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ZDRAVKO POPOVIC- Girls Director of Coaching

Zdravko Popovic 
is the President and Founder of the Internationals Soccer Club. Popovic has a vast amount of experience on the soccer field and in the director's office, experience that spans over four decades.

His accomplishments are truly too many to list. Some notable coaching highlights includes induction into the Ohio North Soccer Hall of Fame (2010) and winning state, regional, and national championships with Internationals Soccer Club. The USSF "A" licensed coach has also served as USASA National Women’s Coach (1998 - 2004), Super Y League ODP Regional Coach (2004), U.S. Youth Olympic Development State and Regional Staff Member, USASA Region II Women’s Select Coach (1990 -1998), United States Olympic Sports Festival Coach, State Select Coach for Ohio-North Women (1988 -1992), Director of Coaching and Development for Hudson Soccer Association (1400+ members, 1993 -1997), State Instructor for the United States Coaching School, and Head Boys Coach at Hoban H.S., in addition to involvement with various youth programs, camps, and clinics.

In addition to founding the Internationals, Popovic's contributions were instrumental to the development of the Greater Akron Amateur Soccer Association’s Women’s Division in 1980, and later the Girls’ Divisions. As a game official, he has held USSF State, NCAA National, and NPSL Professional Officials badges with experience at all levels, including youth, high school, college, and professional.

Aside from helping players fully develop their skills, he has also been recognized as High School Official of the Year eleven times, achieved "Hometown Hero" status from the Canton Stark County Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1996 for his outstanding work on the Internationals Soccer Tournament, was a finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance National Double Goal Coach award, and was inducted into the OYSAN Hall of Fame.

Our Director of Coaching's lifelong dedication to the sport is shown through his passion for teaching the game (and life lessons through the game) to countless numbers of youth players in Northeast Ohio. Many of his players have reached the highest levels of the game – Internationals are respresented U.S. National Teams, professional leagues, and at collegiate programs across the country, His influence can also be seen by the number of his former players that have continued to give back to the game long after their playing days have ended. Many former players are now coaching in community programs, premier clubs, and college programs. They can also be seen officiating or on the administration side of the game.

KERI SARVER - Girls Director of Coaching

Keri Sarver 
began training players at The Internationals Soccer Club in 1995 after a successful and multi-dimensional player career commencing at the youth level with the Internationals Soccer Club.

As coach for the Internationals, she has been recognized as USYSA Girls Competitive National Coach of the YearRegion II Girls Competitive Coach of the Yearand Ohio Youth Soccer Association North Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. She was also honored by Korrio as ISN Coach of the Year in 2013.

In addition to her club responsibilities, she serves as a National Scout for the USSF Youth National Teams Program, a National Training Center Coach, and assistant coach for the US U18 Youth National Team. She has helped capture state, regional, and national titles for the Internationals.She has also placed hundreds of college players and developed several US National/pool players from the club.

A standout player and studentat the University of Maryland, College Park, Sarver still holds the university's offensive player records and was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team, which recognizes the top 50 players in the conference's 50-year history.

Her playing resume also includes the US Womens National Team Pool (1992-2001), U.S. Women’s Amateur National Team (1992-2003), U-19 and U21 National Pool, and Youth National Pool. She played semi-professionally as well as professionally for the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), having starred for the Washington Freedom in 2001, New York Power in 2002, and Carolina Courage in 2003.

Sarver holds her USSF National "A" License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.

JARED ROSE - Assistant Director (U13-U19) 

Jared Rose 
joined the Internationals staff in August 2012. Rose is involved with the development and training of players in all age groups.

Rose has experience coaching at every level, including high school (three years), club (nine years), and college (three years).His spent time with Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club, Carrollton HS, Hathaway Brown, and the University of Akron. He is best known for his time at UA where he served as an assistant coach for the women's soccer program from 2012-2015.

Rose was a also member of the Florida International men’s soccer team from 2002-2005, where he was a two time all-conference player.

Rose started his coaching career in 2006 as a student coach at Michigan State University, shortly after his career at FIU.

Rose holds a USSF National "B" license.  He can be reached at [email protected]

MIKE STOERKEL - Girls Youth Development Director (U8-U12) 

Mike Stoerkel 
has impressive experience as a player and coach.In addition to starring for the U-16 National Team, the Richfield, Ohio native was a standout player with Revere HS (1997-2001) and Ashland University (2001-2005).He would receive NSCAA High School All-American and Ohio D2 State Player of the Year honors in 2000.

His coaching experience includes work as an Ohio Youth Soccer Association North ODP coach, High School Development Program director (2004-2011), and assistant coach at Ohio University (2011-2012) and the University of Houston (2012-2014).

Stoerkel holds the USSF "A" license, USSF National Youth License, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and NSCAA Premier Diploma in addition to a Master's degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University.

Stoerkel can be reached at [email protected]

DEAN DISHMAN - Girls Assistant Youth Development Director (U8-U12) 

Dean Dishman 
joined the Internatioanls in 2012 from Newcastle, England having previously coached for Newcastle United Football Club. He primarly works with our U8-U14 players and brings a wealth of soccer knowledge and experience to the club. Dishman also assists the club diectors with seasonal planning/scheduling and tournament operation.

Dishman has a degree in Sports Coaching Science along with a number of other international coaching qualifications.

Dishman is also a Staff Coach for Pinnacle Sports and serves as Pinnacle's Soccer Administrator.

He can be reached at [email protected]


Boro Ivanovic 
has been involved with Internationals Soccer Club since the 1990s. He is one of our most technical coaches in the program and primarily works with our youth ages U8-U14 focusing on their technical development. Boro brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the field as well as tremendous patience and great teaching ability. Coach Boro played professionally in his native Yugoslavia and was a member of the National Club Selection at U17.

Ivanovic has worked with many local youth soccer organizations including Bedford, Parma, Westlake, and Highland. Ivanovic also serves as a staff coach for Pinnacle Sports.


Brad Evans 
is a well-respected coach with vast experience at the collegiate level, leading major programs to unprecedented success.

He is best known for his time at the University of Toledo, where he served as head coach for the women's soccer program from 2001-2015.He would win three regular season MAC championships and four MAC Tournament championships, earning four trips to the NCAA Division Tournament.

He also served as the head coach for both the men's and women's soccer programs at Ashland University from 1996-2001. He would win four GLIAC Championships, advancing to the NCAA Division II Tournament four consecutive years.He would find himself as a National Coach of the Year finalist after leading AU to the NCAA Division II National Semifinal.

Evans holds both the USSF "A" and USSF National Youth Licenses.

MARK PLATTS - Assistant Director (U13-U19) 

Mark Platts brings considerable experience to the Internationals SC coaching staff.  He is the former head coach at Smith College (MA) and Point Park University (PA).  He also served as an assistant coach at Eastern Oregon University (OR) and Walsh University (OH).  His vast experience includes time as a Director of Coaching at several major youth programs including Northampton Soccer Club, Union County United, and Canyon Optimist Crossfire. 

He holds a number of major coaching certificates and licenses, including the USC Master Coach Diploma, University of Delaware Coaching Certificate, NSCAA Premier Diploma, Director of Coaching Diploma, Regional GK License, and the USSF “C” License.  He also has an All But Dissertation (ABD) on a PhD in Sports Leadership and Administration.  Platts can be reached at [email protected]



 Jennifer Simonetti brings impressive experience to the Internationals SC coaching staff.  She is the former head coach at Marietta College (OH) and Eastern Oregon University (OR).  She also served as an assistant coach at Westfield State University (MA), University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA), Chatham University (PA), and Marietta College (OH).  Simonetti is currently an assistant coach at Oberlin College (OH).    

She also held leadership positions at the youth level, serving as the Director of Coaching at both Northampton Soccer Club (MA) and River Valley Soccer Club (WV) in addition to spending time as an ODP coach and trainer for PA West and West Virginia.

She possesses a number of important licenses and certificates, including the USSF “D” license, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, GK Level 1&2, 4v4, 7v7, and 9v9 Certificates.

Simonetti had a decorated playing career that included receiving Division I All-American honors at the University of Dayton in 2004.  She also has a B.S. in Physical Therapy and Exercise Science.  Simonetti can be reached at [email protected]

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