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Brian Thomsen - Co-Director

Brian Thomsen is co-Director of WXFC. Brian’s love for soccer started early in his life. Coming from a long line of soccer players within his family dynamic, starting when his grandfather came to the United States via Scotland in 1963, Brian, along with his brother and sister, jumped on board and got involved in the world’s sport rather quickly.

After an exciting youth career, Brian attended Monsignor Donovan High School in Toms River, where he was named Ocean County Player of the Year, and garnered with All-County, All-Conference, and All-State awards during his senior year. Brian finished his high school career with 56 goals and 25 assists. He also played with Player Development Academy (PDA), NJ State ODP, and Region 1 ODP during these years and competed in the top leagues and tournaments in the country. After high school, Brian attended Northeastern University of the Colonial Athletic Conference. While there, he played a role in helping the team get into two straight conference final appearances. Brian then attended the Richard Stockton College of NJ (now Stockton University) where he helped lead the Ospreys to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2010. He then captained the 2011 Ospreys, and was in the top 5 in points during both years on the team.

Brian started training teams with his uncle and father in the New Jersey shore region while in high school. He began to realize his desire to “teach” soccer when his high-level playing days were finally over. Brian would like to help transfer all the soccer information he learned during his soccer career and connect with today’s youth soccer players. He specializes in technique, reading the game, passing, and tactical awareness.

In addition to his work as Washington Crossing FC's co-Director, Brian is the Director of Coaching & Operations for Next Level Soccer Academy (NLSA), and the Director of Operations for Next Level Soccer Training Academy (NLSTA). Brian also spent four years as the U13 Boys Head Coach with the New Jersey Olympic Development Program, and three years as an Assistant Men's Soccer coach of TCNJ.

Brian is currently pursuing his USSF "C" License and United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma. His current Professional Licenses include a USSF National "D" License, USSF "E" License, USSF "F" License, La Liga Training Methodologies Level 3, and the NSCAA Futsal Diploma.


Gavin Flannigan - Co-Director

Gavin Flannigan serves as the Director of Coaching & Player Development at Patriot FC.

Gavin currently holds his USSF "A" License, USSF "B" License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma (Passed with Distinction), NSCAA National Diploma (Passed with Distinction), USYS Youth License, and SAQ Level 1.

Ben Chrnelich


Ben Chrnelich is the current director of travel programs at HVSA and is also a coach with the New Jersey ODP Program. A former player at Lehigh University, and locally at Notre Dame High School, Ben currently holds his USSF National “D” License and his USSF “E” License.

Gary Roberts


Gary Roberts is the Director of College Recruiting for Patriot FC and he has served as a youth soccer coach in Bucks County for more than a decade.

Gary’s successes on the pitch include 9 State Cup Titles, 2 Regional semi finals, and 1 Regional final, as player, coach, and administrator.

Sean Davies


Sean Davies, the owner of FAST Futbol, is a former professional player and longtime trainer and coach in the NJ/PA area who has worked with thousands of athletes over the last 18 years. His goal is to provide quality training to players of all levels with a specific focus on technical development in an environment that is unique, challenging, and fun. Sean attended Millersville University where he was a 1st Team All-PSAC award winner in his Senior campaign and still holds the career record for assists in a season and career. He played professionally in the USL for the West Michigan Edge, Reading Rage, and the South Jersey Barons.

Sean’s Professional License credentials include NSCAA Advanced National License, United States Soccer Federation National Youth License, and other United States Soccer Federation Licenses.

Jose DeBernard


Jose was born in Costa Rica where he learned to play the beautiful game and became passionate with it.  He later moved to the US and played for state, regional and national pool USA teams.

Jose played for 2 years at Mercer County Community College and 2 years at NJCU, where he broke the school record for most goals in one season.

Jose also played for Princeton Union under Bob Bradley (former US National Team and current LAFC coach).  He also played in the US U18 National Tournament Final.

Jose has been coaching youth soccer for more than a decade.

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