Coach Jair Fory, Director

Coach Fory, a US Soccer Federation "A" licensed coach, NSCAA Premier licensed coach, certified youth coach and coach instructor, has worked with soccer's elite from around the globe. He has coached both men's and women's national finalist club teams, and has given numerous youth clinics with some of the world's best known soccer players and coaches such as Carlos Bilardo, Jean Marie Pfaff and Bora Milutinovic. Internationally, he has worked with the Guatemalan, Costa Rican and Argentinean national teams, and coached the U.S. delegate team at the Mexican Youth Olympics.

Coach Fory was the CSU East Bay men's soccer coach for 17 years, lecturer in the Kineseiology Physical Education Department and an elected member of the academic senate.  He also worked as an assistant women's soccer coach at Stanford University for 5 years. Coach Fory has received local and national accolades for his coaching achievements, and has had more than a dozen of his former soccer athletes reach the professional ranks. In 1994, MasterCard International and soccer legend Pele awarded Coach Fory with the prestigious MasterCard World Cup Ambassador of Soccer award for his contributions to the development of American soccer.

Coach Fory also has had the pleasure of hosting his own cable TV shows, Sports Flash and 4D Sports.   They featured local-up and-coming athletes in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoyed high ratings in the region for several years.

 

Greg Harshaw, Academic Director

Mr. Harshaw's responsibilities are designing, developing and teaching college prep programs for student-athletes and their parents.

Mr. Harshaw was the Director of Athletics for the University of California, Santa Cruz - The Fighting Banana Slugs. There, he introduced a new focus on academic excellence and athletics by building the only NCAA DIII program in Northern California, while establishing new school records in attendance, fund raising and student achievement. Under his direction, the Slugs won a historic national tennis championship, earned a USA Today/Reader's Digest award for academic excellence, became the first athletic program in the University of California system to accomplish proportional Title IX goals and earned the highest Sears Cup ranking in school history.

In 2005, Mr. Harshaw created the first intercollegiate athletics program in The Bahamas at The College of The Bahamas. He built an intercollegiate athletics department, created the Bahamas Summer Sports Academy, developed nationally recognized health and wellness programs and negotiated a historic agreement with the Florida Sun Conference of the NAIA In 2008, he was awarded the NACDA International Athletic Director of the Year for his efforts.

Since his return from the Bahamas, Greg has continued to play a role in advancing the benefits of diversity and inclusion in higher education and athletics by providing college prep instruction and programs for underprivileged students and their families in the SF Bay Area.

He is a graduate of Oberlin College and earned his masters degree in Sports Administration at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

 

Dr. Linda Fory, Medical Advisor


Dr. Fory is a native of California. She graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in human biology and spent several years involved in clinical cancer research. She obtained her medical degree from the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and a master's degree in public health/epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her residency in Pediatrics was completed at Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. She is board certified in pediatrics. 

She has been practicing primary care pediatrics in San Jose, CA for 13 years.

 

 

 

 

Aaron Thigpen, Speed and Movement Consultant

Gamespeed was started in 1995 by world-class athlete Aaron Thigpen, who was a member of 11 U.S. national teams, a 2011 and 2007 Masters World Silver Medalist at 100 meters and semi-pro baseball player. He is the current American record holder for the 60 meter and 100 meter in the Division 40-44. He started coaching other athletes part-time between his professional track and field seasons before finally opening Gamespeed 18 years ago at the urging of his athletes.


Aaron’s experience in the trenches as an athlete, competitor, coach and trainer started long before performance training became an industry. A USATF certified coach and level I instructor, Aaron has been a guest instructor at the Olympic training center in San Diego.

Nearly two decades of athletic development training keeps him a step ahead of other trainers. His college studies included exercise physiology, biomechanics, and sports psychology, as well as master’s level course work in Sports Administration. Aaron was the first trainer in California to develop and implement curriculum for a Speed and Power training course at the community college level in 1995. During his career, Aaron has developed a reputation as an exceptional athlete, published writer, speaker and technician in the field of speed development and athletic performance. He maintains an ongoing working relationship with some of the industry’s most influential coaches and trainers.