Director of Youth Development / U9 Academy / U15 Navy
Gary Curreri returns as the Girls Director of Youth Development (Academy Program). He most recently coached our U18 Navy team to a President’s Cup state championship and qualified for the US Region III Championship in College Station. He is also coaching the U15 Navy team this season.
Gary has also previously coached our U18 Navy team to back-to-back Region A Championships and two President’s Cup appearances where the team finished second and third in the state respectively despite playing a year up in the U19 age divisions. This is his 19th year with Team Boca after previously coaching at Coral Springs Soccer Club for more than 21 years. During his coaching career, his teams have won seven state championships, 18 regional crowns, four President’s Cup titles, and many league and tournament championships. As the Director of Youth Development, his primary responsibility is to oversee the training and development of our Girls U9 through U12 age groups as well as assisting in all levels of training for all ages. Coach Gary has written the coaching curriculum and lesson plans currently being used in SABR and coordinates the end of the season SABR All-Star games for the girls in the U7 through U11 age groups. This year, he is also assisting SABR as our Youth Coordinator helping with practices and the implementation of a training program provided through US Youth Soccer.
Coach Gary began his playing career in Sunrise and also played with the Lauderhill Lions. While at Piper High School, he was a three-year starter, two-year team captain and was named as a second-team all-county selection for both the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel. He was also a standout track athlete and still holds the school record for the mile run (4:27.4, in 1977). He later played in both the Coral Springs Men’s and Gold Coast Soccer League teams before concentrating solely on coaching. He’s also coached at the middle school and high school levels.
Coach Gary holds a USSF National B License, USSF National Youth License, and NSCAA Goalkeeping License. He’s also served as an FYSA state staff coach for the past 28 years, as well as an Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach and an FYSA Staff Coaching Instructor. For more than a decade, Coach Gary has also been one of the lead coaches of the Girls U14 Florida ODP developmental age group teams. A Grade 8 Referee, who has officiated league, President’s Cup and State Cup final four game, he also serves as president and director of “Simply Soccer”, a youth training and development program based in Coral Springs for the past 32 years.
Coach Gary is also a freelance photojournalist for the Sun-Sentinel and has written a monthly soccer column focusing on travel and adult leagues.