MEET THE COACHES
Coach Kathleen Allen attended Springfield College in Western Massachusetts, and recently graduated with a B.S. in Health Science. Kathleen’s passion is working with youth. She has a diverse background in various youth outreach and youth mentoring programs on the east coast all focusing on educating youth in spirit, mind, and body. Kathleen is new to Colorado and joined the America SCORES Denver Team in August 2014. She enjoys mountain biking, hiking, playing soccer and basketball, water sports, downhill skiing/snowboarding, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Coach Brandon Blew is an educator, lifelong soccer player and coach. Brandon graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with a degree in International Studies and Spanish while captaining the varsity soccer team to an NCAA championships quarterfinal birth. He received his MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona after teaching English for a year at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico. In 2001 Brandon relocated from Tucson to Denver with his wife and joined the America SCORES Denver Team as a staff coach while earning USSF and NSCAA youth coaching licenses. Brandon’s diverse background, including fluency in spoken and written Spanish, is invaluable to his work training, supporting and overseeing all of the America SCORES Denver literacy and soccer coaches. Brandon and his wife, a special education teacher in DPS, have two children who attend Denver Public Schools. Active in their community, Brandon and his family lead book clubs, participate in a variety of youth sports, enjoy camping, running and skiing, and are regular spectators at Denver sporting events.
Coach Kellington Boddie grew up an avid sports fan and enthusiast in Peoria, Illinois and graduated from Missouri State University where he earned undergraduate degrees in Criminology and Sociology while achieving success on the soccer field as a member of the Men’s Soccer Team from 2009 - 2012. Off the soccer field, Kellington was invited to represent student-athletes on Missouri State University’s President’s Panel and Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Kellington relocated to Denver in 2013 and currently coaches in the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club Academy and US Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success programs. He is actively pursuing the USSF coaching license program (currently pursuing his USSF "C" license) and completed an invitational coaching workshop administered by staff coaches from FC Barcelona's famed "La Masia" youth fútbol academy. In his role as Technical Director of 303FUTSAL, “Coach Kell” is leading the charge to grow futsal and introduce kids and families to soccer and futsal in northeast Denver.
Coach Bob Boyle has played and coached soccer in many capacities since his youth playing days in Okemos, Michigan. As a college student-athlete, he played soccer for the Bowling Green Falcons where he was a 1st Team All Mid-America Conference selection as the team achieved a #3 national ranking and a NCAA tournament appearance in 1992. As a board member at America SCORES Denver from 2006 - 2013 he supported ASD staff and chaired several initiatives to help advance ASD's innovative "poetry and soccer" mission (poesía + fútbol = alegría). In 2010 Bob was selected by the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club and a panel of his coaching peers to receive Colorado Youth Soccer’s Developmental Coach of the Year award. He is Cofounder of grassroots community soccer projects SOCCER ELECTRIC and 303FUTSAL. Bob and his wife and three kids live, work and play way too much soccer in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood.
Coach Peter Bunting grew up and played soccer in Vermont. A competitive participant and avid lover of many sports, including lacrosse, skiing and golf, soccer has always been his #1 sport of choice. Peter played in four state championship finals all four years in high school and went on to a college career at Johnson State College in Northern Vermont, where he and his teammates earned back to back NAIA National Championship appearances. After graduating from college and working for a few years away from the game, the dream to play professionally was alive and well as he played two seasons that included a USISL final four appearance with the Cocoa Expo in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Following his official retirement from professional soccer, Peter transitioned into coaching as a founding coach and age group director for the Colorado Rush, where he led elite competitive teams to multiple league titles, two state cup championships and a regional final appearance. Coach Peter went on to coach in the CSL in southern California where his teams earned two league titles and two semi final appearances in state cup. Peter currently holds USSF C & B licenses and will be pursuing his A in the very near future.
Coach Bri Marshall got her first soccer ball at the age of 5 to share with her 2 sisters - the rest is history. After a successful high school soccer career with a State Championship, all-conference, and all- state awards Bri went on to the University of Northern Colorado to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition. Bri played for the UNCo Womens Club team for 3 years, all the while gallivanting across the world. While abroad in Brazil, she was introduced to the beautiful, flowing game of Futsal. While studying in Portugal, Bri trained with a professional womens team and continued to play futsal with students from all over Europe. After returning from a year working in New Zealand in August, Bri got a job in Boulder as a Physical Therapy/Front Desk Aide and is looking forward to attending a Doctorates program for PT in a year. She currently plays on multiple indoor and outdoor soccer teams. Outside of soccer Bri is an outdoor adventure enthusiast.
Coach Gayla Story has enjoyed playing soccer recreationally her whole life. Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, sports in general, along with good grades, were a priority. Although tennis became her main focus, coaching kids/adults and playing in tournaments around the world growing up, as well as playing Division I NCAA tennis for Wichita State University, Gayla always enjoyed an intramural or pick up soccer game whenever they were offered. As a Denver Public Schools elementary school teacher, she has tried to instill the importance of community, teamwork, healthy competitiveness and education into the young minds of all her students. Gayla currently lives in downtown Denver with her husband Chris and adorable dog Ursa. She enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, and everything else that Colorado has to offer!
Coach Alex Swanson has been in love with the beautiful game since he was 3 years old growing up in Colorado Springs. In college, Alex was a member of the men's team at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where they won the Cascade Collegiate Conference and made a succesful run at the national tournament. Alex also played at Doane College in Lincoln, Nebraska where he graduated with a degree in English and International Studies and taught briefly at a local Montessori school before returning to Colorado. While at Doane College, Alex took part in a semester long study abroad program backpacking through 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa that included educating as well as coaching in underpriveleged communities. He continually draws on these experiences in Africa in his everyday life, as well as in educating and coaching the youth of Denver. Alex has been to soccer matches in Brazil, England, and South Africa, and has truly been a firsthand witness to the game being the catalyst for positive movements in communities all over the world. Alex makes his home in North City Park with his wife, Kirsty, and golden retriever, Ruby, and enjoys snowboarding, golfing and a busy career in Real Estate.
Coach Jason Zamkoff grew up in Syracuse New York and attended Nottingham High School, where he was Salutatorian of his graduating class in 1991 and a four-sport Varsity Letterman. During his senior year Jason captained his soccer team to a sectional co-championship, earning all-league and all-section accolades in the process. Jason attended Cornell University for his undergraduate degree, graduating with a BA in Psychology in 1995. At Cornell Jason was a member of the Men's Soccer team in 1992, and the Men's Squash team in 1991, 1993, and 1994, captaining the squash team his senior year and culminating with an invitation to the National Tournament. After graduation, Jason completed two years of clinical research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University, followed by his Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency in 2005 at the University of California, San Francisco, and remained in the Bay Area as a Pediatric Hospitalist at California Pacific Medical Center for five years. In the summer of 2010 Jason accepted a position as a Pediatric Hospitalist at Children's Hospital Colorado, and remains there currently. He still is an avid soccer enthusiast, playing regularly and coaching his daughter's Rapids Youth Team. In 2014 Jason accepted a position on the Board of Directors for America SCORES Denver, and is actively engaged with ASD staff, board members, community partners and ASD schools and poet-athletes.