BRENTWOOD SOCCER CLUB
As a scholar athlete Maria graduated from Long Island University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, where she started on the field with the women’s soccer team holding the most points and goals as a forward in the school’s history.
Maria’s drive to score goals and succeed off the field continued at Molloy College where she enrolled in the field of nursing.
Her affinity with helping people parallels with her passion to make a difference in youth soccer coaching where she has been coaching for over a decade in communities that initially helped her achieve numerous accolades as a high school soccer player including: All Suffolk County, All State and Exceptional Senior Player.
Maria continues her playing career playing semi-professionally with the New York Magic in the United Women’s Soccer league. In addition, she enjoys playing close to home in the Hempstead Ladies Soccer League and the Long Island Ladies Soccer League.
Maria’s extensive educational background has created a unique perspective on her coaching philosophy and style. Completing her USSF “F” and NSCAA National coaching license has helped served the Brentwood Soccer Club for the last 4 years.
Prior to her position at Brentwood SC, she worked as a coach with Long Island Rough Riders while coaching numerous youth teams and enhancing countless soccer programs across Long Island.
Coach Chris Roche currently holds the Head Coaching position at Farmingdale State College. Since 2005 Chris has completely turned around the women's soccer program, compiling an overall record of 152-86-19, leading his team to nine Conference Championships (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) and nine NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016).
Over the past 12 seasons, Coach has won 10+ games 11 times. His winningest season came in 2010 with a 17-5 record, tying a program-high seven game win streak. He has coached four Skyline Rookie's of the Year ('06, '11, '14, '16), two Skyline Player's of the Year ('10, '15) and a 2-time Skyline Defensive Player of the Year ('12 & '14). He has also coached eight All-Region players, two of which were 3-time recipients of that award.
Prior to Farmingdale, he was the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Briarcliffe for two years, where he coached the team to an 18-8-2 record, as well as a number three ranking in the country in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
Chris has helped countless young soccer athletes at Brentwood to continue past their youth careers and into a competitive college atmosphere.
Ibrahima Kone aka “Abba”
Developmental Program Director
Abba is a former professional and Malian international soccer player. He moved to the US in 2008 where he started coaching with Kansas Rush until 2011. After completing his USSF "B" license and earning some experience, Abba returned to his home in Mali to start a youth soccer program in 2012. He successfully ran the first boys tournament two years in a row and then returned to the US to further his coaching career. Now residing in Bayshore with his family, Abba has joined the Brentwood family to help enhance our community's youth soccer experience just as he did in Mali.