THE PELOTA TRAINING STANDARD
Commitment. Competence. Confidence.

WHAT IS PELOTA?

Pelota Training is an innovative soccer training company geared toward improving the technical abilities of individual, dedicated players of all ages and skill levels.

Our singular focus is developing excellence in soccer players through hour-long sessions as part of a tailor-made training regimen for each athlete -
and have fun doing it!

We are proud to be a purely technical training soccer company with an internal curriculum and coaching education program which ensure that the player is receiving proven training from qualified and professional coaches.

6 GUIDING PRINCIPLES

REPETITION, REPETITION, REPETITION is needed to develop the consistency on the ball that strong technical players possess.

  • FIRST TOUCH always active and clean
  • COGNITIVE never stop thinking with the ball at your feet
  • MOVEMENT / AGILITY move your feet with the ball
  • BALL AND BODY keep the ball in front
  • MINDFULNESS awareness of all surroundings
  • BE BIG stand tall, be balanced, strength on the ball

PELOTA PLAYERS

Pelota Players have the desire to be the best they can be on the ball, and the self-motivation to work harder than others to make that happen. 

Who we Train

Rec League > Travel/Club > Middle/High School > Collegiate Athlete > Professional

Where we Train

DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV)

Must Have

Character

  • Self-motivated
  • Passionate
  • Resilient
  • Positive
  • Ambitious

Will Develop

Mind

  • Awareness
  • Perception of surroundings
  • Focus
  • Speed of thought
  • Decision-making ability

Body

  • First touch
  • Accuracy / weight of pass
  • Movement on and off the ball
  • Speed of play
  • Ball and body positioning

PELOTA TRAINERS

Pelota Trainers love soccer! We are constantly watching, learning and enjoying the sport.

We strive every session to instill in each player a passion to want the ball at their feet, which in turn will create a self-motivation to improve their technical ability.

In addition to having top level skills, Pelota Trainers are

Positive | Patient | Respectful | Devoted | Clear Communicators | Enthusiastic Supporters

Brent Boone

Pelota Training Technical Director
Founder & Managing Partner

Contact info:
Email - boone.brent@yahoo.com
Phone - (410) 991-8124

Brent is the head coach of the SAC U20 and U23 boys teams, head coach of the U17 boys Severna Park Reign, and assistant coach of the Broadneck High School boys varsity team.

Brent has a wealth of experience with both the playing and coaching aspects of the game.  As a youth, he was a standout midfielder for the Annapolis Soccer Club and earned First Team All-County honors his senior year of high school, going on to enjoy a successful collegiate career with top 20 D-II school Longwood College.  He has been a coach and administrator at both club and high school levels since the early 1990s - this includes head coaching stints with clubs in the area (including his alma mater), multiple ODP teams, and as head varsity coach at St. Mary's in Annapolis as well as the director of coaching role at multiple clubs throughout the years.

Brent has a USSF "D" license and a slew of specialized coaching certificates, including a Catalyst Personal Soccer Trainer Certification and the USC Level 1 Futsal Diploma, and is a member of the US Soccer Coaches' Organization and United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA).

He is a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch, and is the proud husband to his wife, Traci, and father to his two sons, Ben and Luke.

Tyler Gabarra

Director of Player Development
Co-Owner & Managing Partner

Contact info:
Email - tgabarra11@gmail.com
Phone - (443) 223-0752

Tyler is from Annapolis Maryland, He played for the Baltimore Bays and Baltimore Celtic in his club years. Tyler played at Broadneck Highschool for three out of four years (missing his sophomore season) where he was a 3 time First team All County selection, 2x First team All State, 1x First team All South Region Selection and a 1x All American in his senior year. Tyler then went on to play 4 years at NC State where he was a 2x All ACC Academic team Selection in his Senior and Redshirt Senior seasons. Tyler now plays professionally in the USL Championship.

Tyler Joined the Pelota Staff in December of 2019 and quickly thrived, just 10 months after he joined the staff he was named Director of Player development and then a few months later he jumped into a Partner/Owner role for Pelota training. Tyler Plans to take Pelota Training as far and wide as possible and both himself and Brent have very ambitious goals for the company.

Nick Miller

Staff Trainer

Contact info:
E-mail - nickmiller9753@gmail.com
Phone - (717) 389-5715

Nick is originally from Lebanon, Pennsylvania. During high school, he played for PA Classics, a member of the US Development Academy league, before moving on to play Division I college soccer and earning a degree in Biomedical Science at the University of New Hampshire. During his time there, he was part of a team that reached the NCAA tournament each of the last two years, reached the Sweet 16 in 2017, and won the America East Championship in 2018.  In the summers, Nick also played in the semi-professional PDL and NPSL for Seacoast United and in 2017 was the captain of the Seacoast United NPSL team.

Throughout his 4 years of college, Nick gained a great deal of youth coaching experience throughout the state of New Hampshire with clubs such as Seacoast United and Portsmouth Soccer club, and ran a variety of youth camps and clinics with Soccer Sphere. Nick also gained small group training experience with CoachUp, where he discovered his passion for individual and small group training.

Nick is planning on attending graduate school to become a physical therapist while continuing his coaching career.

Myles Mansfield

Staff Trainer

Contact info:
E-mail - mylesmansfield17@gmail.com
Phone - (336) 580-5544

Myles is from Greensboro, North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Elon University in NC. Myles was a 4 year member of the Elon soccer team, helping them to their first ever NCAA tournament appearance and win vs. Clemson. He was also fortunate to win 3 Conference Championships (2 SOCON, 1 CAA) while with the Phoenix. After his playing career, he coached 2 years with NC Fusion and Greensboro Day School’s Varsity team. Myles has had experience coaching many levels of players at many different ages.

Myles is very excited and wants to continue giving back to the game of soccer by developing players’ technical skill on the ball. We personally are excited to have Myles on board as he is passionate about the technical aspect of the game and plans to help players continue their growth and development.

Jenna Buto

Staff Trainer

Contact info:
E-mail - jbuto1112@gmail.com
Phone - (410) 693 3214

Jenna grew up in Annapolis and played for many local clubs like BAYS, Crofton A3, Maryland ODP, and Maryland United. She was a four-year varsity player at Broadneck High School where she was a 2015 & 2017 4A State Champion and was awarded All-County, All-Metro, and All-State. During her senior year she was also the captain and leading goal scorer. Jenna was committed to play soccer at a division 1 college Coastal Carolina University. She is very excited to coach so that she can help grow the sport of soccer in this area and so she can help the young players reach their full potential! She is also looking forward to coaching the technical aspect of the game.

Joseph Valesquez

Staff Trainer

Contact info:
E-mail - valezquezjoseph95@yahoo.com
Phone - (787) 421 6882

The first ever Pelota trainee, Joseph is from San Juan, Puerto Rico but has been raised there and around the U.S. as a military brat. He had a prolific youth career playing in a top ranked MD club with a state finals appearance, as well as having played NCAA Division II at Lock Haven University before ending his career early to focus more on his academics.

Having recently graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Sciences, he returns home to train the newest generation of Pelota trainees while also studying for the MCAT. We are very excited to bring Joseph on as a trainer, he has what it takes to give back the next generation of kids.

Christian Kershaw

Staff Trainer

Contact info:
E-mail - chrskrshw@aol.com
Phone - (443) 534-4406

Christian was a high-level player who played 4 years at Marshall. After finishing his playing career, he hopped right into coaching and excelled. He has experience with club, as well as college, coaching. Christian fits our staff perfectly. We are looking forward to Christian helping all the players develop and grow their game.

Talia Gabarra

Staff Trainer

Contact info:
E-mail - taligabarra@knights.ucf.edu
Phone - (443) 254-2569

Talia is an Annapolis, Maryland Native. She played for Bethesda Soccer Club as well as Broadneck High school. In High school she was a 2x State champion, 2x All State player, 1x All South Region player, and was named Maryland State Player of the Year in her junior season.

Talia Is currently a junior at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where she plays for the women's soccer team and is also working to get a degree in Business Administration.

Luke Eberle

Staff Trainer

Contact info: 
Email: lweberle@liberty.edu
Phone: (443) 764 5855

Luke is an Annapolis Maryland Native who played for Baltimore Celtic up through junior year of High school, then switched to Pipeline Soccer Club for his Senior Year. Luke was Recruited by numerous division one schools ranging from Army, Navy, Colgate, and Villinova. He ended up playing at Liberty University where he is coming off a great freshmen year. Luke is looking to take Pelota Training to new heights and is very excited to be on staff.

Sammy Dupuy

Staff Trainer

Contact info: 
Email: sdupuy@umbc.edu
Phone: (410)-530-9494

Sammy played youth soccer with ASA Arsenal 97'. He also played for Meade Senior High School leading them to the state championship game in 2015 along with winning accolades of Washington Post Player of the Year, All Region Team, All State Team, and All County Team. Went on to play Division 1 soccer with Longwood University transferred to play at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and finished collegiate career from 2018-2020.

Sammy is now excited to give back to the game by using his knowledge of the game to help the next generation. Sammy is also aware of how important technical training is and says he's excited to help the players grow and develop in the technical aspect of the game!

Henry Rouse

Staff Trainer

Contact info: 
Email: henryrouse89@gmail.com

Henry grew up in Birmingham Alabama, where he played soccer for Birmingham United, The Altamont School, and Alabama ODP. He then played for Amherst College. During his time there, the team was NESCAC champions and reached the NCAA Final Four, and Henry coached at Amherst’s Peak Performance Academy college showcase camps. A graduate of Georgetown Law, Henry has been an English teacher at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria since 2017. There, he has coached Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Middle School soccer, as well as Speed and Agility. Henry currently holds USSF “E” and “11v11” licenses. Henry believes rigorous technical development is fundamental to success on the pitch, and he looks forward to working with Pelota players to take their game to the next level!

Jake Boyle

Goal Keeper Trainer

Contact info: 
Email: jakemboyle@gmail.com
Phone: (443)-603-5047

Jake is a 2012 Broadneck graduate who played at D2 Limestone University in South Carolina. After graduating in 2016, he coached Broadneck high school's girl’s goalies and helped them win a state title. Afterwards, he moved to Brisbane, Australia to play for Caboolture SFC in their 4th division. Earned keeper of the year in his first season. Earned training stints with Brisbane Roar of A League and Peninsula Power of second division. Came home right as Covid hit; has since been playing for Christos FC as well as coaching Broadneck high girls again. He helped them reach the 2021 state championship game. Jake will add a different dynamic to Pelota Training by training goalkeepers in their technical field. Jake is also very excited to give back to the young goalies and said he wishes he could have had a personal GK coach when he was growing up.

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