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SF Seals Coaching Philosophy

The SF Seals have been coaching youth players to achieve their highest potential for over 25+ years. Coaches work to support the individual needs of each player as well as developing the team as a whole.

Training is broken down into three areas

  1. Skills growth
  2. Game strategy and tactics
  3. Overall team development

All training is age appropriate and follows the current U.S. Soccer Development Academy guidelines.

It is the belief of the SF Seals organization that successful players are developed and trained in a strong, supportive environment and all coaching (practice and game day) reflect this approach.

SF Seals provides ongoing professional development plan for Seals coaches.  If you are interested in coaching for SF Seals, please contact our DOC Shani Simpson.


Shani Simpson, Director of Coaching Development

Coach Shani leads the SF Seals coaching program and works along side each individual team coach to insure that they are consistently supporting the growth of players and teams. Shani holds a U.S. Soccer Federation National "B" Coaching License.

Coach Shani has worked with dozens of players who have gone on to play National Team, Professional and College. 

His playing highlights include:
- California Gold 2nd Division Professional 2004
- SF Seals 2nd Division Professional 1998-2000
- SF Seals 3rd Division Professional 1996-1997

Shani grew up in San Francisco attending the University of San Francisco (with a BA in English) and Sonoma State. He is currently in his third year at the San Francisco School of Law.

Antonio Portugal

Coach Antonio's bio is on it's way.

Blagovest Tranchev

Coach Blago's bio is coming.

Mady Ndao

Coach Mady's bio is on it's way.

Seydina Diaw

Aka, Coach Mo. His bio is on it's way.

Young Shin

Coach Young began his youth soccer coaching career when his oldest daughter Isabella's coach asked him to be a volunteer assistant coach.  Instantly hooked, he has been coaching teams through microsoccer, recreational and upper house/prep, and competitive travel leagues for more than 15 years.  Coach Young holds a USSF E license and is also a licensed referee.

Coach Young grew up playing pick-up soccer.  He played 4 years of varsity high school soccer in NYC . As a senior, he reached the pinnacle of his playing career by getting named to the All-City team.  He switched from competitive soccer to ice hockey in college and continues to play beer league hockey two nights a week in San Francisco.

Coach Young supports the "Red Devils"  of Man United and Korea MNT as well as the US MNT & WNT.


Shani Simpson

Director of Coaching

Phone: 415-867-0142

Joe Enochs named Head Coach of Osnabruck in Bundesliga

Joe Enochs from Petaluma started playing with the Seals' youth team (then called "SFUSC") at the age of 15. He rapidly became a vital member of our youth and senior teams playing mostly as an outside right back. Most notably Joe played in the McGuire Cup, the U19 National Championship final, in 1990. Joe played a couple years for the senior team from 1991-1993 and was a member of the All Blacks team (the precursor to the Seals) who won the Pacfic Division Championship of the USISL (now called the USL).
In 2011 Joe became the first American born coach to ever coach at the highest level of European Professional Football when he was promoted to the Head Coach position of Osnabruck after the firing of his predecessor. After that Joe studied for the highest level of coaching license in Europe, the UEFA Pro License, the most competitive coaching award in soccer and was recently awarded the UEFA License.
Recently Joe was named the Sports Director / Head Coach of Osnabruck VFL by the managing director of the club who stated the following at Joe's appointment:
"Enochs has given the team a pulse"
"We wanted to give an impulse to the team, and Joe Enochs has just done," said VfL manager Jürgen Wehlend. "When we in 2013 personally met, he had just begun training to become football coach and since then also personally made a huge step. I appreciate his professional and social skills. He identifies 100 percent with the club and is responsible for many of our followers an important role model. "
The Seals family congratulates Joe Enochs for his many accomplishments and most notably his appointment as Head Coach of Osnabruck.


Junior Coaches

Recent Seals alumni and current Seals players serve as coaches or camp counselors to younger Seals players.  Here are few of the junior coaches and counselors this year.

Joseph "JB" Shin

Joseph played under Coach Shani for many years as part of the 98B All Blacks team.  He also played 4 years of varsity soccer at International HS.  Joseph is a current student at Tulane University.

Juan Rodriguez

Juan is currently a member of the 99B Black United team.

Liam Brown

Liam is currently a member of the 99B Black United team.  


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