COACHING STAFF

SHELDON CIPRIANI |  Assistant Coach

Sheldon Cipriani re-joined FGCU as an assistant coach in March of 2017 after serving as a volunteer assistant coach on the 2014 team which won ASUN regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Cipriani was most recently a United States Soccer Federation Development Academy Director, coaching Boys U13 through U18 with the Florida Rush Soccer Club in Orlando.

Cipriani brings a wealth of coaching experience from the youth, amateur and collegiate levels throughout the state of Florida. In addition to his time with FGCU, he served as USF’s Director of Satellite Camps from 2010-12, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the camp and planning all sessions.

From 2014-15, Cipriani was the head coach of the Lee County Strikers in Fort Myers. That came on the heels of an eight-year tenure as the Director of Coaching and Player Development with the Gainesville Soccer Alliance.

Cipriani has served as a head and assistant coach in the Premier Development League – the top men’s amateur soccer organization in the United States. Cipriani was the head coach of VSI Tampa in 2013 and has had stints as an assistant coach with the Ocala Stampede in both 2012 and 2014. Cipriani helped guide the Stampede to a conference championship in their inaugural season in 2012, and a national semifinal appearance in 2014.

A 1994 alumnus of Coker College (Hartsville, S.C.), Cipriani graduated with a degree in Business Management and was named an Academic All-American.

 

IAN SPOONER | Assistant Coach

Ian Spooner is in his first year as an assistant coach with the FGCU men's soccer program, beginning his time with the Eagles in January of 2018.

Spooner spent the previous 10 seasons at San Jacinto College in Texas, including the last six as the head coach of the junior college’s men’s soccer team. A Houston native, Spooner served four years as an assistant coach and was the interim head coach in 2012.

In his six seasons in charge of the Houston-based team, Spooner led San Jacinto to double-figure victories five times, made two NJCAA Final Four appearances (2013, 2016), twice set the program’s single-season wins record and produced five all-Americans. All told, Spooner – who also served as an adjunct professor during his time as the head coach – orchestrated an 80-37-4 record (.678 winning percentage).

From 2008 to 2011, Spooner was an assistant coach, helping San Jacinto to a national runner-up finish in his first season. Spooner – who worked primarily with the goalkeepers and defenders – helped the Coyotes return to the regional championship each of the next three years, coaching four all-Americans in that time in addition to the 2008 National Player of the Year.

Prior to his time at San Jacinto, Spooner was the assistant coach for Cumberland University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams from August 2006 to May 2007.

Aside from his collegiate coaching experience, Spooner has also worked as an assistant coach for the Houston Football Club (PDL), director of coaching for the Texans Soccer Club South (USSDA) and as a professional staff trainer for the Challenge Soccer Club and Space City Futbol Club (youth teams).

Spooner became a member of the United Soccer Coaches in August 2012, a U.S. National Soccer “C” Certified Coach in June 2008 and recently earned a BLS Provider Certified American Heart Certification.

A four-year starter at Western Michigan from 2001-2004, Spooner was a valuable goalkeeper for the team. While with the Broncos, he was named the club’s Most Valuable Player in 2004 and its Newcomer of the Year in 2001.

Spooner helped the Broncos to the 2003 MAC Championship crown and NCAA Tournament appearance, and a runner-up MAC Tournament finish in 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the Kalamazoo-based school.

 

TOMAS CERDA | Volunteer Assistant Coach

Tomas Cerda has been a part of FGCU soccer since his arrival on campus in 2011. Cerda began his time as a player before transitioning to a coaching role in 2013. In total, Cerda has been a part of six conference tournament championships and six regular season titles.

The former Director of Goalkeeping at Lee County Striker Soccer Club and current Goalkeeper Coach at GPS Florida West, Cerda worked with Nathan Ingham who plays professionally for FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League. Nate holds FGCU career records for best save percentage (.762), goals against average (.98), and most shutouts (26). He also worked with Brittany Brown, who posted FGCU career records in shutouts (34), goals against average (.670), saves (263), and wins (54).

During his time with the Women’s Team, the Eagles made it to the Second Round of NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history after opening the tournament with a 2-1 win over USF. With the Men’s team, they made it to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament after also beating rival USF and losing in OT to College Cup team North Carolina.

Cerda has also worked with the marketing department for the MLS club Orlando City SC and has a bachelor’s degree in communication from FGCU.

 

BERNARD YEBOAH | Director of Operations

Bernard Yeboah (pronounced yea-bow-ah) is in his first year with the FGCU men's soccer team as its Director of Operations.

Yeboah graduated from Vermont in 2017 after a four-year letterwinner career with the Catamounts under the direction of now FGCU head coach Jesse Cormier. In his role, Yeboah is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program.

As a player, Yeboah was an NSCAA All-East Region Third Team and America East All-Conference Second Team as a senior. He helped lead UVM to the America East Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament Second Round appearance as the team's captain. He scored 11 goals in his final campaign to rank 19th in the country.

As a junior he played in all 21 games and made 16 starts. He finished the year with 11 points on five goals and one assist, ranking 3rd on the team in scoring. He also ranked 3rd on the team in scoring as a sophomore with two goals and two assists for six points. As a freshman he was named to the America East All-Rookie Team after a six-point campaign.

Yeboah was born in Brescia, Italy, but grew up in Worcester, Mass. He played at South High Community before moving on to Worcester Academy where he was named an NSCAA High School All-American in 2012 and was a two-time WNPESSA All-Star.