Anthem Soccer Clubs Coaching Staff
Director of Coaches/Trainers
Mark Kerlin has been involved in the sport of soccer since the age of nine. Born in Phoenix, it has been the pure love of the game that has carried him through 40 years of amateur and professional competition. His self-imposed, demanding physical conditioning program has served him well throughout his career allowing him success on 15 professional soccer teams. He has starred in Dallas, Baltimore, San Francisco, Tacoma, Milwaukee and all five professional teams in Arizona – the Inferno, Pride, Condors, Sandsharks and the Thunder. In 1994, he won a championship title with the Las Vegas Dustdevils. Mark has always been an ambassador for Phoenix soccer, conducting and taking part in camps, clinics and personal appearances all across the valley. He was the first Arizona native to sign a professional soccer contract. Throughout his 18 years of professional soccer, Mark has acquired experience and knowledge from the many diverse coaches he has played for. Coaches that have played or coached for their countries, such as England, Brazil, Argentina, Yugoslavia, Portugal and many more. Mark has utilized the diverse training regimens of each of these coaches to develop his own training progams that integrate the styles and the best methods of each coach. He continues to stay educated on the latest and current trends and changes in the world of soccer. PROFESSIONAL CAREER Phoenix Inferno, Pride (MISL) 1981- 84 Oklahoma City Slickers (ASL) 1981-83 Dallas Sidekicks (MISL) 1984-85 Baltimore Blast (MISL) 1985-86 Wichita Wings (MISL) 1986-88 Tacoma Stars (MISL) 1988-90 Arizona Condors (WSL) 1988-90 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks (WSL) 1991 Milwaukee Wave (NPSL) 1991-92 Cleveland Crunch (NPSL) 1992-93 USA National Beach Soccer team 1993 Arizona Sandsharks (CISL) 1993 Las Vegas Dustdevils (CISL) 1994-96 (CISL Champions) Arizona Thunder (WISL) 1997-2000
Coach Petar Draksin
Anthem Soccer Club is proud to announce Petar Draksin as the newest member of our staff! Petar will join us as Director of Tournaments, Director of College Information, and in a coaching capacity. Petar arrived in the United States at the age of 15 from Yugoslavia (Serbia) with aspirations to pursue a professional soccer career. He spent 5 years playing for several indoor and outdoor professional teams before he embarked on his impressive coaching career. Petar brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our club, having been the head coach of Grand Canyon University Men’s Soccer Team for 22 years and their Women’s Soccer Team from 2002-2006. Since 1982, Petar has coached both boys and girls of various age groups in the AYSA. His teams have captured numerous state championships and three regional crowns.
In addition to what he adds as a coach, Petar brings a vast knowledge of the collegiate system and many connections that our parents and players can utilize as they transition from high school to college.
A small snapshot of his impressive coaching accomplishments includes
- Seven NCAA National Tournaments
- 1996 NCAA Division II National Championship Win
- 1996 Far West Region Coach of the Year
- 1996 NSCAA/UMBRO NCAA Division II Coach of the Year
- 2010 Four-time Pacific West Championship Win
- 2012 Five-time PacWest Coach of the Year
Coach Alex Juarez
Coach Alex Juarez was introduced to soccer at a very young age in Mexico City. Alex played soccer at the American School in Mexico City since he was 6 years old. After graduating from the American School in 1981, Alex played soccer at Universidad Intercontinental. Alex transferred to the University of South Florida in 1984 and played two years in Tampa Bay. In 1988 Alex moved to Wisconsin and played for the Sheboygan Golden Arches and in 1989 the Fondulac Express. In 1991 he moved to Arizona where he played for the Arizona International. In 1995 Alex helped ex NFL kicker Max Zendejas and Abe Arroyo start the USISL Premier League Arizona Phoenix.
Alex’s coaching experience in the Anthem Soccer Club dates to 2009. Throughout his soccer career Alex played goal keeper and now enjoys teaching youth how to play the sport with tremendous passion.
Coach Jeff Geyer
Coach Jeff Geyer joined the Anthem Soccer Club Coaching staff in 2013, he holds the USSF “E” coaching license. Jeff’s soccer roots began in Colorado where he played for various clubs in Arvada and Lakewood. Following High School, Jeff moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University. ASU did not have a soccer program at that time and that marked the end of Jeff’s “competitive” soccer playing days. For the next 25 years and counting Jeff continued playing in various men’s leagues across the Valley.
Jeff has always had a passion for coaching and teaching. He coached recreational basketball and soccer for over 20 years before coaching competitive soccer. Prior to joining Anthem Soccer Club Jeff coached for the Arizona Inferno 2009-2012. Jeff strength is developing young players and teams. He has consistently taken teams of players from recreational programs and builds teams that compete at a very high level.
Outside of soccer, Jeff is also very active serving the community. He supports UMOM, the United Way, and Junior Achievement. He spends several weeks each year with Junior Achievement teaching business principles to students in the Phoenix area. In 2015 Junior Achievement of Arizona named Jeff their volunteer of the year.