ASC COACHES AND TRAINERS
Ryan Heins, Director of Coaching
Ryan Heins serves as Abington Soccer Club’s Director of Coaching. Heins has 10 years of coaching experience and started coaching with Abington Soccer Club (ASC) in 2019 after recently relocating to the area, bringing with him a wealth of coaching and playing experience. Prior to ASC, he was with the Richmond Kickers in Virginia from 2012-2018, working with elite players ranging from ages 9 to 14. While in Richmond, Heins also served as a Volunteer Assistant for Women's Soccer at the University of Richmond immediately after his retirement from professional soccer. Before his time in Virginia, Heins was training teams in South Jersey, including PDA South.
In addition to coaching, Heins played over 170 games and scored over 35 goals as a professional. Heins spent time with the following professional indoor and outdoor teams: USL Pro's Richmond Kickers from 2010-2012, USL 1's Rochester Rhinos from 2008-2010, MISL's Philadelphia KiXX from 2007-2010, and USL 2's City Islanders in 2007. Heins played collegiately on an athletic scholarship at Temple University, after which he was drafted into the professional ranks as the Philadelphia KiXX’s first pick. He played club soccer for five seasons with PDL’s South Jersey/Ocean City Barons.
With Heins' experience playing professionally as a defender, winger, attacking center mid, and striker he brings with him a wealth of knowledge that he is eager to pass to ASC’s players. Heins' best asset is his ability to communicate and instill his knowledge in ways that keep the game fun and relatable to youth players.
Coach Emma is a head coach and trainer for Abington Soccer Club and also serves as AYS' Vice President of Recreational Soccer and AYSL Referee Coordinator. 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.
Lilly Cross is a highly experienced player and coach and brings a strong pedigree, background and soccer knowledge to Abington Soccer Club. Lilly is currently an assistant coach for the Keystone College Women’s team and is a valuable asset to their program. She previously coached all ages at camps and in the Hershey area.
Lilly played college soccer at the decorated powerhouse of Messiah College. In Lilly’s four seasons at Messiah, she and the team reached the National Championship in 2016, National Semi-Final in 2015, Elite Eight in 2017, and Sweet Sixteen in 2018. Additionally, Lilly and the team were Conference Champions for 3 years. Lilly’s experience as a player also includes playing for a WPSL team Hershey from 2015-2019 (earning all star honors in 2016) and her time in high school at Cumberland Valley which saw her team reach the state finals two years in a row, winning in 2012.
Mike Sotak has a long soccer history in the NEPA area, having coached and trained players of all ages since 2005. Mike holds coaching diplomas and certificates including NSCAA, Regional Diplomas, and Goalkeeping Diplomas. As a coach, Mike has the experience of forming travel teams and building them into highly recognized and distinguished teams. Some of Mike’s accomplishments with his teams include winners of Hershey Invitational, Hempfield Fall Classic, Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League (5 times), Eastern Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Challenge Cup, EPYSA Indoor Cup, and Lou Ramos Classic. Mike’s proudest achievements have been the recognition of his players in the form of 4 All-State PSAC honorees, 1 Eastern Regional honoree from NSCAA, multiple “Times Tribune All Regional Teams” players, and helping his player reach their goals of becoming collegiate players.
Mike grew up playing with Abington United and attended Bishop O’Hara, helping them to 2 division championships while serving as captain. Mike played collegiately for the University of Scranton Royals from 2003-2005.
Victor hails from the soccer rich country of Nigeria and played the majority of his youth career with Young Stars Football Academy. After playing with Young Stars and other interstate club competitions, Victor was recruited by an agent to play collegiate soccer in the US. Victor made a name for himself at Genesee Community College scoring 10 goals and registering 11 assists as a defensive and box-to-box midfielder in only 37 games. Upon transferring to Clarks Summit University, Victor continued to show his intelligence for the game in defensive midlfield and his creativity. In his final season, he was recognized as a part of the 2nd Team All-CSAC.
Victor has continued to pass his knowledge of the game through multiple soccer camps in the region and has joined Abington Soccer Club in Fall 2019.
Goalkeeper Trainer: Riley Lougee