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The Blue Devils FC EXCEL program is designed to provide accelerated development for the most committed soccer players.
Overview
The EXCEL program is a comprehensive and intensive soccer development program that includes a minimum of four to five days of training each week, strength and conditioning, cross-border exhibition matches, and overseas international competition.
EXCEL Technical Team
Led by Blue Devils Technical Director Brett Mosen and Technical Lead Natalie Bukovec, the EXCEL technical team features several coaches including Tevin Wynter, Kyle Porter and Laura Twidle, Khody Ellis, who oversees the players’ strength and conditioning requirements, and Academy goalkeeper coach Lucas Birnstingl. The EXCEL program is also supported by additional Blue Devils FC senior-level staff.
Brett
Technical Director

Brett Mosen

Brett Mosen has over 35 years of coaching experience ranging from Grassroots to the Professional level. Brett has been with the Blue Devils since 2014 and is currently the Club’s Technical Director.

Brett started his professional coaching career in 1995 when appointed Head Coach for the Nashville Metros in the United Soccer League’s A League. Other Head Coaching appointments within the USL included the Atlanta Silverbacks, Lincoln Brigade, Southwest Florida Manatees, Hamilton FC, K-W United and Hampton Roads Mariners (Assistant Coach). Brett also has extensive experience coaching women’s programs including Head Coach appointments for the Toronto Lady Lynx and K-W United competing in the United Soccer League’s W League. Brett also served six years as Head Coach for the Women’s program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Before moving to Canada Brett spent 16 years coaching in the United States enjoying positions such as State of Tennessee Director of Coaching, Olympic Development Program Regional Coach, USSF State Coaching Instructor for Tennessee, Nebraska, Virginia, Texas and Georgia.

Brett has also been a Coerver Coaching Licensee since 1994. The Coerver teaching method is recognized as the ‘Worlds #1 Skills Teaching Method’ and supported by FIFA and many leading clubs and associations around the globe.

Brett is passionate about player development and has enjoyed watching many of his players go on to play at the international, professional and collegiate levels. Some have also gone on to coach at a senior level including National and MLS professional teams.

Brett’s coaching credentials include the following:

Canadian National A License
United States Soccer federation National A License
UEFA B Coaching License
National Soccer Coaches Association of America Advanced National Diploma
National Soccer Coaches Association of America Director of Coaching Diploma

Brett’s energy, passion and leadership are one of the cornerstones of the Blue Devils program. Widely respected as one of the best technical minds in the game, Brett is focused on ensuring the Blue Devils is one of the best development programs for young Canadian players in the country.

Technical Lead

Natalie Bukovec

Natalie Bukovec leads the women’s program for Blue Devils FC. She is the Head Coach of the Blue Devils League1 Women’s team and is a driving force behind the Blue Devils Girls Academy.

With the explosion of the women’s game in Canada and around the world, Natalie’s focus and drive is helping to propel the Blue Devils women’s program to new heights by shaping the development and careers of a new generation of young players.

Bukovec was named the Head Coach of the Ryerson University Rams women's soccer program in December of 2018 after having served as interim head coach for the 2018 season. Prior to her stint as interim head coach, she served as an assistant coach at Ryerson for two seasons.

Bukovec played five seasons at McMaster University from 2010-15 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, specializing in Social Psychology, and a Certificate in Leadership and Organization. She has also recently completed a certificate in Human Resources Management and is now working towards obtaining a Master’s in Coaching and Sport Performance.

After her university career, Bukovec played in semi-professional leagues in North America such as League 1 and W-League and was a member of the Croatian women's national team player pool.

Bukovec's coaching career began in 2015 as an assistant coach at McMaster before joining Ryerson's team in 2016. She hold a Canadian National B License.

In 2018, Bukovec was one of five female coaches selected across Ontario to be a part of the Ontario Female Mentorship Program run by the Canadian Soccer Association.

Outside of her roles with the Blue Devils and Ryerson University, Bukovec also works with the Ontario Provincial Projects with the 2005 girls age group as an assistant.

Natalie’s passion for the game and for developing Canada’s next generation of young female players is an inspiration to everyone at the Blue Devils who has the opportunity to work alongside her and play under her guidance.

Khody
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Khody Ellis

Khody Ellis is the lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for Blue Devils
FC. Khody has had a long association with the Blue Devils having won two League1 Ontario Championships (2015, 2017) and the 2015 Inter-Provincial Championship as a key player with the League1 Blue Devils men’s team. Khody has enjoyed incredible success with the Blue Devils including being named a four-time League1 Ontario All-Star and earning a spot on the League1 Ontario All-Time Best XI, while also helping the team make history as the first-ever League1 Ontario team to compete in the Canadian Championship.

Prior to his playing and coaching career with the Blue Devils, Khody studied kinesiology at Parkland College from 2010-2012 where he also played soccer and was named Midwest Athletic Conference 2010 First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Regional.

He followed up at Sheridan College in 2014-15 where he earned his Fundamentals of Fitness Leadership. During his time at Sheridan, he helped lead the Bruins to the 2014 National Championship while also capturing Male Athlete of the Year honours.

Khody Ellis is a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fascial Stretch Therapist at Peaks Lifestyle away from the pitch, and brings the lessons he’s learned professionally to the Blue Devils FC club he knows so well. “For me, it’s about helping all the Academy players develop a strong educational foundation in safe and effective movement, and mental performance. I can’t express enough how vital strength training is for the development of young athletes, and I am looking forward to being the person to bring this to the club that I love and have dedicated so many years to.”

Luca
Academy Goalkeeper Coach

Lucas Birnstingl

Lucas Birnstingl is an Academy Goalkeeper Coach with the Blue Devils Academy and has also played for the Blue Devils League1 Ontario men’s team. Lucas brings a wealth of experience both as a player and as a coach.

His early playing career as a youth included playing with the National Champion Oakville Blue Stars and with the Toronto FC Academy, while also playing in the Provincial program. He progressed into a senior career that included playing in the Scottish Premier League at Dundee FC, Kilmarnock, and Hamilton Accies. While in Scotland, he also played for Queens Park FC, Clyde, Airdrie and Montrose.

Upon returning to Canada, Lucas had two short stints at other League1 Ontario clubs before assuming the starting goalkeeper duties for the Blue Devils. He also began pouring more of his time and energy into coaching and helping to develop young players. Lucas has served as a Goalkeeper Coach for Ginga Soccer Academy, Flamborough Dundas Soccer Club, Mt Hamilton Youth Soccer Club, East Hamilton, and Toronto Skillz. He is a committed and professional coach for the Blue Devils who loves the game and enjoys watching the young goalkeepers in his charge continue to grow and develop.

Tevin Bio
Academy Coach

Tevin Wynter

Tevin Wynter grew up in Mississauga and played locally until moving to Oakville Blue Stars at OSC. There he played for Phil Iafrati while Brett Mosen was Technical Director. The team won many titles locally, provincially and across the border in the US.

Tevin started his NCAA journey at D2 program Dominican College, then transferred to NCJAA Program Schoolcraft College where he received the Award for Superior Academic Achievement. His last transfer was to D1 program University of Detroit-Mercy where he graduated with a BSBA in Business Administration.

Throughout his soccer journey Tevin has played at the PDL level with Hamilton FC, KW United and the Toronto Lynx. After a brief stint at Sigma, he was a League One Cup Finalist in 2014, he then returned to Oakville Blue Devils FC and won the League1 Ontario Championship and Inter-Provincial Championship in 2015. Since leaving the club he has gained more coaching experience, now he’s excited to be back, “I wanted to join the Blue Devils Academy because of their strong history, and the path in place for players. I have experiences to pass on to players in the academy”

Tevin has enjoyed a great deal of success throughout his coaching career including:

• Toronto Soccer Association league Champions 2018 undefeated
• Ohio PSI Memorial Day Tournament Champions 2019
• Rochester Lakefront Classic Showcase Champions 2019
• Central Soccer League Champions 2019
• Ontario Regional League Championships Champion 2019

The family feeling with Blue Devils FC and the Blue Devils Academy was part of the draw for Tevin returning to his former club. “I’m in a place now where I will be able to impact players and be connected to the coaching staff that started the Blue Devils Legacy”.

Kyle
Academy Coach

Kyle Porter

Kyle Porter is a Canadian-born professional soccer player who has represented Canada at all levels of play from Youth to the Senior Men’s National team - where he has been capped seven times.

For more than a decade, Kyle has enjoyed a successful professional career in the MLS, USL, NASL, Canadian Premier League and in Germany. He has played for clubs such as York 9 FC, DC United, Vancouver Whitecaps, FC Edmonton, Ottawa Fury, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Atlanta Silverbacks and FC Energie Cottbus.

To give back to a sport that has given him so much, Kyle has been committed to coaching throughout his entire career with youth teams and is now working to help develop the next successful crop of Blue Devils in the Blue Devils Academy.