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Program Staff
The Tulsa Soccer Academy was created by Michael Nsien.  Michael has built an outstanding staff that is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and passionate. Our coaches have the strongest desire to improve, motivate and produce successful student-athletes.
 
Our staff will deliver top notch training and will serve to inspire each child to his/her individual greatness. Our directors have nearly 6 decades of playing and coaching experience as well as backgrounds as educators. All of our staff hold USSF National licenses.  The staff will also be supported by strong and experienced business professionals as part of TSC Hurricane.
 
The result is an innovative and dynamic program that is the first of its kind in Oklahoma providing exciting new opportunities for players who want to reach higher levels without sacrificing academics. 
 

 
Michael Nsien
Program Director
(918) 625-2150
 
Philosophy:
The harder you work in sports/ life, the harder it is to give up or accept mediocrity. In many cases the team that loses is the one that gives in or accepts losing as an option.
 
License:
USSF National "A" License
 
Coaching Experience:
Southbay Force (Los Angeles)
LA Galaxy Camps
Tulsa Thunder Soccer Club DOC
Director of Coacing Claremore Freedom Soccer Club
Oklahoma Olympic Development Program Staff Coach
 
Playing Experience:
Tulsa Thunder 81 State/Regional Champions Placed 3rd at Nationals
University of Dayton league champion
Nigeria Olympic team qualifier
LA Galaxy (MLS)
Portland Timbers (USL)
Roda, Holland trial
Al-Saab FC, UAR
 
Awards:
University of Dayton-Freshman of the year
All-conference All-Ohio
MLS Cup Champion Open Cup champion
Nigeria U-23 Olympic Team 
 

Michael Umelo
Assistant Director
(918) 810-7922
 
Philosophy:
Encourage a competitive and yet fun atmosphere for the players and parents.  Teach the players to develop their decision making and problem solving skills.
License:
USSF National "C" / US National Youth

Coaching Experience: 

Oklahoma Soccer Association Competitive Girls Coach of the Year 2010  
Oklahoma Texans Soccer Club
Tulsa Tunder Soccer Club
Basira Soccer Academy
National Pro Soccer School Inc.-Indiana

Playing Experience:

Nigeria Youth National Team
Tulsa Thunder Soccer Club
Enyimba Football Club of Nigeria
Oklahoma State Cup and Region III Regional Champions, National Championship in Disney, FL (1999)
John Brown University
Bacone College
IMG Soccer Academy
USL Fort Wayne Fever
AISL Tulsa Revolution 2007/08
 
Other guest coaches from TSC Hurricane, Colleges, Nutritionist, Counselors, Strength & Conditioning Coaches, etc. will also be leveraged for a complete program. 

Jim Tindell
Administrator
(918) 688-9071
 
Jim is responsible for overall TSA operations and assists with student counseling, leadership mentoring and tutoring.  He has 20 years of executive and operational leadership experience with MetLife, a leading financial services company.  He also has extensive experience in managing large soccer clubs and sports programming.   Jim holds a PLD Degree from Harvard Business School, an MBA from the University of Tulsa, and USSF National Coaching License.  

Jim also has over 20 years coaching experience where his teams have placed several State and Tournament Championships.  He has coached under Keith Eddy where he gained valuable experience few have matched.  He played for Midwestern State University, holds a National Coaching License, has tremendous passion for the game and is a dedicated to helping student-athletes achieve their highest potential.