Our Elite Academy Coaches
Kevin Nelson is the founder of the Kevin Nelson Soccer Academy. Well known in the Soccer community in Ottawa, Kevin is a former professional player who has well over 300 games both at the National and International Level. Playing for Trinidad and Tobago National Team from U14 – U23 Olympic and senior in Caribbean and Concacaf youth world cup qualifying tournaments. Kevin also played in various countries around the world, Venezuela, Australia, Germany, Canada to name a few and was also the Canadian Professional Soccer League (CPSL) Top goal scorer and rookie of the year in 2001 – along with playing an instrumental part in Australian Giants South Melbourne FC winning the Championship title in 2005/06. His experience traveling around the world has seen him train and play with world class players and coaches.
Kevin holds a National B License recognized by the OSA, CSA. He worked as Technical Director with Parmar Sports for a period lasting 5 years. Having developed Elite level players at all ages, Kevin was then hired as lead coach for one of Canada’s largest soccer clubs with over 5,000 members. This challenge saw Kevin as Director in Youth Player Development and Speed and Agility. Upon completion of his contract, Kevin was hired as Player Director for The Ottawa Royals Soccer Club.
His role is to develop players of all skill level and provide board members with curriculum for programs throughout the year. Kevin specializes in Player Development and holds a strong background in Speed and Agility. Having coached thousands of kids, he decided time had come to create the perfect breathing ground for both Elite athletes and new comers to to the beautiful game. Kevin’s on field experience as a player and his after soccer coaching career is second to none.
Juninho DaSilva is a former Professional player from Brazil who played on the Brazilian pro teams Flamingo and Flumenese. He has also played professionally in Bolivia, and ended up finishing his career playing in the A-League with Rochester Rhinos & PortRico Islanders.
Juninho holds a License from the Brazilian Soccer Federation & US Soccer Federation, along with NSCAA Diploma. He brings a wealth of experience, and we are grateful to share that with our KNSA players. His professional style of skill training coincides with the technical skill development of KNSA. Juninho believes in furthering the technical skills of all young players, as well as the fun and excitement that each child should experience while playing sports. “Just like the kids in Brazil”, as he likes to say.
Juninho grew up in Brazil playing football on the streets. His Brazilian football culture will surely help motivate and influence our kids in a positive way. As everyone knows Brazil is the home to football!
He has experience coaching youth academies in the United States.
- DMS Soccer Academy, Rochester, NY
- Inter USA Florida Academy as Director and Coach of youth development teams.
- Boca Raton Academy (Florida)
Juninho was also the Professional Coach of the Boca Raton FC & Palm Beach Suns (Both in Florida).
In furthering his already impressive reputation, here are a few more countries were Juninho has played:
Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, Switzerland, USA, Tunisia, Porto Ri
Aaron Hooper is a 22-year old athlete passionate about pursuing a career in the world of professional soccer. Born and raised in Ottawa, Aaron first began playing soccer at the Kanata Soccer Club, where he developed his skills at a competitive level. Aaron went on to play at OSU and Capital United, later captaining his high school varsity team. Following this experience, Aaron signed a contract with Kingston FC, a member of the Canadian Soccer League. After recovering from an ACL injury, Aaron played for Indiana Fire of the National Premiere Soccer League. Most recently, he training in Spain with FC Malaga City.
Taking his enthusiasm for the sport to a new level, Aaron has coached soccer for several years. You'll find him on the pitch bringing his dedication and enthusiasm to KNSA's young athletes.
Ahmad Abou-Hamde joined KNSA in 2017 to assist with the Academy’s junior teams. Currently studying human kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Ahmad is a soccer player himself. Captaining multiple teams in his school days, Ahmad has also trained with WOS, Planet Soccer Academy, and Lyon Duchère AS, a professional team in France.
Ahmad cites hard work, a willingness to learn, and a sense of humbleness as the strongest indicators of playing success.