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Senior Coaching Staff

Director of Player Development

Jamie Darvill

As Director of Player Development, Jamie Darvill oversees each aspect of our operation across Maryland to ensure the effective and authentic delivery of the LFC development methodology to each player. He is also tasked with:

  • Identifying elite talent.
  • Creating and maintaining a clear player development pathway for our players and teams.
  • Recruiting coaches who are suited to our development model.
  • Working daily with the LFC Academy in the UK to ensure LFCIA Maryland is bringing 'The Liverpool Way' to life with the latest development opportunities.
  • Working closely with each location to ensure a high quality developmental experience is being delivered.

Director of Player Development, Jamie Darvill, delivering a session on Passing & Receiving - The Liverpool Way at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago (January, 2019)

Prior to joining Liverpool, Darvill was a Development Academy Coach for Chelsea FC, designing and delivering training sessions to develop some of the world's top young players.

Jamie Darvill also serves as an assistant coach to Loyola University Maryland men's soccer and is able to share his knowledge and experience with any player in the club who aspires to play in college.

As a player, Jamie enjoyed a seven year professional career in Europe and the United States after graduating from Loyola University Maryland where he left as one of the programs all time leading scorers and was a two-time player of the year recipient, while being named a Hermann Trophy Candidate.

As a lifelong Liverpool fan, he loves sharing his passion for the club with our players and coaches.

Academy Director

Alan Lydiate

In his role as Academy Director, Alan is responsible to ensure we deliver the most authentic coaching program to all our players across the state, here are the key area's of focus:

  • Guide the club towards its overall vision and mission
  • Deliver educational sessions for both coaches and parents around the Liverpool Way.
  • Support and guide coaches to ensure Long Term Player Development, through regular Continuous Professional Development Workshops.
  • Ensures that all of our coaches are LFC Accredited by working on a daily basis with the Director of Player Development and the staff at the LFC academy in the UK.
  • Disseminates age appropriate curriculum to our coaching staff.
  • Educate coaches on how to use our session building software and fully utilize the vast resources a Liverpool FCIA Maryland has access to.


  • USSF A license
  • LFC Accreditation
  • LFC Safe Guarding Lead
  • USSF Grassroots Educator License
  • USC Director of Coaching Diploma

By supporting and developing better coaches, we are able to improve the delivery of our methodology and ultimately, ensure long term player development for our players.

Director of Sports Performance, Matt Bourdeau, delivering an injury prevention sessions to one of our girls teams.

Matt Bourdeau Director of Sports Performance

Matt heads up our injury prevention initiatives to ultimately ensure our players are in the best possible condition to avoid injuries. This is achieved through designing programs for the players to use at home as well delivering sessions in the weight room and gym to our players. He has worked with many professional soccer players across his career and will be a tremendous asset to our players.