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Meet Our Team
As former players, coaches and trainers, our team is committed to creating world-class soccer tours for you and your players. With over 50+ combined years of experience in the field, our seasoned experts work with you to ensure that all aspects of your tour, including competition, training, sightseeing and everything in between, meet your individual needs and expectations.
Our Tour Directors are all natives with deep local soccer and cultural connections. From the moment you arrive to the day you depart, they ensure that your team has a top-notch experience in all areas of your tour. Read on to learn about each of our dedicated team members…
Senior Vice President/General Manager
Since 1998, Eric has been the Managing Director of Excel International Sports, and he c...Read More
Since 1998, Eric has been the Managing Director of Excel International Sports, and he continues to oversee Excel programming in sports and active pursuits since the company’s acquisition by WorldStrides in January 2015. His decades-old skill and passion for sports makes him an apt overseer of Excel’s international soccer and sports travel for players and students of all skill levels. He also actively maintains and grows the group’s inside connections at all levels of play, empowering WorldStrides to put together the highest quality and most exciting travel programs available today.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Eric is a former pro soccer player and physical education teacher. Ask him what he finds most rewarding about his job—sports or education—and Eric will tell you unequivocally that it’s “both, actually!” His goal is to bring sports teams from around the world to compete against each other while breaking down barriers of language, culture, and geography. He is married to wife, Mignon, and has two teenage daughters.
Assistant General Manager/Vice President
Chris joined WorldStrides in 2008 as a part of the Finance team. For the past six years...Read More
Chris joined WorldStrides in 2008 as a part of the Finance team. For the past six years, he has worked to build the Capstone team. Chris has played a key role in supporting Capstone across many important areas including Pricing, Finance, Air, Visas, Operations and Account Management and is well positioned to support the Excel team in meeting growth goals.
Director of Sales
Nick joins our team as the Director of Sales from the Perspectives division of WorldStr...Read More
Nick joins our team as the Director of Sales from the Perspectives division of WorldStrides. Beginning his career with WorldStrides twelve years ago, Nick started as a Tour Director in Europe leading educational trips around the UK, France, Spain, and Switzerland for high school students. At every opportunity, Nick injected his enthusiasm for soccer and his die-hard fandom of Aston Villa Football Club.
An avid soccer player and long-time athlete, Nick played first team soccer for the University of Surrey and captained the rugby team in high school at The Kings School, Ely. Hailing from a bloodline of top soccer players, Nick is a close relative of former Northern Ireland international, Jimmy Quinn.
Born on a farm near Cambridge, England, Nick graduated from the University of Surrey majoring in European Studies, French, and Spanish. In 2006, Nick moved to Boston, Massachusetts to work for WorldStrides full-time. He has traveled extensively around the world and in the U.S. and has called a number of cities home including Napa and San Francisco, California; Richmond, Virginia; and his current city of residence is Lakewood, Colorado, where he lives with his wife Keegen and three daughters – Poppy, and twins Philippa & Fiona.
With a knowledgeable background in finance, Sharon oversees accounting and office matte...Read More
With a knowledgeable background in finance, Sharon oversees accounting and office matters. She has been with Excel since 2014.
20 years of expertise in sports travel. Holds a USSF A License. Currently entering his ...Read More
20 years of expertise in sports travel. Holds a USSF A License. Currently entering his eleventh season as an assistant coach at William Smith College. Former ODP Coach for with New York State West Youth Soccer Association. Joined Excel in 2016.
Born and raised in Perth, Scotland. A 4-year college soccer player at Truman State Univ...Read More
Born and raised in Perth, Scotland. A 4-year college soccer player at Truman State University. Joined the Excel team in 2017.
Account Executive - Strategic Initiatives
A graduate of Temple University with a degree in Economics. Has worked with Region One ...Read More
A graduate of Temple University with a degree in Economics. Has worked with Region One Boys ODP since 2010. Joined Excel as an Account Executive in 2015.
Jamie joins us after previously holding the position of National Business Manager in th...Read More
Jamie joins us after previously holding the position of National Business Manager in the soccer industry operating training services and events across the United States.
Originally from a small town called Narborough, Leicestershire in the United Kingdom, Jamie has lived in Sacramento, California since 2004 with his wife Allison and 2 year old daughter Maddie. Jamie brought his passion for soccer from the UK to Sacramento and has built his life around his family and the sport. From coaching an all levels to traveling to Germany and Holland as a youth player competing against international opposition, Jamie has experienced firsthand the benefits and excitement of being an athlete competing internationally and learning about other cultures and styles of play.
Originally from Scotland, Steven graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a de...Read More
Originally from Scotland, Steven graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a degree in Sports Management. Has been in the soccer industry since 2006 including coaching and operations. Steven joined Excel as an Account Executive in 2017.
Emily played Division I soccer for the University of Virginia. When her playing career ...Read More
Emily played Division I soccer for the University of Virginia. When her playing career ended, she went on to become the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach for the University of Pennsylvania. Emily joined Excel as an Account Executive in 2017.
Jamie has been a soccer coach for over 15 years – coaching youth, ODP, High School, C...Read More
Jamie has been a soccer coach for over 15 years – coaching youth, ODP, High School, College, and Semi-professional teams all over the US. In addition to her extensive youth coaching experience, she has experience as a collegiate coach across all three NCAA divisions. Jamie grew up in Savannah, Ga and went on to attend Vanderbilt University for both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Throughout her coaching career Jamie has taken student groups on international trips to Austria, Germany, Italy, the Bahamas, and India. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently and resides in Austin, TX. Jamie joined the Excel Sports team as an Account Executive in 2018.
Manages all operational aspects of the team tours. Four year student-athlete at the Uni...Read More
Manages all operational aspects of the team tours. Four year student-athlete at the University of Louisville, started with Excel in 2015 having previously worked with Adidas.
Before joining WorldStrides in 2017, Kerri played collegiate lacrosse at York College i...Read More
Before joining WorldStrides in 2017, Kerri played collegiate lacrosse at York College in Pennsylvania where she studied Public Relations.
A graduate from Towson University with a major in Sports Management and Business. Manag...Read More
A graduate from Towson University with a major in Sports Management and Business. Manages all operational aspects of the team tours. Joined Excel in 2015
Account Support Representative
Justin is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Mana...Read More
Justin is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. Justin joined WorldStrides in 2017 as a member Excel Sports operations team working closely with Account Managers.
Alyson joined the Excel team in May of 2018 as a Tour Planner. Coming from a background...Read More
Alyson joined the Excel team in May of 2018 as a Tour Planner. Coming from a background rich in sports and recreation she believes in the positive impact that sports and traveling can have on youth and adult players. She has been a soccer referee for 12 years and continues to play in adult co-ed leagues while occasionally coaching for youth travel teams.
Alyson graduated from Radford University in May of 2016 with a degree in Sport Administration and a minor in marketing. Aly was born in Virginia Beach and has been living in the Charlottesville area for 17 years. In her spare time, she fosters dogs for a couple local shelters, teaches kayaking classes and is a big hiker and lover of the outdoors.
Senior Pricing Specialist
Works closely with the Excel Sports sales team on planning and support of our sports to...Read More
Works closely with the Excel Sports sales team on planning and support of our sports tours. Joy joined Worldstrides in 2011.
Air Travel Coordinator
Savannah graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. and a B.S. She stu...Read More
Savannah graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. and a B.S. She studied abroad at the University of the West Indies in Barbados and at the Universita per Stranieri in Italy. She is passionate about the personal growth obtained through travel and the relationships cultivated through team sports. Savannah joined WorldStrides in 2017.
Tour Operations Manager
Katherine has a degree in Business and Tourism from the University of the West of Engla...Read More
Katherine has a degree in Business and Tourism from the University of the West of England, Bristol. She joined Excel Sports in September 2017 and is the Operations Team Leader based in Yeovil, in the UK.
Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Adam graduated from University in Manchester and...Read More
Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Adam graduated from University in Manchester and has years of experience within the travel industry with a passion for soccer. Adam coordinates operations for US teams traveling to the UK and Ireland.
A graduate from the University of Verona with a degree in foreign languages. He has bee...Read More
A graduate from the University of Verona with a degree in foreign languages. He has been playing football for 18 years and is still active, playing for a semi-professional football team in his city. Now a certified tour leader who has guided numerous rugby and soccer teams. Leonardo has been with Excel since 2013.
Jack was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and has been involved in coaching and ma...Read More
Jack was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and has been involved in coaching and managing youth soccer teams for almost twenty years now. Jack is married with two children and two grandchildren. He works full time for a well-known publishing company. Jack has worked with many of our youth, ODP and college teams visiting Scotland and England over the last ten years. Jack has managed Excel Sports groups in the UK since 2006 and is a huge Glasgow Celtic Fan!
Catherine has worked in the sports industry in Ireland & the UK for over 20 years. ...Read More
Catherine has worked in the sports industry in Ireland & the UK for over 20 years. Most of her career has been spent in business development and group management within in the sports travel industry, but she also spent four years working in tournament operations on professional golf events such as The Irish Open, The Ladies Irish Open, The Ryder Cup & The Solheim Cup. Catherine is based in Co. Cork in Ireland and has worked with us since 2009, leading groups in both Ireland & the UK.
Esther is from Barcelona, but has previously lived in Mexico. She enjoys traveling and ...Read More
Esther is from Barcelona, but has previously lived in Mexico. She enjoys traveling and is very knowledgeable when it comes to different cultures and ways of life. She also enjoys art and sports. Esther is energetic and lives every day to the fullest!
Due to the nature of her job as a school teacher, she is very experienced in leading gr...Read More
Due to the nature of her job as a school teacher, she is very experienced in leading groups. Stephanie loves traveling, and has travelled to the US on many occasions. Stephanie has been with Excel since 2012.
Robin "Woody" Wood
Woody has been with Excel since our first trip in 1998! From Scotland, has looked after...Read More
Woody has been with Excel since our first trip in 1998! From Scotland, has looked after teams in all parts of Europe and is a season ticket holder at St. Johnstone FC! He holds a UEFA ‘B’ level coaching license and has coached numerous football clubs in Scotland, including a semi-professional club based near his hometown of Perth, Scotland. He was also a semi-professional player for sixteen years, scoring numerous goals as a striker with various clubs. Woody is by far our most experienced staff member. He has led youth, ODP and college teams through Scotland, England, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Holland and Sweden.