Meet The Coaching Staff

Zone 1 Program Director/Founder Huw Williams

Zone 1 Academy is led by Huw Williams, Youth National Champion coach, Coached and developed multiple Youth National team players, Winner of over 30 State Championships, founder of KCFC Youth Club, Former coach and General Manager of two time NWSL Champion FC Kansas City, owner/operator of GSI Sports.

Zone 1 Staff/ContributorYael Averbuch

Yael, a USWNT & FCKC Midfielder/Defender, is regarded as one of the most technically advanced players to have ever played for the USWNT. She has played professional around the world and named national player of the year during her sophomore year at the University of North Carolina.

There's no limit to what you can do with the ball at your feet. None of it is magic – it simply takes practice and the right type of training to become a master of the ball. Zone 1 Academy brings the focus back to what’s important – true development. We need our young players playing freely without pressure so that a long lasting love for the game can be forged.

Zone 1 Boys Director Robert Palmer

Current KC Comets player. Kingston, Jamaica, native. He helped Comets to three Conference Championships. Played collegiately at park University.

Zone 1 Girls Director Nia Williams

Former FCKC Player. Drafted in inaugural NWSL season. Played collegiately at Missouri State. Named Missouri Valley Conference Defender of the Year and Missouri State Female Athlete of the Year