel programs in Fairfield County. Johnny attended college while working full time and caring for his young family. He is currently coaching the 2007 Boys Academy team and started the Chelsea Piers Junior Academy for talented players within the developmental soccer classes.


Jon Ruddock

Jon Ruddock

Jon Ruddock

Head Coach

Jon joined Chelsea Piers in October 2013 in order to help meet the demands of the growing soccer program. A native of Liverpool, England, he brings extensive experience, having played and coached at the Division II level for the University of Bridgeport. Jon has trained multiple premier teams in his 15 years of coaching in Connecticut and is known as an expert in developing players to their full potential, teaching players compassion and kindness while also stressing discipline and control in their approach to the game. Jon will be coaching the U9 Boys as well as the older premier girls for the 2017-2018 season.


Cristian Flores

Cristian Flores

Cristian Flores

Head Coach

Cristian is one of our junior coaches joining us in 2017, working with and learning from seasoned coaches such as Ross Stride, Jon Ruddock and Johnny Sanchez. Cristian has a keen eye for the technical development of individual players and has a very calm and calculated approach to coaching which gives him the ability to work with players from the ages of 4 years all the way through high school.

As a player Cristian represented Westhill High School here in Stamford, CT as well as Stamford FC Elite at club level.


Darren James Gourlay

Darren James Gourlay

Darren James Gourlay

Head Coach

Coach Gourlay has coached in the Connecticut area for over 9 years and is currently the Girls Varsity Head coach at King School in Stamford. In addition to holding USSF and NSCCA qualifications, Coach Gourlay holds the UEFA B youth diploma and has coaching certifications from his time working in professional academies in Scotland. He is a very forward-thinking coach who honed his coaching style working for years in New Canaan’s youth programs and will bring a very positive, developmental philosophy to working with our youth players.