LMSC BOARD MEMBERS AND PROGRAM DIRECTORS





PROGRAM DIRECTORS



 
BIFF STURLA - Board Member, President
A former player in LMSC and at the college level, Biff has been coaching at LMSC for 39 years. He has led eight different teams to EPYSA State Championships where his teams have won 13 outdoor state titles, 14 indoor state titles, three Region One USA championships and had one team finish second in the nation. Biff's teams also won 18 Delco Soccer League Division One championships, including one when they played up a year.

Biff is the head coach for the Harriton High School boys varsity. His Harriton teams have won over 200 games since he took over in 2002, and has over 280 career wins as a high school head coach.

Among the honors that Biff has won:

  • 2017 EPYSA Service To Youth Award
  • 2018, 2012 and 1997 Central League Coach Of The Year (high school)
  • 2006 NSCAA Regional Coach Of The Year Award
  • 2006 Finalist for the NSCAA National Coach Of The Year Award
  • 2006 EPYSA Travel Team Coach Of The Year Award
  • 2004 Del-Val League Coach Of The Year (high school)
  • 2002 Main Line Times and Main Line Life Coach Of The Year
  • 1999 Philadelphia Inquirer Coach Of The Year

Biff served for many years as a Staff Coach for our state association, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association. Biff was a head coach in their Olympic Development Program and was a long time instructor for EPYSA's various coaching courses.

Biff played soccer at Hobart College (class of 1978) where he majored in mathematics and minored in economics. He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester (1980) and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Villanova University (1985). Biff worked as a software engineer for 19 years and was a manager at YSC Sports (formerly Rocket Sports) from 1999 - 2010.




 
DALE HAINES - Vice President and Regional Travel Team Director Of Coaching
Dale has been coaching in the Lower Merion Soccer Club (LMSC) system for 16 years. Dale is Vice President, Boys Travel Team Director Of Coaching and he also runs the Summer Travel Team Program. Dale's current squads are U-10 'A' Irmãos Navy and U-17 'A' Invictus. Invictus is a USYSA National League (representing the top 32 club teams in the country) team and has been so for the past three years. Invictus won the state championship in 2017 and were finalists in 2018 and 2019. They were also Region I finalists in 2017 and have captured numerous tournament championships, including two of the last three Bethesda Premier Cup titles. His U9A Irmãos team played a year up last year in all competitions. They placed third in the second flight of the EDP fall league, won the second flight of Battle of Hilltop tournament and were finalists in the second flight of the Jack Walsh tournament. The started off their U9 season as Champions of the top flight of their EDP league bracket and top flight of the Bethesda Premier Cup. They were also Finalists at the Lou Ramous Classic.

Dale is also a Staff Coach with LMSC, working primarily with the Pee Wee programs. Dale was awarded the LMSC Intramural Coach of the Year in 2012. Dale played high school soccer at Downingtown and he currently holds a USSF D License and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

For his day job, Dale is an Associate Professor at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University.




 
PETE GANGL - Girls Travel Team Technical Director
Pete was voted Eastern Pennyslvania Youth Soccer Association's (EPYSA) 2019 Travel Team Coach Of The Year. Pete is currently the head coach for the LMSC Lynx, our Under 12 A girls travel team, and the LMSC Impact, our Under 15 A girls travel team. He is also in charge of the Girls Developmental Academy. Pete was the head coach for the LMSC Storm for 10 years. During that time, they were in the state championship game six consecutive years, winning state cups at U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19. In 2019, the Storm were finalists in the Under 19 Region One championships. They were Region One semifinalists in 2017 and 2018. Over 20 of the Storm players will be playing at the college level of the fall of 2019. The Impact were state finalists in 2017 and are emerging as one of the top teams in the state. Pete was the recipient of the LMSC Girls Travel Team Coach Of The Year Award in 2006, 2017 and 2019. Pete has been coaching youth soccer for over 20 years including the last 15 with LMSC. In 2017, Pete led both the Storm and the Impact to EPYSA Indoor State Championships. Pete earned his NFHS/NSCAA Professional Development Certificate as well as his NSCAA Mental/Physical Player Development Diploma. Pete coached our LMSC Stingrays girls team through U-14 and the LMSC Mustangs boys team from U-13 through U-18. Pete was assistant coach for the Valley Forge Military College's Men's team for several years. Pete holds a USSF National License, NSCAA diploma, NSCAA Goalkeeper Diploma and a USFF Futsal Certification.



 
SAM LANE - Boys Travel Team Technical Director
Sam is the LMSC Boys Technical Director for LMSC, responsible for working with and helping train our coaching staff. He is co-head coach for the Under 9 A Rovers and the Under 17 Invictus Teams. In addition, Sam is in charge of the boys Developmental Academy. Sam coached at the college level for many years, most recently for the division 1 Drexel Universiy Men's team. Sam previously was a soccer standout at Franklin and Marshall College, leading the Diplomats to to a 55-15-5 record over his four-year career, including winning the Centennial Conference for the first time in program history and advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in the same year. In the following year, Sam helped lead the Diplomats to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Sam was named 1st Team All Centennial and 1st Team Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Star as a senior, and named 2nd Team All Centennial Conference as a sophomore. Prior to coaching at Drexel, Sam was an Assistant Coach at Sewanee University Men's Soccer (which also featured the highest GPA of all male teams), and responsible for scouting, video analysis, video and social media coordination. Sam holds a USSF "E" License. Sam played for LMSC as a youth player.



 
ALEX SROLIS - Director of Goalkeepers (D.O.G.)
Alex is the head coach for the Under 8A LMSC Heart as well as the Under 12B Moxie. Alex is also the club's Director of Goalkeepers, responsible for organizing and coordinating our goalkeeper training. She is the assistant coach for the Harriton High School Varsity Boys team and is the program's goalkeeper trainer. Alex was a four-year goalkeeper starter for West Chester University 2013-2017 where she set school records for games played (81), wins (61), minutes played (7019) and career shutouts (36). Alex earned PSAC women's conference records for shutouts and was awarded first-team ECAC goalkeeper, second team all mid-Atlantic region goalkeeper, and first team all-region mid-Atlantic scholar goalkeeper. Alex holds a US Soccer 'C' coaching license. As a youth player, Alex was the goalkeeper for the LMSC Heart, leading the Heart to the EPYSA state championship in 2008 and 2009.



 
DAN BUBNIS - Director of Intramurals (Ages 8-14)
Dan has been in charge of the older age group intramural programs in both the Spring season and Fall season since 2006. He also serves as our intramural referee assignor for games. Dan grew up playing travel team soccer for the Roslyn Boys Club in Roslyn, PA. He played high school soccer at Abington High School and was selected to the 1980 Philadelphia Old-Timers' Soccer Association interscholastic team. Dan played soccer at the college level for Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia. Dan was voted LMSC Intramural Coach of the year in 2006.









LMSC BOARD MEMBERS


BIFF STURLA
See above


HOWARD BURDE
Howard Burde has been involved in the Lower Merion Soccer Club as a coach and volunteer for five years. His son, Jed, plays in the LMSC Travel Team Program. In addition to his volunteer work for LMSC, Howard has been a contributor to the Lower Merion community since moving to the area in 2002. He has served as a member, then president, of the Lower Merion Board of Health; as a board member of the Beth Am Israel synagogue, and as a Lower Merion Little League coach and volunteer. He also helps on special projects for the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet in Narberth.
  • Howard has a solo law practice, Howard Burde Health Law, LLC, and was recently named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.
  • In his practice, Howard works health industry entrepreneurs and investors to build health care businesses. He counsels emerging health industry clients on transactional, joint venture, risk management, privacy, security and licensing matters as well as capital formation and strategic development issues. He counsels health information technology companies and other health care sector clients on complex health law and business issues. He also engages at the highest levels of health care public policy process at federal and state levels.
  • Howard is a Board Member of the Health Information Management Systems Society ("HIMSS") (the health information technology professional and trade association); and the founder and organizer of the HIMSS/HIT Venture Fair and the Building Your Health Information Technology Business program.
  • Howard is primary author and editor of four books on health law, the most recent of which was translated into Japanese and Korean (though he had nothing to do with the translating). He is a frequent speaker on health law topics around the country.
  • Prior to moving to Bala Cynwyd, Howard served as Deputy General Counsel for Health and Human Services under Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker, and as Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
  • Howard graduated from Duke University and the University of Virginia School of Law.


ED WEISS
Ed has been coaching at LMSC in the travel team program as both a head and assistant coach for 12 years. He also served as a head coach in the club's Intramural Program. In 1998 he started a run as Biff Sturla's assistant coach on the LMSC Hammerheads. He continued as Biff's assistant thru U-15 at which time he became the team manager. The Hammerheads went on to win numerous Delco League Division One titles, countless top flight tournament championships, 7 outdoor EPYSA State titles, 2 Indoor EPYSA State titles, 6 Region One titles, two National 2nd place finishes and two 3rd place National finishes. Many Hammerhead players went on to play college soccer at the Division One level. In 2014 Ed became the assistant coach on the LMSC Fusion with his son Alec who played for the Hammerheads and then played for Division One Villanova University for four years. Ed and Alec currently coach the LMSC U-10A Stealth which were U-9 EPYSA Indoor State Champions and EPYSA Outdoor State semifinalists.

Ed's three sons, Danny, Evan and Alec all played at LMSC for many years.

Ed has also been a JCC Maccabi coach for team Philadelphia at U-13 and U-16, competing against teams from all over the country as well as international competition; the last seven years he has coached together with his son, Danny. His teams have won 6 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze over 13 years of competition.

Ed graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1979 with a B.S. in Accounting. He attended The Temple University School of Law, earning a J.D. in 1982. He is admitted to the bars in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is the managing shareholder of the law firm of Brownstein Vitale & Weiss, P.C. He has actively served the community for many years on the Boards of Federation Early Learning Services and The Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and has been honored by the State of Israel and Israel Bonds New Leadership.





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