Coaching Staff


Gary Burke – U11 Girls Elite










Luke Dedus – U11 Boys Elite









Pat Ellis – U14 Boys Elite


Adam Gabbard – U16 Girls Elite, U19 Boys Elite

Prior to joining Commonwealth FC’s Technical staff, Gabbard spent the last two seasons at Dean College as an assistant and more recently as the Associate Head Coach for the men’s soccer program. In the past three years, Gabbard has helped lead the Bulldogs to their most successful seasons in school history with a combined record of 49-4-4 (.925).

As Associate Head coach at Dean College in 2017, Gabbard helped guide the Bulldogs to an overall record of 16-1-3 (6-1-0 In NECC Conference play) as well as earning a #5 Seed in the USCAA National Tournament. The Bulldogs won Group D in the tournament group stages with a 2-0 win over #4 Florida College, and a 4-1 win over #9 SUNY ESF to punch their ticket into the National Semi-Finals vs USCAA national powerhouse #1 Bryant & Stratton (Syracuse) where they eventually fell to the Bobcats 8-9 in penalty kicks.

During the 2016 season, Dean College finished the season with a 17-2-1 record and earned a #4 seed in the USCAA National Tournament in addition to breaking numerous school records set in 2015, total wins (17), consecutive wins (11), goals scored (106) and fewest goals allowed (5), five top 10 rankings in one season.

During Gabbard’s first year on staff with the Bulldogs, they finished the year as regular season conference champions with a 15-1-0 record as well as being ranked #15 in the nation, leading the country in numerous statistical categories including goals scored (97 – 1st), goals per game (6.06 – 1st), goals against (9 – 1st), goals against average (0.56 – 1st)  shutouts (11 – 3rd). This same team also broke multiple program records that had been held in place for over two decades, (most goals scored, fewest goals allowed, shutouts, consecutive wins in a season and more consecutive wins overall.)

In 2013, Gabbard returned to his alma mater, Curry College, as an assistant coach. During his time on staff, he helped lead the Colonels to their 3rd consecutive CCC quarterfinal appearance in four years (2013 & 2014). Following the conference tournament in 2014, the Colonels earned a bid to the ECAC Division III Tournament as the #6 seed, and advanced to the Semifinals where they fell to the #1 seed 4-3 in OT.

In 2013, Gabbard worked with the Boston Rams (PDL) as an Assistant Coach, Director of Operations, Community Outreach Director and Director of Communications for three seasons. During this time, the club was able to help develop over numerous players reach the professional ranks, both domestically and internationally.

During his playing career, Gabbard was a three-year starter for Curry College from 2009-2012, leading the Colonels to two CCC Tournament quarterfinal appearances (2009 & 2012), where he captained the side during his senior year. Upon graduation, Gabbard received a degree in Corporate Communications.

Gabbard has worked with many clubs and programs during his career including, New Haven FC, New Haven Youth Soccer, Galway Rovers, Weymouth Youth Soccer, Milton Youth Soccer, Milton High School, Bulldogs Soccer, Real Boston (PDL), The Boston Rams, as well as also currently serving as a Staff Coach for the New England Revolution Academy.


John Goncalves – U13 Boys Elite

John Goncalves has over 25 years of coaching experience with boys and girls. His teams have won the MTOC State Championship, Boys 2009 and Girls 2011. John was the soccer clinician at the Ponds of Norwood for 5 years and was the Norwood High School boy’s assistant coach from 2010 to 2012.

He was Norwood High School’s girl’s associate head coach in 2013. He holds his USSF E license and has coached for Easter Mass FC, NEFC and Victoria FC. John is the assistant coach of the Commonwealth FC U13 boys . John played Semi-Pro soccer in for 10 years.


Tyler Goncalves – U13 Boys Elite


John Gunning – U13 Girls Elite

Coach Gunning brings over a decade of experience and knowledge while working with a wide range players. Joining the Commonwealth FC coaching staff in 2015, Gunning has helped develop players year after year. Coach Gunning currently holds his NSCAA 4v4, USSF E & F Licenses.






Joe Kayser – U14 Girls Elite










Mike Madden – U19 Boys Elite

Mike has been the Director of Coaching for the Boston Rams for the past 5 years. Prior to the Rams Mike was also the Director of Coaching for the Hancock Strikers and Eastern Mass Futbol Club. Prior to his Director of Coaching role at EMFC Mike was the Juniors Academy Director there for two years.

While with the Boston Rams Mike made a pivotal role in creating the first official partnership between an MLS and lower division club. Mike then went on to serve as the Associate Head Coach for the Boston Rams Men’s PDL team from 2012-2015 which served as the U23 team for the New England Revolution. In those three years, Mike was able to play an instrumental role in player development, scouting and day-to-day operations, as well as help numerous player reach the professional ranks.

Beginning in 2011 Mike spent five years as the assistant coach with the Curry College men’s soccer program, switched over to join the Curry staff with the women’s program in the fall of 2016 as Associate Head Coach. Mike will be entering his 17th season as the boys varsity soccer coach at Milton High School, and has coached all 3 levels (Freshmen, JV & Varsity) at Milton High School beginning in 1991.

In addition, he is currently the President of the Eastern Mass Boys Soccer Association and was a member of the Boston Breakers Advisory Board. Madden currently Director of Coaching Diploma, National Coaching Diploma, National Goalkeeping Diploma,  National High School Diploma and is a MIAA and ASEP National certified Coach

Mike also currently serves as a Professional Match Evaluator for Major League Soccer.


Pete Mendel – U17 Boys Elite

Peter Mendel will lead the Curry Men’s Soccer team for his eleventh season in 2017. Mendel took over a program at Curry that had 12 straight losing seasons and has transformed it into a Commonwealth Coast Conference contender. He is the All-Time Wins leader for Curry College Men’s Soccer and was voted Conference Coach of the Year in 2008 as well as being named EMHSSCA College Coach of the Year in 2013

Mendel started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Salem State College, where he helped turn around a program that had four wins in 2004 to a 14-win season in 2006. While at Salem, Mendel was in charge of recruitment and retention for the men’s soccer program.

Mendel holds his NSCAA Premier Diploma as well as his Director of Coaching Diploma. He also has his Master’s Degree in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State College. Mendel’s responsibilities include game and contest management and is the Coordinator of Curry’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and an Adjunct Professor in the Management Department at Curry focusing on Sport Management.

During the summers Mendel works as site coordinator for the NSCAA Coaching courses and works numerous camps and clinics in New England.


Tom Miller – U11 Girls Premier









Brian Mitchell – U17 Girls Elite, U18 Boys Elite

Brian Mitchell joins the Commonwealth FC coaching staff with over a decade of coaching experience and knowledge. He currently serves as the Head Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, Ma and has been at the reign since 2008.

In 2011, Mitchell was voted and recognized as EMSCA Coach of The Year by his peers after being at the helm for only two seasons. He then went on to lead his program to back to back South Sectional Titles in 2014 and 2015 while being named EMSCA for a second time in 2014, as well as Boston Globe Coach of The Year that same year.

The NSCAA licensed coach has also been involved with coaching at the youth level for the former Boston Rams Academy from 2011 to 2017, where he worked with and coached the High School age groups ranging from U15 to U19.

As standout player in High School at Saint John’s Shrewsbury High School (1995-1998), he earned the opportunity to then move onto the next level to play for Stonehill College(1999 – 2002), where he captained the side his senior year.

Mitchell also currently serves as a Board Member of the Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Association. He resides in Braintree, Ma with his Wife and two daughters.


Tom Morse – U9 Girls Premier, U11 Girls Premier

Tom joined the CFC coaching team in 2103 and has coached various teams since. He has coached boys at the u10, u11 and u12  levels and girls u9, U11 and u12 levels. He currently coaches the u9 premiere girls team and the u12 girls elite team. Prior to joining CFC, he coached with the Scorpion soccer club, various youth town programs and was the head junior varsity coach and an assistant with Weymouth High School boys varsity soccer team for 5 + years.
Tom’s playing career started while playing for Weymouth youth soccer and continued in Weymouth at Weymouth high where he was a member of the 1991 state championship team. He played club soccer in college at Boston College.
Tom looks forward to continuing to work with young players at CFC and fostering their love of the sport. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Tom O’Callahan – U10 Boys Elite

Tom O Callaghan has coached both girls and boys age groups from U10 up to U18, at many levels, as well as the Hawks Women’s College team each summer.

Joining Commonweath FC’s coaching staff in 2012, O’Callahan and his teams have won various NSL/Maple divisions including Division 1 U16 Boys in 2016.  This same team was ranked as high as number 6 in the state.

His goals as a coach are to develop individual players to their maximum potential both physically and tactically, improve the overall group’s ability to perform as a team, and instill a lasting love for the game in every player.

Tom O Callaghan was captain of his college team in Dublin, Ireland.



Adam Ringuis – U9 Boys Elite

Prior to joining Commonwealth FC’s coaching staff in 2016, Adam Ringius had been a part of the Braintree Youth Soccer program since 2009.

Ringius served as the Head Coach of the U9 Boys Premier club team, his first as part of the Commonwealth FC Family. He is currently working as the Head Coach of the U9 Boys Elite team, and looks forward to developing, coaching and growing alongside this team into the future.

His roles at Braintree Youth Soccer, Rinuis has been able to stay involved in every facet of the game for over 2000 players in the town of Braintree, MA. From 2009-2015, he worked with the girls’ division following the team as both a Coach and Division Director from Kindergarten through 6th grade.

From 2014 to present, he has been working with the boys’ division, as both a Coach and Division Director, following his son’s team from Kindergarten through 3rd grade, and will continue doing so moving forward. During the last few years, Ringius has also served as a referee for the U12 and U14 levels for the fall recreational program. He has been the Treasurer for the organization since 2013, and is the current Vice President of the program.

Ringius had been involved with the Spring Travel soccer Program for Braintree Youth Soccer, as a part of the South Shore Soccer league, as a Coach, Division Director, Referee and Score Reporter, since 2012. Additionally, he has served as the Coordinator of the in-town recreational Spring Junior Academy soccer program for the 1st and 2nd grade players in Braintree for the 2 tears, coaching boys, developing players and working to ensure the healthy continuation of the program.

During his playing career, Ringius players in the Braintree Youth Soccer recreational program from Kindergarten through 8th grade. He continued to play in indoor leagues, intermurals, and in school, to develop and maintain his love of the game. This experience led to him walking on at Eastern Nazarene College, as a member of the ENC Crusaders’ program in the Commonwealth Coast Conference at the NCAA Division III level. Upon graduating in 2007, he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and Financial Management.

Adam continues to work as a USSF certified coach, holds a USSF Grade 8 Referee License in Massachusetts, and serves as a Coach, Director and the Vice President with Braintree Youth Soccer.


Dave Ringuis – U10 Girls Elite










Tracey Sharris – U12 Girls Elite

Tracey has been coaching girls soccer at the club level for the past three years. In addition to coaching the Commonwealth FC 2006 team

Tracey is also a Director and Coach for Braintree Youth Soccer and Braintree Youth soccer. Tracey began her playing career with BYS in 1983 during the leagues second season. Tracey has been continuously involved with Braintree Youth Soccer and BTS as an official, coach and director since that time. Tracey’s playing career brought her to play at the varsity level for Braintree high school, where she continued her career at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She is a USSF Licensed coach and referee.




Darren Smith – U14 Boys Elite


Richkaard Verrier – U14 Boys Elite

Prior to joining the Commonwealth Football Club’s coaching staff, Coach Verrier has spent the last two seasons coaching at Milton High School (2017) and Foxboro High School (2016) as the Boys Junior Varsity Head Coach, as well as being an assistant coach for both varsity programs.

Verrier started his playing career at the age of 4 years old in the Milton & Dorchester Youth Soccer programs before playing club soccer for Eastern Mass FC, Hancock Strikers, and The Real Boston Rams Academy. During his high school years, Richkkard was a three year

starter for the wildcats and in 2010, played a pivotal role in guiding Milton to win their first ever state tournament game while leading team with 7 goals. The following year Verrier captained the side in his final year wearing the red and white.

After graduating from Milton High School, Verrier began his collegiate career at Curry college where he played for four years and captained the side his senior year in 2015. This same season Curry had set the best start to the season in Curry College Men’s Soccer history (9-0). In addition to his days as a Colonel, Verrier played two seasons for the Boston Rams (PDL) Reserves in 2013 & 2014. Coach Verrier has worked with clubs and programs such as Milton Youth Soccer, Boston Rams, Galway Rovers and numerous other camps across eastern Massachusetts.

Upon graduating Curry College with a degree in Sports Management, Verrier has worked in various after school programs in the Milton Elementary School System since 2013 and more recently as a para professional in 2016 for Foxboro High School. Verrier currently serves as a para professional for Brookline High School, in addition to being on staff with the New England Revolution Operations department. Coach Verrier is currently working towards his Masters Degree in Sports Leadership at Boston College.