The East Bay Eclipse Soccer Club strives to offer quality coaches throughout the club, regardless of a team’s age or level of play. Potential coaches will go through an application process (including a background check) and an interview process to ensure the club is hiring the right kind of coaches and, more importantly, the right kind of people. Coaches will be trained and evaluated on a regular basis to ensure that our coaches are improving as well as our players. Since the East Bay Eclipse Soccer Club has boys and girls teams, the club also regularly has male and female coaches on staff.
All Eclipse coaches commit to the Eclipse Philosophy, which is a coaching style that puts the development of the kids as players and as people at the forefront of all decisions. We want the kids to enjoy their time at the field, while they improve their skills. A coach has the ability to have a major positive impact on the life of a child they are coaching, and our coaches take this responsibility seriously.
The East Bay Eclipse Soccer Club focuses on having players experience a variety of coaches, as opposed to only a single coach. This allows for players and teams to experience and learn from a variety of coaching styles. Different coaches have varying strengths and weaknesses, so having a staff available to all teams will also allow for different issues within a player or team to be spotted, corrected and improved. All teams have a head coach assigned to them, which allows for the teams to form a sense of familiarity with their head coach. The assigned coach is present at all practices and games for their team with other coaches and/or directors there to help.
Shane Carney - Executive Director
(Complete Bio for Shane)
Shane founded Eclipse in 2010 and has been the director since its inception. He has 22 years experience coaching youth club soccer players and has received more than 80 certifications in the areas of coaching soccer, child development, and player safety. He coached the Varsity Boys Soccer team at Campolindo for nine total years, where he won more titles than the program had in its previous 40+ years combined. He grew up in Lafayette and attended Burton Valley, Stanley and Campolindo.
Jose Diaz Mercado - Director of Operations
After a very successful 2021 in the role of Operations Manager, Jose Diaz Mercado has been promoted to a larger role for 2022 - Director of Operations. He will work directly with the club's Executive Director, Club Administrator, and coaching staff to ensure the club's operations continue to run smoothly and constantly improve. Jose was a three-year varsity soccer captain for Alhambra High School. During his time there, he was named to the All-DVAL First Team in 2015-16. He also played club soccer locally for 12 years. He began his coaching career running soccer camps and clinics for his church. He ran the Campolindo High School Boys Soccer Program for a season and is currently back coaching their JV team and assistant coaching varsity. Outside of the soccer world, he worked for Las Lomas High School as a Campus Supervisor. This is his fourth year with Eclipse.
Daniel Kamenetzky - Director of Development
Daniel has been involved in sports for 35 years, participating as a competitive athlete, teacher of physical education, coach, performance analyst, training designer and businessman. His career started in his native Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was a teacher of physical education in schools working with youth in areas of motricity, competitive sports (soccer, rugby, track and field, volleyball, swimming), sports sciences and health education. In parallel, he was also part of a multidisciplinary team that evaluated and consulted with professional teams and athletes. During that time, he provided methodological support to professional Argentinian soccer teams such as Ferrocarril Oeste and River Plate. He moved to Berkeley, California at the end of 1999 to support his wife’s career opportunity as a scientist, where he continued his education, obtaining a Master in Kinesiology from Cal State East Bay, a Master in business from AAC and a Master in Big Data Analysis from Murcia, Spain. Since then, Daniel has worked as a sports performance methodologist, assisting competitive and recreational athletes in the areas of training design and rehabilitation. Daniel is the founder of consulting firm Spandrel Analytics, which provides player evaluations, training design, academy developmental strategy, and performance data analysis to youth academies and professional teams of diverse sports. Among his professional experience in the US, we can cite consulting with several Bay Area Soccer Academies, design and development of the Athlete Development Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and creation and coaching of the Women's Rugby Team program at St Mary’s College in Moraga. As a part of the coaching team of the Cal Women's Rugby Team, he evaluated and performed training design for Cal and All Blues Women Rugby Teams. For the last 9 months, Daniel has been a part of our institution coaching two of our Eclipse teams. During his time with us, he brought to the club new strategies to develop our players, interact with parents, and help in the education of the coaching staff.
Jessica Grilli - Club Administrator
Jessica Grilli joins us in a new club position as the Club Administrator. She will provide logistical and administrative support throughout the club's operations. She will also oversee and support our team managers. She has been involved with Eclipse for 11 years when her daughter joined the club in the Future Eclipse program. Jessica has four children actively involved in youth sports, all of whom have grown up playing soccer for Eclipse. Prior to joining us, she had extensive experience in Operations Management and Client Services, as well as, sat on the Orinda Baseball Association board from 2017-21. Jessica has been a team manager for over a decade and has actively served on the Eclipse board since Fall 2019.
Interested in Coaching for Eclipse?
If you are an experienced coach who believes in the Eclipse philosophy, send your resume and statement of interest to [email protected]