Darren O'Neill

Darren immigrated to America in 1999, since then had been involved in Tom's River soccer with TRSA and then TRFC since 2001 .A Native of Drogheda, Co Louth, played with various youth clubs in the area, Darren attended Colaiste Ide, Dublin where he studied Autocad in 1997. Darren began operating Celtic Elite Training Academy in 2005, Darren has operated camps in NJ, PA and NH

Darren started his club coaching in TRSA. Trained in various clubs through out the Ocean county area.

Darren holds a USSF D License, USSF National Youth License, US Youth Soccer Top Soccer Coach, Futsal Level 1, NSCAA Director of Coaching, LaLiga Levels 1-3


Pete Tadrick

Discovered at age 7 by the world known Eusebio, also known as the 'Black Pearl", Peter was drafted at the age of 18 into the MISL by NY express. He went on to play for Dayton Dynamo & eventually made his way to Portugal for a tryout with FC Porto, Upon his return to the US he went on to play professionally for several more years until being forced into early retirement due to a knee injury. During his 9 year professional career he has played with various clubs in the US and has played games in Haiti, Portugal and Germany.

Peter has operated his own training company's in Soccer Vision and International Soccer Club, has been a Director of Coaching with Bridgewater and Lacey soccer clubs. Peter has been a coach with Jefferson high school and Rutgers as well as an assistant coach with Wright State University and New Paltz. Peter was also an assistant coach with the Chattanooga Express fro the 92-93 season.

Peter has trained in Toms River since 2001 and has been a member of Celtic Elite since 2001


Thomas Defino

A native of Maplewood, Tom was spotted kicking a ball about by the famous Gene Chyzowych who hoped Tom would take up the sport and who Tom played his High School soccer under at Columbia High School in Maplewood . Tom continued His education at Elizabeth College and Kean College, Thomas is also an Investment Advisor Representative working at Morgan Stanley in Toms River, NJ and has over 33 years of experience in the finance industry.

Tom has played with multiple clubs including Union Lancers & Newark Ukrainians and also semi-pro with Sporting Newark FC. Tom currently holds a USSF D License.

Tom begin his coaching/training career in 1993 with TRSA. Tom has been a member of Celtic Elite since 2003 where he helped run and shape the company in the early years and continues to be relied upon for the running of the training company's programs


Matt Behen

As an avid soccer player since the age of five, Matt's love for the game only grew as the years went by. Matt has played for TRSA since the age of three. He continued to play under the coaching and supervision of Mr. Paddy O’Neill, founder of Celtic Elite. Since he has stopped playing the game personally, He has devoted time to encouraging and enriching the soccer experiences of Toms River youth for many years.

Matt is a graduate of Toms' River High School North class of 2004 where he was Varsity Captain. Matt continued playing in College in Div 3 with Montclair State and went on to get his Bachelor's degree in Physical & Health Education from Kean University

Matt first started be a trainer in 2007 with Celtic Elite in, Matt has trained in many local  clubs and is current head coach of TRFC Athletico and currently holds a USSF D License.

With this Bachelor’s degree, Matt is trained to not only educate youth in sports, team-building, conflict resolution, and physical health, but also work alongside colleagues and build open communication with parents of teammates.


Kate Defino

A native of Toms River Kate began her playing career with TRSA, Kate is a graduate of Toms' River High School North class of 2004 where she played. A member of the New Jersey ODP team in 1999 and 2002 and had club success as a New Jersey State finalist and Region I Premier League champion. Kate was All-County and All-Conference selection

 Kate went on to attend the College of Charleston where she played D1 soccer. Kate graduated in 2008 from Charleston with a Bachelor of Science Major: Psychology Minor: Health. Kate then went on to continue her education at Monmouth University where she earned her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Kate began her soccer training career in 2008 with Celtic Elite. Kate is our Head Trainer for our Clinic program and has a USSF D License


Jim Moore

Along with being Head Coach of the Women's Soccer Team  at Georgian Court, Moore is a senior staff member and Director of Goalkeeping at TRFC, Jim also trains various youth teams and is charged with developing the organizations goaltenders and has been a member of Celtic Elite since 2006. Moore also serves as Assistant to the Associate Director of Athletics for the university. He was also the recipient of the GCU student services “Outstanding Service” award for the 2008/2009 academic year.

Before heading to Georgian Court, Moore served as an assistant coach at Bryant University for six seasons. While at Bryant, Moore played a crucial role in turning around a Bulldog program which had not posted a winning season since 1993, helping the team earn its first national ranking and first NCAA Tournament bid in 2001. Bryant won 48 games in four seasons from 2001 to 2004, while Moore was on the staff.

A 1996 graduate of Providence College, Moore made his first foray into coaching soon after; obtaining an assistant women’s coaching position at his alma mater in 1998. While at Providence, Moore served as a student assistant on the 1993 team that won the Big East Championship and went to the Sweet 16 in the National Tournament.

Moore has earned both a National and Advanced National License from the NSCAA and has been a member of that organization since 1993.

Elliot Baldwin

BaldwinElliot Graduated from Georgian Court University in 2016 after 4 years, where he served as team caption for hi Junior year. Following his graduation Elliot went to Wilkes University where he was graduate assistant with the Wilkes men's and women’s soccer team. Baldwin played four years at Georgian Court where he served as team captain his junior season. His time at Georgian Court was topped off by a Central Athletic Collegiate Conference championship during his senior season.

Elliot has been a trainer for Celtic Elite since 2015 and has also had spells with the New York Red Bulls training programs which covers their community coaching as well as the younger elite set ups such as the showcase teams and RDS program. Elliot has also spent time coaching at Wycombe Wanderers

Elliot holds a USSF License as well as English F.A. Levels 1 & 2. Elliot is currently the Men's Assistant Coach at Georgian Court University.


Jamie Hickey

A native of Dublin, Ireland Jamie played with some of the best youth development programs in Ireland with Drogheda United and Home Farm FC. Jamie is currently attending Georgian Court University studying Exercise Science while playing keeper in their D1 program

Jamie has been training with Celtic Elite since 2018. Jamie has his USSF License as well as his FAI Kickstart Coaching license



Daniel Vicente

A native of Kearny, Daniel played his high school soccer with Kearny High School and is in his final year with Georgian Court University. Daniel is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese

Daniel started training in 2015 with the Jackson Lions Soccer Club, Daniel began training with Celtic Elite since 2017, Daniel has his USSF License


Daniel Chochlinski

Born in Krakow, Poland, Daniel emigrated to Ireland where he played with youth side Corduff and Stella Maris. Daniel represented Dublin County from U15-U17. Daniel is in his senior year at GCU where he has been a mainstay in their defense since 2016

Daniel has been training with Celtic Elite since 2017. Jamie has his USSF License, youth 4v4 as well as his FAI Kickstart Coaching license



Javal Dawkins

A native of Stratford, Connecticut Javal played his high school soccer with Bunnell High School and is in his final year with Georgian Court University. Javal is Accounting undergraduate student at Georgian Court University with an interest in acquiring a Master in Business Administration and a CPA License

Javal has played with Harford City in the NPSL, Javal has been with Celtic Elite since 2017, Javal has his USSF License


Joseph Kurak

A native of Manchester, Joe played his youth soccer with Toms River and also went on to play for BOCA. Joe has 3 boys who play and has also been a past board member with TRFC

Joe begin his coaching/training career in 2006. Joe has been a member of Celtic Elite since 2014 where he oversees our U6/U7 youth development programs. Joe has a USSF License


Matt Walls

Matt has been with Celtic for 4 years now. Matt is a former 4 year varsity starter for Point Beach High School. He went on to play at Ocean County College where playing striker he was named the 2008 Offensive Player of the year and lead the team in goals.

In his coaching career Matt has coached Lavallette Elementary School Boys ( 2011 & 2013 Conference Champions), was an assistant coach at Point Beach High School on the boys side, and he assisted in training Tony Meola’s GK1 U9 Boys program.

Matt Currently is a USSF Nationally licensed coach. He actively plays in various men’s outdoor and indoor leagues. Matt is a loyal Tottenham Hotspurs supporter. He resides in Lavalette, NJ and enjoys surfing.


APRIL 28, 30 2020

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