Capital United Coaches

Liz Villamil

Liz Villamil is the Executive Director for the Capital United Premier Program. A former Penn State University standout, Villamil brings to the program an impressive resume of coaching and playing experience.

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Rob Bruley

Rob Bruley is the Technical Director for the Capital United Premier Program. Rob is the Director of Coerver Coaching® for New York State and has worked with Coerver Coaching® for nearly 20 years.

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Mike Eckberg

Mike Eckberg is currently the head coach of the State University at New Paltz women's soccer program and former assistant coach at Division 1 Townson University and Penn State.

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Leigh Howard is the University at Albany head coach of the women’s soccer program.  Howard spent two as head women’s soccer coach at Marist College, leading the Red Foxes to an 18-16-4 overall record.  In her first season at the helm, Howard was named MAAC Coach of the Year after seeing her Red Foxes clinch the two-seed in the MAAC Tournament behind a 7-2-1 conference record, an increase of two victories from the year before.  

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Karl Gerstenberger

Karl Gerstenberger has been the Mechanicville Girls Varsity Head coach since 2010. During his tenure with the girls program, Karl assisted in the player developed of a number of Colonial Council and Wasaren League All Stars, Section II All Stars and All-NYS Team Selections.

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Emily Russell

Emily Russell is a former Capital United standout who received a full-scholarship to the Division 1 University of Buffalo (UB) Women's soccer team, where she excelled and earned multiple All-Conference honors and team records. Emily brings her experience and leadership back to Capital United, where she helps train and mentor our young female athletes.

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