Academy Coaches

Ronan Wiseman
Academy Director, U16 Coach

Ronan Wiseman is a former professional player and coach with the Long Island Rough Riders, while they were a USL A league side. Wiseman has also had successful coaching stints at collegiate programs, including Hofstra University and his alma mater, Adelphi University. Wiseman captained the Adelphi team through the school’s most successful years, including an appearance in the Elite Eight stage of the NCAA tournament. Wiseman is an USSF A-licensed coach and also a veteran of the Long Island soccer scene, also directing LIJSL PDP. He is originally from Ireland.

Favorite Team: Manchester United 

Reason Why I Coach: Love of the game 

Juan Palacio
U15 Coach

Juan Palacio is an USSF A-licensed coach from Colombia. Palacio played multiple years professionally in his native country as well as in the Deportivo Independiente Medellín Academy. Palacio is also director of the nonprofit Long Island Timberline Fútbol Club, which encourages area kids to exercise and “have a dream”, while teaching them soccer skills and discipline. The program charges families whatever they can pay, which, in some cases, is nothing. He is the longest serving coach with the New York Cosmos.
 
Favorite Team: Independiente Medellin
 
Reason Why I Coach: My leadership as a professional player convinced me to be a leader as a coach so I can be an example to pursue dreams with work and dedication


Stephan Rigaud
U14 Coach

Stephan Rigaud holds the USSF A-Youth License and brings extensive academy and collegiate experience to the New York Cosmos. Most recently, he was head coach of Richmond United's U17-U19 in the Atlantic Division of the U.S, Soccer Development Academy. There he guided the U19 team to their highest finish in club history, missing out on the playoffs on the final day of the season. They also played in the U.S. Soccer feature game at the DA showcase, and two of the players appeared for the affiliate USL team, Richmond Kickers.

Prior to Richmond, he was an integral member of BW Gottschee Academy from 2014-2018 and served in roles as U12 academy head coach, U19 associate coach, and Director of Academy Goalkeeping. He was an assistant coach for the U16-U18 age groups throughout his tenure there, contributing to multiple squads that made the academy playoffs every season. Rigaud also has NCCA Division 1 collegiate experience having acted as assistant coach with Iona College men’s soccer in 2017 and Saint John’s University women’s soccer in 2015 and 2016. He owns Embrace The Grind Fútbol, which is about showing players the joy in working hard towards your goals.

Favorite Team: Atletico Madrid

Reason Why I Coach: Coaching gives me a sense of responsibility, creativity, and purpose. I love fútbol and I try everyday to be a transformational and servant leader and to help the players on and off the field

Ridi Dauti
U13 Coach

Ridi Dauti holds the U.S. Soccer B license as well as having graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Cortland with a bachelors in kinesiology with a concentration in sports coaching.

As well as coaching for the Cosmos, he is also the head coach at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, entering his third year with the program. He is also the head coach of New York Athletic Club, an NPSL team. In 2017, he was voted CUNY Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Bloodhounds to their most successful season in program history, making the conference final and appearing in the ECAC postseason tournament. In 2015, he was abroad in Germany for a study-abroad program at the German Sports University of Cologne, and also served as an intern coach at the FC Koln Academy.
 
Favorite team: Juventus
 
Reason Why I Coach: To help children and young adults learn valuable life lessons while playing the beautiful game
 

Thomas Paris
Assistant coach

Thomas Paris played in the PDL for Ocala Stampede in Florida where they won the regional title. He also played and coached for St. Catharine College in Kentucky in the NAIA at the collegiate level. Paris also gained youth coaching experience working with Massapequa Soccer Club on Long Island. He is currently an assistant coach for the women’s team at Molloy College and is a USSF C-licensed coach. 
 
Favorite Team: AC Milan 

Reason Why I  Coach: I am passionate about the game and love seeing it grow
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