Danny O'Keefe, Boys U16 Head Coach
I joined the Boys Soccer Center of Excellence in August of 2019 as the U17 and U16 Assistant Coach. Previously, I served as an assistant with Annandale United U23 and Bishop Ireton High School.
I attended Radford University and played a key role on our back-to-back Big South regular season championship teams in 2014 and 2015. I was also recognized as the Big South Defensive Player of the Year in my final season and earned several other individual accolades, inluding selections to the Big South Conference First Team, the VaSID First Team, and the All-South Region First Team.
After I graduated in 2015, I spent the next few years pursuing a playing career and spent time with Oklahoma City Energy U23s, Grythyttans IF, and the Philadelphia Fury. The game took me around the world and I met others who shared my passion for the game. I was lucky to become a part of several unique communities.
After a serious concussion, I spent some time away from soccer. but never lost the love I had for the game. I wanted to keep it as part of my life! That was what brought me back to Annandale United, the youth club I played for growing up and during my summers home from college. I was working a day job and coaching with them three nights a week. I realized that those evenings spent coaching were what I looked forward to the most at the start of each week and started looking for a chance to make it a bigger part of my life.
I can remember the impact that each of my coaches had on my understanding of the game. My favorite aspect of being a coach is the opportunity to help players improve at such an important stage of their lives and seeing them develop as players and grow as people.
Jhony Gonzalez, Boys U16 Assistant Coach