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Staff

Meet our Staff

Sean Paul Jones
President | GM | Mens Coach

Dr. Jones is a sports psychology specialist who works with athletes, teams, and coaches in performance enhancement via various mental strategies that help them achieve their full potential and cope with the pressures of competition. Sean Paul works at his private practice, Livestrong, PLLC, and will also be a player for the club as he anticipates contributing both on and off the pitch.

Justin Hawkins
Technical Advisor

Justin Hawkins holds a USSF National “B” License & US Youth National Youth License & NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and is the current Director of Coaching and Tournament Director with Arkansas United. Justin is also currently in the A license process! Justin has spent some time as the Head Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach and as the Athletic Recruiting Coordinator with Central Baptist College. Before that Justin served as the Assistant Coach for Women’s Soccer at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. For 3 years Justin served as the DOC at Conway United Soccer Club, as well as the Director of Coaching for the State of Arkansas. Justin served in multiple roles with Nike Rush Soccer Club and several camps including UCA, Missouri State, and still holds the position as Arkansas State Staff Coach for the Olympic Development Program as well as Coaching instructor for Arkansas State Soccer Association and United Soccer Coaches.

Ryan Spears
Soccer Operations Director | Technical Advisor

Ryan is a veteran player and coaching professional with over 20 years of experience spanning all ages and genders from youth, college, to semi-pro levels. He has played soccer for over 30 years from club to university and semi-pro. His passion is in growing soccer and helping players discover and experience a love for the game.

Ignacio Milla
Performance Director | Womens Coach

Ignacio is passionate about coaching, and is currently the Assistant Coach at William Woods University. He began his career as a yoth soccer coach in Rochester (MN), and later became an assistant coach at Lyons College. While part of the coaching staff, Lyon broke the school record in wins, made a 2019 National Tournament appearance, and reached AMC Championship game for the second time in school’s history. Ignacio has alot of player experience, and has been the captain almost everywhere he has played.

Steven Laster
Performance Director | Womens Coach

Steve is a LR native who played for Riverdale SC, Hall HS, Hendrix, and the University of Memphis.  He’s coached with AR United, Pulaski Academy, and Mount St. Mary’s and currently coaches at Central HS and AR United. Steve works with our players raising their performance in ball skill, tactical awareness, and athletic performance.  His company Performance Soccer Academy takes this to the individual level where he also specializes in training athletes in injury recovery and avoidance.

Rick Friday
Academy Director | U23 Head Coach

Rick has coached in central Arkansas for 18 years including 16 years with Arkansas United/ LRFC, head coach at Pulaski Academy and Bryant High School. At the HS level he has been Conference Coach of the Year 3 times, led teams to 2 conference championships, and a state final. The Wolves are proud to have him contributing to the growth and development of the young men in our 20u player development academy.

Zac Moore
Wolves GK Coach

Zac Moore currently holds a D license, NSCAA National Diploma, and NSCAA Goalkeeper Level III Diploma. Zac began his coaching career at the age of 19, as Boys Head Soccer Coach at Sylvan Hills High School. While with the Bears, his goalkeeper was named to the Arkansas All-State Team. Later transitioning into college soccer, he spent 3 years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where the Trojans goalkeepers led the conference in saves (165) in 2012. While at Ouachita Baptist University from 2015 to 2016, the Lady Tigers received a total of 14 All-Conference honors along with one player being named Academic All-America DII Women’s Soccer Player of the Year in 2015. In both seasons at Ouachita Baptist, his goalkeepers received all conference honors as well as a Conference Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2016. During his seven years of coaching club soccer at Arkansas United, Bryant Soccer Club, and Real Arkansas, Zac has won 4 State Cups and a President’s Cup while also coaching two Academy teams to undefeated seasons. During his first year as Wolves goalkeeper coach, his keepers lead with a league low goals against (7 goals in 8 games played). Zac has helped develop young goalkeepers throughout his career with several continuing their playing careers in college. Zac is also on staff coaching at the Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and Arkansas at Little Rock summer camps.

Ismael Vasquez
Recruiting Director | Mens Assistant

Ismael, a dedicated family man and the most handsome of the Wolves staff,  is very passionate about all things soccer, including growing the sport, and helping connect players with opportunities to play.  He is a US Soccer Youth and Adult Referee, as well as NISOA College Referee, so do not mess with him or he will give you a red card!

Eric Simon
Technical Staff

Eric grew up as a part of the Little Rock soccer community and has come back to Central Arkansas to work to improve the level of play throughout the state and increase the availability of high quality youth development programs. He also the current coach of the eStem High School boys team and took them to their first state tournament appearance in 2019.  Eric is dedicated to constantly improving his own coaching knowledge and technical training ability to help Arkansas produce more college and professional level players.