Francisco Cleaves holds a USSF National “C” License and is experienced in leading teams to championships. While playing for Bryan College, the team won the NCCAA championship and he was named an NCCAA All-American. He coached at Tennessee Tech while a graduate student.
His high school coaching experience includes leading the Lakeshore High School Men’s Team to state championships from 1989 to 1991. He then developed the first ever Lakeshore High School Women’s Team and led them to winning seasons from 1991 to 1996, including state runner-up in 1993 when he was awarded Coach of the Year by the Detroit Free Press. From 1996 to 1999 he continued on with the Lakeshore Men’s Soccer Team leading them to district championships and a number 1 ranking. Specializing in defense, Cleaves lent his expertise to the LaPorte High School Women’s Soccer Team in 2001.
He also played in the U.S. Adult Soccer Association Tournament in 2000 and 2002. Cleaves holds an Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame and was named to the Bryan College Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Joining Inferno in 2017 as Associate Head Coach is former Inferno player, Stephanie Cleaves. A graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, Stephanie has played premier level soccer or above since 1997 and began coaching during her final seasons as a collegiate player.
Stephanie represented Honduras as a member of its Women’s National Team from 2010-13. She played three seasons for Lancaster Inferno and was named an All-Star for the South-Atlantic region (WPSL) in 2014. Stephanie was an Assistant Coach at Franklin & Marshall College (1 season), Elizabethtown College (4 seasons), and Elizabethtown Area H.S. (1 season). She holds her USSF National “C” License and is a head coach at Penn Legacy FC.
“I am excited to transition from Inferno captain & player to Associate Head Coach. I look forward to working alongside our coaching staff to provide a professionally run program to help our players reach their goals.”
Adam Lewis enters his second season as a Goalkeeper Coach. He has over 10 years of experience coaching across the United Kingdom, Sweden and USA. Adam also played four years professionally (Birmingham City, England & AIK Boras, Sweden) and seven years at the semi-pro level. He is currently the Head Goalkeeper Coach for several local youth programs. Adam holds a UEFA “B” Coaching License and England Football Association (FA) Level 2 Goalkeeping certification. He is a Soccer Plus Director & Staff Coach, run by coach Tony DiCicco, and is the Goalkeeper Coach for Goucher College (Baltimore).
“I am excited about returning to the Inferno for my second year, and working with the keepers to reach their full potential.”
Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, Chris Weibel, holds his bachelor’s in Physical Fitness from Houghton College. Chris has been the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Veritas Academy since 2011, where he has recorded the most wins in the school’s history. Chris has over 8 years of experience leading speed & agility training for athletes at the youth, high school, collegiate, post-collegiate, and national team level.
Chris’ training philosophy is one that athletes of all sports can benefit from:
“I believe that each athlete needs to have a program that caters to them and their individual sport. I focus on improving strength, speed, and power by maximizing the efficiency of body mechanics and continually developing the athlete’s core. Every exercise is designed to mimic movements that will be made during competition, enabling the athlete to quickly translate their training into live play. The exercises and movements are also important in developing stability in order to improve movements and prevent injuries.”