Five High-Level Coaches Join FC Alliance

FC Alliance is proud to welcome a quintet of high-level coaches to the club. As the club continues to grow and progress, it must continue to build a top-level staff. This year’s new hires may be the best collective upgrade the club has ever had. Elaine Roth, Blake Hayes, Jeff Trombly, Michael Meyer, and Ben Moua have all officially signed on to take teams for the Fall 2018 season.  Although raising young coaches through the club is crucial for club structure, bringing in seasoned veterans of this caliber provides an immediate jolt upward.


Meet the New Coaches:


Michael Meyer

Coach Meyer holds an “A” license and brings a tremendous amount of experience to FC Alliance. He spent six years as the assistant men's coach for NCAA Division 1 Northern Kentucky. From there, he stepped into the club scene, spending the next 11 years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was the Director of Coaching for the Ann Arbor Arsenal. In 2008, Coach Meyer took a position as the Director of Coaching for the Vardar Soccer Club's Ann Arbor branch. While at Vardar, Coach Meyer coached in the Development Academy (DA). He was an assistant coach on the men's U18 DA national champion team. During this time, he was Michigan's head coach for the ODP 94 girls team. Coach Meyer spent the last three years as an assistant for Niagara University in New York. He will coach the 2002 and 2006 Girls TSL2 teams and the 2002 and 2005 Boys TSL2 teams.

Elaine Roth

Elaine Roth is no stranger to Knoxville. The former North Texas player has been one of the most successful girls coaches in the area over the last 15 years, most recently coaching top teams at Knoxville Football Club. Many of the area’s top players trace their roots back to Coach Roth.  Her teams and players have had tremendous success from the first day she took the field.  FC Alliance will see an immediate growth in player development from this addition.  Many of her former players have been recruited to all levels of college soccer.  Coach Roth will coach 2008 Girls Black 1, a 2010 girls team, and she will take the role of Director of Youth Development for the younger girls.  She holds NSCAA and National Youth licenses.

Jeff Trombly

Coach Trombly has been a highly successful and well-known coach in the area for over 20 years.  He has been a club president, director of coaching, administrator, head coach, and trainer at the club level.  Former players can be found at many levels of college soccer.  As a high school coach, he was named district coach of the year multiple times for both boys and girls. The former collegiate soccer player at State University of New York College was a team captain his final two years at the school. He holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma and a USSF National Youth License. Coach Trombly will be coaching the 2000 Boys TSL1 team.

Ben Moua

Coach Moua brings 26 years of coaching experience to the club.  The Oak Ridge native played college soccer at Maryville College.  The most recent fourteen years were spent coaching premier teams in the Denver metro area, where he was named state coach of the year three times.  Coach Moua has competed for the Colorado State Cup with both boys and girls teams; he has coached players of all ages in a competitive environment, spanning from young children to adults.  He holds an NSCAA National Diploma and the USSF National Youth License. Coach Moua will be coaching the 2003 Boys ENPL and 2001 Boys TSL2.

Blake Hayes

Coach Blake Hayes comes to FC Alliance on the heels of a successful run in the Regional Premier League with the Knoxville Football Club 04 Chelsea girls team.  They finished second and were promoted into the highest division.  While coaching at KFC, every team he coached advanced to the state finals.  His success did not begin in Knoxville.  Originally coaching with hometown McMinn United, he won state championships at the Division 2 & Division 3 level with a club from a small town.  Multiple players from those teams moved on to college soccer, ranging from NAIA to NCAA Division 1.  Coach Hayes played college soccer for Tennessee Wesleyan, where he spent time as an assistant.  He will be coaching 2004 ECNL and 2006 ECNL teams for FC Alliance.  He holds NSCAA and National Youth licenses.