LEE COUNTY STRIKERS TECHNICAL STAFF

JESSE CORMIER

Technical Director

Email: techdirector@bwpleecounty.com

Jesse Cormier was named the FGCU men’s soccer head coach on Jan. 23, 2017, and is in his second season at the helm of the program in 2018. In his first season in Southwest Florida, Cormier guided FGCU to an 8-6-3 (4-1-1 ASUN) record in 2017. The Eagles reached the ASUN Tournament semifinals for the seventh-straight season (every year of eligibility), and Cormier coached a program-record 10 all-conference selections.

Prior to his time with FGCU, Cormier was the head coach at Vermont for 13 seasons. He won 14 games with the Catamounts in 2016 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
 During his time with Vermont, Cormier guided the program to the America East Tournament in 12 of 13 seasons, making five title game appearances, winning two tournament crowns, claiming a regular-season championship and advancing to three NCAA tournaments, including a pair of second round appearances. In 2016, the America East ranked as the 3rd-best conference in the nation, behind only the ACC and Pac-12, and ahead of the Big Ten, Big East and Conference USA.
 In addition to all of his teams’ successes on the pitch, Cormier emphasizes off-field citizenship and academics of his student-athletes. During Cormier’s time at Vermont, every single player who competed for all four years graduated.
 
At Oregon State, Cormier helped transform the program into a national power with outstanding coaching and recruiting. In 2002, OSU made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. As Oregon State’s recruiting coordinator, Cormier’s final two classes were recognized among the nation’s best by CollegeSoccerNews.com. The national website also cited Cormier as one of the outstanding assistant coaches in the country.
  
A native of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., near the Vermont border, Cormier earned his Master’s degree in leadership and human services at Bradley – where current FGCU Athletic Director Ken Kavanagh was then the AD – in 1999. Cormier was an assistant coach on the 1998 Missouri Valley Conference Championship squad that was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.


SHELDON "CIP" CIPRIANI

Director of Director of Coaching

Email: directcoach@bwpleecounty.com

Sheldon Cipriani re-joined FGCU as an assistant coach in March of 2017 and is in his second season with the program in 2018.In his first season as a full-time staff member in 2017, Cipriani helped guide FGCU to an 8-6-3 (4-1-1 ASUN) record in 2017. The Eagles reached the ASUN Tournament semifinals for the seventh-straight season (every year of eligibility), and Cipriani coached a program-record 10 all-conference selections.

Cipriani served as a volunteer assistant coach on the Eagles' 2014 team which won ASUN regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Cipriani prior to his full-time assistant promotion was a United States Soccer Federation Development Academy Director, coaching Boys U13 through U18 with the Florida Rush Soccer Club in Orlando. Cipriani brings a wealth of coaching experience from the youth, amateur and collegiate levels throughout the state of Florida. In addition to his time with FGCU, he served as USF’s Director of Satellite Camps from 2010-12, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the camp and planning all sessions.
 
From 2014-15, Cipriani was the head coach of the Lee County Strikers in Fort Myers. That came on the heels of an eight-year tenure as the Director of Coaching and Player Development with the Gainesville Soccer Alliance. Cipriani has served as a head and assistant coach in the Premier Development League – the top men’s amateur soccer organization in the United States. Cipriani was the head coach of VSI Tampa in 2013 and has had stints as an assistant coach with the Ocala Stampede in both 2012 and 2014. Cipriani helped guide the Stampede to a conference championship in their inaugural season in 2012, and a national semifinal appearance in 2014.
 
A 1994 alumnus of Coker College (Hartsville, S.C.), Cipriani graduated with a degree in Business Management and was named an Academic All-American. 


STEVE FREEMAN

Director of BWP Programming & Founder

Email: sjfreeman5@gmail.com

Steve founded Black Watch Premier (BWP Albany & BWP Burlington) in 1997. He is the current Director of Programming for the Club as well as Chief Executive Officer. He currently coaches the BWP Albany Boys 2000/01s, 2005s and 2006s. Freeman currently holds the USSF National B License and USC Premier Diploma (Formerly held USSF National A License for 16 years, expired). Steve is profoundly interested in coaching education and player development. He is currently a USC National Staff member, and has been involved with many player development programs like the Super Y League National Camp, the US Club Soccer ID2 National Camps. Freeman was also a board member on National Board of Directors for US Club Soccer for 6 years. Steve also served as the Director of Coaching at Latham Circle Soccer Club for 2 years. Steve is passionate about the sport of soccer and teaching the game to the next generation of elite players. Freeman has been a public elementary school teacher since 1999, and holds his Master’s Degree in Teacher Education/Staff Development. Freeman played collegiately at the Division I level, professionally and semi-professionally for 6 years. Steve has coached scholastically and collegiately, as both a head coach and assistant coach since 1995. Currently, Freeman is the head coach at the Christian Brothers Academy.



2019/20 Lee County Strikers Technical Assignments

BOYS COACHING ASSIGNMENTS


GIRLS COACHING ASSIGNMENTS


2001 Anthony Stovall

2002 Anthony Stovall 

2003 Felix Acosta

2004 Felix Acosta

2005  Peter Thomas

2006 Paolo Acosta

 

2007 Luis Vega

2008 Peter Thomas

2009 Ian Spooner

2010 Felix Acosta

2011 Ian Spooner

2001/2002 Paolo Acosta

2003 Renato Freitas 

2004 Andre Nesfield

2005 Renato Freitas 

2006 Andre Nesfield


2007 Duane Lai Fang

2008 Andre Nesfield

2009 Paolo Acosta

2010 Liam Farrell

2011 Liam Farrell

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF (BWP)

The BWP Administrative Team’s main objectives are to support the Lee County Strikers, the implementation of programming and the needs of the Club membership. 


Currently, the BWP Administrative Team consists of:

●      Larry Jasenski, CFO for all Club financial activity since 2002

●      Steve Freeman, CEO & Director of Programming since 1997

●      Deana Watson, Team Operations

●      Stewart Sarnac, Team Account Manager

●      Frank Romeo, Creative Director since 2003