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Meet the Team


Gandalf French

Program Director: ODP & Summer Soccer Academy


Oversight of the ODP program, Summer Soccer Academy, Winter Indoor Training and Tournament Sanctioning. 


Gandalf is from Columbia, Maryland and currently lives with his wife Krysta, his daughter Kaeden, and puppy Aspen. Outside of the office, he enjoys playing soccer, rock climbing, and hiking. 

Why do you work in youth soccer?

I started working in youth soccer to help instill a lifelong love of the game in the players that I am fortunate to work with. In my current role with MSYSA, I am blessed to be able to have a wider impact on the growth of our beautiful game and I am proud to be helping to make soccer the preeminent sport in our country.  


Jessica Hafer

Registration Specialist


All issues related to Stack Sports Association Connect and Club/league connect, and membership & affiliation.


Alan Lydiate

Director of Coaching


Coaching education insight. Technical lead for all soccer/coach related matters.


Alan is from Blackpool, England. He currently resides in Hagerstown, MD with his wife Jenny and daughters Sadie and Cecelia. Outside of the office, Alan enjoys socializing with friends.

Why do you work in youth soccer?

To help nurture and develop positive behaviors in children through soccer. 


Nathean Meadows

Director of Outreach & Grassroots


Establish and execute robust outreach initiatives and collaborate with Affiliates and others to create, promote, and execute grassroots offerings. Ensuring that every affiliate feels welcomed, appreciated, and respected. Helping to grow participation and membership through grassroots programming


Nathean is from Ipswich, England and currently resides in Silver Spring with his son Isaiah. Outside the office, he enjoys soccer, running, mountain biking and technology!

Why do you work in youth soccer?

I have a lifelong passion for the beautiful game and a strong desire to serve. Marrying these two together in youth soccer is a life-long dream and an opportunity to help players, coaches, clubs and administrators have the best opportunities to pursue excellence and individual development in their environment. I believe that "sport has the power to change the world" - Nelson Mandela.



Brendon Mendelson 

Marketing /Communications Coordinator and Office Support


Creating and implementing plans to improve all online media and communications. Assist in all areas of office administration. 


Brendon is from Highlands Ranch, Colorado. He played soccer at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. Outside of the office Brendon enjoys playing soccer, hiking, skiing, and traveling. 

Why do you work in youth soccer?

I grew up playing in the US Youth Soccer system and ODP program so I want to share my passion and provide players with the same great experiences that I had. I hope to continually develop and expand the game in the US over the duration of my professional career. 


Bob Shannon

Finance Manager


Payroll administrator and all accounts receivable and accounts payable functions.

Bob is from West Chester, PA and has lived in five different states before moving to Maryland.  With an M.S. in Sport Management, he has spent over 35 years serving as a teacher, administrator, athletic director, coach and professor, in addition to 15 years of experience working in accounting and finance. He has two grown sons (Ryan & Tyler)  and currently lives in Finksburg, Maryland with his new wife (Lee Ann) and his two stepsons.
Outside of the office, Bob enjoys all sports, reading, serving at his church, volunteering for Hospice and supporting his beloved Boston Red Sox 

Why do you work in youth soccer?
I love kids!  Sport provides the opportunity to teach many different life lessons and skills that a child may never learn in any other environment.  I served as a USSF, High School and College Soccer Official for 25 years and saw the impact soccer can have in the lives of young people.  Finally, both of my sons played the game and loved it!


Greg Smith

Executive Director


Overseeing the administration, programs, and the strategic plan of the organization.


Greg lives in Parkton, Maryland with his two children, Skylar and Preston, and wife Erica. Outside of the office, Greg loves to engage with his family and be outdoors. 

Why do you work in youth soccer?

I know firsthand the positive effect that playing soccer can have on the overall trajectory of one’s life, and I desire to provide opportunities for others to experience this impact. 



Contact Us:

Mailing Address: 3060 Route 97, Suite 178, Glenwood, MD 21738

Office Phone: (410) 768-5401

Office Fax: (410) 768-5406