X-Treme Soccer Club believes that consistent technical training and a long-term focus on individual player development are the keys to success in soccer. All of our skilled coaches are licensed through USSF and NSCAA and have a variety of coaching backgrounds. We believe that it's important for players to have access to multiple coaches because each coach brings his or her own experience and expertise to a training session. Therefore, our coaches always run practices as a group to maximize your child's exposure to different coaching styles and to increase the amount of individual attention she receives. We also believe that each child develops at his/her own rate and our dedicated coaching staff will ensure that your child gets the opportunities that she needs to train and compete at her own individual skill level.
Matt Safar- Director of Coaching
Our Director of Coaching, Matt Safar, has over 17 years of coaching experience at various levels of soccer. He created X-Treme Select SC in 2006 and his teams have earned the opportunity to play Regionally and Nationally to compete against the top talent in the country. He is the current Head Varsity Coach at Hathaway Brown in Cleveland, Ohio, an all girls private school that specializes in college preparation. From 2016 to 2018 he was the Head Varsity Coach at Olmsted Falls High School in Cleveland, where his team won the Southwestern Conference Championship for the first time in school history with a record of 15-2-1, en route to being named “SWC, Coach of the Year.” He holds a USSF National "D" License and has assisted in helping multiple players earn the opportunity to reach the U.S. National Pool and has helped countless player earn the chance to play collegiately. He has prior Director and Coaching experience at Internationals SC, Challenger Crew Juniors, and ODP, as well as High School Head Coaching experience at Akron Garfield where he was named "Akron City Series, Coach of The Year." He does a variety of individual training, and camps in his spare time with players of all ages.
Ryan has been involved in soccer since the age of 8. He was a 4 year letter winner at Lake High School where he was also a captain and was named to first team all league and county. Ryan holds two defensive records at Lake HS and was a captain for every club team that he played on. As a coach, Ryan has run various camps and individual skill sessions. He was an original member of X-Treme Select SC's first team in 2006.
Caitlin has 13 years of playing experience including several years with premier clubs and Walsh Jesuit High School. While playing with Walsh, her team won 3 consecutive district and regional championships before progressing to win both a State and National championship. Caitlin continued her playing career at the University of Akron. She has been coaching at the premier level for 2 years and specializes in goalkeeping.
Trisha is the current Varsity Assistant Coach at Olmsted Falls High School. She holds a bachelor of science degree in sport science, coaching & conditioning education and has been playing soccer for 15 years. Trisha was a 4 year letter winner and received several academic honors and playing awards during her high school career. She also has several years of playing experience at the premier level. She continues to play and coach soccer as a partner with the Special Olympics at the All-Star Training Club in Akron.
Newton has been playing soccer since the age of twelve. While playing at Garfield High School, he set a school record for points scored and was chosen for the All-District 1st Team. He was elected to the All-City 1st Team three years in a row and was the All-City Player of the Year during his sophomore year. Newton was also a three-year high school team captain and has been coaching premier level soccer for 5 years.
Justin has been involved with soccer since the age of 8. In high school, he was a varsity starter for 4 years and team captain for 3 years. He made first team all district, league, county & state and was elected the all Stark County player of the year during his senior. He has coached various camps and individual sessions and was one of the original members of X-Treme Select SC's first team in 2006.
Malik has extensive playing experience and earned several accolades during his high school career. He was the captain of the Garfield High School team for two years and set school records for save percentage and wins by a goalkeeper. Malik was twice chosen for the All-City 1st Team and, during his junior year, was voted the MVP of the All-City Series and selected for the All-District 2nd team. Malik has been coaching premier-level soccer for 5 years and specializes in goalkeeper training.