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Ravens Soccer Academy Director
Ravens Soccer Academy Director, Ruben Resendes – Recently completed his first season (2019) as head men’s soccer coach at Franklin Pierce University. In just one year, Resendes has re-established FPU men’s soccer’s proud tradition, finishing their 1st season 15-4-2 overall under his leadership. After a 2nd place regular season finish in the highly competitive DII Northeast-10 conference, for their efforts the program earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament with a bye in the first round and a home game (first time for FPU MS since 2011). Resendes and his men won two games in the NCAA tournament and lost to eventual national champions Charleston WV in the NCAA ELITE 8 (national quarterfinal round). Upon conclusion of the 2019 season, the FPU men’s soccer program earned a TOP 10 Final National Ranking by the NCAA, being picked #7 out of 212 active NCAA Division II teams across the country (first time finishing the year TOP 10 nationally since 2011). This season, marks the best overall NCAA finish by a 1st year Division II head coach within the northeast region since 1997.
Most recently (prior to being hired at FPU in January of 2019), Resendes spent the last two seasons (2017 & 2018) as the top assistant coach at Division I University of Vermont, where he was responsible for all recruiting and practice planning, among other duties. The Catamounts captured the America East Conference regular-season title in 2017, for the third time in program history.
Prior to joining the University of Vermont in 2017, Resendes spent two seasons as Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Dean College, where he guided the Bulldogs through their final season at the junior college level in 2015 (16-1-0 overall record) and into their exploratory year at the Division III level in 2016 (17-2-0 overall record). At Dean, he posted 33-3-0 record over 36 games, which included an undefeated regular season in 2015 (16-0-0). 4 Players from Resendes’ 2 years at Dean College have gone on to sign professional contracts.
Prior to his stints at Dean and Vermont, Resendes picked up collegiate coaching experience as an assistant at his alma mater, SNHU (2014), as well as Division III Emmanuel College (2013), where he was the associate head coach. In addition to his experience at the college level, Resendes has served as the Director of Coaching and Youth Development for Blackwatch Burlington Premier Soccer Club in 2017 and 2018. Prior to his time at Blackwatch in VT, he spent four years as an academy coach and scout in the New England Revolution system. During his time with the club, he served as head coach of the U23 team, worked with all ages of the academy teams, and as a scout & coach within the regional development school.
As an undergraduate, Resendes was a four-year standout at fellow NE10 member SNHU from 2009 through 2012, a time when the Penmen and Ravens routinely clashed as two of the region’s premier programs. He was named the NE10 Rookie of the Year in 2009, and followed up with three straight All-NE10 selections in his sophomore through senior seasons, including First Team nods in 2011 and 2012. Resendes was also a three-time All-Region selection during his career, including consensus First Team All-Region honors as a senior, when he started all 23 games in the midfield and capped his career with an All-America Second Team selection as well.
During his career, the Penmen qualified for the NCAA Championship in all four seasons and advanced to the national quarterfinal on three occasions. Upon graduation, Resendes went on to play one season in Europe in Iceland’s 1st division (1. Dield) with UMF Tindastoll.
Originally from Fall River, Mass., Resendes is a 2013 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, with a degree in sport management.
Ravens Soccer Academy Assistant Director
Ravens Soccer Academy Assistant Director, Brendan Pacheco, enters his first season as an Assistant Coach at Franklin Pierce University with the Men’s Soccer Program. As an Assistant, Pacheco will oversee the training and methodology of the all Franklin Pierce Men’s Soccer Goalkeepers, and day-to-day operations surrounding the program, including program logistics, recruiting, and scheduling.
Pacheco will take his first collegiate coaching position at Franklin Pierce, after spending the past four years with the New England Revolution Academy. With the Revolution Academy, Pacheco coached at the Regional Development School, where some the region’s top talents begin their path towards the New England Revolution Youth Teams, as well as the Summer Residential Academy. In his role with the Summer Residential Academy, Pacheco worked alongside Residential Academy Directors and Coordinators to organize and execute all logistical and operations responsibilities as well as led training sessions throughout the program. Pacheco also has extensive experience working with the New England Revolution Youth Teams, working with their coaches and players in 2018, as well as serving as a Youth Team Scout.
As an undergraduate, Pacheco was a four-year student-athlete at Dean College, and played under Ravens Soccer Academy Director Ruben Resendes, during his first two seasons. At Dean College, Pacheco was a standout student-athlete, earning Academic All-American honors in three of his four years, led the USCAA in Goals Against, Clean Sheets, and Goals Against Average in 2016 – 2017, and earned USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year in 2017 – 2018.
From Fall River, Mass., Pacheco graduated Dean College with a degree in Sport Management and will be working towards a Masters in Sport Management at Franklin Pierce.
Franklin Pierce Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach
Edis Miftari enters his second season as the graduate assistant coach of the Franklin Pierce University men’s soccer team in 2019-20.
As an undergraduate, Miftari spent two years at Iowa Central Community College competing in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) from 2014-2016. At his time at Iowa Central, Miftari helped lead the team to a ranking as high as 6th in the nation and was part of the Second Team All-Conference selection.
Following his time at Iowa Central, Miftari transferred to Alderson Broaddus University, a NCAA Division II program in Philippi, West Virginia. During his time in Philippi, Miftari helped lead the team to its first conference title in 8 years during the 2016/17 season but falling short to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
Miftari’s coaching experience started with being part of the coaching staff at the Texas A&M Soccer Camp in College Station, Texas which is known for the best camp in America. Camp Sessions were engineered to fulfill the needs of soccer campers ranging from beginners to highly competiive players.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Miftari is a 2018 graduate of Alderson Broaddus University, with a degree in sport management.
Franklin Pierce Men’s Soccer Goalkeeper Coach & Assistant Coach
David Walsh joins the Franklin Pierce Men’s Soccer Staff for his first season in 2019 and will serve as the Goalkeeper Coach on staff. Before joining Franklin Pierce Men’s Soccer, Walsh spent the past 9 seasons at former NJCAA powerhouse, Dean College. While at Dean College, Walsh won the 2012 NJCAA Regional Championship. From 2015 to 2017, Walsh helped establish the program as a nationally ranked program in the NJCAA and USCAA. During that Period, Dean set numerous records including being in the Top 3 across the nation at the USCAA level in Goals Against Average and Shutouts.
Coach Walsh has over 30 years of experience as a player, coach and official. Walsh Players 4 years for Barrington College as a goalkeeper and was named All – Conference, All – New England and USCAA All – American in his junior and senior years. He is ranked #1 in the school’s history for Goals Against Average and Career Shutouts.
Upon completion of his collegiate career, Walsh moved on to play professionally in the USL, UPL, LASA and in the Ireland Second Division. Coach Walsh also served as an NCAA Soccer Official across all divisions for 9 years and is currently the Director of Goalkeeping for NEFC Southeast.
Walsh has a Bachelors Degree in American Studies and a Masters of Arts in American Studies. Walsh currently holds a USSF C License and a Level 3 Goalkeeping License from the United Soccer Coaches.
Walsh resides in Rumford, RI with his wife Helen and son Connor.