Stars Premier has a dual philosophy; fostering lifelong passion for the game of soccer while maintaining a specific focus on player development through the Premier Pathway. As the natural extension of the Super Soccer Stars program, Stars Premier provides dynamic age-appropriate curriculum, which focuses on technical improvement, tactical decision making and leadership development.
Our NSCAA, USSF and UEFA certified coaches are dedicated to developing well-rounded players in a fun and challenging environment. Stars Premier hones in on developing key individual 1v1 techniques, improving players’ employment of skills at speed and developing confidence to unlock each player’s true potential.
The secondary stage of our philosophy focuses on developing players for elite soccer, specifically our Stars Premier competitive travel teams. Our innovative cultivating approach to coaching helps players in our program play with confidence, creativity and flair.
In 2000 Gustavo Szulansky, Argentina native and father-of-three, founded Super Soccer Stars. He was determined to build the best children’s soccer program in New York. Today Super Soccer Stars is the largest children’s soccer development program in the United States for kids aged 2 and up.
In 2007, after having a group of students reach a level of soccer maturity, Super Soccer Stars launched Stars Premier, an advanced player development program. We pooled the most talented players and built on their passion for the sport. The combination of high level practices and local soccer competitions helped accelerate the communication, game insight, technique and fitness skills of the soccer player development journey.
In 2009, with the identity of Stars Premier truly embedded in the fabric of the New York City soccer community, we launched the Stars Premier Teams initiative. We added a new dimension to our player development program using our wide pool of talent to form team rosters that will optimize the player development journey. The careful selection of players for each team roster created the ideal learning environment for each playing level.
Today, Super Soccer Stars is the country's largest and most successful soccer development program for kids, with over 2,500 classes offered every week in 400+ locations in NY, NJ, CT, MA, CA, FL, PA, TX, Washington, DC, and London, England.
With over 50 travel teams across NY, CA, FL and MA, Stars Premier firmly established its national identity. The Club receives national attention as NY Stars Premier U14 Galaxy wins the Club’s 1st National Championship in Aurora, CO with a team comprised of former Super Soccer Stars graduates.
Managing Director, Stars Premier
Growing up in North London, Toby developed a passion for soccer from the tender age of 4. As a player, Toby represented both his primary and secondary schools before being selected to play for his County side at U14 level. Toby continued to play recreationally through High School and University until he moved to France having been inspired by the "revolution" which was taking place in French Soccer during the late 90's. Toby continued to play in a local Parisien league and made an appearance at the Parc Des Princes (home of LF1 champions Paris St. Germain) in 2000. In 2003 Toby relocated to New York and continued to play in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League for two successive seasons until a knee injury curtailed his playing career. Toby spent the following 2 years coaching his own NY-based adult team. Toby joined Super Soccer Stars in Winter 2009 as Assistant Coach of the of the inaugural NY Stars Premier U9 travel team and coached the club’s 1st U8 group (through their end of their U11 season).
At the end of 2010 Toby transitioned to Managing Director of the emerging Super Soccer Stars Premier program overseeing the formation of both travel and development programs for Super Soccer Stars. He has since spearheaded the growth of the Stars Premier division of Super Soccer Stars which now encompass over 40 competitive travel teams nationwide in addition to over 800 academy players aged between 5 and 10. Toby has also been at the forefront of Super Soccer Stars’ global social outreach efforts completing visits to partner schools in rural Zimbabwe in 2010, 2012 and 2015 & 2016. During these trips- through a local partnership with ORAP (the Zimbabwe Office for Rural and Agricultural Progress) - he helped strengthen partnerships in some of the most economically challenged communities in Africa, providing relief through soccer coaching education and sports equipment donations to schools and teachers.
In 2013 Toby lead a delegation from Super Soccer Stars to a rural community in the town of Iraquara (Bahia), Brazil to roll out the Building Soccer Bridges + T.A.L.E.N.T. initiative - a tool to empower youth, support physical and personal growth and positively engage them in their education. The program provided training on the basics of youth soccer coaching, preparing them to become mentors for younger children in their community. Toby holds a number of NSCAA licenses including the Advanced Regional and Youth Diploma. Off the field Toby is passionate about music, photography and his beloved Arsenal FC. He resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
A New Jersey native, Jamie arrived in New York in 2010 via Virginia where she attended University of Richmond to study English Literature. Jamie joined the Stars Premier team in 2013 as the Development Program's full time Administrator. After firmly establishing herself as a key member of Stars Premier, Jamie transitioned to the role of Program Coordinator in 2015. Jamie is an avid patron of the arts (her current favorite show is Hamilton) and a passionate Springsteen fan. Her first love is Chelsea FC; Jamie helped design and compile the newsletter for the USA Chelsea Supporters Club until retiring in 2015. Her favorite player is Branislav Ivanovic.
Travel Club Coordinator
Matt was born in Gunnison, Colorado and grew up 60 miles north of New York City in Warwick, New York. He developed a love of soccer at the age of five, which led to further pursuits playing at an advanced level throughout New York and Connecticut. He had the opportunity to play overseas in both Scotland and England against some of the top premier league youth teams. This further fueled his passion for the game. He went on the play for the Herkimer Generals with an appearance in the final four of the NJCAA soccer tournament. He received a full scholarship to play Division I with the Adelphi University Panthers. Following completion of college with a degree in sports management, he held employment in both the sports and healthcare industries until he received an opportunity to join the Wagner College women's soccer program as an assistant coach for the Division I Seahawks from 2012 to 2015. During the 2014-2015 season, the Seahawks made their first appearance in the NEC playoff tournament. Matt, subsequently, received his MBA from Wagner in 2014. Upon graduating, he joined the New York Road Runners where he currently assists in race day timing and operations working behind the scenes of several events including the infamous New York City Marathon. When not talking about or playing on the pitch, you'll find Matt on a golf course. His love of athletics runs deep as he is most interested in participating in the development of young aspiring athletes looking to perfect their skill while enjoying the game.
Travel Team Supervisor
A New Zealand native, Ra was selected to the U17 National Team developement squad at the age of 13. He played in the semi-pro league for both Upper Hutt City, Lower Hutt City & Nae Nae Soccer Club before relocated to USA in 2008. Since leaving Super Soccer Stars in 2010 (where he was a very popular Senior Head Coach!) Ra spent 7 years at Manhattan Soccer Cub where he was Head coach of U14 Boys and U13 Girls. Ra's teams competed in the EDP and Westchester Youth League Premier leagues. In Spring 2015 Ra led his U14 boys to the New York Cup State Championship and his team reached the final in the Fall 2015 EDP Cup. Ra is the Program Director for Uptown Soccer Academy, a community-based soccer program for under-funded neighborhoods. He is also the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at John Jay College Criminal of Justice where his team made it to Semis first time since 2006 last Spring. Ra holds the coveted NSCAA Premier coaching Diploma and will be completing his UEFA license in 2017
Coach Braulio's coaching career started in 2009 in Naranjal, Ecuador as an assistant in the city's municipal league where we held bi-weekly tournaments, weekly coaching clinics for developing new players, and weekly league games for children of ages 5-12. Coach Braulio returned to New York City in 2013 and joined Super Soccer Stars & NY Stars Premier. During this time Coach Braulio has coached children of ages 2-12 in various after school programs, partnership programs, soccer camps, and special needs programs. Coach Braulio playing experience includes playing throughout high school and college as a central midfielder at LaGuardia Community College where I graduated with a degree in Mathematics. Braulio Peralta has a level 6 Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Coach David F.
Coach David F.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Coach David started playing soccer at 3 years old. He joined Gjoa travel soccer a few years later and played in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) until the end of high school. David was Head Coach of Brooklyn AYSO’s Tournament Teams age groups U8, U9, & U10. During that time he was responsible for creating a curriculum and running the program’s tryouts with 200 plus kids. David also has experience training kids between the ages of 2 through 18 years of age. Coach David is the holder of the USSF F License and NSCAA National Diploma.
09 Auriga & 06 Scorpio
Coach Dino started with Stars Premier in the fall of 2016, coaching the Regional and Advanced teams. Prior to joining Stars Premier, he worked with the New York Red Bulls for over two years, as a Senior Head Coach. He has over nine years of experience, which range from grassroots to the college level. He currently holds the UEFA C License, USC Premier Diploma, USSF C License, and USSF National Youth License. Dino graduated from CWI with a degree in Liberal Arts. He is originally from Europe and speaks several languages.
07 Gravity & 03 Comets
A Trinidad & Tobago national with a professional career spanning over 13 all around the world, Errol comes to Stars Premier with a wealth of knowledge and experience. A member of his country’s national youth and senior squads, Errol was also a part of the qualifying team that made it to the 2006 World Cup. Primarily based in Lebanon for the majority of his career, and a 3 time Golden Boot winner in that country’s Premier League; Errol also enjoyed stints in China, Iceland and even upstate NY with the Rochester Rhinos. Errol is well aware of what is required to make the transition from competitive youth soccer to college and even professional playing – having seamlessly made the transition from youth travel teams under the tutelage of his FA licensed coach father to being a NJCAA champion with Nassau Community College. This extensive knowledge of youth soccer dynamics helps to make Errol one of the most popular coaches in the NY Stars Premier roster. Currently the holder of a NSCAA Level 6 Diploma and a USSF B License. Errol considers playing under the likes of renowned Coaches Leo Beenhakker (Netherlands) and Francesco Maturano (Colombia) and alongside soccer greats Bebeto (Brazil), George Weah (Liberia) and Ian Rush (England) as the highlights of his career.
08 Phoenix & 00 Gemini
Coach George joined Stars Premier as one of our Head soccer coaches and brings along his USL, and DII playing experience. Most recently George was the assistant coach for The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Men’s soccer program, and Head coach of the F.C. Dallas WTX 04’Lara boys team. He brings a technical-knowledgeable mind, a passionate spirit and a drive to help our youth succeed in soccer and in life. Stars Premier is thrilled to have George as a part of our team and can’t wait to really spread the game of soccer to many young children around Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
07 Neutron & 05 Pulsar
Coach Jairo has been playing soccer for as long as he can remember and has represented the Honduran U17 National Team. His playing career began with Federal in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Jairo went on to play 3 years of High School Soccer at Walton High School. Coach Jairo represented Borough of Manhattan Community College and won the 2nd place at the Cuny Finals in 2010. Jairo’s love of coaching and passion for helping others with the same passion for sports and soccer has had a positive effect on the players he works with. Coach Jairo holds the USSF E license.
Kevin arrived in New York from El Salvador in 2010. Kevin played for New York Red Bull U-18 then moved to Brooklyn Italians U19 in 2011. He started school with BMCC (Borough of Manhattan Community College) and achieved the accolade of “2nd Team All American”. Kevin represented Baruch College Men’s Soccer Team as well as the U23 New York Red Bull in 2014. Coach Kevin began coaching at the age of 20 with Super Soccer Stars in 2012, and is an integral part of the Super Soccer Stars and Stars Premier coaching teams. Kevin uses a nurturing and guided approach to coaching and is the current holder of his USSF F coaching license.
08 Meteor & 06 Aries
Papa Abdoulaye was born and raised in Paris (France). Influenced by his father, he started playing soccer when he was 3 years old and quickly moved to the east of France and became a member of the FC Metz academy at the age of 8. As Papa progressed through the FC Metz ranks he made appearances in the reserve team and made couple of appearances with the professional team. He played for his parents country of Origin, Senegal, in the category of U17, U19, U20 African cups, several international tournaments, world cups qualifiers for this categories and was part of the U23 which played the qualifiers for the last Olympics games in Rio. Coach Papa moved in the US in 2014 and graduated from New York University with a masters degree in Sports Science. Coach Papa started coaching 9 years ago, working with small clubs and teams that are affiliated with the professional team of Metz. He worked 2 years as head coach for the U11 of APM Metz for the seasons 2010 to 2012 and with a U13 team of RS Magny of Metz for the seasons 2012 to 2014. Coach Papa joined the Stars Premier coaching staff in 2015 and is titular of his UEFA B Licence and USSF D licence. His philosophy is based on intelligence and conservation, summarized by this quote of his favorite athlete Andrea Pirlo : Pensso Quindi Gioco, literally I think, therefore I play.
Travel Team Supervisor
New Zealand native, Ra was selected to the U17 National Team development squad at the age of 13. He played in the semi-pro league for both Upper Hutt City, Lower Hutt City & Nae Nae Soccer Club before relocated to USA in 2008. Since leaving Super Soccer Stars in 2010 (where he was a very popular Senior Head Coach!) Ra spent 7 years at Manhattan Soccer Cub where he was Head coach of U14 Boys and U13 Girls. Ra's teams competed in the EDP and Westchester Youth League Premier leagues. In Spring 2015 Ra led his U14 boys to the New York Cup State Championship and his team reached the final in the Fall 2015 EDP Cup. Ra is the Program Director for Uptown Soccer Academy, a community-based soccer program for under-funded neighborhoods. He is also the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at John Jay College Criminal of Justice where his team made it to Semis first time since 2006 last Spring. Ra holds the coveted NSCAA Premier coaching Diploma.
09 Lynx & 04 Orion
Terry was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Mathematics in 2014, coach Terry decided to follow his passion and pursue a career as a soccer coach. Coach Terry left to England in June 2015 to attain the FA Level 2 coaching license and the FA Youth Module 1. After attaining the licenses, Terry moved to New York to continue his development as a coach. From 2010 to 2014, coach Terry volunteered in an organization called Street Soccer Seattle, coaching soccer to homeless youths in Seattle. While he was studying in England, he managed Strood 87 U-15 boy's soccer team for 4 months. Coach Terry has been working for Super Soccer Stars since October 2015 and NY Stars Premier since January 2016. As of 2017, coach Terry has FA Level 2, FA Youth Module 1, and NSCAA National Diploma.
06 Equinox & 04 Solar
Toric began playing soccer at age 4 in Jamaica. He played for his middle school and local high school before moving on to play at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. Toric helped lead his college team to two league championships and many individual accolades. Toric graduated with an undergraduate degree in Business Management and a Master's Degree in Management and Leadership. After college, Toric continued to play professionally in the USA and Trinidad. Toric began coaching local youth teams while he attended university and played professionally. He obtained his USSF National E License and is working towards the USSF D License.
10 Meridian & 09 Mensa
Vladimir is a third generation soccer player and coach, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who both played and coached in their hometown of Belgrade, Serbia. Coach Vladimir grew up on the soccer field and trained at the academy at FC Zemun one of three professional clubs in Belgrade (along with Red Star and Partizan). Vlad went on to play semi-pro for local teams in Belgrade. Between 2007 - 2009, Coach Vladimir trained the youth teams (U10, U11 and U12) at FC Zemun, before relocating to the United States to be closer to his childhood hero – his uncle Teofil a top-200 ranked professional tennis player. Once in the United States, Coach Vladimir volunteered as a coach of the Roosevelt Island Youth Soccer League and joined the Super Soccer Stars and Stars Premier in early 2015. Coach Vladimir has his USSF "E" License
08 Eclipse & 02 Pegasus
Zach’s love for Soccer began while growing up in Spain. During his 16 years in Spain, he played competitively for various teams and leagues within the Spanish division. At 13 Zach was offered the opportunity to train with Malaga F.C. he later moved to England to continue his studies and develop as a footballer. During this time he represented England School Boys and earned trials at Fulham F.C and Nottingham Forest F.C. He continued to play competitive soccer at University while obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Sports Psychology. During his 3rd year at University, he coached and managed the men's 1st team. Upon graduation, he obtaining his FA Levels I & II. Zach later worked with Manchester United soccer schools in Abu Dhabi before joining Stars Premier in summer 2015.