Directors of Coaching
Chris Rogers, Director of Coaching Boy’s Recreational
Chris is one of the newest additions to Homewood Soccer. Prior to working with the club, Chris has coached at varying levels throughout Alabama. In his time in Montgomery, Chris worked with the Capital City Streaks while attending Huntingdon College. After moving south to Mobile, Chris worked with the Mobile Soccer Club while also coaching as an assistant at the University of South Alabama. Additionally, he worked as the varsity head coach of the Alabama School of Math and Science.
Chris believes soccer is a beautiful game and although it can’t be mastered by everyone, it should and could be enjoyed by all. A good coach understands that not everyone will become a Pele or Messi, but everyone should still have fun!
Chris grew up playing club soccer in the Birmingham area for clubs such as Hoover, VHSC, and BUSA. While in Birmingham, he played for Spain Park High School. His college career took him to Huntingdon College where he played from 2005-2010.
Chris is licensed by both the NSCAA and USSF. He holds his Advanced Regional Diploma from the NSCAA, along with his Level II Goalkeeping license. He also hold the Director of Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA. Additionally, Chris holds his USSF C and National Youth Licenses.
Mason Cook, Director of Coaching U10-U13 Boys
Mason has been a coach with Homewood Soccer Club since Fall 2008.
Mason worked camps with MBSC under Rob Walker and Andrew Brower. He was an assistant coach for a U12 and U13 team for two years at MBSC/BUSA. At Homewood Soccer Club he coached U-13 Freedom in 2008-2009 and U-14 Freedom in 2009-2010.
Mason developed as a player playing Club Soccer in Dallas with Texas Spurs, Texas Longhorns, Hawks SC, and FC Dallas. In those clubs he was coached by ex professionals, some of which played at the World Cup level. He played JV soccer for Marcus High School in Flower Mound Texas, where he was coached by a semi pro and ex-Welsh national team player. Mason moved to Birmingham in 2004. He played club soccer for Mountain Brook SC and at Spain Park High School.
Mason holds his USSF National D License.
Melanie Bald, Director of Coaching Girls
Melanie has been a coach with the Homewood Soccer Club for 8 years, coaching at every level from the younger Patriots to the more competitive blue teams. For the past two years she was the coach of the U11 Lady Eagles.
Melanie played recreational soccer at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia as well as on a local Women’s Team in the Birmingham area, which she helped coach and manage.
Melanie holds her E License.
Dave Condon, Freedom 04 Boys
Dave has been a coach with the Homewood Soccer club for the past 6 seasons. He has worked his way up from coaching with Patriot and Recreational teams and now brings his knowledge and experiences to coach with a talented group of U10s playing at the U11 level.
Dave was raised in Marietta, GA where he attended and graduated from Lassiter High School in 1987. During his high school career Dave was a 2 time team captain as well as an first-team all county selection his Junior and Senior seasons. He was also named Cobb County Student Athlete of the year by the “Atlanta Journal”. He went on to play collegiate soccer at Furman University and was a starter on 2 conference champion teams.
Babayele Sodade, Eagles 04 Boys
Babayele (Baba) joined the Homewood Soccer Club coaching staff in the fall of 2013. He has worked various soccer camps at UAB as well as he has coached with the Caboto Soccer Club in Ontario, Canada. Baba brings with him a wealth of experiences as a player and has a strong grasp of the game ranging from the recreational level all the way up to the level of a professional.
Baba played locally for UAB from 2008-2011. He was an All-Conference First Team selection in Conference USA in 2011. He has been a Canadian National Team pool player and has also served as a Canadian Olympic Team Member in 2012. Baba was selected 34th overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by the Seattle Sounders where he played from 2012-2013.
Baba holds his USSF E License
Jason Jowers, Freedom 03 Boys
Jason has been a coach with Homewood Soccer Club since 2009. In his time at Homewood he has coached teams who played in our DII White, Blue, and Red team program, as well as the younger Patriots Program. Prior to coaching at Homewood, Jason coached as Vestavia Hills High Schools JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach under Rick Grammer. A product of Vestavia Hills Soccer Club and High School, Jason coached the first (79) and second (81) Vestavia Steamers teams the club had, their top boys program. He helped guide the older team playing U-18s in 1997 to win Regionals and place 3rd at Nationals. To this day, this is the only boys’ team from Alabama to make Nationals.
Jason played college soccer at UAH and UAB. At UAH he was an All-Conference Team Member. At UAB, he received the Coach’s Award in 1993 and was a Conference Champion when the team made its first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Jason’s Coaching Philosophy:
Jason believes soccer in many ways mimics life and in particular organizations. He feels, as coaches, we should be doing more than coaching soccer. He feels coaches should coach/instruct/teach to the best of our ability. However, coaches should also make these young men and women active, accountable, and assertive; as fast assessors, thinkers, doers, and leaders. He sees himself as a players’ coach who can teach the game but who is also teaching something more; by helping to provide tools to better navigate life.
Jason holds his USSF D License and NSCAA Level I Diploma
Paul Harbin, Freedom 03 Girls
Following the 2010 season, Paul Harbin retired from the college ranks where he has been coaching soccer at the NCAA Division I level for 22 years; 18 as the Head Coach. Across his career, Harbin’s teams have been known nationally for their skill, talent, and success on the field. They’ve also been known for their many successes off the field, in the classroom and throughout their community.
His college coaching career has spanned two universities, Mercer University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Under his guidance, the UAB Women’s Soccer program has played in two NCAA Championships and has won more Conference USA Championships (3) than any other sport at the University. His teams have been ranked in the top 25 on several occasions and have been ranked in the Top 10 in the Region nearly every year. During his career, Harbin has been selected as Conference USA Coach of the Year and nominated for the NCAA South Region Coach of the Year.
He has also served as a member of the coaching staff of Alabama’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) and the ODP South Region staff.
Coach Harbin played soccer at Eckerd College in Florida in 1980 before transferring to Mercer University where he played from 1981-1983.
Paul holds his USSF B License and a Masters degree in the Psychosocial Study of Human Movement from Columbia University.
Melanie Bald, Eagles 03 Girls
See bio under “Directors of Coaching”
Sean McBride, Freedom 02 Girls
Sean has coached with a number of programs at all different levels in the US and the UK. Sean served a long tenure at Mountain Brook Soccer Club where he coached the “Bad Girls” to a RIII championship and several state championships. Additionally, Sean has been the head coach of Homewood High school since 2001 where he has won three state championships. Sean coached at Birmingham Southern College from 1998-2000.
A native of Scotland, Sean played soccer for Celtic FC, in Glasgow, from 1988-1991 before coming to the states for school. He played at Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts from 1994-1996 before attending Birmingham Southern College where he was the Conference and Regional Player of the Year.
Sean holds his USSF National D License.
Jason Jowers, Eagles 03 Boys
See bio under “Freedom 03 Boys”
Babayele Sodade, Eagles 02 Boys
See bio under “Eagles 04 Boys”
Bart Marcum, Freedom 01 Boys
Bart has coached at clubs around the South East. Beginning in 1991, Bart worked with the Park Sharon and Hammerheads Youth Soccer Clubs in North Carolina. In 1997, Bart became the Director of Coaching of the Hammerheads Youth Soccer Club. Bart then came to Alabama where he worked with Hoover Soccer Club, Mountain Brook Soccer Club, and BUSA; he coached teams, worked with respective academies, and was also an ODP staff coach for Alabama during this time.
Bart has an impressive career spanning several states and different levels of the game. Before college, Bart was an All-American High School Player of the Year (1988) and Gatorade State Player of the Year (Georgia, 1988). Bart’s collegiate career lasted from 1988-1992 where he played at UNC Charlotte and served as captain from 1991-1992. After college, Bart played professionally for the Wilmington Hammerheads.
Bart holds his USSF D License.
Sean McBride, Freedom 01 Girls
See bio under “Freedom 02 Girls”
Joel Wallace, Freedom 02 Boys
Joel has been an assistant coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 2009. From 1997-2009, Joel facilitated different roles as head men’s coach at MacMurray college and Westminster College, while also serving as the head coach for the Westminter women’s team. Joel has worked as a director of camps all across the country.
From 1988-1991, Joel played at MacMurray College where he served as the captain for three years. There, he was named conference and school MVP.
Joel holds his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and his USSF B License.
Greg Bassett, Freedom 00 Boys
Greg joined Homewood soccer in Fall 2010 after 24 years of coaching with the American Soccer Club and BUSA. He also coached Pelham High School girls Varsity for several years.
Greg holds his USSF C License and his NASCA National Diploma.
Tony Rowshanaei, Freedom 00 Girls
Tony has a long career in coaching. From 1998-2007, Tony was the Director of Coaching of three clubs in Tennessee: Knoxville Soccer Club, TN Elite Soccer Club, and Impact Soccer Club. From 2007-2011, Tony lived in Arizona and coached at Mesa Soccer Club.
Tony played collegiate soccer for the University of Western Kentucky from 1978-1981 where he also coached after graduation. From 1981-1984, Tony played professionally for the Nashville Diamonds.
Tony holds his NSCAA National License.
Josh Stewart, Freedom 99 Boys
Josh joined the Homewood staff in the fall of 2013. Josh brings a strong playing background and has shaped his philosophy through playing at various high levels including college and PDL. He has served as a staff member with “Mike Getman Soccer Camp” and has worked with kids of various ages and skill levels. He believes that soccer is an incredible sport that teaches important lessons and builds lasting relationships.
Josh grew up playing locally and played for VHSC. He received a scholarship to play at the University of South Carolina where he spent his first two seasons. After breaking his foot at the start of his Jr. year he returned home and finished up his last 2 years of eligibility playing at UAB. He was voted most improved player for the 2010 season and his senior year he was voted team captain and helped lead the team to a Conference USA Championship. He also spent time playing PDL during the summers and he played 2 season with the Nashville Metros and a season with the Panama City Pirates.
Alexander Carrie, Freedom 98 Boys
Zander experienced his first year as a coach in the Fall of 2012 with Homewood. He coached the U-18′s to a winning record and enjoyed seeing each player develop not just as an individual, but as a unit of the team as a whole. His time spent abroad playing soccer recreationally in both Colombia and Germany has caused him value players’ passion for the game itself and creative play that demonstrates that passion.
While growing up in Birmingham, Zander played club soccer with the Hoover Phantoms and Homewood Freedom. He played in high school at John Carroll. While studying abroad in the Spring of 2012 Germany, he played with the men’s club MFC Phönix 02.
Zander holds a USSF E License and plans to complete his USSF D in the summer of 2013
Tony Rowshanaei, Freedom 96 Girls
See bio under “Freedom 00 Girls”
Rob Dominguez, Freedom 97 Boys
See bio under “Directors of Coaching”
Mason Cook, Freedom 96 Boys
See bio under “Directors of Coaching”