Derek is a qualified professional coach and coach educator who has a proven ability to manage, motivate and develop players and staff to achieve their full potential. He has been awarded the Football Association Coaching Full Badge (UEFA “A”), Academy Directors Licence and recently gained the NSCAA Premier Diploma passing with distinction along with being one of only 10 NSCAA MASTER COACHES.
Derek has worked successfully to improve team and player performance in the UK and North America and only recently concluded his contract as the Technical Director of the Bermuda Football Association where he oversaw the World Cup qualification matches at all levels, male and female. Derek has natural leadership skills and is an excellent communicator, administrator and an experienced manager in football and coaching development. Derek also spent time in full-time education, ending with him being an Athletic Director for Westminster City School in London before entering into full-time soccer with Crystal Palace FC. The position of Academy Director was held until his move to the U.S. in 2003.
Assistant Director, Scott Muir
Born in Miami, FL, Scott moved to Knoxville at the age of 10. He joined his first travel team at the age of 11 years old, playing for the Farragut Force. Scott played for Farragut High School from 1986-1988. He attended East Tennessee State, suffering a knee injury in the last game of his Freshman season. Although be still played a little longer, his second knee injury ended his playing career.
Scott began coaching in 1997 as a volunteer coach for Farragut Middle School. After his first season of coaching Scott realized how much he missed being involved with the sport that shaped his life as a child. He went on to coach Knoxville Laser, Knoxville Fury, and Knoxville Crush. In his opinion, the best team he has had the pleasure of coaching was the ’91 Liverpool team that won five consecutive state championships (the first two as the head coach). Many of those players went on to play in college, and two advanced to the NCAA College Cup Finals.
Scott found out early that he needed to educate himself as a coach. He has a background in Psychology and has obtained his USSF National C License and NSCAA National Diploma. He became a student of the game and began learning different styles from around the world. Scott believes that a great coach is also a great student. “I have been lucky to work with top professional coaches from South America, England, Europe, and the United States. During my time with these coaches I absorbed every bit of knowledge I could.”
This has helped develop Scott into the coach he is today, which has led to some great opportunities and achievements. In 2010 he took over as the Director of Coaching and Operations at Knoxville Football Club.
In his time as the Director, he helped rebuild the club from just under 100 players to over 400 players in three years. In 2011, Scott was named Boys Competitive Coach of the Year for the state of Tennessee.
In 2014, Scott chose Knoxville Soccer Academy for the opportunity to help build a new club in Knoxville, and to learn from a great coaching staff. Scott feels that with different backgrounds KSA can offer players some great knowledge of the game in all phases of their youth soccer journey.
Knoxville Soccer Academy is very proud of Scott Muir for passing his US Soccer B License in January 2017. Scott was accepted onto the course back in 2016 and visited Orlando on 3 separate occasions to receive instruction, listen to seminars and to watch on-field practical presentations. Scott was then assigned several assignments on the theoretical aspects of coaching and given practical coaching topics that he was assessed on throughout the course. It all culminated in Scott receiving his “pass” certificate last week!
Knoxville Soccer Academy wants to thank both Kelley Calkins and Robin Bingham for raising money via our annual golf tournament that goes directly into our “Continuing Education Fund” that supports our coaches to become more qualified! The cost of coaching education is not cheap and in many cases; is funded by individual coaches themselves. KSA is fully committed to continuing education for all of our staff that in turn, directly impacts our young soccer players in their Soccer experiences! Well done Scott on a great achievement!!!!
Finance Director, Robin Bingham
If you have any questions or concerns regarding academy pricing and payments, Robin may be reached by
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or by phone at (865) 591-1197.