Director of Soccer Operations
is considered one of the best coaches/teachers of soccer in the USA.
For over a decade James
has helped players of all ages and all levels excel at individual development, the game, and in life itself.
wisdom and methodology come from his
own experiences in life and on the soccer field.
is an Australian native who made his
professional soccer debut at the tender age of 15.
worked under various high-level coaches including world soccer legend Ferenc Puskas and he
played in Australia's National Competition for three years, spending the majority of his
career competing in the Victorian Second Division.
After a successful senior playing career, James
arrived in the United States where he
began evaluating soccer as a profession.
identified that there were no training programs that specialized in training and preparing players seeking to play at the highest level.
began to instruct players seeking to play at the highest level and quickly recognized his
ability to create an environment that helped these students excel at a rapid pace.
The idea of creating an academy that would specialize in training soccer players who are seeking to play professionally was born.
In 2000 Galanis, founded Universal Soccer Academy: an academy focused on high-level and professional development through both classes and on the field training.
In 2002, James
expanded the Academy and took his
priceless knowledge and training methods to South America.
James launched Universal Argentina located in the providence of Cordoba.
Today, Universal Argentina
is respected for producing players who have gone on to represent Argentinean national teams and players that are playing in Argentina's top divisions.
In 2010, James was appointed Head Coach of the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).
The Atlanta Beat has turned to James
' player development methods as it looks towards James to build a young team that will dominate WPS soccer in the future.
James is a specialist in player development.
thrives on helping young players achieve their goals and find their dreams.
James is a first class role model for all young players and a true teacher of the game.
James remains a student of the game and continues to work tirelessly for all Universal Soccer Academy students.