PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ FOUNDER
Jhonny Arteaga is a former professional soccer player who has always shared his time and experience with young soccer players. On a soccer scholarship at Dominican College (NY) NCAA Division II, Jhonny played four years of college soccer where he was named Div. II All-American and Conference Player of the Year in 2007. In 2008, Jhonny graduated with a B.S. in Marketing Management before turning pro. In 2011, Arteaga founded JA Elite Soccer Academy to provide players of all ages an elite soccer training and education. Jhonny has extensive coaching experience with all ages and holds a U.S. Soccer Federation National 'B' Coaching License, has also completed the USSF Coaching Youth Module, 'F', 'E' & 4v.4 grassroots coaching licenses as well as a U.S Futsal coaching license from the U.S Futsal Federation, a member of the U.S Soccer Federation. Arteaga played professionally from 2008 to 2014. Coach Arteaga is currently the Assistant coach for Iona College Men's Soccer Program (NCAA Division I) and also serves as a U.S Futsal Federation - Connecticut Junior Soccer Association Technical Resource. Jhonny is First Aid/CPR Certified. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL BIO!
Growing up in Quito, Ecuador; coach Diego was a part of top professional soccer club LDU's youth system. In 2004, after moving to the US; Diego earned a soccer scholarship to attend Dominican College (NY) NCAA Division II. Diego played four years of college soccer from 2005-2008, winning CACC Championships during the 2005 & 2006 seasons. A key contributor to the program's success during these years, Diego graduated in 2009 with a B.S in Accounting. Coach Diego has been part of JA Elite Soccer since September, 2014. He holds a U.S. Soccer Federation National 'F', 4v.4, 11v.11 grassroots coaching licenses, has completed the USSF Coaching Youth Module as well as US Futsal Federation coaching license. Diego is First Aid/CPR Certified.
Coach Jorge Zubillaga has been part of JA Elite Soccer Academy LLC since 2015. Born in Punta Del Este, Uruguay and growing up in Stamford, CT coach Jorge had a notable youth playing career being part of the CT ODP, Region 1 ODP, and National ODP programs. He attended and played High School soccer for Westhill HS in Stamford.
In 2009, coach Jorge attended Lindenwood University (Missouri) where he red shirtted before transferring to Dominican College (NY) NCAA Division II. During his time at Dominican College, coach Jorge won the CACC Championships for multiple years and was named to the CACC 1st team for several years. Coach Jorge graduated in 2014 with a B.A in Communications.
Eager to pursue a professional playing career, coach Jorge traveled to Uruguay where he spent time with Canadian Soccer Club of Uruguay's 2nd division. In the Unites States he has played for PDL clubs Westchester Flames & Connecticut Azul as well as NPSL Club Elm City Express.
Coach Jorge has extensive youth coaching experience with players of all ages. Coach Jorge holds a U.S. Soccer Federation
', 4v.4, 11v.11
coaching licenses, has completed the USSF Coaching Youth Module
as well as US Futsal Federation
coaching license. Jorge is First Aid/CPR Certified.
Joining JA Elite Soccer Academy LLC in 2017, coach Juan brings great experience in youth soccer. Born in Punta Del Este, Uruguay and growing up in Stamford, CT coach Juan Zubillaga attended the University of Connecticut graduating in May 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communicational Sciences. A four year varsity player for Westhill HS in Stamford, coach Juan captained and led the team his senior year and was named to the All FCIAC First Team in 2007. After focusing on his studies at UCONN, coach Juan travelled to his native Uruguay to play for semi-professional team Playa Honda in the Liga Universitaria de Uruguay. While in Uruguay, Juan played semi-professionally and coached youth teams with the main focus on physical conditioning and strength training. Coach Juan has coaching experience most recently with Shoreline FC premier (Greenwich, CT) and holds a U.S Soccer Federation 'F' & 4v.4, 7v.7, 9v.9, & 11v.11 grassroots coaching licenses, has completed the USSF Coaching Youth Module as well as US Futsal Federation coaching license. Juan is First Aid/CPR Certified.
George is the newest addition to our Staff. Born and raised in Stamford, CT, he attended Westhill High School playing soccer for his last two years. In 2016, he graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors degree in Economics with a minor in Finance. During his senior year in college, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence Italy where he captained his program’s soccer club leading them to the final of the regional tournament. George is proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Drive, and all social media platforms. He is also fluent both in English and Spanish.