Staff

OUR TEAM 2017

Front Office

Ben Sippola

CEO

Ben Sippola is a graduate of Butler University (NCAA Division 1), where during his time was recognised as a 3 – year captain, 1st Team All-American, Academic All-American and Semi-Finalist for the Hermann Trophy. He graduated with a BA in English Literature. Previous to Butler, Ben spent two years at United States Development Academy (USDA) Shattuck St. Mary’s and was the first graduate of the Boys Soccer Centre of Excellence under Head Coach Tim Carter.

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Prior to joining the Olé Football Academy staff, Ben was drafted to the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer and spent several seasons playing professionally in the United States and Scandinavia.Previously he held the position, Head of Sales and Marketing with Bluechip Study USA, Sweden. Ben holds the New Zealand Senior Level 2 and Junior Level 3 “C Licence.” In 2014 Ben was appointed CEO of Olé Football Academy. Since his arrival the academy has grown from 40 to 250 players in the programme from grassroots to the academy’s top tier Young Olé. In 2016 he was named co – head coach of Team Wellington Youth. Ben was unanimously appointed Campaign Manager for the Vanuatu Football Federation’s 2017 U-20 World Cup Campaign. If not in football, Ben would be found on a river somewhere teaching folks how to fly fish. He is a published writer. His work has been featured in The Fly Fish Journal “Fly fishing’s Premier Media Product” and on The Olé Way Blog.

Declan Edge

Technical Director

A former All White and professional player, Declan has managed Waikato FC in the ASB Premiership and Melville United where he led them to the 2003 Chatham Cup Final. Edge currently serves as the Technical Director at Olé Football Academy, Team Wellington Youth Head Coach, and the 1st Team Head Coach and Director of Football at Western Suburbs Football Club. Under Declan’s guidance Western Suburbs have won the Central League (2017) and accumulated more points over the last five years than any other Central League club.

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Declan holds the New Zealand International Team Coaching Licence, New Zealand and Australian Football Federation “C Licenses” and is on track to earning the Oceania “A License.” In 2016, Edge served as Head Coach of the Vanuatu U20 National Team taking them through Oceania World Cup Qualifiers achieving a birthplace in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, South Korea. Declan is a former professional with Shrewsbury TownNotts County (Jimmy Sirrel Era), and Adelaide City while also appearing 41 times for New Zealand. Olé F.A. serves as Declan’s platform to continue, and build upon, the player development project he started nearly a decade ago with a group of 11-12 year olds in Hamilton, NZ. The group included Ryan Thomas (PEC Zwolle, Dutch Eredevisie), Tyler Boyd (CD Tondela, Portuguese Primeira Liga), Tyler Lisette (IFK Varnamo, Swedish Superettan), Harry Edge (Auckland City FC), Jesse Edge (Achilles ’29, Dutch Tweede Divisie), and many others still continuing their football journeys in New Zealand and on scholarships at U.S universities.

Mike Wilson

Director of Business Development

Mike Wilson is a former New Zealand International and Stanford University (NCAA Division 1) Captain. He was a member of Cardinal teams in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that featured the likes of fellow Kiwis, Simon Elliot and Ryan Nelsen. After graduating from Stanford in 2004 with a BA in International Relations, Mike was selected in the 2004 MLS Super Draft by the San Jose Earthquakes.

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Mike’s professional career covered a span of 8 years and took him across the United States with San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) and Minnesota Thunder (A-League), as well as South America with Aucas Quito (Ecuador, Serie B). Currently, Mike is responsible for acquisitions at Wilson Investment Management. He is also a board member of Bantu Rovers FC in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The organisation is dedicated to Zimbabwe football youth development, and helping student-athletes achieve their academic and football goals. 

Blake Jones

University of Hartford Grad | Seattle Sounders U-23 (PDL) | St. Louis Lions (PDL) | 2014 PDL All Central Conference | Shattuck St. Mary’s Grad | blake@ole.co.nz

Margaret Walsh

Accountant

Nicest Gal Around | margaret@ole.co.nz

Michael Fraser

Administrator

Olé In Schools | admin@ole.co.nz

 

Training Staff

Calle Vredin

Young Olé | Young Olé 1 | Young Olé 2 | Young Olé 3 | Human | UEFA A Licence | BSc Sports Coaching | Coach Educator, Swedish FA |  Youth Director, Ulricehamns IFK | Academy Coach, Swedish PRO-club Örgryte IS | Internship Manchester City | Awarded “Youth Club of Western Sweden” 2014 & 2015 | Descending from Arctic region | calle@ole.co.nz

Craig Candy

Head Trainer Young Olé 3 | Technical Skill Guru | Master of Ball Mastery | Fusion School of Football | Wellingtonian | NZ U16 – U19 REP | Napier U19 “MVP” @ age 14 | Lower Hutt & Miramar National League | Wellington Olympic “Super Club” | Assistant Coach Central League Champion Miramar

Isaac Tetteh

ADIDAS United Football Academy | Red Bull Soccer School | Ghana Division One League | Purejoy Stars 2015-2016 | Ngaruawaiah AFC | GK Coach WaiBop | isaac@ole.co.nz

James Malthus

Director of Grassroots | Skill Builders Head Trainer | NZF Youth Level 2 | Team Wellington Media Man | Miramar Rangers Juniors | Cricket Convert | Pub Quiz Master | Sixth-Generation Wellingtonian | BYU-Hawaii Grad | jamesm@ole.co.nz

Jamie O'Connor

Young Olé Trainer | Assistant Principal | Educator | Former Wellington Olympian | 2009 Chatham Cup Champion | 2010 Central League Winner | Team Wellington | Young Heart Manawatu Player – Assistant Coach | Penalty Kick Specialist 41 / 43 | Made in Chelsea | The Silver Fox | Reserve Team Head Coach

Jeffrey van Gool

Dutch!

SECURITY

Diego

Security Engineer

Goose

Security Analyst

JOIN OUR TEAM

Just as we are on the look out for top quality players, we are always searching for the next Johan Cruyff, Arsène Wenger or Pep Guardiola.

For more information regarding employment opportunities at Olé Football Academy please email admin@ole.co.nz

Olé Apprentice Programme

An Olé apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring football trainers / coaches to gain real life experience in the day to day running and operations of a full-time "professional" youth football academy.

The Olé Apprentice Programme is a one of a kind opportunity for aspiring amateur and former professional players to continue playing the beautiful game in the world’s most beautiful country, while also getting a taste of life as an Olé staff member.

Apprentice player – trainers have the unique opportunity of representing the academy in one of New Zealand’s most prestigious and competitive amateur competitions.

The Olé apprentice plays an integral role in the organisation, as much of his / her time is devoted to working alongside Young Olé Academy residents and players on and off the football pitch. Tutoring, supporting, mentoring, training and facilitating in the development and growth of the Young Olé player is the number one objective of the apprentice. Previous apprentice player – trainers have joined the academy from the following U.S. universities and professional clubs…

  • Auckland City (Stirling Sports Premiership)
  • Bayer Leverkusen (German Bundesliga)
  • Butler University (NCAA Division 1)
  • Cedarville University (NCAA Division 2)
  • Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer)
  • Doncaster Rovers (English Championship)
  • North Carolina State University (NCAA Division 1)

  • Oral Roberts University (NCAA Division 1)
  • St. Thomas University (NCAA Division 3)
  • University of Massachusetts (NCAA Division 1)
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City (NCAA Division 1)
  • University of New Mexico (NCAA Division 1)
  • University of Notre Dame (NCAA Division 1)
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (NCAA Division 1)
  • Xavier University (NCAA Division 1)

After each apprentice’s time at the academy the Olé staff facilitate in their career aspirations. Previous apprentice player – trainers have gone on to play for teams in New Zealand’s Stirling Sports Premiership (Auckland City, Canterbury United Dragons, Hawkes Bay United, Hamilton Wanderers, Team Wellington), as well as represent the academy as staff members on Men’s U.S. University teams.

If you are interested in learning more about the Olé Apprentice Programme please contact admin@ole.co.nz. We are first and foremost looking for great people with loads of energy and enthusiasm.