TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, COACH (K) KEREM DASER
Kerem has a wealth of experience from all around the world. He has been a college coach and youth Director in Georgia for 22 years. He holds his USSF National A License, NSCAA National Diploma and an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. Coach K knows the heart beat of Soccer in Atlanta.
Coach K has head coaching positions at Georgia State and Dalton State along with Assistant positions which include the University of North Carolina and Methodist College. Throughout his decorated career he has received an SSAC Conference Coach of the Year award (2015), an NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year(2014), a Georgia Conference Coach of the Year (2014)award and a TAAC Conference Coach of the Year award (2000).
Along the way Daser has been an advocate for the kids constantly coaching and helping the younger players develop their game. He has been involved with the Olympic Development program in NC and Georgia since 1992 and has been South Region III Staff Coach since 1999. Coach K currently is the Youth Director at the Correcaminos Futbol Academy, a non profit inner youth club since 2004.
His previous Professional experiences include acting as the Director of Scouting for the Atlanta Silverbacks since 2016 along with scouting for the Indy 11 (NASL), Puerto Rico Islanders (NASL) Galatasaray North America, and US Soccer.
Daser and his teams have won state, Regional, National, and conference championships in North Carolina and Georgia. He has coached many players that have gone on to play with the US National and MLS teams and he is looking to develop his next diamond in the rough with the Atlanta SC.
COACH ROBERTO NEVES, HEAD COACH
Coach Neves is in his third season in Atlanta. He was tapped as the head man with the Silverbacks at the end of 2017 and then helped lead the transition to Atlanta SC in 2019.
The Coach moved to the United States in 1999 and actually tried out for the Silverbacks in 2002. The tryout was semi successful as he did not make the team but from it came an invitation to coach at Fusion, which then eventually would become UFA. He would move on from there to Dubai in 2008 as an Assistant Coach with Al-Shabab and then had a brief stint in Lebanon.
Neves then would go back and forth from Brazil to the United States as he coached current German first division player Douglas Santos in Brazil with Nautico, a first division side and then assisted Jason Smith with Silverbacks, FC before return trips to his native country helping at Reno and Belem Para.
The always genuine Neves said, "I have waited for this opportunity for 20 years. I know what I have to do. I am doing something that I love so I never complain. We need time (to gel as a team). FD (President and General Manager Phoday Dolleh) believes in me. He believes in my job, We need time now. My style is nice and simple, give your best, keep the ball on the ground, pass and communicate".
Neves has two A licenses and 16 overall certifications. He is married to Roberta and has two daughters.
COACH CHRIS LESSA, ASSISTANT COACH
Christiane has a wealth of coaching experience on all levels. She came to the United States from Brazil in 2001 at the age of 18 and would attend the University of Dayton, Union College and St. Thomas in Miami.
Coach Lessa would win a National Championship in 2015 coaching at Iowa Central Junior College. She would coach on the college level for 12 years which also included stints at Florida Memorial University and Young Harris College. Other stops along the way have included the Washington Spirit's U-20 squad, the U-15 Chinese Women's National team along with being the Head Coach for Shandong in the Middle Kingdom and a job in Norway's first division.
Preceding Atlanta, Christiane was an Assistant Coach and interim head coach at Sky Blue, FC in the National Women's Soccer League.
She is now an assistant under Roberto Neves and the first female in the United States to be coaching a men's professional side.
COACH ABDULRAHMAN BANGURA, ASSISTANT COACH
Abdulrahman, better known as Abdul, is a former Atlanta Silverbacks FC player and captain from 2014 through 2019 while playing in both the NASL and NPSL.
Coach Bangura has earned 9 caps for his Sierra Leone National Team where he had the honor of competing in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers along with World Cup qualifiers. The 33 year old's wealth of experience also includes three years in Sweden, playing and captaining with Harnosand FF from 2011-2013.
This selfless former fullback has donated his time to the kids since 2010. He is the Founder/Director for Kids Soccer Academy, LLC and a head coach with Soccer in the Streets. If you ever see Abdul out on the pitch you will more than likely see his radiant smile while hearing him preach the word "quality".
Abdul currently has a B Coaching License along with a CAF License.