Director of Coaching & Player Development
Jhonny Arteaga - Founder/Director
Qualifications/Coaching Experience -
Coach Jhonny holds a US Soccer Federation National 'B' coaching License
Coach Jhonny holds the US Soccer Federation Grassroots coaching Licenses
Coach Jhonny holds a US Futsal Federation state coaching License
Serves as Technical Resource for US Futsal - Connecticut Junior Soccer Association
Began coaching youth soccer in 2007 (Over 12 years of youth coaching experience)
Serves as Director of Coaching for JA Elite Soccer Academy overseeing all programs
Former Assistant coach for Iona College Men's Soccer Program - NCAA Division I
As a player -
Jhonny Arteaga is a former professional soccer player who has always shared his time and experiences with young soccer players. Arteaga moved from Cali, Colombia to the United States at age 12. He arrived to Greenwich, CT but shortly after moved to his hometown Stamford, CT. Jhonny grew up in Stamford, played in the local youth soccer leagues and also played at Westhill High School in Stamford. On a soccer scholarship at Dominican College (NY) NCAA Division II, Jhonny played four years of college soccer and in 2008, graduated with a B.S. in Marketing Management. During his four years at Dominican College, Jhonny was a 3 times CACC (conference) Champion and in 2005, was a key part of the team that achieved the highest ever program NCAA national ranking (5th in the Nation). In 2007 he was named Player of the Year - Top Goal Scorer in the CACC (conference) and was named the Dominican College Most Valuable Player. That same year, he was also announced as part of the NCAA Division II Daktronics All-American 1st Team, as well as the NSCAA Division II All-Region 1st Team.
After his college career, Jhonny was eager to move on to the professional ranks. He turned professional signing with the Western Mass Pioneers (USLPRO) in 2008 and in 2010; he decided to look for opportunities abroad and joined the polish team, LKS LOMZA. After having a successful year at LKS LOMZA, he returned to the United States to continue his professional soccer career. In 2011, Jhonny Signed with FC New York (USLPRO). While at FCNY, Jhonny earned the 2011 USL PRO Golden Boot being the Top Goal Scorer of the League & setting a single season scoring record with 13 goals in 21 league games & 16 goals overall.
He was a USL PRO most valuable player finalist and was also selected to the USL PRO All-League 1st Team.
In 2011, Jhonny Arteaga also made appearances with the New York Red Bulls Reserve Team (MLS) scoring twice in 2 games played. After this performance, Arteaga was invited back to train with the club and after Impressing during the 2012 Preseason; the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer announced on March 5th 2012, the signing of Jhonny Arteaga to their 2012 Roster. Jhonny was an option off the bench for Coach Hans Backe all season, behind starting forwards Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper. In early 2013, Jhonny Arteaga signed a Multi-year agreement to play for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL-PRO where he would finish out his professional playing career. Alongside playing professionally, Arteaga founded JA Elite Soccer Academy in 2011 to provide young athletes with elite soccer training and education. Jhonny played professional soccer from 2008 to 2014.