Coaching

The SWAG’s coaching pool is comprised of former professional and collegiate soccer players who work with the top youth soccer programs in the region, including the Philadelphia Union Junior Academy and other leading programs.

Coaching Staff

Nick Bibbs, SWAG Director of Coaching

Nick is the Director of Coaching for The SWAG overseeing all day to day programming, Nick is also an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Union Academy. Before joining The SWAG, he served as Head Coach and Youth Academy Director for Syracuse FC. Nick played collegiate soccer as a defender at NCAA DI Syracuse University (2010-2013) where he started 42 out of the 43 matches for the Orange. In 2012 he led an Orange defense that recorded 12 shutouts, tied for the third-most in the nation. He played an integral part of the second Syracuse team to make an NCAA tournament appearance, the first to make a Sweet 16 appearance.  Nick graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Child & Family Studies. Following his college career, Nick played 4 years professionally in the Swedish 3rd tier and USL Championship with Saint Louis FC and Bethlehem Steel (now named Philadelphia Union II). As a high school player at Lower Merion High School, and played club with West Philly Hurricanes (now named West Philly Soccer Academy), PalumboLMSC and Spirit/Delco (now named FC Delco). He was selected as a Region I ODP player and to the U18 National Pool.  Nick has coached for several years at both the youth and collegiate levels and holds an Advanced Youth Technical Training Diploma. Nick is a USSF D-licensed coach.

Ryan Griffith

Ryan is a coach with The SWAG as well as the Founder and Creative Director of R&R Soccer Academy. He played collegiate soccer at Delaware County Community College and served as the head soccer coach from 2004-2020. In other capacities Ryan has been the head coach for United Philly 2003 Girls, as well as FC Delco Zone 1. In 2019, he was awarded Coach of the Year honors by FC Delco. Ryan is a USSF D-licensed coach.

Tommy Johnson

Tommy is an assistant coach with The SWAG as well as the assistant coach and trainer of AC Fairhill. Tommy played collegiate soccer for NCAA DI St. Joseph’s University where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (2005-2009). As a player following his collegiate career Tommy played for and captained the U23 South Jersey Elite Barons team, also acting as assistant coach. Following his transition to coaching, Tommy was the head coach and trainer for the Barons’ Soccer Academy U8-U14 from 2010-2017 until taking his current role with AC Fairhill.

Idrissa Kone

Idrissa “Baba” Kone is a coach with The SWAG and an Assistant Coach and Scout with the Philadelphia Union Academy in the MLS. Baba has a wealth of experience working in African soccer on a national and professional level. Originally from the nation of Mali, he was a member of the country’s 1999 U17 African Cup team, which finished in third place. Following stints playing professionally in Africa and Italy, Baba was invited to play as a trialist with the Chicago Fire of the MLS in 2009. In 2011, he joined the Philadelphia Lone Star in USL League Two as an assistant coach and eventually rose to coach the U23 program. In 2014 he joined the Philadelphia Union Academy as a scout, and in 2016 as a Junior Academy coach. Baba is a USSF D-licensed coach.

Dom Landry

Dom is a coach with The SWAG  as well as the co-founder, head coach, manager, and a board member of the AC Fairhill soccer club in North Philadelphia. Dom played collegiate soccer for NCAA DI St. Joseph’s University (2004-2006) as a walk on, after picking up the game only a few years earlier at age 17. He later graduated from St. Joseph’s Haub School of Business (2008) with a degree in Business Management. In a coaching capacity, Dom served as a volunteer coach for the Anderson Monarch’s youth girl’s program in South Philadelphia before co-founding AC Fairhill in North Philadelphia, with the aim of giving back to his neighborhood and providing young players with experiences that can change their futures. Dom is also a co-founder of Common Ground Management, a Philadelphia-based firm which consults to small businesses throughout the U.S., assisting its clients with business entity formations, trademark filings and corporate identity initiatives.

Kendall Walkes

Kendall Walkes is a coach with The SWAG, as well as the Head Coach at Archbishop Carroll High School. Kendall’s collegiate soccer was played for Davis & Elkins College (1980-1984) where he graduated with a degree in Health and Physical Education. Kendall has played professionally for the Denver Dynamos of the NASL, as well as internationally – Kendall has 56 international caps with his home nation of Trinidad and Tobago. As a director, Kendall has also served as the Technical Director of the Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the US Virgin Island national programs. As a coach, prior to joining Archbishop Carroll and The SWAG, Kendall served as the head coach of West Chester University, the Trinidad and Tobago National U23s, and Carib Peterborough FC of the Premier Division Trinidad and Tobago. Kendall is a USSF A-licensed coach.

Sean Wilson

Sean is a coach with The SWAG and a Coordinator at For Soccer Ventures, an independent, mission-driven platform committed to advancing American soccer. Originally from New York, Sean joined the Philadelphia Union Academy as a youth and was a member of the U.S. National Team, age groups U14-U20. He graduated from YSC Academy, moving on to play NCAA DI for both the University of North Carolina (2015-2016) and Xavier (2017-2019), where he would appear in a collective 30+ matches and an NCAA Final Four before moving on to University of West Virginia where he earned his Master’s in Sports Management. Sean’s prior coaching experience is as a Philadelphia Union Youth Program Coach and as Head Coach for FC Delco for the U9 – U10 boys’ team.

Coaching Advisory Council

Ryan Richter, SWAG Coaching Advisory Council Director

A member of The SWAG’s Coaching Advisory Council, Ryan Richter is the Head Coach of the Philadelphia Union Academy’s U15 age group and provides oversight of The SWAG’s pool of coaching resources as SWAG Advisory Council Director. Prior to his Head Coaching role with the Union U15s, Ryan served as the Director of the Philadelphia Union Junior Academy program covering age groups up through U11, and also as a Union Academy coach with the U12s and U17s. Ryan spent seven years playing professionally after being drafted 5th overall in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Philadelphia Union, later going on to play for Toronto FC (MLS), New York Cosmos (NASL), and other highly respected professional clubs in North America, earning honors as an All-Decade Best XI player in NASL. Prior to his professional career, Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he captained the Men’s Varsity Soccer team, receiving numerous individual accolades, such as the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year (2010), Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year (2010), Atlantic 10 Sportsman of the Year (2010), 1st Team Scholar All-American (2010), 2 Time Philadelphia Player of the Year (2009 and 2010) and 2 Time Regional All American (2009 and 2010). Ryan attended William Tennent High School in Suburban Philadelphia. He played youth soccer for FC Delco and Phoenix Soccer Club, and was an EPYSA ODP player. Ryan is a USSF B-licensed coach and a USSF A-license candidate.

Scott Spangler

A member of The SWAG’s Coaching Advisory Council, Scott Spangler has been a coach with the Philadelphia Union Junior Academy and EPYSA’s Olympic Development Program (ODP), as well with 1776 United FC and Villanova Soccer Academy, highly-selective club-level programs competing regionally and nationally, as well as nationally-known FC Delco. Youth teams coached by Scott have won multiple regional, national and international events in soccer and futsal, among which include international Iber Cup championship events in Portugal and Texas, the US National Futsal Championships and multiple National Championships in 3-v-3 soccer. Scott played college soccer at Virginia Tech where he led the team as Captain to the NCAA Semi-Finals. As a high school player at Strath Haven Highschool, Scott was an All American, All State and All County player, and the leading scorer in the history of his school, as well as being a State and Regional ODP player. Professionally, Scott played at VfB Stuttgart in Germany. Scott is also UEFA B and USSF B-licensed coach and owns FC Sports, a soccer coaching services business focused upon youth development.

Andre Spangler

A member of The SWAG’s Coaching Advisory Council, Andre Spangler has been a coach with the Philadelphia Union Junior Academy, as well with 1776 United FC and Villanova Soccer Academy, highly-selective club-level programs competing regionally and nationally, as well as nationally-known FC Delco. Youth teams coached by Andre have won multiple regional, national and international events in soccer and futsal, among which include international Iber Cup championship events in Portugal and Texas, the US National Futsal Championships and multiple National Championships in 3-v-3 soccer. Andre played professionally with the Philadelphia Kixx and the Delaware Wizards. As a high school player at Strath Haven Highschool, Andre was an All American, All State and All County player, as well as being selected as the Gatorade National Player of the Year, the Pennsylvania State Player of the Year, and the Player of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily Times.  Andre was also a US National Team Under-16 player and a State and Regional ODP player. Andre is a UEFA B and USSF D-licensed coach.

Jon Scheer

A member of The SWAG’s Coaching Advisory Council, Jon Scheer is the Director of Talent Identification for the Philadelphia Union Academy. He previously served in a scouting role for the US National Team with the United States Soccer Federation. Jon also has coaching experience as the former Assistant Head Coach at the University of Delaware, Director of Coaching at Kirkwood Soccer Club, as well as with the Philadelphia Union Junior Academy and Delaware FC. Some of Jon’s professional accolades include the membership in the NSCAA “30 Under 30” Program, a yearlong education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have mode soccer their career of choice (2014), and the NSCAA North Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2014). Prior to his professional career as a coach and scout, Jon attended and played soccer at the University of Delaware, where he was a team captain (2009 and 2010), 4 time dean’s list student (2007 through 2011), and team MVP (2010). His youth and high school career took place in South Jersey, where he was a State, Regional, and National ODP player. Jon is a USSF A-licensed coach.

Tommy Wilson, SWAG Pro Athlete Council Director

A member of The SWAG’s Coaching Advisory Council, Tommy Wilson is the Academy Director for the Philadelphia Union Academy. He previously served as the Reserve Coach and Academy Technical Director at Rangers FC, as well as Head Coach for the U20 Scottish National Team. Prior to Rangers, Tommy served as the Head of Coaching Education with the Scottish Football Association. Prior to coaching, Tommy had a long professional soccer career in the Scottish Premiere League with sides such as Dunfermline Athletic, Kilmarnock FC, Heart of Midlothian  and St. Mirren, where he won the Scottish FA Cup in 1987. Wilson finished his playing career with over 300 SPL appearances. He was brought up in Carmyle, Scotland, a small town in the east end of Glasgow. Tommy is from a soccer family, with his father, as well as both brothers playing at a professional level. Tommy is a UEFA Pro licensed coach.