Julio Pertuz, Director of Coaching

Julio Pertuz is Abington Soccer Club's Director of Coaching and Founder of PPA Training.  PPA Training was founded in 2015 as a training program offering a new approach to the development of youth soccer, helping improve systems and processes within a soccer club. ASC is pleased to have Pertuz implementing his methods with our teams and players.


Pertuz played professionally in Venezuela (3rd Division), Argentina (Academy), England (Academy), Spain (3rd Division), Italy and the USA (College & NPSL), which has allowed him to understand different approaches to the development of players and coaches in the world of soccer. Drawing from these training philosophies, tips and secrets, PPA has not only created its own approach but continues to challenge these established approaches, so that our players, coaches, clubs and parents can benefit greatly.

As a coach, Pertuz is passionate about discovering new ways to help players reach their goals and dreams, and of course, be a big part of their perspective on life, reminding them that "There are no limitations to the mind, EXCEPT those we acknowledge.”

As Director of Coaching Pertuz works with other ASC coaches and trainers to instruct in PPA's approach, challenging them  them to leverage and improve upon it, so that they can come up with their own and positively influence the growth of their players.

Pertuz has acquired multiple certificates, awards and accolades as a player and as a coach, but his current focus is on inspiring and empowering ASC players and coaches to be the best version they can be, so they can make their dreams a reality, strengthen our community and be role models for future generations.  Challenging our players and coaches to be the best versions of themselves is Pertuz's vision for playing the Infinite Game.

Jesse Gemerson Novatski


Coach Jesse is head of the AYSL Junior Development program and a coach in Abington Soccer Club.  Born in Sao Paolo, Brasil, Jesse came to the US at the age of 5 and is an alum of Abington Youth Soccer League, Abington Soccer Club, Northeast Attack, Super Nova FC and EPYSA ODP.  Jesse played varsity soccer at Abington Heights where he was a team captain. He was also head coach of the Abington Heights Junior High soccer team for two seasons. Currently, he is the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Penn State University Scranton. Jesse is delighted be back in the area where he developed his love and passion for soccer to help develop our youth players.

Jesse received the Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award and was selected first team all league and to the all region team.  Prior to graduating from high school, Jesse was selected to train and play in Argentina where he played against Newell’s Old Boys, Club Atlético Rosario Central, Club Atlético River Plate, and Club Atlético Boca Juniors. He went on to play college soccer at Kutztown University and Keystone College.

While attending Millersville University, Jesse volunteered as a soccer trainer at Lampeter-Strasburg Youth Soccer and after college at Long Beach Youth Soccer in California.  He spent some time as a trainer with Abington Soccer Club before being hired to work full time as a player development coach with the New York Red Bulls (MLS team) in their youth training programs.  His experience focused on developing the skills and enjoyment of recreation players from pre-K and older along with improving the speed, agility and quickness among elite players. He then relocated to West Chester, PA, where he was Junior Academy Program Director and Summer Select Program Director at 360 Sports, acting as lead coach for these programs.  Jesse holds the following licenses: NSCAA Advanced National Diploma; USSF National Youth License; United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching Diploma.

Emma Black

Coach Emma is both a head coach and trainer for Abington Soccer Club. A member of the AYS executive board, she serves as AYS Youth Referee Coordinator and Vice President of Recreational Soccer. She holds coaching diplomas from United Soccer Coaches Association and a coaching certification from the Positive Coaching Alliance. Emma has worked as a trainer for the Riverfront Soccer Academy and as an instructor in the Micro-Soccer Program. She has also served as a head coach at both Keystone Giants Soccer Camp and Soccer Plus Summer Training Camp.

Emma served as an assistant coach for the ODP U13 girls in 2017-2018 and was an assistant coach for the ASC Jr. Lady Comets team that won the 2013 EPYSA State Challenge Cup. Emma received a United States Soccer Federation Grade 8 Refereeing certification and has been a referee in both the Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League and Abington Youth Soccer League.

A product of Northeastern PA, and a graduate of Abington Heights and the University of Scranton, Emma was a four-year varsity starter and three-time all-conference forward for the Abington Heights Lady Comets, playing for a team that won four straight District 2 championships. In her senior year, she captained the team to an undefeated season, and later that year, she was named MVP of the UNICO senior all-star game. After beginning her club soccer career on local soil with the Abington Spice, Back Mountain Spirit, and Lakeland Revolution, she expanded to playing for premier teams at the regional level. In this capacity, she played for the AC Perugia Grifos and Keystone Athletic in the Super Y League and with the Cantalao Explosion which went undefeated in the premier division of the Philadelphia Area Girls Soccer League. During this same time, she was an award winning participant in the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy in New Jersey, where she was mentored by both professional soccer coaches and members of the U.S. Women's National Team.

Emma is happy to remain part of the club she grew up playing for and continue giving back to a program that gave her so much.



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