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Palumbo Coaches

Paul Atkinson

Head Coach 2009 Boys Blue; Director of Coaching

Paul is a highly qualified soccer coach with years of playing experience and over 15 years of coaching experience.  He coached in the UK prior to joining UK elite as a senior coach for over 10 years.  He has experience coaching high school, Select, and travel teams throughout NJ and NY.  Paul earned a Sports Science degree from John Moores University in Liverpool, England. Paul’s coaching qualifications include NSCAA Regional diploma and NSCAA National diploma, Brazilian C License and FA Level 2 qualification.  He has spent a significant amount of time designing and implementing age appropriate curricula for schools, clubs, and recreation departments at all age levels.

Zana Brown


Zana Brown grew up in South Philly.  She has been playing soccer since she was 4 years old with local teams and in high school,  at Prep Charter, she helped create a girls side when none existed.   After high school she went on to play for Keystone College and after graduation, now plays for the Philadelphia Flames.  Zana currently coaches for Palumbo SC and is working as Friends Select School's Assistant Varsity Coach.  Outside of soccer, she is active with her community helping with homework, coaching basketball and much more.

Mark Anthony Casasanto

Head Coach 2007 Boys White 

My name is Mark Anthony Casasanto and I have been involved in the game of soccer since I was about 3 years old having played and coached at a high youth level, as well as the  junior collegiate level. I’ve coached for South Philadelphia Soccer Club, Roman Catholic Soccer and The Community College of Philadelphia. 

For the majority of my youth career I played with  2 local Philadelphia clubs and had the opportunity to play for Philadelphia City-Select and Keystone Cup Team Metro representing our area in city and state medal games and tournaments.  Later in high school I attended Roman Catholic HS where in my senior year I was named captain of the team and received the Roman Catholic Coach’s Award and was deemed one of the best captain’s to come through Roman Catholic Soccer. Unfortunately due to  injury my high school career was cut short. 

At Community College of Philadelphia I played one year at The Community College of Philadelphia as team captain receiving the  First Team All Conference Right Back and All Conference Season MVP awards. I was also recognized for most goals by a defensive player.  Unfortunately, injury again caused my quest for professional ball to be over. The following year, I was offered a assistant coaching position with the community college of Philadelphia. Since taking the position in 2014 I have been coaching, volunteering and training with the youth level ever since. 

Dean Costalas

2005 Boys Coach; Palumbo SC President

Dean has been with Palumbo since early 2014 after he moved back to his native Philadelphia from Chicago.  An avid player for over 30 years and a coach since 2010, Dean has coached a wide variety of ages both boys and girls, from 4 year olds all the way up to 18 year olds.  He places the highest priority on both individual player development and collective team growth in an educational, yet fun environment.  

Certifications, Awards, and Experience:

  • EPYSA 2016 Boys Travel Head Coach of the Year
  • US Soccer “C” License
  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
  • NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma
  • EPYSA ODP Goalkeeper Coach
  • Played collegiately at Georgetown University
  • Played high school locally at Haverford School

Jessica Demczar

Head Coach 2009 and 2007 Girls

Jess is a recent graduate of Ithaca College where she played four years of competitive soccer. Jess played center midfield and played up top as an attacker as well. During her four years, Jess helped Ithaca reach the DIII NCAA national tournament every year, making it to the Elite 8 her freshman year.

Jess has coached many young soccer players of all ages. While at Ithaca, she helped run clinics for those players looking to take their game to the collegiate level. She also volunteered at the local youth bureau and coached kids who were touching a soccer ball for the first time.

Jess is very excited to carry on her passion and love for soccer as a Palumbo Coach.

Jessica Demczar
Ray DeStephanis

Ray DeStephanis

Head Coach 2007 Boys Blue

Ray DeStephanis has almost two decades of coaching experience.  For the last 15 years he has been coaching at the high school level for Archbishop Wood as an assistant coach and now a head coach at Roman Catholic HS winning Catholic and Northern Division Championships with these teams.  During this time, he was also coaching a younger youth travel team and is excited to continue coaching youth travel with Palumbo Soccer Club.

Ray's soccer experience also comes from his years playing college soccer at Temple University where he was named captain his senior year.

Thorne Holder

Thorne Holder

Goal Keeper Coach; Head Coach 2011 Boys; Technical In-House Trainer
Thorne Holder is a Trinidadian international Goalkeeper, who has traveled the world playing professional soccer for many different teams, including the Philadelphia Union and FC New York.  Thorne also represented his native country (Trinidad and Tobago) at the World Cup and Olympics for both the U17 and U20 Men’s National Teams.  He played Division 1 college soccer at the University of Maryland and Adelphi University, winning multiple conference championships and appearing in multiple NCAA tournaments.

"I have been coaching many kids of many ages all around the world, and it is the best part of all my experiences. A unique passion arises within me when I'm 'playing' this beautiful game of soccer."

Kyrsten Kamlowsky

Head Coach- 2003 Girls

Kyrsten comes to us from the greater Cleveland area where she played 4 years of college ball, was team captain, and was all-conference at The College of Wooster.  After graduating in 2014, Kyrsten worked for the MLS in their national sales center and then with the Philadelphia Union.  Throughout her college career and afterwards, Kyrsten has had extensive youth soccer coaching experience on the girls' side of the ledger, specifically with Everest Soccer Club in Hudson, OH and Akron Inner City Soccer Club in Akron, OH.  Kyrsten currently holds her US Soccer “D” Coaching License. 

Outside of soccer, Kyrsten currently works for The National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Trey Mason

2006 Boys Head Coach

Trey Mason grew up in Philadelphia playing for local clubs before attending and playing soccer at  University of Pittsburgh at Bradford  and  at Wilmington University.  His college soccer experiences playing multiple positions have been an asset in his current coaching role as the 2006 Boys head coach.  Currently  he is also the assistant coach at French international middle school.

Trey Mason

Jacob Mulinge


Jake Mulinge grew up in Nairobi Kenya, playing football at an early age.   Upon Moving to the United States, in his high school years, they won the Group 4 State Championship in 2006, he was a three-time all-county and all-section selection first team member, a two-time all-state honoree and captained West Orange to 19-3 record his senior year.  After High School, Jake was recruited to play D1 for Fairleigh Dickenson University in New Jersey and later on transferred to Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

At Saint Joseph’s University, Jake played soccer as an outside midfielder where he was a member of the team that reached the A10’s Conference Tournament quarterfinals. After college, Jake played PDL for central Jersey Spartans, Atlantic City Crusaders, trained with Harrisburg Heat indoor team and was later signed to the Philadelphia fury team; where he played as a midfielder and a member of the Fury’s undefeated 2016 spring season.

Jake’s coaching experience includes, head coach for South Jersey Barons u8 and u9/u10 boys team, assistant coach for U10 and U12 South Jersey barons girls team, SJEB futsal academy trainer, technical trainer for Total soccer club, Harrison club U10 boys soccer team and 360 soccer.  He currently holds his F license and is looking to obtain his D and C license. He hopes to bring an understanding and love of the game to players, through technical skills, first touch, field awareness, and teamwork.

Jimmy O'Karma

Head Coach - 2010 Boys White, 2003 Boys

Jimmy has been a head coach at Palumbo since Spring 2016 and holds his US Soccer "C" License Coaching Designation.  Jimmy was also Head Coach for Academy Palumbo's Boys Varsity team from 2010-2016.  Jimmy believes that developing players with good technical ability and tactical acumen is of the utmost importance.  This will drive both collective team and individual success and improvement.

Originally from Wilkes-Barre, Jimmy moved to Philadelphia in 1999. He holds two Bachelor’s degrees from North Carolina State University, as well as a Master’s in Education from St. Joseph's University and a Master's of History from Villanova University.  Jimmy is married to Jeanne O'Karma and parent to Andrew, 7 and Josie, 7.  Jimmy currently teaches Math and Science at Andrew Jackson Elementary and has been with the School District of Philadelphia for 19 years.

Connor Robick

Head Coach 2011 Boys, In-House Technical Trainer

Connor has played soccer through his whole life for clubs such as Crew and Northern Steel. He played on the Mars High men’s soccer team who were runners-up in the WPIAL championship in 2012. He continued his playing career at Washington & Jefferson College a part of the PACs. During college, he traveled to England, Ireland, and Scotland and interviewed Academy staff and coaches from the clubs - Fulham FC, Motherwell FC, Greenock Morton FC and Cabinteely FC - about how a youth soccer academy is run and how to get the best results out of players of all ages. Through high school he helped coach youth at Northern Steel run soccer camps during the winter and spring months. 

Connor Robick

Andrew Romani

Andrew started his coaching career over 10 years ago in the UK, where he worked with youth teams in his local city of Newport, South Wales.  A couple of years later, Andrew came to the United States and has been training teams in the area ever since.  Andrew is well-liked by his previous clubs and players due to his dedication to player / team development and the strong relationships that he forges along the way.  Andrew holds his Level 1 FA License and his NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma.   


Alex Shnedovych

Head Coach 2008 Boys, 2010 Boys Blue; In-House Technical Trainer

Alex Shnedovych (Ukrainian:Oleksii) is Ukrainian footballer who played as a defender for Arsenal Academy Kiev, Lokomotiv Kiev, Obolon Kiev. He was born on February 6th 1990 in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1996 (aged 6) enrolled into the football section at Metalist Academy Kiev. Soccer academy career:
1996-2002 Metalist Academy Kiev.
2002-2004 Arsenal Academy Kiev.
2004-2005 Lokomotiv (a team of Dynamo Academy).
2005-2009 Obolon Kiev.

Starting from 2010 he returned to Lokomotiv Kiev for senior career, where played until 2014. During senior career worked as a coach for kids age 10-14 at Lokomotiv Academy. Alex got his Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering at National Transport University, Kiev, Ukraine in 2012. He moved to USA in August 2015. At this moment, he resides in NE Philadelphia, PA. He plays as a defender for Ukrainian American Sport Center Tryzub in Horsham, PA.   

He views soccer as an extension of himself and is very passionate about being a coach. He enjoys working in sports and with young athletes, assisting them in achieving their goals and getting them to believe in themselves. He is very responsible, likes to motivate and influence those around him. He has great communication skills and is a good listener.

Craig Sobel

In-House League Commissioner; In-House Technical Trainer

Craig has been coaching soccer (both travel and recreational) for over 10 years and also holds the US Soccer “E” License.  Craig considers his coaching experience and interaction with his players as much more than just an on-field experience, as he looks to help them grow as both soccer players and young men.  From a philosophy standpoint, Craig believes in a strong, high pressure defense combined with an opportunistic attack.

Craig has been on the Board of Directors with both Fairmount Soccer Club (2008-2012) and also Palumbo (2015-present).  Craig has been the In-House Commissioner (both Outdoor and Indoor) for Fairmount in the past and now is in the same position with Palumbo.  Craig’s son, Greyson, plays for Palumbo’s travel program and is also on the Central High School Varsity team. 

Jordan Torres

Head Coach 2009 Boys White 

I grew up in Central Pennsylvania where I played club soccer for LDC United. While attending Red Land High School,  I was the 2007 Mid-Penn Player of the Year, All-State, and All-East Region. After High School I accepted a scholarship to play at La Salle University for four years. During La Salle we made the Atlantic 10 finals for the first time in school history. While at La Salle I began coaching/ training youth teams with my dad who has been coaching for 40 years. I helped him develop his club teams ranging from U9-U18 at both Red Land Soccer Club and LDC United. I have a technical ability to train youth players on skills, touches, and discipline. In the Philadelphia area I have trained teams at UGH and Chestnut Hill. 

Colleen Touhey

Colleen Touhey

In House Technical Trainer

Colleen is a 2015 graduate from Muhlenberg College, where she played 4 years of varsity soccer as a center midfielder. Her senior year she captained the team and was selected to the All-Centennial Conference First Team. After graduating, Colleen began coaching both high school and club soccer. She was the Head JV Coach and Varsity Assistant for Notre Dame High School in 2015 and then Central Catholic High School in 2016. Finally, from 2016-2017 she coached the U13 ENCO Girls Soccer team to a winning season. 

Currently, Colleen is pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University.