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Meet Our Team
As former players, coaches, and trainers, our dedicated team is committed to creating world-class international sports 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.
Read on to learn about each of our spectacular team members…
Head of Sports Development
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 daughters.
Jamie joined the WorldStrides Sports team in January 2018. He brings a wealth of soccer...Read More
Jamie joined the WorldStrides Sports 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.
Jonny joined WorldStrides Sports team in the summer of 2017 after completing a two-year...Read More
Jonny joined WorldStrides 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.
Sales & Account Management
Ashley joined WorldStrides Sports as an Account Manager in May 2015, having previously ...Read More
Ashley joined WorldStrides Sports 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 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration and a minor in Communication. She also was a member of the women’s lacrosse team for four years. 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 where she now lives with her husband. Ashley is still actively involved in the lacrosse community and coaches a local youth club.
Morgan joined WorldStrides Sports in June 2015 as a Marketing Coordinator and later tra...Read More
Morgan joined WorldStrides Sports 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.
Sam joined WorldStrides Sports as an Account Manager in January 2022. He previously ser...Read More
Sam joined WorldStrides Sports as an Account Manager in January 2022. He previously served as the Missouri ODP Coordinator and coached for local Club and High School soccer teams in St. Louis. These experiences reinforced his commitment to using youth sports as a vehicle for developing young people.
Sam is from Minnesota, but now lives with his wife and dog outside of Washington, D.C. They are avid rock climbers, so you’ll likely find them hanging off a cliff in their free time!
Adam joined WorldStrides Sports in 2017 and works with the European Operations team in ...Read More
Adam joined WorldStrides Sports in 2017 and works with the European Operations team in London, England. As part of the Product Delivery organization, he is responsible for sporting content on International Sports Tours, organizing friendly games, training sessions, and pro-game visits. Adam is experienced within the travel industry and shares a passion for sport. He graduated from university in Manchester and has recently returned to acquire a Master’s in Sport Directorship. When he’s not working on sports tours or studying, Adam enjoys playing soccer for his local team and entering races with his running club.
Matt joined the WorldStrides Sports team in August 2021. He has spent 16 years working ...Read More
Matt joined the WorldStrides Sports team in August 2021. He has spent 16 years working in the youth soccer camps and coaching market throughout the Midwest, California and Texas where he’s developed extensive relationships. After starting to play at an early age, Matt played 1st team soccer while completing a Sport Science & Management degree at Nottingham Trent University. He has always played soccer, but competed in rugby, cricket and badminton as a youth athlete. A lifelong Arsenal supporter, Matt is also passionate about Formula 1, golf and is a big Dallas Mavericks basketball fan. Matt called a small village in central England home until he moved to the USA in 2005. He currently lives near Dallas, TX with his wife and 2 children. He was lucky to travel Europe extensively as a child, and has visited a huge number of states through his university years, which has lead him to want to provide those same experiences for others through his position at WorldStrides.
Celeste joined WorldStrides Sports back in September of 2021 as a Group International S...Read More
Celeste joined WorldStrides Sports back in September of 2021 as a Group International Sales Consultant and transitioned to the Sports team in July 2022 as an Account Manager. Prior to this, she coached and played water polo in California. She lived in Spain for about two years studying and teaching English, while also competing with local water polo clubs. Traveling and coaching has provided her with the skills she has today for building relationships with passion and determination. She believes the combination of sports and travel helps you grow not only within the sport, but also as individuals.
Currently, Celeste attends California Baptist University while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Sport Psychology. Celeste lives In San Diego where flip flops are her go-to shoes rain or shine, but she’s always trying to find her next destination to visit.
My Name is Alethea, but I go by Alicia to make it easier for non-English speaking peopl...Read More
My Name is Alethea, but I go by Alicia to make it easier for non-English speaking people to pronounce. I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa. I studied Hospitality Management in Munich, Germany and then moved to France where I currently reside.
I at first did not work in the tourism industry. I worked in Customer Support in the aeronautical industry — different circumstances but with the same result of ensuring the customer is satisfied with the services they purchased.
I started working freelance and was a tour director for various sport academies. Many of them came from South Africa, Argentina, Australia, the UK, and US. I was fortunate to be appointed Team Liaison Officer with FIFA for the Germany U20 National Team and accompanied them to the 2018 U20 World Cup.
This experience is what led me to work with WorldStrides in 2019 when the Women’s World Cup came to Paris, France. I was excited to work with the team in assisting with the logistics of moving 40+ groups and over 1,500 travelers throughout the country. I am even more excited now to join the team full-time and see what our next adventure brings!
Working in a multicultural environment makes me feel as if I am travelling all the time. Sports and travel hold no barriers when the passion of them both come into play.
Taylor joined the WorldStrides Sports team in July of 2022, working previously as an account manager at Omni Logistics. Taylor has spent most of his early life coaching and building relationships within the youth soccer space in North Texas. He played four seasons at Episcopal School of Dallas under coach Mark Gardner. Named the Offensive Player of the Year and MVP as a senior, Taylor earned All-SPC honors his senior year, and was named first team All-North Zone for three straight seasons.
In his collegiate career, Taylor helped Louisville men’s soccer set school records for consecutive minutes played without allowing a goal (560) and consecutive shutouts (5) before completing his degree at Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor’s in Sport Management & Applied Physiology. After graduating from SMU in 2017, Taylor joined Mount Aloysius College as a graduate assistant, earning his Master’s in Business Administration in 2020.
Taylor was born, raised, and currently resides in Dallas, TX, where his family is deeply rooted in soccer. He enjoys following the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a passionate video gamer. Outside of work Taylor, continues to coach soccer and play recreationally on the weekends.
Grey joined the WorldStrides Sports team in 2020, bringing experience from all NCAA lev...Read More
Grey joined the WorldStrides Sports team in 2020, bringing experience from all NCAA levels. He concluded a Hall of Fame college basketball coaching career that spanned 39 years and included 513 victories as a head coach. After gaining coaching experience at five different NCAA Division I schools, Grey was elevated to Head Coach at Lamar University (Texas), turning that program into a winner before taking over at Augustana College (Illinois), where he became the college’s all-time winningest coach. He was named NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year on three occasions. Prior to his coaching career, Grey was a standout point guard at the community college level (Highland CC, Freeport, IL) as well as NCAA Division II at Missouri State University, where he led the nation in free throw shooting percentage.
Throughout his coaching career, Grey guided 10 different teams on international tours spanning four different continents.
Grey and his wife of 33 years Kelly live on Lake Summerset on the Illinois/Wisconsin border. He is the proud father of three grown sons. Grey enjoys golfing, boating, and racing his Porsche when he’s not working with clients at WorldStrides.
More commonly known as Woody, I have been working within the Sports Travel industry for...Read More
More commonly known as Woody, I have been working within the Sports Travel industry for more than 25 years. In that time I have led many different clubs, colleges, schools and ODP teams to destinations across Europe including Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden as well as all over the UK. I not only lead groups as a Tour director, but I am also employed within the Tour Director Department at WorldStrides in a support role where I work with our Operations Department and the Tour Directors on the ground ensuring that our participants have the best time. I am also involved with the recruitment, training and mentoring of our new Tour Directors, ensuring that the standards that you expect are delivered on tour. I very much look forward to meeting and working with you on one of our Sports Tours in the future.
Sarah joined WorldStrides Sports as an Account Manager in April 2023. She previously wo...Read More
Sarah joined WorldStrides Sports as an Account Manager in April 2023. She previously worked as a Program Coordinator for a Division I Men’s Basketball program where she traveled internationally for the first time with a collegiate team. Sarah is passionate about collegiate athletics and the opportunities educational institutions can provide to student-athletes. Sarah graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2018, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration with a minor in Event Planning. She currently resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, Missouri with her husband.
Jessica comes to WorldStrides after ten years of coaching collegiate women’s soccer. ...Read More
Jessica comes to WorldStrides after ten years of coaching collegiate women’s soccer. She was most recently the associate head women’s soccer coach at NCAA division 1 Charleston Southern University after serving as the head coach at Florida Tech. She earned her master’s in Sport’s Administration from Belhaven University after her collegiate playing days were spent at Faulkner University where she was an NAIA All-American, two-time NAIA scholar athlete, and an SSAC Defensive player of the year. She is passionate about sport and education and loves seeing it play a significant role in the personal development of student-athletes. Her passion for the world’s game was ignited while traveling to the Men’s World Cup in South Africa during college and while playing in Belfast, Northern Ireland after graduation . She is excited to use that passion at Worldstrides in helping create irreplaceable educational experiences. Jessica resides in Austin, Texas where she loves watching sports and being active outdoors.