Meet our Academy Coaches

Academy Coaching Assignments for the 2018-2019 Soccer Season


Shaun McBrien (Head Coach, U10 Development Academy Team Dash and Head Coach, U12 Academy Team Reign):  Shaun is the Director of Coaching for NGS and is an accomplished coach holding a number of high level coaching licenses, including NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and UEFA B License. Shaun graduated from the University of Ulster in his native Northern Ireland with a BSc Sports Coaching and Development Degree after playing soccer at various levels including club, high school and college. Before moving to the USA in 2009 Shaun worked for the Irish Football Association coaching in schools, communities and at club level. Prior to joining Newton Girls Soccer, Shaun was the Academy Director and South East Regional Director at PTUSA, a professional soccer coaching organization on the South Shore, MA and was head coach of several girls and boys teams within this club. Shaun was awarded the MA Futsal Girls’ Coach of the Year 2015.



Taylor Beckingham (Assistant Coach, U10 Development Academy Team Dash & U13 Academy Team Spirit): ​Coach Taylor has a strong love for the game of soccer and has been involved in the sport from an early age. Taylor graduated from University of Richmond as a International Studies majored and during that time lived in both Spain and Argentina. Taylor is presently working towards gaining his US Soccer Coaching Licenses.





Floyd Butler (Head Coach, U11 Academy Team Stars and Head Coach, U13 Academy Team Spirit): Floyd was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. in English and Masters in Education from The Pennsylvania State University, before becoming a head coach for Futbol Club Pittsburgh, and Penn United, a nonprofit community soccer organization. Floyd moved to Boston in April 2014 and began coaching with NGS in August of 2014.  Since joining the NGS family, Floyd has coached and or assisted with Academy, Developmental Academy, and Travel teams across a variety of age groups. Floyd currently plays amateur soccer in the BSSL, Boston’s premiere adult amateur league. He has National Coaching Licenses and is currently working towards obtaining more. Floyd is also an English teacher at Oak Hill Middle School. His playing experience and educational background are clearly illustrated in his coaching philosophy and style, which focuses predominantly on development and love for the game.



Theresa Fuller (Head Coach, U11 Development Academy Team Thorns & Assistant Coach, U12 Academy Team Reign): Theresa grew up playing high level club soccer in Rhode Island from an early age. She also played soccer at Brandeis University and represented the college in Rugby. Since graduating college in 2013, she has been a camp counselor, a volunteer for Needham’s YMCA soccer program, a volunteer for Girl Scouts, and continues to play soccer through multiple teams in BSSC’s intramural leagues. She worked for many years as an Emergency Room Technician, and now works in Health Systems Research. 




Alyssa Hansen (Head Coach, U12 Development Academy Team Pride & Co-Head Coach, U15 Development Academy Team Royals): Alyssa is a 5th and 6th grade Spanish teacher at the Fessenden School where she coaches Varsity B soccer in the fall, cross-country skiing in the winter, and mountain biking in the spring. Alyssa went to Newton North High School, where she played on the Varsity soccer team for four years and was the captain of the team her senior year. She received her BA in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont, where she played club lacrosse and intramural soccer. Alyssa has also worked at the Fessenden soccer camp for many years. In her free time, Alyssa likes to run, bike, hike, ski, read, and play  soccer.




 Peter Hendrick (Co-Head Coach, U15 Development Academy Team Royals): Peter has been a teacher for 38 years.  He is currently a Physical Education Teacher at the Carroll School.  Peter has 21 years of experience as an Athletic Director, including positions  at the Bement School and The Cambridge Friends School.  He brings over 25 years of coaching experience to his role with Newton Academy, in addition to his many accomplishments as a player.  In his early career, Peter was tri-captain at Concord Carlisle High School, class of 1975.  He was also all Eastern Mass All-Star. A 1980 graduate from Keene State College, Peter played 4 years for nationally ranked teams and participated in two national tournaments.  He holds National and Advanced National diplomas through the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America).  Peter resides in Newton at The Fessenden School.  He is married with two grown children.



Alex Gerson (Head Coach, U13 Academy Team Fury & Goalkeeper Coach): Coach Alex is one of the Physical Education teachers at Oak Hill Middle School where he also coaches the Oak Hill Girls Soccer Team. In addition, he has previously coached with NEFC, the New York Red Bulls Academy and MLS Camps. Alex holds a USSF ‘D’ License and NSCAA Youth Level VI License. Alex has coached with NGS for the past 5 years with our Academy teams, our winter skills development program and as a Pro and Goalkeeper Trainer. Alex holds a Professional Massachusetts P.E. K-8 License and has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology. Alex was recently awarded MA Futsal Girls’ Coach of the Year in 2017.




Ashley Perry (Head Coach, U13 Development Academy Team Courage): Soccer has always been Ashley’s passion. Having played on competitive/varsity teams in high school, she continued to play on competitive teams throughout college. She has played in the US, Australia and New Zealand. Coaching was a natural progression for Ashley; she has coached boys and girls, ranging from U5 to Varsity High School. In 2014, Ashley moved to MA and began working with Newton Girls Soccer. In addition to soccer, Ashley loves to sail, and was a member of the New Zealand Olympic sailing team. She also has a Master’s in Education, and in addition to coaching, is a Consulting Associate at Inside Experience in Concord.




Caleb Thomson (Head Coach, U15 Academy Team Impact): Caleb is the Enrollment Manager & Director of Admission at The Fessenden School. He is a graduate of Fessenden and has been living and working at the day and junior boarding school for the past 30 years. Caleb played his High School soccer at Suffield Academy where he was selected to the All-State team and then went on to play collegiate soccer at Ohio Wesleyan University where he was named to the All-Ohio team in his senior year. He has been coaching the boys varsity soccer team at Fessenden for the past 24 years and is also the Director of the Fessenden School Co-Ed Soccer Camp. Caleb was the Head Coach for his older daughter’s Newton Girls Soccer U14 team which won their BAYS Division and the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC) in 2011 while coaching with Owen Pennant-Jones.



Owen Pennant-Jones (Assistant Coach, U15 Academy Team Impact): Owen is the Newton South Girls Varsity Assistant Coach (since 2000) and has been a professional trainer for years for numerous NGS teams, most recently the 1201 team for the last three seasons. Owen has had great success. His 2016 1401 team were the BAYS champion and the MTOC (Massachusetts Tournament of Champions) runner up. He also coached with Caleb’s U14 team which won the MTOC in 2011.