Coaches Corner

Excel Soccer will welcome visiting coaches and support coaches on a regular basis.  

Coach Tibi

The primary field coach for Next Level is Coach Tibi. Coach Tibi is currently the Head Soccer Coach at Magnificat High School, division 1.  Coach Tibi has an extensive history of playing and coaching soccer.  He has spent the past twelve years coaching girls’ varsity including Laurel School and Solon High School and premier club soccer, Cleveland Select and Ohio Premier Soccer Club. Coach Tibi holds a United States Soccer Federation “C” License.

 

Born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, Coach Tibi has been playing soccer since he was eight years old. Beginning is 1986, he played professional soccer for eight years for BP Volan SC. He was also a member of the Youth National Budapest team competing against AC Milan Anderlecht, Stuttgart, 1 FC Koln, Torino, Gent, St Etienne, Montpellier, etcetera. After 1991, he played in various leagues until 1994 when he immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio.  

Coach Joe Cuini

Joe and Tibi similarly met when they coached together at Cleveland Select.  Joe coached eleven years  with the Gilmour Academy soccer program.  In his first season at the helm of the program, Ciuni directed the team to a 22-1-0 finish that included sectional, district and regional championships, as well as the school's first-ever OHSAA Division III Girls Soccer State Championship.Ciuni  played both varsity and club soccer for Fairfield University.  He also spent time coaching at the Gesu School, where his boys’ team earned CYO City Championships in 2006 and 2007 and his girls’ team earned CYO City Championships in 2005 and 2006. While attending Gilmour, Ciuni played varsity soccer all four years, earning the role of captain in his final two seasons.  He was voted All-Greater Cleveland and All-MAC-8. Ciuni also teaches Pre-K at Gesu School.

 

Coach Matt Tainer

 

Coach Matt is our Director of Program Development.  He met Coach Tibi met when they coached together at Cleveland Select and for a short period of time at Ohio Premier.  His passion and love of game is evident.  Coach Matt understands the strategy of the game.  He has a variety of experiences in high school and club soccer, and has had many notable achievements including being on the coaching staff of a state winning high school team.

Matt Tainer has been coaching soccer since graduating from the University of Mount Union in 2012. At Mount Union he was a member of the men’s soccer team all four years. After graduation he started his coaching career as the Junior Varsity assistant at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin for their Women’s Soccer program. He then spent four years at Gilmour Academy as the Head Junior Varsity coach for two years, followed by two years as the Varsity Assistant. While at Gilmour Academy he was the Varsity Assistant for the Women’s State Championship team of 2016. He is now the Head Coach for the Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Women’s Soccer team.  In his first year as head coach of NDCL, he led his team to the district final.  Matt has been a club coach since 2013 and is currently coaching for Cleveland Cobras.

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