Rancho Santa Fe Attack Coach
Rancho Santa Fe Attack Coach
Rancho Santa Fe Attack Coach

Malcolm Tovey
Director of Coaching
Contact: 858.735.3654

Malcolm joined the Rancho Santa Fe Youth Soccer organization in 1997 as the Director of Coaching. He is one of the most well-known and respected soccer coaches in southern California. In his youth he played internationally for England on the U19 team. He came to the US in the early 80′s on a soccer scholarship at SDSU where he earned his BA degree with a double major in Social Studies and Physical Education. He has his California teaching credential and also holds a lifetime teaching credential from Keele University, England, in the same subjects. He also holds a National USSF “A” level coaching license.

Coach Tovey brought his winning formula to Rancho after 13 years at the Surf Soccer Club. During his career he has coached teams that have won State and National Championships, as well as major tournaments that include Surf Cup, Nomads Invitational, Huntington Beach, Pleasanton and many more. He has also been successful, through his network of connections, to place players in colleges such as Yale, Dartmouth, UCSD, Naval Academy, Fullerton, SDSU, UC Santa Cruz, Point Loma Nazarene, UC Davis, Sonoma State, and the Mexican National Team.

He is currently the Physical Education teacher at the Nativity School in Rancho Santa Fe. Malcolm will happily tell anyone, “I am coaching youth soccer because it is the most fun, challenging and rewarding job in the world.”

Nate Hetherington
Assistant Director of Coaching
Contact: 760.271.2635

Coach Hetherington has been with Attack since 2000, bringing with him many years of coaching experience gained at the club and high school levels. He played professional soccer for 8 years with the San Diego Flash, Atlanta Silverbacks and with the San Diego Sockers.  As a player he received a number of honors including MVP, Playmaker of the Year, Fan Favorite and the Fair Play Award.  Nate has his USSF National “B” Coaching license and is currently the Assistant Director of Coaching.  Nate is also the Boys Varsity Soccer Coach at Cathedral Catholic High School and was awarded the CIF Coach of the Year in 2016. 

Nate’s goal is to help players achieve their full potential as soccer players by creating a challenging, supportive and positive experience for the athlete. He likes to encourage team building, sportsmanship, confidence, commitment and athleticism in his players.

Shawn Beyer
Contact: 858.688.2978

Coach Beyer has been with Attack since 2006.  Prior to that he coached with Encinitas Express and at the high school level with Santa Fe Christian.He has a NSCAA National Diploma and USSF National “B” license. His collegiate playing experience was at the University of Evansville where he was an All-American.  He has played professionally with the K.C. Comets, Philadelphia Kixx, San Diego Sockers and Grantham Town FC in England.

As a coach, Shawn would like to see each player achieve their fullest potential as a soccer player, individually and as a team member. His goal is to always lead a challenging and engaging training session that requires effort, always focusing on positive reinforcement. With his teams he likes to encourage family participation, team building and sportsmanship.

Paul Dougherty
Contact: 760.855.7357

Coach Dougherty joined Attack in 2008. He currently holds a USSF National “A” license and his teams have won numerous tournaments, including Surf Cup, State Cup, Regional and US Club Soccer National Championships. He has played professionally in the English Premier League, for the MLS, for the Major Indoor Soccer League and the Continental Indoor Soccer League where he was as MVP.

Paul’s believes that soccer should be enjoyed by all with the help of proper coaching and nurturing of the players.  His goal is to challenge each player to reach their fullest potential by teaching them to become smart players and have a good understanding of the game.  He encourages sportsmanship and team play with his players.

Warren Jacobs
Contact: 760.994.9940

Coach Jacobs started with Attack in 2007 and has coached many successful, quality teams and players in his time here.  Warren is a high school chemistry teacher and boasts of 30 years of coaching at the club and high school level.  He holds his National “B” coaching license.  His playing experience includes UCSD and the Surf Men’s Premier team. 

Coach Jacob’s stated philosophy is, “Soccer if fun. Playing better is more fun. Playing well and winning is the most fun.” His goals for his players are to love the game, want to play again, to enjoy their teammates and to get better. Warren works with his players to develop healthy relationships, train in a disciplined way, respect their teammates and authorities, and learn how to become successful.

Mike Jones
Contact: 760.845.7777

Coach Jones came to Attack in 2008.  Prior to coaching with Attack he was with the Encinitas Express.  He is currently the Head Soccer Coach for Horizon Prep and he has also served as a coach for La Costa Canyon High School girls’ JV & Freshman teams.   Coach Mike is a highly professional and dedicated Coach with over 25 years of providing specialized and quality soccer instruction. He holds a USSF “D” license.

Mike’s goal is for each player to achieve their fullest potential as a soccer player, individually and as a team member. He likes to encourage family participation, team building and sportsmanship. He does this by leading challenging and engaging training sessions that require effort with an emphasis on positive reinforcement.

Charlie O’Neil
Contact: 858.243.4440

Coach O’Neil started with Attack in 2008.  He came to Attack with an extensive coaching background and was previously with the DMCV Sharks.  He has played soccer at the highest level, starting in the Glasgow Celtic youth program and transferring to the pro ranks where he played for many years. 

Charlie’s philosophy is to help each player achieve their own full potential.  He does this by creating a fun and challenging atmosphere in his training sessions, guiding each player in the fundamentals of the game.  He wants to help his players use the qualities that they learn in soccer in their future lives, whether this is in consideration of others, sportsmanship or being a team player.

Mikel Palmerin
Contact:  760.518.5915

Mikel joined Attack in 2013, but his coaching career started 5 years prior with his local club, Fallbrook Fury.  His most recent experience has been with Carlsbad Lightning and he also has experience as a Personal Trainer working with Speed to Burn.

As a San Diego native, he grew up playing for the Fury, Surf and Nomads.  From there he played in the Hungarian 1st Division with Vjpest FC and he also played in Mexico for a brief time with Deportivo Oro in the Mexican 2nd Division.  He played for the Ontario Fury and the San Diego Sockers for several seasons, but his passion has now moved to beach soccer and he continues to practice and play for the Men’s Beach Soccer US National Team.

Mikel believes in teaching his players by first showing them how it is done.  He feels it is important that young soccer players become not just good soccer players, but well-rounded athletes.  He feels that the keys to becoming successful, both on and off the field, are team unity, having a positive attitude and good sportsmanship.

Darren Parker
Contact:  858.472.6125

Darren has been with Attack since 2014, but he has been involved with youth soccer for more than 15 years in San Diego, starting out with Carlsbad Lightning, then moving to the Del Mar Sharks and on to CV Manchester.  He has grown up in San Diego, playing high school at Poway High and Division 1 soccer for SDSU.  He also holds a Level III National Futsal license and has been involved with this popular sport for close to 20 years. 

Coach Parker also coaches a Men’s U23 team for Attack that plays in the SoCal Premier League and this team has been the Finalists in the league for the last 2 years.   He believes that setting goals for the players at the beginning of the season is important that organizing a tactical training plan provides the chance for each and every player to achieve their goal. 

Matt Seipt
Email:  mkseipt@gmail.com
Phone:  252.349.6493

Coach Seipt has been with RSF Attack for two years working with the HS girls program and Coach Hansford.  He is a retired US Marine Officer whose passion has been coaching youth soccer for 12+ years in multiple locations including North Carolina, Stuttgart Germany, and here in San Diego.  During his years coaching in Germany he worked with Stuttgart Select, VFB Shoinach, and as part of the ODP Europe staff for girls development.   He has coached teams in Carlsbad, San Marcos HS and currently the assistant varsity coach at Del Norte, HS.   Coach Seipt played his youth soccer in WA, CA, VA, and High School in NC, Junior College in Rhode Island, and the with US Naval Academy (MD) college indoor team.  He is a student of the game and holds the USSF National D, NSCAA Advance Regional and Level 6 Licenses as well as multiple NFHS certificates.  

Coach Seipt brings a wealth of experience and variety in styles of play from his many geographic locations.  He believes in a strong team bond, skills, fitness, creativity, effort, discipline, accountability, and having lots of fun.  Master the Techniques, understand the Tactics, play with Tenacity, and win as a TEAM!    

Eli Galbraith-Knapp
Email:  egalbraithknapp@gmail.com
Phone:  858-361-9071.
Coach Eli is new to Attack and will be coaching on the Boys side this season.  He comes to Attack with a National D License and several years of Club and High School coaching experience.  He has also played at both the collegiate and professional level, as a 4-year starter at USD and in the Spanish 3rd Division and the USL and MASL with both the Baltimore Blast and, currently with the SD Sockers.  Coach Eli’s philosophy is to make sure that everyone reaches their full potential as a soccer player by holding challenging practices that teach them about the game.  He encourages team building and sportsmanship and works to instill confidence and commitment in his players.



Amanda Speed

Email: speedama2@gmail.com

(252) 349-6493
Coach Speed has been with RSF Attack for the past year working in the Junior Development Program on
the girl’s side, helping to bridge these players from the recreation program to the competitive program.
She is a recent college graduate from Seton Hall University and currently works as a defense
management consultant. Throughout her last 16 years living in Southern California, she has coached a
U13 girls team, been a Level 8 referee for competitive level games, and is still an avid player and lover of
the sport. She played competitively for Murrieta Surf FC and High School in Murrieta, CA.
Coach Speed holds a USSF 'E' License, and aims to use her deep knowledge of the fundamentals and tactics of the game and her passion for the sport to help develop young players to have that same love for the game. She believes in a strong team bond, fitness, creativity, effort, and having lots of fun!


Briann Oostinga

Email:  boostinga4@gmail.com
(909) 772-9049

New to Attack in 2018, Coach Oostinga comes from Encinitas Express where she has coached the last 5 years.  She played collegiately at Trinity Lutheran College and with both the Seattle Sounders Women’s team and with the San Diego Sealions.  Her emphasis is in strength and conditioning and she currently serves as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for San Dieguito Academy.  She holds an “E” License and a Certificate in Applied Functional Science (CAFS).

Coach Oostinga believes in creating a positive yet challenging environment for her players, one that caters to both individual and team development.  Her players are encouraged to have a strong sense of work ethic, creativity and confidence both on and off the field.  Her goal as a coach is to share her love of the game with these young athletes and push them to their full potential.


Joel Kosakoff

Coach Kosakoff has over 35 years of soccer playing and coaching experience.  He played soccer in San Diego from 1979-1996 and was a part of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) district, state, and regional teams in 1988, 1989, and 1990.  He was the San Diego County High School Player of the Year in 1992.  While attending college at UCSD, Joel helped the men's soccer team win a National Championship in 1993, in addition to being recognized as a three-time Academic All-American.   He has coached previously for the Rockridge Soccer Club, Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks, and Cathedral Catholic High School.  He is currently the Torrey Pines High School Varsity Assistant Coach. 

Joel’s goal is to provide players with the tools to learn new skills, motivation, and positive reinforcement.  He wants to help create the best team possible by helping all players be the best they can be and by creating great team chemistry.  Joel wants his players to continue to develop good sportsmanship, a good work ethic, and good communication skills.  He hopes his players enjoy and love the game of soccer as much as he does.

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Attack Coaching Staff

Rancho Santa Fe Attack Coach

The goal of Attack Soccer is to instill a passion for the game not only in each player but in their families. Whether it’s teaching skills, game strategies, providing feedback and performance evaluations, or simply talking about the game, Attack coaches are committed to frequent and quality communication with the entire Attack family.

Rancho Santa Fe Attack Coach
Rancho Santa Fe Attack Coach
Rancho Santa Fe Attack Coach
Rancho Santa Fe Attack Coach



Rancho Santa Fe Attack Soccer
Rancho Santa Fe Attack Coach
Rancho Santa Fe Attack Coach

The current lineup of talented men and women who make up the Attack coaching staff is below.