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Staff

The key to our success is the quality of our staff, comprised by a diverse array of highly professional coaches, who share a genuine love of sports and passion for working with young children. Our coaches include experienced physical education teachers and early childhood educators and high-level coaches culled from top youth athletic programs. Our staff also includes a professional childcare industry consultant who provides us with ongoing guidance and support.

Founder

Gil Hokayma is the creator and managing director of Tiny Feet Soccer LLC. He possesses over 27 years of professional soccer experience as a player, coach, and manager. USSF licensed, Gil has dedicated his career to establishing himself as a top level youth soccer coach.

 

A 2016 Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, Gil has served as coach for the Connecticut ODP (Olympic Development Program), South Central Premier, and as coaching Director for the Redding and Westport development soccer clubs, in addition to serving as the Assistant Men’s Coach for SCSU. Since 1999, Gil works with Newtown's Soccer Club where he currently coaches the U9 and U11 boy travel teams and also runs the U5-U8 development program.

 

Gil is a former soccer standout at Southern Connecticut State University (1992-1995). While playing at SCSU, he led the ‘Owls’ to four consecutive final four appearances, earning two NCAA National Championships (1992, 1995). His leadership and skills earned him Four (4) times All-NECC (New England Collegiate Conference) honors, NCAA All-American award, Final Four Offensive MVP, and a Senior Bowl selection. He was the recipient of the NCAA National Player of the Year award (1995), the most prestigious individual honor in all US collegiate sports (the soccer equivalent of the Heisman Trophy). Gil is a former member of the U-16 and the U-18 Israeli National Soccer Teams. He played professionally in Israel and in the United States for the Connecticut Wolves of USL (1998-1999).

Coach Gil Hokayma