About NJ ELITE Soccer
The NJ Elite soccer club is Watchung Hills Soccer Association’s Elite level soccer program. It is set up according to a specific player development system that will see the player’s progress and will help that player excel at the Elite level. Under the supervision of its Director of Coaching, the NJ Elite players will enjoy a soccer education based on the Dutch soccer training school which is renowned the world over. The club’s clear and transparent development plan will be monitored throughout the year and both players and parents will be constantly updated on the player’s development rate. The coaching staff of the NJ Elite program exists of professional European coaches that oversee every aspect of the teams. Their experience and educational background make the NJ Elite program the club of choice. Teams will train at the state of the art facility at Soccer Centers in Somerset, NJ. This allows teams to train indoor and outdoor providing a firm training schedule throughout the year.
Interested players should contact the coach listed on the team page to determine if the team is looking for players and possibly to attend a practice.
Tryouts are usually scheduled in April
MEET MARK LOWDON
DIRECTOR OF COACHING
Mark brings a wealth of soccer experience to NJ Elite (and WHSA). While he has been working within the club since 2005, he was added as the Director of Coaching in the spring of 2017. Mark is also the Associate Director of United Soccer Academy where he has been since 2005.
A native of Broadstairs, England, Mark played at Charles Dickens High School where he captained the team for 5 years. From there, he went on to represent his county (Kent) for 2 years before going to play for Crystal Palace. Mark moved over to the States in 2005 and had a season with the New Jersey Rangers. He currently holds the Director of Coaching Diploma, United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, and the USSF D License.
Mark is responsible for overseeing all training related matters within the NJ Elite program.
His role also consists of regularly watching all of our teams play, meetings with all coaches, and occasionally conducting team practices while covering for coaches.
Meet JohN SCIACCHTANO
Director of College Recruitment
John’s role as the Director of College Recruitment is to work with our players and their families to ensure that they are fully educated on what it means to play at the collegiate level so they can make the decision that is best for them. This is accomplished by taking the time to understand what players are looking for as part of their desired college experience. At this stage, this does NOT include soccer. We, as a club, recognize that players are attending college to further their education, develop the skills necessary to excel in the outside world and create lasting friendships and memories. IF they choose to play soccer and are fortunate enough to do so; so much the better.
The recruitment information and best practices used come as a direct result of John’s collaboration with approximately 120 college soccer programs across the United States.
US Youth Soccer (TOPSoccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers.