Ames Soccer Club

Full Time Coaching Staff
  • Gary Eyles Executive Director

    Gary A. Eyles is the Executive Director and 5-10u Technical Director for the Ames Soccer Club.  He was the first Director of Coaching for the Urbandale Soccer Club for over a decade until he came to Ames in December 2005.  Teams under his guidance have over 30 state championships.

    • USSF “A” Coaching License
    • USSF National Youth Coaching License
    • Coerver Youth Diploma
    • USC DOC Diploma
    • USSF Grassroots Licenses Instructor - Iowa Soccer Association
    • Staff Coach for Region II Girls Olympic Development Program (ODP) 1997-2000
    • Iowa Soccer Association, ODP Coach 1994-2000
    • Four-year starter at Florida Institute of Technology (B.S., Business Communications, 1991)
    • Apprentice-Professional Soccer Player, Bristol Rovers, England 1985-1987

    Gary will oversee the 5U-10U age groups training sessions, working alongside parent and professional coaches.  Eyles will also establish community outreach clinics and camps to generate interest in the sport of soccer and increasing club membership.

    (515) 360-5117 (cell)

  • Damien Corrieri Director of Coaching

    Damien Corrieri is the Director of Coaching and 13-19u Technical Director for the Ames Soccer Club.  He has been coaching for the club in some capacity for over 10 years.

    • USSF "C" License 
    • USC Premier Diploma
    • USC Director of Coaching Diploma
    • USC Goalkeeping Diploma- Level 1 & 2 
    • USC National Diploma 
    • Coerver Youth Diploma
    • Staff Coach for Region II Girls/Boys Olympic Development Program (ODP) (2016 - Present)
    • Iowa High School Coaching Authorization
    • Coached at Ankeny High School - Girls Soccer - 2012 & 2013
    • Coached Iowa State University Women's Club Team - 2012
    - Oversee 11u-19u programming
    - Develop curiculum for staff coaches
    - Plan and lead training sessions for teams
    - Assist players in college recruitment activities
    - Facilitate marketing and promotions initiatives
    - Engage in strategic and long-term planning efforts
    (515) 451-5157 (cell)

  • Nick Kyras 11-12u Technical Director

    11-12u Technical Director

    • USSF 7v7 License
    • UUSF 9v9 License
    • Former Assistant Coach - Menace Youth
    • Simpson College Mens Soccer Team (Player) 2014-2017
    • Ames High Boys Soccer Team (Player) 2010-2014
    • Ames Soccer Club Allumni
    • B.A. Sports Administation and Business Managment - Simpson College (2017)


    (515) 450-0924 (cell)

Staff Coaches
  • Matt Laczniak Staff Coach

    ·         USSF “D” License

    ·         Iowa High School Coaching Authorization

    ·         Current Head Coach at Ames High School – Boys JV Soccer (2016-Present)

    ·         Current Assistant Coach at Ames High School – Boys Varsity Soccer (2016-Present)

    ·         Staff Coach Ames Soccer Club – 2011-Present

    ·         Academy Ames Soccer Club Coach – 2008-2010

    ·         Played at Ames High School – 2003-2007

    ·         Played for Ames Soccer Club (1999-2006)


  • Nuno Ferreria Staff Coach

  • Alex Osanya Staff Coach

  • AJ Jaquis Staff Coach

    USSF Grassroots License (In Progress)

    Ames Soccer Club Alumni 

    Gilbert High Alumni (2014-2018)

    Elementary Education Major at Iowa State University 

  • Grace Nelson Staff Coach

    USSF Grassroots License (In Progress)

    Ames Soccer Club Alumni  (2004-2018)

    Ames High Alumni (2014-2018)

    ISU Women's Club Team (2018-2019)

    Graphic Design Major at Iowa State University 

  • Jadyn Loecke Staff Coach

  • Johnathan Platt Staff Coach

  • Gary Backous Staff Coach
    Staff Coach - Girls

    • United States Soccer Federation D License
    • Former Collegiate Head Coach at Faith Baptist Bible College
    • Former Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Coach at Faith Baptist Bible College
    • Former Head Boys High School Coach at Colo-Nesco High School
    • Four Year starter at Buena Vista University
    • Sergeant at the Story County Sheriff’s Office
    • BA and MS Criminal Justice

  • Colin Murphy Staff Coach

  • Jason Socia Staff Coach

  • Patrick Ellah Staff Coach

    Ellah is originally from Nigeria.  Patrick migrated into the United States in 2011 and went to school at Iowa Central Community College and graduated with a business administration degree in 2014.  Patrick continues to further his education in stop reaction and management with the University of Iowa.  Patrick served as an assistant coach at Des Moines North High School and is the current Boys Head Coach at Ballard High School