Director of Soccer / Partner
Marco Co-Founded the school with John Troutt and was the driving force behind bringing a world class soccer school to Celebration. Marco’s passion is unmatched when it comes to community and soccer. His dream of having year-round soccer for everyone in his community was realized on February 28th when the deal with Orlando City was finalized after working for nearly a year on the school project. A graduate specialist in sports law, Marco’s professional background is in law and the courts in Brazil. The soccer community in central Florida on all levels are familiar with Marco and what he has accomplished here in a short period of time. He assisted with the start and support of the Florida Cup, provided guidance and assisted with Sporting Orlando, and most recently helped with guiding UPSL’s Barcelona to the 2019 Southeast Conference Championship before losing in the National Tournament in Savannah GA. His Celebration Soccer Stars are two-time Florida Fan Cup champions and have raised thousands of dollars for various charities including relief for the Bahamas and more. Soccer is a way of life in the Meccia family. Marco started the first ever adult soccer league in Celebration and Monday nights community soccer night boast of nearly a hundred players always. Marco, his wife and two children are synonymous with the word soccer in Celebration and central Florida. The dream is now a reality, year-round soccer for all children and all levels.
Director of Operations / Partner
Daniel and Marco Meccia have been in soccer together for the past five years starting the Celebration’s first adult recreation soccer programs. Originally from Brazil, Daniel has a business bachelor’s degree and has been a part of his family’s business since he was 15. A huge soccer fan his entire life, Daniel follows many leagues and teams and has been an Orlando City SC fan since the beginning. Daniel still plays regularly in the adult recreation leagues and with Marco’s Celebration Soccer Stars. Daniel oversees much of the day to day operations and is one of the most knowledgeable soccer enthusiast you will meet.
Public Relations / Partner
John Co-Founded the school with Marco Meccia and brings 15 years of experience in network sports production and live events working for ESPN, ABC, Golf Channel and Fox Sport. John has been in central Florida with his wife since 2001. The two of them started their corporate events and planning company in 2008 and a wholesale golf company in 2016. Combining large scale corporate and sporting events background with a strong soccer group made for a big win to the celebration community where the two have been residents with their two boys since 2012. John graduated from Troy University in Alabama where he played for the school’s tennis team and received a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism and media communications.
Investor / Business Development Partner
Cristiano is a business investor from Brazil with more than 30 years of experience in corporate business management. Cristiano is a Celebration resident owner and huge fan of Orlando City Soccer Club. He splits his time between Celebration and Brazil where his family companies export to more than 40 countries including the United States. He graduated from one of Brazil's most renowned business schools, Getulio Vargas Foundation holding a degree in business administration, and a Masters in management, marketing, and group dynamics. Cristiano hopes to make the Celebration community strong growing new businesses like Orlando City Soccer School - Celebration and seeking to develop more opportunities in the community he calls his American home, Celebration Florida.
Head Coach Youth Programs
Filippo is head coach for the youth program at OCSSC. He grew up in Brazil idolizing the 2002 World Cup Champions. In 2010 moved to New York with his family where he played in high school and for Albertson Academy. Attending University of Buffalo in 2012 and playing for the men’s soccer team, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2016. He has coached and played in central Florida for the past few years, playing with the Celebration Soccer Stars. As owner of the Orlando Sports Academy, Filippo has been coaching youth soccer at a high level in the charter school system in central Florida. Involved in several after school charter programs to date, he continues to coach kids of all ages and a favorite among players and parents.
Head Coach Fitness / Girls Only Program
Ms. Hoder is an Illinois native where she was an accomplished competitive soccer player and track and field athlete. A graduate of Ashford University Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management along with a health and fitness concentration and coaching endorsement. She is currently coaching both soccer and track & field for Celebration High School and Celebration K8. In 2019/20 she helped coach the Lady Storm of Celebration High School to their first district final for the first time in school history. Coach Hoder work ethic is unmatched and brings a wealth of experience to our soccer school on the physical fitness side and soccer. She will oversee all girls’ programs.
Head Coach Development
Renato is a soccer star to this day in Brazil where he played for both Flamengo and Corinthians scoring 29 goals during his career with the two powerhouse clubs. He scored 78 goals as a professional between 1998 and 2013. And in 2011 he played for Brazil’s National team for 61 minutes for Coach Mano Menezes, which is one of the highest honors for a player in Brazil. Renato is amazing with kids and heads up the development for the program. Passion for soccer and the Orlando City Soccer School is an understatement! His quality as a person is matched with his soccer skills.
Head Coach Tactical & Technical
Heitor has been licensed by U.S Soccer since 2017 and carries a National E designation. A great player to this day, he played in the minor leagues in Brazil. Coach Bovar has experience in several youth soccer categories and championed a team in the Florida Youth Soccer League in 2018. As the tactical coach he prepares a player for adapting to any situation and fit into a team. On the technical side he makes sure the player understands the most important skills for each position. Heitor has been a Celebration resident for four years with his wife and son and has been instrumental in youth soccer in central Florida since 2016.
High Performance Soccer Training
Playing for Brazil in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and with 24 appearances for the national team, Goncalves pro career spanned nearly a dozen years. Scoring 19 goals as a professional, he started his career with Flamengo in 1987 rising to fame playing with Botafogo. He has won the Mexican championship, CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup in 1995, and on the winning side of the Intercontinental Cup in 1997. Working as a sports commentator for various networks and has help develop projects for children and youth worldwide. We are happy to have him as both a friend and advisor to our programs and clinics.
Consulting Coach / Minnesota United 2014-17
With more than 20 years professional experience, Daniel’s professional career started at the age of 16. He has played all over the world starting in Brazil with Botafogo, to South Korea, AIK in Sweden, and finally in Minneapolis with the MLS Minnesota United where he had 24 goals. His coaching experience includes the college ranks as an assistant coach at University of Northwestern St. Paul and continued to share his abilities with youth programs throughout central Florida and the US. Daniel holds a category E and F with US Soccer and can still play at a high level. His calm, positive style of coaching and ability to relate to his players is invaluable. Understanding three languages and a deep understanding of soccer worldwide is a big asset to the school.