Coach Bio: Neil Powell

Eclipse Director of Coaching, Head Coach – Email


1985-1992 – Sutton Grammar School (High School) – graduated 1992
1992-1995- Southampton Institute of Higher Education – Level 2 in BA Leisure Management


Football Association Prelim – 1991
UEFA B Part 2 – 1996
UEFA A written assessment and log book – passed 1999


1992-1995 – Southampton Institute of Higher Education (captain 1995)
1992-1999 – Semi professional teams including St. Leonards, Banstead Athletic, Molesey and Hamble Aerostructures
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:1997-1999 – Claremont Prep School (Ages 4-13) – PE and Geography Teacher – responsible for PE throughout the school using the National curriculum and other sources as well as teaching geography to 9-11 year olds.


1992-1995 – Wimbledon FC (English Premier League) – camps coach and director (part-time)

1995-1997 – Wimbledon FC – Head goalkeeper coach for U10-U16 teams as well as general academy coach. Football in the community coach.

1995-1997 – Charterhouse School (Guildford, Surrey, England) – Trainer

1997-1999 – English Football Association Regional team (South-East) goalkeeper coach for U15 and U16 teams.

1997-1999 – Claremont Prep School – Coach – 2 years undefeated for 1st and 2nd times in School history

1996-1999 – UK international Soccer Camps (CA) Camp Director

1999-2001 – Futbol Club of Santa Barbara (CA) – Head Trainer and Head coach of boys and girls teams

1999-2000 – Santa Barbara High School Boy’s Assistant Coach

1999-2001 – UC Santa Barbara Men’s goalkeeper coach

2001-2004 – Futbol Club of Santa Barbara – Technical Director and Head coach of G’85 and B’88 teams

2002 – Olympic Development Program (ODP) volunteer coach for B’88 teams

2003-2004 – UC Santa Barbara Women’s goalkeeper coach

2004-2008 – Laguna Hills Soccer Club Eclipse Assistant Director of Coaching

2009 – Los Angeles Sol (Womens Professional Soccer) Goalkeeper coach and Assistant Coach

2009-current – Laguna Hills Soccer Club Eclipse Director of Coaching


My primary objective is to utilize my experience as a player and coach, to teach and coach aspiring soccer players to reach their greatest potential both on and off the field of play.

I played semi-professional soccer for 7 years before moving to the United States. I coached with Wimbledon FC (former English Premier League Club) for 7 years and worked with the English FA. A long term goal of mine is to follow in my father’s footsteps and coach at the National level somewhere in the World!