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About Us

Sticks N’ Kicks, Inc. was established in 2000 as a lacrosse and soccer instruction company. We have focused on developing our instructional programs to make learning the fundamental and advanced skills of lacrosse and soccer enjoyable and fun for our students. Sticks N’ Kicks Lacrosse and Soccer Academy offers male and female players of all ages and skill level the opportunity to further develop and improve their lacrosse and/or soccer skills. Our programs build player confidence by helping each student achieve success at their own individual level.

We invite you to attend a Sticks N’ Kicks lacrosse and/or soccer academy program this year and allow us to take you to the next level of your game!

Meet our Instructors

  

Rob Grosso
Sticks N’ Kicks Director (2001-present)

 

  • West Essex Regional High School Head Boys Varsity Coach (2012-present)
  • Caldwell/West Caldwell Soccer Club-Director of Training (2017-present)
  • Former Caldwell College Head Men’s Soccer Coach (2011- 2012)
  • Former Millburn High School Head Boys Varsity Coach (2002-2011)
  • 2008 Group 3 State Champions
  • 2007 & 2008 Essex County Champions
  • 2008 New Jersey Sectional & Northern Hills Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2007 Essex County Coach of the Year
  • New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association “F” Coaching License
  • New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association “E” Coaching License
  • USSF National “D” License
  • Montclair State University Men’s Soccer Team (1999-2001)
  • Montclair State University Leading Goal Scorer (2001)
  • North Jersey Imperials Semi-Professional Player (2001)
  • Nationally Certified Nutrition & Fitness Professional
  • Livingston School District Administrator (2012- present)
  • Livingston Health & Physical Education Teacher (2002-2012)
  • M.A., Montclair State University (Educational Leadership)
  • B.S., Montclair State University (Health & Physical Education Certified

  

Henry Guadalupe
Sticks N’ Kicks Soccer Trainer (2016-present)

 

  • West Essex Soccer Club Barcelona Boys U10 (2016 – Present)
  • International Soccer Training Academy Coach and Trainer – Girls U-9/10/11 (2014-2016)
  • Beyond Sports – Match Fit Chelsea  Boys and Girls-U8 Coach (2012-2013)
  • 2004 – 2006 Group II Champions (Manchester Regional HS)
  • 2004 – 2006 BPSL King Division CO-Champions (MRHS)
  • 2004 North I – Group II Champions
  • 2004 Second Team All League & All Region (MRHS)
  • New Jersey City University Men’s Soccer (2009-2011)
  • Clifton Stallions Club – Boys U17/18
  • New Jersey Youth Soccer State “F” License Certificate
  • New Jersey Youth Soccer State “E” License Certificate
  • Concussion in Youth Sport Training
  • Youth Soccer Injury Recognition Certificate
  • BA New Jersey City University (Graphic Designer)

 

  
Nick Guardabasco
Sticks N’ Kicks Summer Camp Counselor ( 2014-present)

 

  • Heritage Middle School Head Girls Basketball Coach (2005-Present)
  • Heritage Middle School Assistant Girls Tennis Coach (2009-Present)
  • Former Heritage Middle School Assistant Boys Tennis Coach (2004-2009)
  • Wallkill Valley Regional High School Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach (2002-2004)
  • Wallkill Valley Regional High School Freshmen Boys Basketball Coach (1997-2001)
  • Wallkill Valley Regional High School Junior Varsity Boys Tennis Coach (2002-2004)
  • Wallkill Valley Regional High School Junior Varsity Baseball Coach (1997-2001)
  • Livingston School District Counselor (2004-Present)
  • Wallkill Valley Regional High School Teacher of Social Studies (1997-2003)
  • M.A., University Of Phoenix (Educational Leadership)
  • M.A., William Paterson University (Counseling)
  • B.A., University of Delaware (Political Science Education)

 

  

James R. Whitney
Sticks N’ Kicks Soccer Trainer (2013-present)

 

  • West Essex FC U-19 Girls Knights Coach (2015-present)
  • West Essex FC U-11 Girls Roma Coach (2015-present)
  • Former Morristown High School Girls Varsity Coach (2014-2016)
  • NSCAA Advanced National, Director of Coaching, High School and Goalkeeper Level II Diplomas
  • New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association “F” Coaching License
  • New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association “E” Coaching License
  • USSF “D” License
  • Head Varsity High School Soccer Coach (114 wins)
  • 2005 and 2006 BCSL-Olympic Coach of the Year
  • New Jersey All-State Soccer Club Team Player
  • Health and Physical Education Teacher, Grandview School, North Caldwell for 16 years
  • M.A.T., Montclair State University (Health and Physical Education)
  • B.A., Rutgers College, Rutgers University (Psychology)

 

  

Melissa Stec
Sticks N’ Kicks Soccer Trainer (2016-present)

 

  • Former assistant coach ISTA Academy Youth Girls soccer U10 (2015-2016)
  • Herkimer County Community College Women’s Varsity team (2011-2013)
  • First Team All American (2011-2012)
  • First Team All Conference (2011-2012)
  • Mohawk Valley Player of the year (2011-2012)
  • First Team All Region (2011-2012)
  • Caldwell University Women’s Team (2013-2015)
  • C.A.C.C. Conference Champions (2013)
  • Highland Youth Soccer Club (Intramurals)
  • Cherry Hill Soccer Club (U12)
  • Mt. Laurel Soccer Club (U14)
  • New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association “F” Coaching License
  • New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association “E” Coaching License
  • B.A., for Liberal Arts/Marketing, Caldwell University

  

James Hohnau
Sticks N’ Kicks Soccer Trainer (2016-present)

 

  • Sticks N’ Kicks Clinic Coordinator (2017-present)
  • West Essex Regional Middle School Boys Coach (2015-present)
  • West Essex Football Club U8 and U9 Boys Trainer (2015-present)
  • Caldwell/West Caldwell Soccer Club U10 Boys Trainer (2016-present)
  • Metropolitan Soccer Academy U8 Boys Trainer (2013-2014)
  • 2016 Middle School Boys Essex County Champions
  • Princeton University Men’s Soccer Team (2003-2007)
  • Morris County Colonials Team, National Premier Soccer League (2007-2010)
  • 2015/2016 NJ Men’s Open State Cup Champions
  • New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association “F” Coaching License
  • CPR/Concussion/Heat stroke Certified
  • B.A., Princeton University (Economics)

 

  

Tarek Yakoubi
Sticks N’ Kicks Soccer Trainer (2016-present)

 

  • Caldwell/West Caldwell Coyotes U10 Trainer  (2016-present)
  • West Essex Arsenal U10 Assistant Coach (2016-present)
  • NJ Men’s Open State Champions 2015/2016
  • New Jersey City University Men’s Soccer Team  (2010-2012)
  • Hoboken United Men’s Premier Soccer Team (2009-2016)
  • New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association “F” Coaching License
  • B.S., New Jersey City University (Marketing)