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Managing Director

Dean Delp
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Dean was born in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Dean has worked as a consultant overseeing data transformation and automation projects for Fortune 10 companies. He attended the University of Notre Dame where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Science Business. Dean has finished the 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11 U.S. Soccer Grassroots courses and is currently working towards securing his D license. He plays in soccer leagues around Chicago. Dean is passionate about cultivating leadership and growth in players.

Coaching Coordinator

Michael Perez
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Michael was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He attended the University of Notre Dame where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Over the years, Michael has managed and led engineering projects focused on robotics, automation, automotive, and medical devices. Michael has finished the 4v4, 9v9, and 11v11 U.S. Soccer Grassroots courses and is currently working towards securing his D license. He plays on a rec. soccer league at work and provides coaching support to youth soccer teams in his local area. Michael is passionate about the holistic development of each individual player. Helping players develop their skills on the field is important to him, but so is helping players develop sharp minds and good character.

Academy Director

Jorge A. Sambataro
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ATFA License, (Equivalent to 1st Division National Team Level)
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Coach Sambataro has been coaching for 20+ years at all youth levels, including professional academy, club, high school, ODP, and college levels on both the men's and women’s side.

Previously Jorge has lived and coached in Nebraska, Michigan, and California earlier in his life. He has coaching and consulting experience with youth, professional, Olympic, and national teams in Argentina; more importantly, he has an extensive background in the professional training and understanding of top-level athletes around the world and at Villarreal C.F. The Villarreal C.F. curriculum that is unique to our club, is delivered to our Academy from the unique training and knowledge of the game that DOC Jorge A. Sambataro has worked on for over 35 years. This makes him suited to continue the developmental programs and process that our players and parents love. Jorge's passion is to "work together under the common goal of developing exceptional soccer players and citizens." He has a desire to impact players, to be a transformational experience for players for their lifelong growth.

Academy Director

Amy L. Scott
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Is a native of Lincoln and played soccer when girls/women's soccer was just taking off in Nebraska. She attended Lincoln High School, after attending Lakeview Elementary and Everett Jr. High Schools. At Lincoln High she was on Student Council and held several officer positions, she participated in cheerleading and intramural athletics and Varsity Girls Soccer. After High School she attended UNL and double majored in Accounting and Marketing with a minor in Psychology.  Amy worked at Hallmark Corporate in Kansas City upon college graduation. She worked with a marketing staff for the Kids Birthday Cards, then Stationery. When she returned to Lincoln she managed and owns Klein Survey Systems Inc. She now is the Managing Director of Villarreal Nebraska Academy and manages Nebraska Sports Center in addition to Klein Survey Systems Inc.

Her coaching experience began in college, Amy first volunteered at the YMCA to coach 3rd grade girls. She took a break from coaching when she was at Hallmark Corpo9rate and then began a family. In 2008 she began coaching young girls again because she is passionate about showing young girls that women can be active and have a role in sports throughout their lifetime. Amy completed 7 half-marathons and several other shorter races with her best half at 1:54 in her late 30s after 3 children. She developed her knowledge of the game by investing in coach training, parent education, assistant coaching constantly. She has head coached many players from Minis to 2005s and has been an assistant coach for girls teams up to 18U. She has held licenses from the former Youth Level 2, F-License, E-License, several certificates from the United Soccer Coaches. She believes soccer is a beautiful game that allows players to think, make decisions, and problem solve.

Administrative Assistant

Nicki Baker
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Nicki grew up in Texas and moved to Nebraska when she started High School. She graduated from Schuyler High School and went on to college at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she graduated with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts. During college she began coaching dance, cheerleading and tumbling in the Lincoln area, where she formed a passion for working with young athletes.  She is the former cheerleading coach at Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln Southwest, Cheerleading Director at Club Kicks and owner of Nebraska Cheer Center. She is a certified cheerleading instructor and judge. She has coached boys and girls ages 3 to 18 for more than 20 years. Nicki also has studied and loves working with dancers and cheerleaders on flexibility training.  Nicki manages and coaches Submarines.

Nicki is married and has a 15 yr old son who attends Lincoln Southeast High School. He plays soccer for VNA and LSE. She also has a naughty three year old Pug named Beans.  

Outside of working for the club she enjoys reading, working out, watching Nebraska Football and attending her son's soccer games.  She is excited to work with others who have a passion for youth and youth sports.

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