Rob Smith is the Player Development Director with United 94 overseeing coaching curriculum, youth programming, and parent education.
Rob has traveled the world (1991-1996) playing with US Soccer Youth National Teams: the Under 20 Team in the CONCACAF (Canada) and World Championships (Australia) and U23 Team in the Pan Am Games (Argentina), World University Games (Japan), and the 1996 Olympic Games (Atlanta). Through his time with US Soccer Rob played, trained, and grew his love and passion for the sport through training camps/ matches/ tournaments throughout the United States in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, the British Isles, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Japan, and Australia.
Rob played under Bob Bradley-former US National Team Coach (with Region 1 ODP teams, Olympic Festival Teams, 1996 Olympic Team), Bruce Arena-former US National Team Coach and Current LA Galaxy Coach (with Region 1, Olympic Festival Teams, 1996 Olympic Team), Former National Team Coach Bob Gansler and Sigi Schmid (with US Olympic Team), Bobby Howe and Glen Myernich (with the US U20 Team), Mark Berson (playing in the 1993 NCAA Division 1 National Championship), and many others (including Soccer dads on the youth level) that have positively shaped his coaching philosophy. Rob played over 100 games with the Coumbus Crew from 1996-2000.
Rob has worked as a coach/ educator with the University of South Carolina Men's Soccer, Worthington United, WASA Eagles FC, has directed and presided over Learning Through Sports, inc. (as a director of camps and clinics in DE, SC, and OH), taught with Xenos Christian Schools (locally), and is currently teaching Wellness 4 Life in Worthington Schools at Liberty Elementary.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of South Carolina, a Masters of Arts in Education (Sport and Exercise Education) from the Ohio State University, and National Youth Diploma/ Certification from both the NSCAA and from US Youth Soccer.
Rob’s passion as Player Development Director is to create a club in Central OH where players are developed in an age-appropriate environment, where the players’ experience/s allow them to develop into dynamic players through fun/ challenging/ competitive sessions and games (reducing early burnout), and through limiting travel time and monetary commitments for families in this all-important time of overall child development.
Ibro Arnautovic is the United 94 Technical Director overseeing, developing and implementing youth development curriculum for both our boys and girls programs, and building into our staff through coach education.
Ibro began his soccer career as a professional player and coach in (the former) Yugoslavia (Serbia, Bosnia), Canada, and USA. Ibro has coached/directed locally with Ohio South Youth Soccer Association as a State Coach; Columbus United Soccer Academy - Director of Coaching; Blast F.C. - Assistant Director of Coaching; PASA - Director of Player Development; DiCicco Soccer Plus Camps - Age Director; Ohio State Soccer Camp - Senior Coaching Staff; and Columbus Crew Soccer Camps - Senior Coaching Staff.
Ibro holds a USSF "A" license, UEFA National Soccer Coaching license, CSA "A" license, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, International Soccer Coaching Diploma, and a NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.
Ibro brings a lifetime wealth of experience as a player, coach, director, and clinician both internationally and in the United States. Ibro’s passion for soccer and enjoyment of helping children learn the ‘world’s sport’ is an asset to United 94 as we build our club.
If you or someone you know fits our description (professional, caring for the development of youth players, and has a passion for the game of soccer), please email Rob Smith
to set up a time to talk about potential employment.
Yes, we do recruit soccer parents as coaches, too: have played the game at high levels, who have licensing , and who fit our description above. I believe ‘parent coaches’ who have soccer experience (I am one!) provide an incredible level of commitment, loyalty to teams, and a depth of understanding of a child’s development that can only be fostered raising children. I, along with MANY players that I have played with on the college level, youth national team level, and professional level had INCREDIBLE parent coaches in their youth development.