SF Goalkeeping | The Success of our Goalkeepers

Ambition + Dedication + Hard Work + Talent = Success

Lenny Wilson | St Johns University | New York

Lenny, of Cults in Aberdeenshire, is currently in his Senior (4th Year) at NCAA Division I Powerhouse Program – St John’s in New York having transferred from Hartwick College where he has spent the previous three seasons.

Whilst with Hartwick, Lenny garnered a number of top honours including two NCAA Tournament Appearances.

He was named as the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All Conference in his first season in New York and picked up an Empire 8 President’s List Honour during his sophomore (2nd Year) with the Hartwick Hawks.

In Season 2016/17 Lenny helped Midland-Odessa FC of Texas to reach the National Premier Soccer League Final and this past 2017/18 season he signed with the Michigan Bucks of the Premier Development League and helped them to regular season silverware.

Lenny, who was capped at Scotland Youth International Lenny will close out a fantastic four year collegiate career when he graduates with a Business and Economics Degree.

Nathan Dean | Elon University | North Carolina

We recruited, Nathan, a former Manchester City FC U18 Goalkeeper, back in 2011 and secured his placement at NCAA Division I – Elon University in North Carolina.

Nathan spent an incredibly successful four year career with the Elon Phoenix Men’s Soccer Program helping them to achieve back to back SOCON (Southern Conference) Championships. His Nine Clean Sheets in 2014 meant that Nathan became the program’s all-time career leader in shutouts.

His individual honours include All Conference First Team selection and an NSCAA Academic All-American Award for commitment to academic and sporting excellence.

Graduating in 2014 with a First Class Degree in Economics, Nathan turned down the invitation to join MLS Side Orlando City to take up a position as a financial analyst with global Asset Management organisation – AIG.

Jamie Cleland | Saint Peters University | New Jersey

Jamie, of Dunfermline, Fife, currently resides in New Jersey and works as a recruitment manager for UK Elite Soccer having graduated from Saint Peter’s University with a degree in Sports Management in 2017.

During his highly successful collegiate soccer career, Jamie was once ranked statistically as the top goalkeeper in the NCAA Division I ranks as his performances for Saint Peter’s University gained them a tournament appearance in the MAAC (Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference).

During his time in the United States Jamie also represented South Carolina United FC, which is a pre-professional franchise based in Columbia, South Carolina and participates in the Premier Development League (PDL) of the United Soccer Leagues (USL).

Prior to his placement in the United States, Jamie represented Scotland at youth level and played first team football for Stirling Albion FC.

Jamie now lives and works in New Jersey, just across the river from New York City.

Dan Ball | Bowling Green State University | Ohio

Dan, of Chatham, Kent joined Tennessee based Milligan College Men’s Soccer Program in 2011 and went on to become the programs most successful goalkeeper with a career shut-out record and multiple other awards, namely becoming an Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Conference selection in his senior year with the program.

Graduating in 2014 with a Political Science Degree, Dan moved into Goalkeeping Coaching and took up his first position at Concordia University in Nebraska. During Ball’s two seasons at the program, a total of four different goalkeepers in the two programs earned all-conference honors.

Dan’s success with Concordia University in Nebraska has led to him being appointed as Goalkeeping Coach at NCAA Division I Powerhouse Program – Bowling Green State University.

Much travelled Dan now resides in the American State of Ohio.

Charlotte Stephen's | Milligan College | Tennessee

Essex native, Charlotte Stephen’s joined Tennessee’s Milligan University from the SF GK Program in the summer of 2013 and graduated with a degree in Sports Management.

The former West Ham United FC Goalkeeper enjoyed a success laden career in East Tennessee under the guidance of English Head Coach Lisa Buckley who handed Charlotte the captain’s arm-band to lead the Lady Buff in AAC completion.

Among a clutch of honours Charlotte was selected to the Appalachian Athletic Conference Regional Team in consecutive seasons and recorded a collegiate career high of six shut-outs as the program reached the AAC tournament.

Charlotte has since returned to England and resides in Essex. She is a strong advocate of the U.S Collegiate Game and the opportunities it provides for talented female athletes.

Read this great news article on how Charlotte found her way to the United States through the SFGK Program 

Lewis Wilcox | Midland University | Nebraska

Lewis Wilcox, a native of Cardiff, Wales, is currently the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Iowa based Briar Cliff University and will lead them into his second season in the GPAC (Great Plains Athletic Conference).

Collegiately, Wilcox played at Midland University where he was a team captain from 2011-14.

He was selected All-GPAC, All-Nebraska and All-Region.

During his time in college soccer Lewis helped the Warriors win the GPAC Championship in 2013 as he logged the most shutouts in the nation that year and also set the school record for shutouts in a season.

Lewis also played professionally for the Las Vegas Mobsters and the Ely Rangers AFC during a distinguished playing career in his home country of Wales and his adopted country, the United States of America.


Iain McTurk | Columbia College | Missouri

Danish/Scottish Goalkeeper, Iain McTurk, joined the SF GK Program back in 2013 and committed to Holy Cross College of Notre Dame in Indiana where he went on to have a terrific collegiate career.

Iain was named CCAC Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-CCAC whilst also making the Dean’s List for academic achievement.

Iain was selected to Premier Development League side St. Louis Lions and played two seasons for the hoops.

In 2015, Iain moved on to join NAIA Powerhouse program – Columbia College and started all 19 matches in his opening season. With nine shut-outs, Iain was named First Team All-Conference and received the P.A.W. Award. In his final season Iain started all 21 matches and was named to the AMC Academic All-Conference Team.

Iain graduated in the summer of 2017 with a Degree in Political Science and History.


Liam Waddy | NYIT | New York

Liam, of Northampton, England jetted off to begin his joint soccer/academic career at the world renowned New York Institute of Technology in the summer of 2011 and quickly established himself as one of the NCAA Division II’s top goalkeeper’s.

In his first season in New York Liam helped the NYIT Bears to the ECC Tournament Championship and a NCAA Regional appearance.

Incredibly, he went 9-3-2 in goal with eight shutouts … made 51 saves and set a new NYIT season record for goals-against average (0.74) which tied the program record for shutouts in a single season and ranked fourth all-time in shutouts.

These stunning stats for a first year goalkeeper saw him ranked ninth in the nation in goals-against average.

Liam completed his collegiate soccer career in the summer of 2014 holding the program record for career shut-outs.

Liam  majored with a degree in communication arts with a concentration in TV/film production before completing his Masters at the University of Warwickshire. He has since returned to the USA and now resides in the city of Saint Louis, Missouri.


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