LMSC BOARD MEMBERS AND PROGRAM DIRECTORS





PROGRAM DIRECTORS



 
BIFF STURLA - Board Member, President
A former player in LMSC and at the college level, Biff began coaching at LMSC in 1982. The 2021-2022 season is his 40th year coaching in LMSC. 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 300 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 Director Of The Travel Team Program
Dale has been coaching with LMSC for 15 years. Dale is Vice President and Travel Team Director. He also runs the Summer Travel Team Program. Dale's teams have won two State Cup Championships (Invictus 2017, 2021), have been State Cup finalists twice (Invictus 2018, 2019) and State Cup Semi-finalist twice (Swarm 2014, Irmãos 2021). Invictus was also a Region I finalist in 2017 and semifinalist in 2021. Dale's teams have also won numerous league championships and elite tournaments, including Bethesda Premier Cup (Swarm, Invictus 2X, Irmãos), EDP tournament events (Irmãos, Invictus, Shockwave), Lou Ramos (Invictus), Annandale Premier Cup (Swarm) and Nation's Capital Cup (Irmãos).

Dale was awarded the LMSC Intramural Coach of the Year in 2012 and the LMSC Travel Team Coach of the Year in 2021. Dale holds a USSF D License and USC Advanced National Diploma.

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




 
SAM LANE - Boys Travel Team Technical Director & Head Of Boys Local Travel Teams
Sam is the Boy's Technical Director for LMSC and is responsible for working with and helping train the LMSC Coaching Staff. Sam is also responsible for our social media pages and is our college placement director. Currently, he coaches the U8 Wolves Navy, U18 Invictus and co-coaches the U12 Shockwave. In 2021, he led the Invictus group to the Boys U17 State Championship and to the USYS Regional Semi Final. Previously, Sam coached at Drexel University (D1) and Sewanee: The University of the South (D3), where he was responsible for recruiting, scouting, video analysis, social media coordination and planning training sessions. Sam previously was a soccer standout at Franklin and Marshall College, leading the Diplomats 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. Sam currently holds a USSF D License and is a candidate for the USSF C. Sam was also a former LMSC youth player, playing for the LMSC Roadkill.



 
ALEX SROLIS - Director of Goalkeepers (D.O.G.)
Alex is the head coach for the girls LMSC Heart Navy and Red teams, (Under 9 A and B travel teams). She currently holds a NSCAA National C coaching license. Alex is also the club's Director of Goalkeepers, responsible for organizing and coordinating our goalkeeper training. 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 was assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer for several years for the Harriton High School boys varsity. During that time, one of the goalies she worked with earned first team All-Central League honors. Alex was also the goalkeeper for the original LMSC Heart, leading the Heart to the EPYSA state championship in 2008 and 2009.



 
ART HERNANDEZ - Director of Developmental Academy
Art joined LMSC as the Director of the club's Developmental Academy. He is also head coach for the LMSC Swarm girls team. Coach Art was raised in Los Angeles, California and has been living in Chester County for over 20 years. He has coached in this area for the past 12 years and has developed under terrific coaches and mentors. He has coached and trained teams that have won State Cups, along with National and Regional competitions and tournaments. Coach Art is very vested in his coaching education and, in addition to being a current A-License candidate, he has all his grassroots licenses through US Soccer. Additionally, he holds his Advanced National, Advanced National Goalkeeper and FUTSAL diplomas from United Soccer Coaches. He has attended courses through ANEFS and TOVO, based out of Spain. In addition to coaching, he currently volunteers his time to collaborate and network with various soccer coaching groups (locally and nationally) to produce and host different online content.



 
GRANT MYERS - Girls Travel Team Technical Director
Having previously coached in LMSC for 15 years, Grant returns to the club where his coaching journey originally started. Grant brings with him over 20 years of coaching premier level club and high school soccer, college soccer, as well as coaching in the former US Soccer Developmental Academy. Over the years, his teams have participated in some of the most prestigious tournaments, including the Dallas Cup, throughout the country, won numerous State Cup titles, played in the Regional Championships, and has helped produce many student-athletes who have moved on to some of the top programs and institutions around the country. Two notable and local players that Grant had the opportunity to coach in their youth days … Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union) and Zack Steffen (Manchester City).



 
DAN BUBNIS - Director of Level 3 - 5 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.



 
FRANKY-ANN CARROZZA - Director of Level 1 Intramurals (Ages 4 and 5)
Franky was a full time preschool and kindergarten teacher for 10 years. She played youth soccer for the New-Hope Solebury Soccer Club. She later played field hockey and lacrosse at Lehigh University and has coached soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and floor hockey for a wide range of age groups. Franky also coached in the US Field Hockey Futures Olympic Development Program.



 
HENRY FARR - Travel Team Registrar & Compliance Officer, Director of Level 1 Intramurals (Ages 4 and 5)
Henry played high level travel team soccer in Lower Merion Soccer Club for many years, helping lead his team, the LMSC Magic, to two state championships. He was a standout soccer player at The Shipley School and later played soccer at Trinity College. Henry started out at LMSC as one of our youngest players and is now helping lead the Pee-Wees, Atoms and Neutrons Divisions.









LMSC BOARD OF DIRECTORS


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 also coached the LMSC 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; recently coaching 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 owner of the Law Offices of Edward R Weiss, LLC. 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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