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Meet the Team


Ryan Deuber

Director of Goalkeeping


Responsible for oversight of all aspects of MSYSA Goalkeeping. Offer goalkeeper-specific coaching education opportunities to meet the needs of MSYSA affiliates, coaches, and programs consistent with the philosophies and intent of U.S. Soccer (USSF).


Ryan currently resides in Baltimore with his wife. He played soccer at Hood College. Ryan is also a lower school teacher and enjoys watching sports in his free time.

Why do you work in youth soccer?

The game of soccer created many opportunities for me growing up and I wanted to be able to give back to the game. During my time as a coach, I have discovered that there is no better feeling than being able to help a young player accomplish a goal they set for themselves or reach a level they never thought was possible. It pushes me to want to help more players discover that passion for the game.


Lionel Ellis

Let's Play! Coordinator


Oversees the Let’s Play! after school program that operates within various locations in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Responsible for administering all aspects of Let’s Play! and serves as the point of contact for all Let’s Play! Coach-Mentors, and Site Lead’s. 


Lionel was born in Jamaica and now reside in Millersville, MD with his wife Danielle and son Logan. He is a recent graduate of the University of Baltimore, where Lionel obtained his BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Government and Public Policy. Outside of work, Lionel is a mobile DJ and youth mentor.

Why do you work in youth soccer?

I want to share my knowledge and experiences as well as important life lessons to youths to help develop their love and passion for soccer. More importantly, I want to create an environment through soccer where youths always feel welcome! 


Gandalf French

Technical Director


Oversight of the Coaching Education Department, Olympic Development Program, Summer Soccer Academy, and Winter Indoor Training. Technical lead for all soccer/coach related matters.  


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.


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  originally from Ipswich, England and currently resides in Owings Mills, MD with his wife Sparkle and three children, Isaiah, Azadeh and Kaiyah. 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.



Bri Nardone 

Marketing  and Communications Coordinator


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


Bri is from Bronxville, New York. She played softball at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. She has a Bachelors and Master’s Degree of Science in Sport Management from Roanoke College '19 and The George Washington University '21. Outside of the office Bri enjoys hanging out with her dog, coaching softball, and traveling. 

Why do you work in youth soccer?

I have a passion for sports and love working with young athletes. Sports have provided me life long friendships and important life lessons. By working with MSYSA, I am able to give back to the community, while working in a field I am passionate about.



Brad Roos 

Director of Cup Competitions


Complete oversight of Maryland Cup games.  


Brad worked for Montgomery County Government for 32 years as sports supervisor. He also coached the Bethesda Soccer Club for over 30 years, and during that time was the executive director. Brad continued his work with soccer by joining MSYSA as the Maryland Cup Director since 2016. Brad has also has been involved with the USYS East NCS Regional Chair, the National Cups Committee, and USYS League Championship Chair. He is married with two daughters and four grandchildren. 

Why do you work in youth soccer?

My reason for being involved in the crazy world of youth soccer is 100% for the love of being a part of providing opportunities for our youth to play this great game.


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 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. 


Ana Varela

Programs & Administrative Manager


Supports multiple MSYSA employees with various programmatic and administrative functions.



Contact Us:

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

Office Phone: (410) 768-5401

Office Fax: (410) 768-5406