Coaches

Founder Coach Tom Creagh carefully selects and trains all Keiki Soccer Pros Coaches.  Many are former soccer players and all have experience working with young children.  Our coaches thoughtfully plan each class to suit each age group and pour their hearts and positive energy into their classes.  We love soccer, and it shows! 

Coach Tom working with our youngest players – age 2!    

 

Patrick McGinnis

  • Favorite Color: light bluish green with a hint of bright yellow and some red
  • Favorite teams: Real Madrid and Keiki Soccer Pro all stars
  • Soccer experience or awards you’ve received: All-American at Colorado College; drafted by Kansas City Wizards
  • Funniest thing a keiki soccer player has said to you: Yargg!!!! (you would have to see the face!)
  • Favorite Keiki Soccer Class activity: soccer tag and of course Saturday scrimmages!
  • Got Kids? Izaiah, 4 Amia, 2 and baby 
  • Who do you most admire? My wife
  • Describe yourself in one word: Yargg!!!!
  • What’s your fav thing to do when not coaching soccer? Being with family, swimming in the ocean
  • Fav family movie/show? World Cup Soccer!
  • What do you love most about being a soccer coach? Sharing the soccer passion, being outside in such a beautiful place
  • We’d be surprised to learn this about you: planting over 200 fruit trees this season, and more on the way!

Jenny Smyth

  • Fav Color: Sunrise, gold orange peach 
  • Fav Team: Guadalajara Chivas
  • Soccer Experience or awards you’ve received: I’ve had a soccer ball at my feet since I was 4 years old! I have coached over 1300 Keiki Soccer Pros!
  • Funniest thing a soccer player has said to you: “Coach I have to tell you a secret… I love soccer more then my brother!” My response, “You love soccer different then your brother!” 
  • Fav Keiki Soccer Class activity: Keiki Soccer Dragons kick down the castle. A class full of dragons is a class full of fun! Final kick at the end of class teaches our Keiki to cheer on there friends and it engages our parents. I love the smiles after a whole field of supporters cheer for each child, high five and a sticker! 
  • Got kids? None of my own yet, so I gladly borrow Keiki Soccer kids for hugs and smiles all week long in soccer class.
  • Who do you most admire: Maya Anglo
  • Describe yourself in one word: Energetic 
  • What’s your favorite thing to do when your not coaching soccer: Hiking and exploring 
  • Favorite Family movie/show: The Magic School Bus
  • What do you love most about being a soccer coach: When a keiki says to me, “coach I don’t know how to do that” and I get to say “that’s why we’re here at soccer practice.” Within seconds, 9 out of 10 will have mastered a new movement/skill. 
  • We’d be surprised to learn this about you: I love to scuba dive 

Peter O'Riordan

  • Favorite Color:  Blue
  • Favorite team: Liverpool 
  • Soccer experience or awards you’ve received: I’ve played soccer from a very young age.
  • Funniest thing a keiki soccer player has said to you: “Coach Peter I ate a storm and now the storm is in my belly!”
  • Favorite Keiki Soccer Class activity/drill:  I really like the simple stuff, dribbling and learning to use each part of our foot! Building a strong foundation is vital whilst keep in fun.
  • Got kids? Yes, a 4 year old Livi and 9 month old Romeo 
  • Who do you most admire? My mom and dad
  • Describe yourself in one word: Frazy ! Fun + crazy 
  • What’s your favorite thing to do when not coaching soccer?  Hanging out with my family at the beach or doing jiu jitsu
  • Favorite Family or Keiki movie or show?  Big Hero Six 
  • What do you love most about being a soccer coach?  The energy and the effort by all our little soccer players and watching them grow and learn new things. 
  • We’d be surprised to learn this about you: I used to be a famous person on TV once apon a time ….but that’s a different story altogether!

Caile Kohlbrenner

  • Favorite Color:  Oceanic Blue
  • Favorite team: Keiki Soccer Pros!! and New York Red Bulls
  • Soccer experience or awards you’ve received: I played soccer in high school and intramural in college
  • Funniest thing a Keiki soccer player has said to you: “Meow! I’m a soccer kitty!”
  • Favorite Keiki Soccer Class activity: Weaving in and out just like a snake and scrimmaging
  • Got kids? Not yet! but, I teach hundreds of kids math every year and often call them “my kids”!
  • Who do you most admire? My parents
  • Describe yourself in one word: Happy!!
  • What’s your favorite thing to do when not coaching soccer? Surfing and Running!
  • Favorite Family movie/show? Moana
  • What do you love most about being a soccer coach? The Kids! They are funny, interesting and exciting, always! I love watching them grow as people and young athletes.
  • We’d be surprised to learn this about you: I used to coach runners in New York City.

Vanessa Onkow

  • Favorite Color:  Green
  • Favorite team: Mutiny! (my travel team when I was in jr. high)
  • Soccer experience or awards you’ve received: Been playing since I was a wee keiki…my first job ever when I was 14 was a soccer referee.
  • Funniest thing a keiki soccer player has said to you: TOO MANY GOOD ONES. “I like to play goalie, because I don’t like to kick the ball.  My dad wishes I would kick the ball, but I would rather dance and pick flowers!!!” (twirls enthusiastically in her skirt)  “will you let me know when the ball is coming towards me?”
  • Favorite Keiki Soccer Class activity: The bear game, because they love it so much.
  • Who do you most admire? Jenny’s coaching abilities with the little ones!
  • Describe yourself in one word: Going
  • What’s your favorite thing to do when not coaching soccer?  Farming
  • Favorite Keiki movie or show?  Honey I shrunk the Kids
  • What do you love most about being a soccer coach?  Seeing the kids improve and grow season to season, and being a total weirdo and making the kids laugh!  
  • We’d be surprised to learn this about you: I have a healthy yahtzee addiction 

 

Kelsey Hladik

  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite team: I have fond memories of watching the Huskies when I was younger!! But my favorite “team” has to be the Keiki Soccer Pros! 
  • Soccer experience or awards you’ve received: Played as a keiki myself, and I’m loving sharing these experiences again! 
  • Funniest thing a keiki soccer player has said to you: “COACH NO DON’T! Don’t smell the stinky banana it will make you sick!”-3 year old
  • Favorite Keiki Soccer Class activity/drill: I love watching the kids dribble from island to island 🌴
  • Who do you most admire? Each one of these parents for the work they put in at home! You guys are the real stars of the show! 🌟
  • Describe yourself in one word: caring! 
  • What’s your favorite thing to do when not coaching soccer? Prop myself up under an umbrella on the beach and read a good book! 
  • Favorite Family or Keiki movie or show?  UP!
  • What do you love most about being a soccer coach? Seeing the joy on the child’s face when they succeed at something for the first time, like making that first really solid pass or mastering a component of footwork they weren’t able to do before. 
  • We’d be surprised to learn this about you: I have SIX sisters, and I’m the second oldest in line! 

Parent Reviews

“I wanted to drop you a note expressing how happy I am that I found KEIKI SOCCER PROS and how much my son enjoys playing. Your staff is full of ENERGY, patience and understanding. My son is four and had played with you since age two. The scrimmage games are a great idea. Mahalo nui to you and your wonderful staff.”
“My daughter was a very shy child before coming to Keiki Soccer Pros. Now she has a great time learning, interacting, and having fun with a sport she has grown to love. She talks about going to soccer all the time!”