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Taylor Thames

Taylor Thames is the Founder/Director of NEXT Goalkeeping Academy. He is currently the Head Coach at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. Formerly Assistant Coach & Goalkeeper Coach at Army West Point. He previously held similar roles at the University of Cincinnati, Stony Brook and Mount St. Mary's University. Taylor has worked with goalkeepers of all ages and is passionate about helping players reach the #NEXT level. He holds a USSF Senior A License as well as a NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma.


Pedro Diaz serves as the Assistant Director of NEXT Goalkeeping Academy. He was a four year letter winner for the University of Cincinnati. He also served as the team captain. In his senior campaign he finished with 7 shutouts and an impressive 79% save percentage. Pedro also played for the Cincinnati Dutch Lions in the PDL, now known as USL 2.  He is a passionate leader and an effective communicator. Pedro graduated in 2016 and is currently pursuing a law degree.


Justin serves as a staff coach in the Hudson Valley for NEXT Goalkeeper Academy. He was a 4 year starting goalkeeper for Army West Point men's soccer between 2016-2019 and is now the Director of Operations for the program. He finished his career with 62 games played, 25 wins and 17 shutouts. Justin is a fantastic representation of the program and his work ethic is unparalleled. We are very excited for Justin to assist us in developing young future Black Knights!

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