ZACH ROCHA

Executive Director & Co-Founder

 

Zach Rocha has been the executive director and co-founder of Sidekick Soccer Academy since its inception in 2012. He has helped develop Sidekick into a leader in the soccer industry and a reputable, professional organization centered in Massachusetts.

Zach has overseen tremendous growth within the company, helping to expand Sidekick Soccer Academy into Sidekick Sports Academy in 2016. Sidekick has an impressive social media and digital presence, which Zach has continuously strengthened so that interactive learning is more easily accessible. Sidekick has positively affected nearly 50 communities - both domestic and abroad - and Sidekick has directly worked with tens of thousands of players and coaches in its short history.

In addition to his lengthy soccer resume, Zach is a USATF certified coach. 

A four-sport NCAA athlete at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., Zach has found a way to meld his expertise and knowledge in sports into an educational venture that has far reaching positive effects on members of a community.

Zach continues to run a least a few 5K races every year. He realizes how valuable his track and field training was and its impact to him him excel in the sports he mainly focused on as an athlete; soccer, basketball, and tennis.

He is a native of New Bedford, Mass.

"I have worked with Mr. Rocha over the past three years in a number of soccer-based initiatives and I have always found him to be a highly professional, very organized and, ultimately, very effective coach and leader." - Andrew LaFrenz, Head Coach, Men's Soccer, Newbury College


 

JESSE VANN 

Co-Founder

 

Jesse Vann is the co-founder of Sidekick Soccer Academy, which expanded into Sidekick Sports Academy in 2016. He is the driving philosophical force behind the organization.

Jesse authored the book, One Love. One Game., detailing his thoughts on why soccer can improve the world.

He has coached at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Mass. and with Global Premier Soccer. He played collegiately at Chester University in England and in the Maryland Olympic Development Program as a youth.

In addition to soccer, Jesse is the owner of Vann Development, a real estate development firm in the United States Virgin Islands. He is also the CEO and founder of Traveling Minds, a philosophical organization dedicated to utilizing the experience of travel as a way to improve the quality of life.

He is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and a dual English-American citizen. His childhood love of the Wolverhampton Wanderers has had a direct effect on Sidekick’s crest and colors and the naming of Sidekick’s division, Wolves Futsal Club. He currently resides in St. John's (USVI).


 

JOHN TEVES 

Associate Director - 'Track with Care'

 

John Teves has been the director of Sidekick’s ‘Kick with Care’ department since its inception in 2013. He now leads all of Sidekick's 'Care' (Special Needs) programs.

John has helped the department reach continual growth in programming, volunteers and coaches. Working with players with special needs of all ages, John’s energy, passion, and ability to connect with those less fortunate is unparalleled. ‘Kick with Care’ has been held in close to a dozen Massachusetts communities (and counting) and has positively affected hundreds of players and families.

John is a USATF certified coach.

In addition to ‘Kick with Care’, John has also worked in Sidekick’s Footy Fun Fitness and Top Quality departments. His daughter, Jaden, led the Wolves Futsal Club U14 Girls Heroes in scoring during the 2014 season.

John is currently the Head Coach of the Massachusetts Special Olympics State Champion Belmont team. He is also an assistant coach for the Girls' Varsity team at Prospect Hill Academy.

He holds the US Soccer Federation ‘E’ License, the ICA Fitness and Conditioning for Soccer License, and the NSCAA Goalkeeper II Diploma. He holds certificates from the NFHS for Coaching Unified Sports (Special Olympics), Concussion in Sports, Sports Nutrition, Sportsmanship, Heat Acclimization and Heat Illness Prevention, and Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment. He also is Bare Bones Children’s Yoga certified.

Away from soccer, John works with the Child Life Care department at the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Boston, is a ‘Read to a Child’ reading mentor at the Kennedy School in Somerville, and is a Behavioral Health Disaster Responder with the state department of health. He is a native of Somerville, Mass.


 

LEAH MILLER

Associate Director - Development

 

Leah Miller has been a member of the Sidekick staff since 2014. 

Leah has been instrumental in networking and providing resources to help Sidekick reach continual growth in programming, volunteers and coaches. 

She is a USATF certified coach.

Leah has been a member of the coaching staff at NCAA DI Brown for Women's Cross Country and Track & Field and NCAA DIII Wheelock College for Women's Cross Country.

She attended Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., where was named Athlete of the Year, two-time MVP of the cross country and track & field teams, and a captain all three seasons. Leah also set ten school records, earned All-New England recognition in cross country, and was tabbed both USTFCCCA All-Academic and NCAA Academic All-America. Additionally, she earned a number of New England Collegiate Conference accolades including All-Conference, All-Academic, Rookie of the Year, Runner of the Year and, for all women’s sports, Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

Leah is currently working towards a Masters Degree in International Higher Education at Lesley, while also competing for New Balance Boston.


 

TIM DURY

Assistant Director

 

Tim Dury has become the inspirational, shining light of the SK Running Club.

With the Sidekick organization since 2013, Tim has been a conduit in networking and providing resources to help Sidekick reach continual growth in programming, volunteers and coaches. 

A multi-sport athlete throughout high school, Tim took up regular race running in 2015 and has been motoring ever since, recently going so far as to a 'runner' tattooed on his calf.

A successful general manager of a local restaurant in New Bedford, Tim led his D'Angelo's store to consistent sales growth and vast improvements in company standards for cost, scheduling, inventory, cleanliness, payroll and customer service.

He continues to set new personal records every weekend in races throughout New England.