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Coaches Information & Biographies

One of the most important factors of having a successful soccer club and being able to watch youth soccer players have fun, develop, have continued success, maybe play for their high school or college teams and even beyond is having  right right coaches and trainers working with youth  players from when they are really young. 

At the Americans Soccer Club we pride ourselves in having not just professionally certified and experienced coaches but also being able to connect with youth players early in their development and help them flourish!

For the 2020 fall season and beyond we are proud to announce a partnership with the Soccer Coaches at Northern Highlands Regional High School.  Our club has been a feeder program for the 4- town regional high school since our inception in 1978.  We have seen many successful girls and boys championship teams and many of those team members played with Americans Soccer Club since they were very young.

In 2020 any beyond the coaches from Northern Highlands will be coaching our 7th and 8th Grade teams as they approach high school.  We are so happy to be able to have them in our program and we welcome them to the Americans Family!

Below are some details about ALL of our great coaches!

Tom Orbacz - Northern Highlands Boys Soccer Varsity Head Coach

Playing History

2-time Bergen County Champion, and a North Parochial A  State Finalist graduating from Don Bosco Prep, where he played for Legendary Bergen County Coach Roy Nygren.  He went on to play his first collegiate season as a goalkeeper with West Virginia University.  After his first collegiate season he made the decision to transfer to Iona College and become a Gael where he finished playing as a center back and leading the team as a captain in his last two seasons with the Gaels.  During his playing days he was a PDL National semi finalist, and finalist with the Westchester Flames, and after college he bounced around the USL as a non-contractual player mainly in Minnesota. 

Coaching Qualifications and Experience

When he decided to dedicate his path of soccer to coaching, he went back to his Alma mater and coached for seven seasons on the Iona College Men's soccer staff, as a Volunteer Asst., Goalkeeper Coach, and finishing as an Asst. Coach.  During his time at Iona he was also coaching youth soccer with FC Westchester, Armonk United and Castleford FC, where he coached ages U-8-U16 on both the boys and girls side.  He was also a Future Stars Soccer camp counselor.  He still continues to privately train goalkeepers, and every goalkeeper he has trained has gone on to play collegiately, and notable schools his goalkeepers attended are Lafayette College and St. Joseph's University. 

The real passion for Orbacz was Scholastic Sports and trying to make an impact in the lives of young men through the game of soccer. Coach Orbacz decided to head back to his High School Alma Mater and took the JV Job at Don Bosco Prep were he won a JV County championship in his first year. His 3rd and final year at Don Bosco he was a Varsity Assistant.  He felt the need to coach on all levels Scholastically and in his fourth year of coaching High School teams, he took on the Freshman team at Northern Highlands.  He coached the Freshman team at Northern Highlands for two years and took the Freshman team to the Bergen County semi-finals in his 2nd year. 

In his 3rd year at Northern Highlands he took over the entire program, as the Varsity Head Coach.   

Coaching Certifications

Coach Orbacz is a USSF "C" Licensed Coach, with his Level I, II, and III Goalkeeping certificates

Nickolette Driesse - Northern Highlands Girls Varsity Soccer Head Coach

Youth Playing History

Driesse grew up in Wayne, New Jersey and attended Wayne Hills High School, where she scored 88 goals and notched 46 assists. She was nominated all-League, all-County and all-State each of the four years that she played for Wayne Hills HS. Driesse was named All-County Player of the Year as a sophomore and was also nominated All-State Player of the Year as a junior. In 2012, she was included in the first team ESPN High School All-America.

College Playing History

After a very successful career at high school, Driesse was contacted by several colleges and universities and in the fall of her junior year at Wayne Hills High School she committed to Florida State University. Driesse played two seasons at Florida. In 2013, she was the only Seminole freshman to play all 28 matches in the season (starting 27). She also helped the team to reach the finals of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament. For her performance in this year, she earned several accolades, including being nominated for the All-ACC Freshman Team, Soccer America All-Freshman First Team, ACC All-Academic Team and Freshmen Best XI Second Team. In the next year, as a sophomore, Driesse saw her time on the field severely cut. She only started six matches in the season as her team claimed the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament. She, then, decided for a transfer. In 2015 she transfered to the Penn State University. Driesse played a key role at Penn State. Playing in all 27 matches (including 20 starts) and recording four goals and six assists. She helped their team to win the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament. Making her a back-to-back champion for two different universities. In 2016, as a senior, Driesse was named co-captain and started all 21 matches she played. She was also nominated for the All-Big Ten First Team, Big Ten All tournament Team and Academic All-Big Ten.

Professional Playing History (Domestic & International)

In 2012, Driesse was called for the United States U18 team . In 2013, she attended several camps with the United States U20 team.

In 2012 and 2013, Driesse played for the North Jersey Valkyries at the W-League.

On July 17, 2014, Driesse was included in the 21-players roster that represented the United States at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada. 

On January 12, 2017, Driesse was picked by Orlando Pride in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. She was the 32nd pick overall.  On April 29, 2017, Driesse made her debut in a match against North Carolina Courage.


John Wallace - Northern Highlands Boys Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach

Oliver Gough - Director of Camps and Clinics

  • Born Shrewsbury, England, dual citizen UK/USA.

Playing History

  • Played youth soccer for Aston Villa academy, Manchester City academy and Shrewsbury Town academy.
  • Represented Liverpool University at college level. 

Coaching History and Experience

  • 14 years of experience coaching in America from grassroots to collegiate level.
  • Coached nationally ranked Americans and Cedar Stars Academy teams as well as Assistant coach for Montclair State University Women's team where in consecutive years qualified for the NCAA National Tournament making the round of 16.

Coaching Qualifications

  • FA, USSF & NSCAA coaching qualifications
  • Bachelors in Health and Sport Science and Masters degree in Education.


  • Born 1987, London, England

Playing History

  • Played goalkeeper at school before moving to center half
  • Played for high school and university at amateur level

Coaching History

  • Worked as a PE teacher after college, while coaching at community level in London
  • Moved to New Jersey in 2013 and worked for Americans Soccer Club for three years
  • Moved to SDFC and coached academy level for two years, winning Manalapan in 2017 and EDP Classic in 2018
  • Hired in Spring 2018 as Director of Coaching, Young Americans

Coaching Qualifications

  • Undergrad: Philosophy at University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, 2010
  • Masters: Exercise Science & Physical Education (Sports Coaching Concentration) at Montclair State University, 2019
  • English Football Association Level One, Level Two & Youth Award (Modules One & Two)
  • Coerver International Youth License
  • US Soccer Introduction & Grassroots Course

BRYAN AMAYA - Americans Soccer Club Coach

  • Born in 10/30/1990 Quito,Ecuador
  • Moved to the United States in 2002

Playing History

  • L.D.U. Quito youth Academy ( Ecuador ) 
  • Belleville High school 

Coaching History & Experience

  • Current Director of Elite Soccer Academy ( ESA )
  • Americans Soccer Club 
  • Previously  - NJ Crush FC Youth Director 

Coaching Qualifications

  • U.S. Soccer Federation D License 
  • United Soccer Coaches National Diploma
  • Undergraduate: BA in Biology and Minor in Psychology at Kean University (2012)

  • Doctorate: Doctor of Physical Therapy at Dominican College NY (2017)

Chris Owen

Youth Playing History

A New Jersey native, Owen enjoyed a standout career at Montclair State University as a goalkeeper, appearing in 58 games during his career from 2001-05.  In his four years he collected a 33-18-6 record, complete with 21 clean sheets and a miniscule 0.97 goals against average. 

Coaching Experience and History

After receiving his degree he joined the Red Hawks as an assistant coach, first with the men's team and then later and for a longer period, with the women's team.

Concentrating on team tactics, conditioning and scouting, Owen also acted as the head goalkeeping coach for the men's program at Montclair State from 2006-09.  During that run, the Red Hawks took home a pair of NJAC titles and advanced to the Round of 16 and the Elite 8 of postseason play.  After a step away from collegiate coaching, Owen returned to Montclair State in 2011, and has spent the previous 10 seasons with the Red Hawks' women's program.  There, alongside intense training of goalkeepers he took on an expanded role as a scout, recruiter, and trainer, becoming a primary supervisor at team practices and training sessions.  There, he helped lead the Red Hawks to five-straight NCAA Postseason Tournament appearances from 2012-16.  

While Owen's experiences are extensive at the college level, he also brings a wealth of experience on the youth level as well.  Since 2013 he has been a Head Coach for U17 and under groups with Cedar Stars Bergen West Academy, and since 2018 he has served as the Director of Goalkeeping for the Americans Soccer Club, also serving as a head coach for 12  and under boys and girls teams. 

A graduate of Montclair State with a Bachelor's in Justice Studies, Owen resides in West Milford, NJ, with his wife, Natasha, and three children.


Coaching Experience:

  • Montclair State Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach
  • Montclair State Women’s Soccer Head Assistant Coach
  • College Of Staten Island Women’s Soccer Head Assistant Coach
  • Bergen West FC Director of Coaching
  • NJ Crush FC Staff Coach
  • NJ Crush FC Director of Goalkeeping
  • Cedar Stars Bergen West Staff Coach
  • Cedar Stars Bergen West Director Of Goalkeeping
  • Americans Soccer Club Staff Coach
  • Americans Soccer Club Director of Goalkeeping
  • Parsippany Soccer Club Staff Coach
  • Wyckoff Torpedoes Club Staff Coach

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