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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.
Account Executive - Team Lead
Jamie joined the WorldStrides Excel team in January 2018. He brings a wealth of soccer ...Read More
Jamie joined the WorldStrides Excel team in January 2018. He brings a wealth of soccer knowledge and experience on the West Coast from his 15 years working in the youth soccer camps and training market, where he developed fantastic relationships and respect from professionals in the soccer industry. Passionate about the game he loves most, Jamie is excited to be able to help clubs, colleges and high schools provide international travel for their players to help broaden their horizons.
An avid soccer player and multi-sport athlete, Jamie played first team soccer for the Nottingham Trent University and semi-professionally in Leicestershire, UK. Rugby, Cricket, Tennis and Golf are all sports Jamie participates in along with a huge love for Formula 1 and Motorsports. However, Liverpool FC is his biggest crush.
Born in Leicester, England (home of the EPL Champions in 2016), Jamie has lived & worked in 33 US states and has now settled in Sacramento, California with his wife Allison and 2 children, Maddie and Mason. Having played and travelled around Europe as a child in countries like Holland, Germany, France & Italy, Jamie has great memories of the experiences travel provides to a soccer player and wants to inspire others to experience that same feeling too.
Account Executive -Team Lead
Steven joined our team in January of 2017 as an Account Executive. Steven has been invo...Read More
Steven joined our team in January of 2017 as an Account Executive. Steven has been involved in soccer for over 17 years, having coached in Scotland, his country of birth before moving to continue coaching in America in 2006. Steven comes with great experience in the soccer industry, through coaching and managing a large soccer coaching company in Maryland.
Steven is an avid sports fan and loves all sports, with particular interests in soccer and golf. A lifelong Celtic who still tries his best never to miss a game. Steven is a former Club Champion golfer and still enjoys playing with colleagues and friends.
Steven grew up in Alva, a small town in central Scotland. He graduated with a BA degree in Sports Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Steven calls home to Baltimore, where he has lived for the past 5 years and lives with his fiancé Anna.
Sales Operations Specialist
Jonny joined our Excel Sports team in the summer of 2017 after completing a two-year Gr...Read More
Jonny joined our Excel Sports team in the summer of 2017 after completing a two-year Graduate Assistant coaching position at Southwest Baptist University, a NCAA Division II school in Bolivar, Missouri. Prior to this, he was Director of Operations for the Tony Glavin Soccer Club in St Charles, Missouri, and an assistant coach for the Men’s and Women’s Varsity soccer teams at Truman State University, located in Kirksville, Missouri.
A native of Perth, Scotland, Jonny came to the United States in the summer of 2008 to attend Truman State University on a soccer scholarship. As a four-year varsity starter, he helped his team to an NCAA National Tournament Appearance in 2010 and a top 10 ranking in the national polls at the conclusion of the regular season. While being part of a Truman team ranked nationally for two and a half years, he also twice earned Daktronics South Central All-Region First Team honors while finishing in the top ten list for career assists as a Bulldog. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication from Truman.
Jonny currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, Sally, also a former Truman State soccer player.
Nikiah joins the Sports team after 4 years with our very own, WorldStrides Higher Ed Cu...Read More
Nikiah joins the Sports team after 4 years with our very own, WorldStrides Higher Ed Custom Programs division. There she developed education abroad programs for higher education institutions. She takes pride in initiating leadership which has been evident since a very young age. She played soccer for Seacoast United Sports Club and worked up to competing on the Olympic Development Program organization of the Northeast. Even with her dedication to soccer, she also played tennis competitively as an active member of the USTA. Due to injury, she abruptly ended her soccer career where she then picked up field hockey. She lit a personal passion for travel as a student-athlete while leading an ambassador tennis team as the women’s captain, competing in Fiji and Australia. Nikiah went on and earned her degree in Sports Management at Catawba College in NC where she was a dual sport student-athlete, playing NCAA field hockey and tennis all four years. She earned various awards through her collegiate career: MVP, All Tournament Team, Player of the Week, runner-up as Catawba College’s Top Senior Female Athlete of the Year, among others. Her professional career has been led by a sense of integrity, competition, and leadership, focusing predominantly in sales, account, and client management. She resides in Scarborough, Maine with her husband, Aaron, and dog, Mandy.
Manager of Account Management
Ashley joined WorldStrides Excel as an Account Manager in May 2015, having previously w...Read More
Ashley joined WorldStrides Excel as an Account Manager in May 2015, having previously worked for Adidas. Sports have always played a role in Ashley’s life and she strongly believes in the opportunities that a game can create for a passionate and determined individual.
Ashley graduated from the University of Louisville as a member of the women’s lacrosse team with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration and a minor in Communication. In her senior year, she helped lead the Cardinals to their first ever Big East Championship and NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Ashley was born and raised in Upstate New York. In 2014, she made the move down South and settled in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Outside of work, Ashley is still actively involved in the lacrosse community and coaches a local youth club.
Senior Account Manager
Morgan joined WorldStrides Excel in June 2015 as a Marketing Coordinator and later tran...Read More
Morgan joined WorldStrides Excel in June 2015 as a Marketing Coordinator and later transitioned into an Account Manager in 2016. She previously worked in the professional sports industry where she was a Community Relations intern for the Baltimore Orioles during the 2014 season.
Morgan graduated from Towson University in 2015, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and minor is Business Administration.
Morgan experienced international travel first hand when she toured with her soccer team to England in 2007. She came back to the States as a huge Stoke City fan. Outside of supporting the Potters, Morgan is a huge Baltimore Ravens and Orioles fan.
Carlie joined WorldStrides Sports in February 2020 as an Account Manager. Upon her grad...Read More
Carlie joined WorldStrides Sports in February 2020 as an Account Manager. Upon her graduation from the University of Delaware with a degree in Sport Management, she began working as a Marketing and Engagement Assistant in the athletic department. Carlie was a four year member and captain of the women’s ice hockey team at Delaware. While there, she helped guide her team to three ACHA National tournaments, led the team in scoring for her last three seasons, and was named Second Team All-American her senior year.
Carlie was born and raised in Bear Delaware, and has recently made the move down to Maryland. Outside of work, Carlie still loves to play hockey, go hiking, spend time with family and friends, and cheer on her Philadelphia sports teams.
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.
Robin "Woody" Wood
Regional Operations Coordinator
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.
Emma joined WorldStrides in September 2017 and coordinates operations for US teams trav...Read More
Emma joined WorldStrides in September 2017 and coordinates operations for US teams traveling to the UK and Ireland. Coming from a background in customer service and with a love for travel, she has a real passion for putting together trips that will provide wonderful memories.
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 native of Scotland, Gerry is a past president of Kilpatrick Football Club, one of Sco...Read More
A native of Scotland, Gerry is a past president of Kilpatrick Football Club, one of Scotland’s top youth soccer clubs. Gerry was the Head Coach of Kilpatrick for ten years, winning four National Championships with them in the early 1990’s. Gerry has been a staff member of WorldStrides Sports for the last fifteen years, working with many college, youth and ODP teams on tour in England, Scotland 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 WorldStrides Sports since 2013.
Graziano is a certificated tour director who lives in Verona (Italy). Through the last ...Read More
Graziano is a certificated tour director who lives in Verona (Italy). Through the last few years, he has accumulated experiences in accompanying English and American sports teams in sports-related tours around Italy. Graziano’s most recent tour was with a professional basketball team from Maine.
Graziano is friendly, motivated and loves sharing his country and culture with visitors. In addition, he is well-organized and dependable with excellent leadership skills. Besides Italian, he also speaks French, German and English.
Alessandra is 37 years old and lives in Como. She attended the university for Interpret...Read More
Alessandra is 37 years old and lives in Como. She attended the university for Interpreters and Translators in Milan and has been working as a Tour Director and high school English teacher since 2004.
As for tours, Alessandra has primarily led sports tours in soccer, volleyball, field hockey and track and field with American high school and college teams.
David is 60 years old and lives with Andrea and their two Yorkshire terriers in West Wa...Read More
David is 60 years old and lives with Andrea and their two Yorkshire terriers in West Wales. He is a retired Police Officer serving for 17 years and he played soccer in the Welsh Amateur Leagues. He also represented the Police in Soccer, Cricket, Rugby and Tenpin bowling. Since retiring from the Police, David has travelled extensively while working as a Tour Director. He has taken teams to tournaments and games across Europe, and these have included England, Nottingham Forest and Raith Rovers.
Kirsty is 33 years old and has just moved back to her hometown of Doncaster in the Nort...Read More
Kirsty is 33 years old and has just moved back to her hometown of Doncaster in the North of England. Over the last decade she has worked as a Welfare and Player Liaison, and in Operations for a number of Premier League teams as well as with England International male and female teams. Kirsty has also spent time in Africa coaching football with children and young people. She is currently working with a sports charity as their Head of Operations, who are linked to Doncaster Rovers FC.
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 WorldStrides Sports groups in the UK since 2006 and is a huge Glasgow Celtic Fan!
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!
Dani Varela was born in Girona (Catalonia). He enjoys meeting new people and travelling...Read More
Dani Varela was born in Girona (Catalonia). He enjoys meeting new people and travelling. Because of these interests, he has been a devoted tour guide for the last ten years. While guiding tours, he has also worked for managing cultural and sports activities for young people – especially football championships. He is a passionate follower of the sport.
Sandra was born in London, England but has been living and working in Spain for about 1...Read More
Sandra was born in London, England but has been living and working in Spain for about 18 years. She has mainly worked in the tourist sector. Sandra has led various types of groups from educational, musical, and sports. She loves nature and the outdoors!