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Justin Evans


Justin is a Pittsburgh native, who grew up in Peters Township, PA where he was an All-American in High School. His collegiate career took him to two Division 1 programs, Penn State University and St. Bonaventure University.

After college, Justin was the first player ever signed by the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Professional Soccer Organization in 1999.  His rookie season, he finished 2nd in the league in assists with 14 total. Soon after, he was snatched up by Polish 1st Division club, Petrochemia Plock, where he started every game while with the team.  After finishing the season in Poland, Evans was the 16th draft pick overall in the 2000 MLS Super Draft by the San Jose Earthquakes. That same year he returned to Poland and this time played for the 2nd Division Club, Lechia Gdansk, where he again started every game while with the Club. In 2001, he was picked up by the Chicago Fire, who was coached by former National Team Head Coach, Bob Bradley. Half way through the season, he was traded to the Dallas Burn, where he finished the season.

The next four years, saw Evans captaining different teams in Charleston, SC and Pittsburgh in the A-League…and in the winter months those years, Justin coupled his outdoor career with a stellar indoor career playing for both Cleveland and Kansas City Clubs in the Major Indoor Soccer League.  In 2008, Evans was lured back to the Riverhounds, and for the ’08 and ’09 seasons was awarded All-League honors as player/assistant coach for the Hounds. Throughout his 10 year playing career Evans made 345 professional appearances.

From 2009 until 2014, Justin was the Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds who play in the United Soccer League.  As Head Coach, Justin guided the Hounds to the Playoffs in three out of four years and currently holds the record for most wins and games coached in the Organizations history.  Evans was also an instrumental piece in bringing Pittsburgh’s first soccer stadium, Highmark Stadium, to the city.

Mike Apple


Mike Apple has played and coached soccer for decades. He played professional soccer for about 12 years.

Some of the teams he played for were the outdoor team Pittsburgh Riverhounds, as well as numerous indoor teams including the St. Louis Steamers, Baltimore Blast and the Detroit Ignition. Mike also had the honor of playing on the US National Futsal team in which they competed in the Pan American Games and the Futsal World Cup. Mike has been inducted into University of Akron and Copley High School’s Hall of Fames.

Mike has coached soccer from various levels and abilities from ages 4 through the college level. He has a Class B coaching license from the US Soccer Federation. His vast playing experience has allowed him to learn from some of the best coaches in the country helping to mold him into a very experienced coach.

Allen Duda

Allen believes that positive reinforcement helps to foster a player’s confidence and encourage their play. He wants to create better decision makers and establish a sense of personal responsibility with the players. The goal for players is to learn to respect themselves, the team, the coaches, the opponents, and the game itself. This will establish an appreciation and passion for the game of soccer. He believes that every player has a hidden strength be it physical or mental. Give all players a chance, be patient, nurture each player, they will all flourish at different times so be persistent. Some rise quickly, some rise slowly, but all will rise at some time.

Allen has documented history coaching the game of soccer. He has a vast array of experience in developing youth players in the Pittsburgh area and coaching various age levels, including his current role as the Head Coach of the Carlow University Women's Soccer team.

Allen is also involved in local futsal training and skill development with Next Level Soccer Training. He is a USSF nationally licensed coach who holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Sports Management from Slippery Rock University. Allen Duda grew up in Peters Township playing for reputable youth clubs, including Beadling FC, South United SC, and Penns Forest. In high school, he was recognized as an All-State, All-Region, and All-American for his efforts as a four-year starter at Peters Township High School. During college, his playing experience was at Westminster College and Slippery Rock University. His experience and knowledge of the game of soccer is undeniable.

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