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 - Club Director
(Complete Bio for Shane)
Shane founded Eclipse in 2010 and has been the director since its inception. He has 21 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 - Operations Manager 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 also ran the Campolindo High School Boys Soccer Program for a season. This is his third year with Eclipse.
Coach Mentor Staff
Johnny enters his seventh year with Eclipse and 32nd year of coaching. Prior to Eclipse, Johnny coached at MDSA, DVSC, DFC, and Heritage Soccer Club. He also coached the varsity girls at Clayton Valley High School where he led them to a BVAL title. He played at the Private University of Nicaragua. Johnny’s coaching diplomas include several from United Soccer Coaches and four from Fiorentina. He has also spent three years as our U11-U14 Boys Director.
Amelia Salazar Amelia enters her eighth year with Eclipse after beginning her coaching career at Saint Mary’s College soccer camps as a student athlete. After being one of the top recruits in the state of Oregon during a distinguished youth career, she moved on to play at Saint Mary’s College. She has also coached in the Special Olympics Unified Sports program. She holds a United Soccer Coaches 11v11 diploma. She has also spent three years as our U15-U18 Girls Director after a successful run of developing our female players.
Tarek Alameddine Tarek enters his tenth season with Eclipse. In addition to Eclipse, he has also served as an assistant coach with the boys soccer program at Acalanes High School. As a player, Tarek earned DFAL Offensive MVP honors with Acalanes and later played at the University of Santa Cruz. In addition to coaching, Tarek works as a certified fitness trainer and brings this experience and knowledge to Eclipse. He holds a National Diploma from United Soccer Coaches. He has also spent three years as our U15-U18 Boys Director.
Jose Luis Diaz After years of coaching local teams against Eclipse, Jose joined our sideline for the first time in 2019. Jose has been coaching for nine years with experience with Deportivo Oakland, Real Oakland, and the BullDogs Brazil Soccer Club. At BullDogs, he served as club vice president in addition to his head coaching responsibilities. In addition to club coaching, he worked as a teacher and academic mentor in Oakland and ran the middle school soccer program for ASCEND Sunset Warriors. This is his third year with Eclipse.
Alex Avelar Alex played forward during his youth playing career and followed that by playing on the Sacramento State University club soccer team. He graduated with a degree in Kinesiology - Exercise Science and Therapeutic Rehab. He works as an exercise specialist for cardiac rehab at John Muir. He began his coaching career with Alhambra High School and joined Eclipse in 2019 as an assistant coach. In 2020, he coached the Acalanes JV Girls to an undefeated season and was an assistant with the NCS champion varsity team. This is his third year with Eclipse.
Brandon Thompson Brandon grew up in Oakland where he was a star player for Bay Oaks Soccer Club (now East Bay United). He played recreationally during his time in college and has continued to foster his passion for the game of soccer through coaching. He earned his first coaching license in 2014 and has earned several licenses through United Soccer Coaches. This is his fifth year with Eclipse.
Daniel Kamenetzky Daniel joins Eclipse this season for his first season, but he brings 35 years of experience in the sports world. He started as a Professor of Physical Education in his native Argentina and has been an expert in sports performance, kinesiology, and coaching ever since. He worked as the fitness coach for the women's rugby team at Cal. He started the women's rugby team at St. Mary's College, designed and started the Athlete Development Program at Children’s Hospital in Oakland and Walnut Creek, and helped to start their laboratory for evaluation and analysis of young athletes. He is the owner of Spandrel School of Sports where he provides sports performance and methodological support to youth sports teams. He has coached a variety of sports at many different levels and got his start coaching soccer in Argentina.
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]