Bob serves as President of the East Providence Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA) and will work with the management team to drive the overall strategic direction of the association, as well as coach. His passion for soccer will fuel one of EPYSA’s main goals: the creation of a youth development program to properly train young players in the fundamentals of soccer while training new parent coaches to be able to provide a level of coaching not seen in any other town soccer association.
Bob started coaching soccer with AYSO in 2007. At the time, he knew very little about soccer but wanted to help coach his older son, Donovan. His inexperience and lack of knowledge really hurt his son’s development, so he ended up taking a break and allowed other coaches to coach him. Donovan eventually lost interest in soccer partly because of the inconsistency in the coaching he received.
A few years later Bob returned to coach his son, Dorian. The difference this time was that he had self-educated himself by reading and watching training videos. He also learned what to do and what not to do from watching both good and bad coaches.
He coached three teams – two for AYSO, and he recently picked up a team with a premier soccer club. He really enjoys coaching and loves to watch his players enjoying themselves and having a lot of fun while improving and having success on the field.
Bob has been a police officer for over 23 years and previously served as a RI State Representative for four years representing East Providence and Pawtucket. He and his wife Karina and two sons, Donovan and Dorian, live in East Providence.
Mike has experience as both a seasoned soccer player and coach. His list of accomplishments include:
Michael, born and raised in East Providence, graduated from East Providence High School in 2003. Michael’s experience in accounting began in 2007 after he graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Management, with concentrations in Accounting and Finance, and his Masters in Professional Accountancy from Bryant University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and works for the largest accounting firm in Rhode Island.
Michael’s passion for soccer began when he played in various local youth soccer leagues and then went on to play for four years at East Providence High School where he won the Coach’s Award in his sophomore and junior year, and then was selected 2nd team all-state and team captain his senior year.
Colleen Conaty has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Syracuse University and is passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and fitness goals through education and exercise prescription. Colleen has 20 years of experience in personal and group fitness training as the owner of The Perfect Balance between Nutrition & Exercise. She works with a variety of individuals from children, athletes, novice exercisers, office workers, older adults, and clients with chronic and complex conditions.
With her background is in exercise science, she uses her comprehensive knowledge and skills to promote goal achievement, injury prevention, and rehabilitation through strength and flexibility training and conditioning. She is also the mother of two boys that love soccer!
Tim is an East Providence native and began his playing career with the East Providence Merchants in 1994. He went on to play premier soccer with Bayside in 1996. Tim continued his playing career at East Providence Senior High School in 1998. He was selected 2nd Team All Division in 1999 and 1st Team All Division and 1st Team All State in 2000.
He went on to play college soccer at St. Joseph’s College in 2001 and finished his collegiate career at Rhode Island College in 2002 through 2004.
Tim also leads the youth academy.
Anna will serve on the Board as communications director, where she will leverage over 20 years of marketing experience to grow the East Providence Youth Soccer Association brand through both online and offline marketing channels.
An East Providence resident, Anna graduated from East Providence High School in 1985. Soccer has been in her family throughout her life. Her father was a former soccer club president in the late 80’s.
Anna has been actively involved in the sport since her son started playing soccer in November 2013.
Anna graduated from Bryant University with a BS/BA in Marketing and minor in Sociology. In 2014, she was selected as a “Woman to Watch” by Providence Business News and is currently Director of Marketing for a software development company. She is married to Al Barcelos and has a son, Jacob, and daughter, Sarah.
Jamie, a native of East Providence, will be responsible for the registration and planning of soccer programs for East Providence Youth Soccer Association. She graduated from East Providence High School in 2002 and played soccer at the youth level. Most recently, she was a volunteer coach for her middle son, Logan, and is always on the soccer field with her sons.
Jamie is a great mediator and will have terrific feedback from a parent’s perspective for the organization. She displays great organizational skills and currently works at the Miriam Hospital. She is excited to be part of the East Providence Youth Soccer Organization where she can contribute to improving soccer development in the East Providence community.
Jamie is married to Tim Calouro and has three boys, Zander, Logan and Rocco.