Damon Nahas, a former Wolfpack soccer player who has enjoyed tremendous success as a youth soccer coach, was named Tar Heel of the Week by The News & Observer on Sunday.
Nahas founded Next Level Academy, an indoor youth soccer training program in Morrisville, and is a coach for the Capital Area Soccer League in Raleigh. He was recently added to the coaching staff for the U.S. national girls U15 soccer team.
CASL CEO Charlie Slagle told The N&O that Nahas is effective at teaching the technical aspects of soccer and then translating that into game situations.
“There’s lots of coaches that are extremely good at one or the other, but it’s so rare for one person to be so gifted in both areas,” Slagle said.
Nahas started Next Level Academy in 1999, and has brought several former Wolfpack players on board as coaches. The lineup of coaches includes Scott Schweitzer, an All-American player at NC State, Mark Jonas and Jason Keyes.