Hoover-Vestavia Staff Bios

Chris Blight

Chris Blight was born and raised in Guildford, England. He has been involved in soccer through playing and coaching for almost 30 years. In 2007 Chris moved to the United States to pursue a career in soccer and teaching. He spent 4 years playing and captaining the team at Huntingdon College before graduating and moving on to Auburn University of Montgomery, where he earned his Masters in Kinesiology and served as an assistant coach for the Men’s team helping them reach the national tournament. Chris was also an assistant coach for the Birmingham Hammers for a year before they developed into the current Birmingham Legion team. Chris is currently a teacher and the Head Girls Soccer Coach at Oak Mountain High School. Chris holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma and a USSF D license and is in his second year of coaching with HVS.


Amy Disko

Amy Disko was born and raised in Birmingham - grew up playing club soccer in the area and graduated from Oak Mountain High School.  Amy continued her soccer career playing at UAB for 2 seasons and transferring and playing her final 2 seasons at Lee University (TN).  She began her coaching career in 2006 with Vestavia Hills Soccer Club and has worked there ever since.  In her coaching tenure her teams have won numerous state championships and has had quarter-final and semi-final appearances at the USYS Southern Regional events.  She currently holds her USSF C License and National Youth License and has served as the VHSC programs administrator/registrar for 10 years. She is in her third year of coaching with HVS.


Jose Espinoza

Jose Espinoza is originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He grew up playing soccer in Alabama from the age of 5.  He played club and High School soccer winning multiple titles. He later played for the Birmingham Pumas semi-professional team. For the past 3 years he has coached for both Hoover Soccer Club and Pelham High School. He is in his second year with HVS.

 

 


Tomas Fox

Tomas Fox is the Executive Director of Hoover Soccer Club.  He has been with HSC since 2005.  During his time at Hoover Soccer Club he has built the club into one of the largest and most respected clubs in the state.  He played a key role in the development of Chris Richards who recently signed with FC Bayern Munich in Germany. He played college soccer at the University of Montevallo.  Coach Fox is originally from Argentina.

 


Mike Getman

Mike Getman is a former professional soccer player and collegiate coach. He ranks 15th in victories for Division I Coaches. His career record stands at 322–218–56 (.605).  He served as UAB Head Coach from 1992-2018. His UAB teams won 6 conference titles and played in the NCAA Tournament 8 times. He is one of only two coaches to lead a UAB team to the Elite 8 (Gene Bartow/Basketball was the other). He was the Head Coach at Harvard University from 1987-1992 where he led the Crimson to an undefeated regular season and a place in the Final Four. He was selected as conference coach of the year 3 times and was selected as the Conference USA “Coach of the Decade”. He is the winningest coach in C-USA history.  Coach Getman played college soccer at Indiana University and then professionally for the Detroit Express.  More than 50 of his college players moved on to the professional ranks.


Justus Griffin

Justus Griffin was the UAB Asst. Coach for over 20 years (1996-2019).  He helped lead UAB to 6 Conference Championships and 8 trips to the NCAA Tournament.  He was the recruiting coordinator at UAB for over 10 years.  As a player he helped lead UAB to its first ever conference championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament. His blistering pace and defensive discipline made him one of the best defenders in the nation.  After college he played professional soccer before returning to UAB as an Asst. Coach.  Coach Griffin has coached at the youth level for many years.  He is in his third year with HVS.

 


Rocky Harmon

Rocky Harmon has been the Executive Director at Vestavia Hills Soccer Club for thirteen years. Prior to moving to Birmingham, Harmon served as the Director of Coaching of what is now NASA/ TopHat in Atlanta for seventeen years. Harmon holds a USSF 'A" License, and a Premier Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches. He was the first US Soccer staff coach to select Clint Dempsey to a Regional pool, where Harmon coached Dempsey for three years. Harmon played at the University of Tampa, and later was an assistant coach at his alma mater for two seasons, as well as West Virginia University for three years. 

 


Jack Hudson - GK Coach

Jack was born in Atlanta, Georgia and has played soccer since the age of 4. He competed for a number of clubs in the Atlanta area in his youth career while also playing for the ODP state and region teams. Currently a goalkeeper on the UAB men’s soccer team pursuing a Master’s in Public Health, Jack started off his collegiate career at the University of Kentucky and then transferred to Emory University at the beginning of his junior year. While playing at Emory, Jack worked for Inter Atlanta FC, as an Assistant Director of coaching for goalkeepers under former Atlanta United and current FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Alec Kann.  Coach Hudson is in his second year with HVS.

 


Corey Jones - GK Coach

Corey Jones grew up in Homewood, AL. and graduated from the Univ. of Montevallo where he was a four year starter.  As a player he helped lead Montevallo to the school's first ever conference championship. His skill in the goal earned him the MVP award for the Gulf South Conference. Jones has coached for many of the top clubs and high school teams around the state over the past 20 years, and also served for three years as the goalkeeping coach for the University of the South. Coach Jones is in his third year with HVS..

 


Kat Nichols

Kat Nichols was born and raised in Grapevine, Texas (outside of Dallas). She has been involved in soccer since the age of 4 when her playing career began. Coming up through the club and ODP system in North Texas, helped her follow her dreams of playing soccer in college. She attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where she played all 4 years as a centre back. After college, she began her coaching journey and has worked with many of the top level clubs in Birmingham over the last 15 years. Kat is continuing to pursue top level coaching licenses. She currently holds her USSF C, USC National Youth, GK Level 1 and National coaching Diplomas and is currently pursuing her USC Premier Diploma. For the past several years she has been the Girls DOC and College Liaison for VHSC. Coach Nichols is in her third year with HVS.


Will Nsougan

Will Kossivi Nsougan played internationally for the Togo National Team and was captain for the U20 National Team. He played professionally in Togo for Etoile Filante and Agaza before moving to France where he played for Grenoble Soccer Club. He later moved to Saudi Arabia and played for Al Najma & Al Najran Soccer Club and ended his career in Dubai with Al Ahli in UAE. He has coached for Vestavia Hills SC since 2016.  He holds a US Soccer Grassroots and USSF National C license. He is in his second year of coaching with HVS.

 


DeAndre Robinson

DeAndre Robinson is a former professional soccer player with the Philadelphia Fury.  Prior to playing professionally he was a member of the UAB Soccer Team and the United States Youth National Teams.  He represented the USA from age 14-18.  Coach Robinson has coached at the youth level for many years.  He is in his second year of coaching with HVS.

 

 


Moises Roman 

Moises “Moi” Roman was born in Teloloapan, Guerrero, Mexico. He grew up playing soccer in the Birmingham Metro area for a variety of local clubs but found a home at Hoover Soccer Club where he played goalkeeper and captained the team for several years. Coach Moi has coached virtually every age group since starting in 2013 at Hoover Soccer Club and Pelham High School. During his time at Pelham HS he assisted on the Varsity Staff that led to multiple Final Four appearances and the 1st State Championship in school history. Coach Moi holds several coaching licenses from US Soccer and United Soccer Coaches. He also serves as the Girls Academy Director at Hoover Soccer Club. This is his 2nd year working with HVS. 


Carlo Schiavoni

Carlo Schiavoni is the Boys Director of Coaching for Vestavia Hills Soccer Club.  He has been with VHSC since 2015.  He played college soccer for UAB where he was a 4 year starter. Prior to his arrival in Birmingham he was a member of the Canadian U-20 National Team. He played in the 2005 Youth World Cup in the Netherlands. He is originally from Montreal, Canada. He is in his third year with HVS.

 

 


Oleg Sinelnikov

Oleg Sinelnikov is a former professional player who holds his Advanced National Coaching license and his USSF B license.  He has coached at the College and Club level for over 20 years.   He is the Director of Coaching for Hoover Soccer Club.  He is also a Professor of Sport Pedagogy at the University of Alabama. In 2018 he was selected as the Competitive Coach of the Year by the Alabama Soccer Association.  This was the second time he received this award.  Coach Sinelnikov is in his third year with HVS.

 


Corey Smith

Coach Smith has been an Asst. Coach at Birmingham Southern College for 5 years.  He previously played college soccer for the Panthers where he received several awards.  He graduated Cum Laude studying Psychology.  Along with his work at the College level, he has also coached with Vestavia Hills Soccer Club and with Vestavia Hills High School. Currently holds the USSF National C license. Coach Smith is in his second season coaching with HVS.

 


Chad Thomas

Chad Thomas has been coaching youth soccer for over 15 years.  He has coached for FC Carolina Alliance, Carolina Rapids and Hoover Soccer Club.  His teams have been winning championships at all levels.  He has also been a State Coach in the ODP program for Alabama.  He holds several coaching licenses from both US Soccer and the United Soccer Coaches.  Coach Thomas played college soccer at Methodist University where he earned Scholar Athlete honors and All Conference honors.

 


Seth Torman - GK Coach

Seth Torman comes to HVS after a stellar playing career at UAB.  Seth earned the starting role at UAB in his Freshman season and went on to start every year since.  Seth has taught Goalkeeping at camps over the past 4 years and brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience to HVS.  Before college, Seth was a standout for Pelham HS where he set records and led the Panthers to the 2017 High School State Championship.   He was selected All Area, All Region and All State during his High School career.  Coach Torman is in his second year working with HVS.

 


Luke Whittle

Luke Whittle is one of the longest serving coaches in Alabama history. Over the years he has coached many players who have reached the Pro and National Team level.  He played a large role in developing current professional players like JJ Williams, Brandon Servania, and Jaden Servania.  He is the Director of  Operations for Hoover-Vestavia Soccer Club and Director of Soccer for Vestavia Hills Soccer Club.  Luke graduated from the Univ. of South Alabama where he was a four year starter.  Luke has coached at every level of soccer from youth, college and professional. He is in his third year with HVS.

 


Jason Woodall

Jason Woodall is a Georgia native, where he grew up playing his youth soccer in Stone Mountain.  He played his Club soccer for the Brookwood Steamers / JD Dempsey's and attended Clarkston High School.  After High School, Jason attended Presbyterian College in South Carolina and was a 4-year starter and Captain.  After College, Jason went on to play professional soccer for the Charleston Battery, Columbia Patriots, Greenville Shamrocks, and the Atlanta Ruckus.  Jason has been coaching youth soccer since 1990.  He has spent over 20 years coaching summer camps at Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy and Mount Berry Soccer Academy.  In addition to Coaching College Soccer at Ga. State University and various High Schools throughout the years, he has also coached youth soccer teams of all ages and worked as a DOC, Academy Director, Director of Player Development, administrator, website designer, graphic artist, and General Manager.  Jason holds a USSF B, National Youth License, ISPAS Level 1 & 2 Video Analysis Certifications, and graduated from Jefferson State CC Nursing School in 2020 and is a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) in Alabama.