Soccer Fit Soccer Coaches

Brent “Zico” Ward

Zico is married and lives in North Denver with his wife Beth and two children.

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Zico Coaching His Competitive Storm Team

Zico has been known as one of the top youth soccer coaches in Colorado and nationwide for over 15 years. Zico is Canadian but grew up in Brazil, as his parents were missionaries. Zico currently frequents the jungles of Peru on missionary trips using soccer to reach out to many of the people he meets in the remote villages. Zico is fluent in English, Portuguese and also speaks Spanish.

Playing Experience: Zico grew up playing soccer in Brazil. He played college soccer for Liberty College in Virginia where he started every game for 4 years and still holds the single season assist record. Zico played for the Colorado Comets and various other semi-pro and pro teams throughout the United States.

Coaching Experience: Experience: (1985-90) -Instructor for Manitoba Soccer Assoc. Camps, (1991-92) -Coach of Varsity Boys & Girls at MBCI High School, (1994) -Coach of JV Girls at Colorado Springs Christian School, (1995-97) -Lead Instructor for Sutton Soccer Schools, (1997-2014) -Director of Developmental Coaching for Colorado Storm. NSCAA National Staff Coach (2006-Present).

  •  Currently a staff coach with Soccer Fit
  • Qualifications/Certification:
  • USSF: National Youth License and “B” License.
  • NSCAA: National Youth Diploma, Premier Diploma and Master Coach Diploma.

Dan Stratford

Dan lives in Denver (Centennial) with his wife and has 5 children: Tyler, Madison, Eli, Eva & Juliet.

Dan has coached soccer at almost all levels including youth recreational, youth competitive, high school, men’s amateur and he has trained professional players. Dan has coached competitive level soccer for Colorado United, Colorado Storm, DC Real, British Soccer Camps, Soccer International, Kansas City’s Udinese, and Soccer Fit. He built one of the larger clubs in Kansas City, Stratford United Soccer Club, before merging it with another club in order to take time to go back to college and finish his Bachelors degree in 1994.

Dan’s Soccer Playing Experience

Dan played high school soccer for Shawnee Mission Northwest, college soccer with the regional champions Missouri Southern State University (the same school where Rod Smith played American football), and at National Top 20 community college Johnson County Community College.
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Dan briefly played professional soccer for the NPSL national champions Kansas City Attack in the fall of 1993, and continued to play on traveling men’s amateur teams until multiple ACL surgeries ended his competitive playing. He now enjoys playing soccer for fun, exercise, and quality family time.

Coaching Experience/Credentials:

    • Earned his USSF “B” License in 1994.
    • Coached Competitive Teams for Colorado/Littleton United, Colorado Storm, DC Real, Udinese & Others
    • Coached Shawnee Mission Northwest to Kansas State High School Championship Season
    • Coached Olathe South to Kansas State High School Championship Season
    • Staff Coach for Colorado Storm

Education:

    • Graduated with a BS in Biology from Rockhurst University in Kansas City.
    • Graduated with an MBA from Regis University in 2006.

Current Coaching Duties:

    • Soccer Fit Coaching Staff
    • Part of the team that ìcoaches the coachesî for Colorado Storm.
    • Sparks coach for Colorado Storm
    • Coach of his daughter’s teams.

Tyler Stratford

Tyler is almost a Colorado Native: his family moved him here in 1997 from Kansas City when he was 9 years old. He played soccer for Colorado Storm, DC Real and Cherry Creek High School, where he graduated in 2006. After graduating from high school Tyler joined the Army where he was stationed in Washington DC in the Honor Guard, and travelled the world playing soccer represented the United States Army and the United States All Military Soccer Team in international soccer matches against Brazil, Barbados, Canada, Suriname & The United Kingdom.
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Tyler returned back to Denver Colorado having finished his duty with the Army in the spring of 2011 where he attended Regis University with a soccer scholarship. The NCAA revoked his college eligibility and soccer scholarship without even taking the time to investigate because he played on a men’s non-professional and non-paid Argentinean team in Washington DC in the Army off-season. Needless to say, we feel the decision by the NCAA to punish a young man who served our country without taking the time to look at his individual is very disappointing.

Tyler is currently a staff soccer coach for Soccer Fit.

Tyler plays for Harpo’s men’s soccer team in Boulder, the 2015 national amateur men’s outdoor championship team. They made it to the 3rd round of the US Open Cup in 2015, just one win away from playing against The Colorado Rapids after losing 2-1 in a hard fought game against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks professional USL team.

Tyler also plays for Avery’s indoor professional soccer team that took second in nationals in 2015 and 2016.