Our objective is to bring in quality people to create a culture and learning environment that continually maximizes each person’s potential. We continually seek individuals with a player-first mentality, growth mindset, and interpersonal skills to help maximize our players' development.

  • Nathan Cotton
    Interim Academy General Manager
    Nathan Cotton is in his second year with Crew SC after joining the Club in 2019. Prior to assuming the role of Interim Academy GM, he served as Video Performance Analyst with the Crew SC First Team during the 2019 season, and as a Video Performance Analyst intern for Crew SC Academy.
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  • Laurent Courtois
    Academy Head Coach
    Laurent Courtois is in his first season with Crew SC Academy after spending three years as an Assistant Coach for the LA Galaxy II. Before that, Courtois was the Youth Head Coach for Olympique Lyonnais of France’s Ligue 1. A former professional player, Courtois holds a UEFA “A” License and a U.S. Soccer Federation “A” License.
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  • Kelvin Jones
    Academy Head Coach
    U19 Head Coach Kelvin Jones is currently in his third season with Crew SC Academy. Before joining Crew SC, Kelvin served as Director of Coaching for Virginia Legacy Soccer Club in Williamsburg, Va., and holds numerous coaching certifications including a USSF A License, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and USSF National Youth License.
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  • Evan Fuhs
    Academy Head Coach
    Evan Fuhs is in his first season with Crew SC Academy, and previously served as a Development Academy Coach for the San Diego Surf. Before that, Fuhs worked as a Development Academy Coach for the Minnesota Thunder Academy. He holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “A” license and a U.S. Youth Soccer National Youth License.
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  • Mutanda Kwesele
    Academy Head Coach
    Mutanda Kwesele is in his first season with Crew SC Academy, previously serving as the Head Coach for Rainier Beach High School Boys Varsity team. Prior to that, he served as the Head Coach for Snohomish United Soccer Club, and he holds a U.S. Soccer Federation National “B” License.
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  • David Winner
    Academy Goalkeeper Coach
    David Winner is in his first season with Crew SC Academy. A former Crew SC player, Winner played in MLS from 1996-2001, featuring for the Black & Gold during the 1996, 1997 and 1998 seasons. Most recently, he was the Boys Director of Coaching and the Goalkeeping Director for Ohio Premier SC. He holds a National “B” License and a National Goalkeeper License with the U.S. Soccer Federation.
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  • Ben Crognale
    Video Analyst/Academy Assistant Coach/Head of Recruiting
    Former Crew Academy product Ben Crognale joined the staff of Crew SC Academy in 2016, shortly after completing his undergraduate degree in history at Loyola University (Chicago), where he also played soccer. Ben has held a variety of different roles within the Academy, including Assistant Coach, Video Performance Analyst, and Academy Scout.
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  • Tristan Koen
    Academy Team Coordinator
    Originally from Minnesota, Tristan Koen is entering his third year with Crew SC Academy, after joining in the summer of 2018. Prior to that, Koen began his career in soccer in 2017 at Minnesota United FC after receiving his undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato in Sport Management in 2016.
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  • Spencer Blevins
    Head Academy Athletic Trainer