Academy Coaches


Kevin Nelson      Technical Director

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 A 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.

Costa Manopoulos Director of Coaching

Costa Manopoulos brings to KNSA over 20 years of coaching experience both internationally and at home in Canada. Starting out as a regional and provincial player in Montreal, he has received his coaching licenses and qualifications in Canada, the United States, and England. He holds his USSF A, UEFA B, and CSA B National licenses among others.

With a dynamic and motivated coaching style, Costa has trained players of many ages and levels.  He employs techniques made popular in England, focusing on observation, perseverance, imagination, and strong communication.

Currently obtaining his UEFA A and USSF Pro licenses, Costa has been playing and coaching the beautiful game for several decades in both club and military settings, even establishing safe zones for soccer camps across the world.

He is currently the Director of Coaching at KNSA and previously served as Director of Coaching and Technical Director for various Quebec and Ontario-area clubs.


Armando Lopes   Academy Coach

Junior Academy Coach Armando Lopes commands a resume that is second to none. A father with a passion and love for the game of soccer, Armando joins KNSA after having served as head coach for many years. The head coach experiences have come from a variety of clubs and ages, such as, high school senior & junior boys – including 2 Eastern Ontario championships earning trips to OFSAA and a 4th place medal in 2010 - and senior girls, U18, U10 and U9 Boys with St Lawrence United, U12 Girls with St Lawrence United as well as some Assistant coach roles with Kingston United and Futuro. Armando has obtained credentials from the Ontario Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation and is an active member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A formal player himself, most notably with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues for 4 years, Armando Lopes is another example of the academies philosophy of promoting within its organization.

  •  OSA Pre B Assessment
  • Community Coaching Course – Part 1 2004, Part 2 2005, Part 3
  • NSCAA member
  • NSCAA courses completed – Player Development Curriculum Season 1, Key Moments in the Game full series, Top 10 Series
  • USSF “F” license
  • Respect in Soccer

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Jose Aparicio Sanchez Academy Coach

Jose Apricio Sanchez is a seasoned coach having spent seven years coaching at OSU.  He holds his Soccer For Life license and is currently a Pre C Candidate.

Jose played most of his youth in the Long Island Soccer League for Massapequa in the Rep Division.  Jose was invited and trained with the Nike Project 40.

Jose played for Algonquin College and continues to play in the Ottawa Men's Premier League.



Shawn Edward Goalkeeper Coach

Shawn Edward is the former OSU Goalkeeper Programs Director. He has his OSA Goalkeeping Diploma and has coached youth keepers for over seven years after nineteen successful years as a Youth and College/University keeper.
Goalkeeper Coach OSU 2008 – 2015
Shawn holds OSA Goalkeeping Diploma, Soccer For LIfe, Making Ethical Decisions and Respect in     Soccer.
Shawn has over 19 years in goalkeeping experience, was a 2005 U21 Ontario Cup Gold Medalist, 2009 Ottawa Futsal Cup Gold Medalist, 2010 Men's Ontario Cup Silver Medalist. Carleton University Varsity Men's Soccer (OUA Provincial Finalist, CIS National Finalist), Algonquin College Varsity Men's Soccer (OCAA Provincial Champion, CCAA National Champion)

Coached Players:

· Mollie Eriksson (Danone Nations Cup 2012, Disney Showcase 2012 Bronze Medalist, R5 Regional Program, Ontario Cup 2013 Gold Medalist, Ontario Provincial Team Selection, National Regional Exceleration Program Selection)
· Kazya Massey (U17 Ghana National Team)
· Kyle Lanzinger (Queen's University Varsity Men's Soccer)
· Caitlin McNamara ( Laurentian University Varsity Women's Soccer)
· Giuliano Trunzo (Disney International Summer Tournament 2014 Bronze Medalist)
· Luc Rowlands (Disney Showcase 2012 Gold Medalist, R5 Regional Program, Ontario Cup 2015 Silver Medalist)
· Dylan Roossien (Ontario Indoor Cup 2012 Gold Medalist)
· Katie McCormick (Ontario Provincial Team, National Team Selection)
· Jess Sabourin (OYSL East 2012 Champion)
· Caralina Serrano (OYSL East 2012 Champion)
· Julian Riggins (Trial with Aalborg BK, Vejle BK Kolding, Hvidovre, HD Koge and Esbjerg FB in Denmark)
· Mico Oliviero (Disney Showcase 2012 Gold Medalist, Ontario Cup 2013 Silver Medalist, OYSL East 2013 Champion, OYSL League Champion 2013)
· Helen Jazzar (Ursuline College Varsity Women's Soccer)
· Aiyana Gonyea (Acadia Varsity Women's Soccer)
· Aaron Falsetto (West Virginia Wesleyan Varsity Men's Soccer, Earlham College Varsity Men's Soccer)
· Callum Ayre (Carleton University Varsity Men's Soccer)

Aaron Hooper Junior Academy Coach

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 Junior Academy Coach

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.