Jeremy F. Witherspoon, the founder of Fonati Soccer Academy, is an Elite Youth Soccer Coach with over 15 years of Coaching experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MN as well as (USSF) United States Soccer Federation “A” License, (USSF) National Youth License, and (USC) United Soccer Coaches “Premier Diploma”.
Jeremy’s greatest passion since childhood has been Soccer. He played College and Semi-Pro Soccer. He won 2 MASL Gold Medals with St. Paul Internationals F.C. Jeremy began his soccer coaching career in 2004 as a student assistant coach at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota where he worked with the head coach in conducting training sessions and evaluating players’ performances during practice and games. He coached the BSU soccer team in the Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference where the team finished 12-4-7 overall and had a second-place record of 9-1-4.
He was privileged and honored to worked with Tomaz Kavcic, the Slovenian National Team Assistant Coach, and Nenad Zigante, former Dinamo Zagreb Goalkeeper & U.S. National Team Goalkeeper Coach. He has coached in several other places including the F.C. Dallas Youth/Elite Boys Residential Summer Camps, Houston Express Soccer Club. Houston, Texas, and Rice University.
Jeremy won several awards, including; Bemidji State University 2005, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, 2nd Place Bemidji State University 2004, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, 2nd Place Bemidji State University 2004, St Paul Soccer Conference Champions, 2006 & 2008, St Paul Soccer Conference Champions, 2006 & 2008 Neusport F.C. Leadership & Coaching Excellence Award, 2010, California Cup Champion, 2011, U.S. Club Soccer, 2011, Rush Cup Champion, 2014, Copa Rayados International Cup Champion, 2016, Reliant Energy Power Cup Champion, 2017, amongst others.
Tutored by great minds like Jeff Tipping, USC former Director of Education and Coaching Development, Dr. Doug Williamson, USC Assistant Director of Education and Coaching Development, Tomaz Kavcic, Slovenian National Team Assistant Coach, Tony Waiters, President, and Technical Director, World of Soccer, amongst many others, Jeremy is fully committed to developing, recruiting, and coordinating young players with outstanding coaching methodologies and constant developing attitude.