Meet Our Team!

U8 Boys : U10 Girls : U16 Girls : U19 Boys Coach Brian Buczek

                                                  Brian Buczek, is the Director of Coaching and U8 Girls + Boys : U16 Girls : 19 Boy's head coach for Vermont United Soccer Academy.  Brian's coaching career started at Johnson State College at the age of 23.  He spent six seasons at JSC qualifying for playoffs all six seasons and reaching the conference finals on two occasions.  During those seasons, Brian was named Mayflower Conference "Coach of the year" twice and led 21 players to all conference selections.

Next, Buczek worked at Middlebury College as the 1st assistant for two seasons.  While at Middlebury; the Panthers went 25-6, recorded 9 shutouts, (team record at the time) coached 14 all NESCAC Academic players and the "Rookie of the year".  

During his time at both College's, Brian was heavily involved in Club Soccer in the State of Vermont.  Brian worked at Nordic Spirit with two U-18 boys teams and U-13 and 14 girls, winning the Snickers State Championships in Vermont all four seasons, and representing Vermont at regionals.  After graduation, 51 of those players went on to play in College.  After Nordic, Brian spent some time at the Far Post soccer club coaching a U-12 boys team, working as a staff coach, concentrating on U-8-U-12 players.

While coaching club soccer, Brian was a staff coach for the Vermont's Olympic Development Program.  For 9 years, Brian was involved with team selection, recruiting and training various age groups and both genders.  Brian also served as the State's Director for one year.

During the Summer, Brian has been a Co-Director of Vermont Soccer School and Director of Soccer at Windridge Sports Camps.  These summers sessions help develop a training style that prepares players to make good decisions under pressure, creates a positive environment for creativity, and focuses on the person as well as the athlete!

After his time at Middlebury, Brian went back to Johnson State to Coach the Men and the Women's team.  As the Women's Coach, his team qualified for playoffs for three seasons, earning the NSCAA award for team GPA and earned the "Sportsmanship Award" from the league.  The Men qualified for playoffs all four years culminating in a PK shootout loss to eventual Conference Champions Castleton, in an away contest, for the semi finals.  Noor Bulle was named Rookie of the year while 34 Men and Women earned All Academic honors and 10 others earned All League honors, during those four seasons.  Brian won over 100 College Soccer games as a head coach.

Next stop, Stowe High School.  Coach Buczek amassed a record of 86-11-4; winning 6 State Championships and earning "Capitol League Coach of the Year" three times, and Vermont "Small School Coach of the Year twice".

As a player, Brian grew up in Upstate New York earning the "Caption" arm band and First team All-League Schoharie County in his Sophomore, Junior and Senior year.  In his Junior and Senior year he earned, First team All-Capitol District League honors and was runner up for "Player of the Year".  At Paul Smith's as a Sophomore, he earned the Caption arm band and Second Team All NYJCSA.  Once graduated, Brian went on to play at Johnson State College where he finished his last season as a Mayflower Conference selection and was selected Caption for the teams 12 straight league title! 

Brian is the Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director at Bishop Marshall School.

U12 Girls Coach Norm Peterson

This will be Coach Norm’s first Season with Vermont United

John “Norm” Peterson just finished his first season as Head Women's Soccer Coach at Northern Vermont University-Johnson.  The Lady Badgers won Coach Norm's collegiate coaching debut, played hard all season and had a chance to make the conference tournament; falling just short on the last day of the regular season.  He looks forward to a full recruiting class and building a perennial contender in the North Atlantic Conference. 

Prior to coaching at Johnson, Coach Norm spent three seasons coaching in the Washington West (Harwood) School district.   Norm has also coached Club soccer at Mad River Valley Soccer Association from 2015-2021, coaching at age groups from U10 to U16 in the fall, spring and also winter futsal.  Through his enthusiasm and energy, Norm has helped build the Mad River girls program during his tenure.  In the past five years, the program has gone from zero teams in the U14 and U16 age groups to three teams with over 50 registered players, including the Division 2 girls U16 team that he coached.

Norm Grew up in Central Massachusetts, where he played 3 sports (Soccer, Basketball and Baseball) through High School and was also a youth soccer referee.  Upon High School graduation, Coach Norm attended Bryant University in Smithfield, RI where he graduated with a degree in Finance.  He later received a Master’s in Business Administration from The Carroll School of Management at Boston College.  He lived in Greater Boston from 1994-2006 when his work took him and his family to Bermuda, where he lived and worked for the next eight years until he moved to Vermont in 2014. 

Norm Currently lives in Waterbury with his wife and two children and is very excited to be joining Vermont United.

U10 Boys Travis Spaulding

I began coaching and providing tournament, travel team and day camp opportunities in Stowe right after high school with a passion for keeping the game fun and player centric. I respected and admired all my coaches at Stowe and Johnson State for their knowledge and dedication to sport and soaked up as many arrows for my coaching quiver as I possibly could along the way, while also curiously exploring and aligning with the experiential education/player centric model as it came to life on the youth sports scene in the early 2000s.

Before returning to Vermont I coached for Portland Timbers MLS Alliance club Washington Timbers FC in Vancouver Washington as head coach of the 2009 Boys first and second teams, winning 13 premier level soccer and futsal tournaments in Washington and Oregon and competing in US Futsal Regional and 3v3 Live National Championships in California and Tennessee.

U12 Boys Coach Andrew Lafrenz

Andrew Lafrenz enters his first season leading the Johnson men's soccer program.

Lafrenz led his group to progressive improvement in his first season, culminating in a thrilling double overtime victory over SUNY Canton in the season finale.  The lady Badger continue to battle each year and improve in all aspects of the game.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Lafrenz had a successful six season stint at Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts, compiling a 39-69-5 (23-19-2 NECC) record to become the program leader in career victories. He guided the men's soccer program to new heights with appearances in the NECC title game in two of his final three seasons. In the 2013 season, Lafrenz was named the NECC Coach of the Year while leading the Nighthawks to their first conference title game appearance in program history.

During his time in Brookline, Lafrenz mentored the 2011 NECC Player of the Year as well as 21 All-NECC selections, including 10 First-Team members. Before becoming head coach, Lafrenz spent a year as an assistant with the men's soccer team in 2009 and helped the Nighthawks to the NECC semifinals.  In addition to his coaching duties, Lafrenz also served as Interim Director of Communications at Newbury College.

Prior to his time at Newbury, Lafrenz was the first assistant coach for both the men's and women's soccer programs at Johnson State, as well as the Head Coach for the women's soccer club team at the University of Vermont from 2002-2007. During his tenure at Vermont, he led the team to two consecutive Northeast Intercollegiate Club Championships and three straight National Championship Tournament appearances.

In addition to his coaching duties, Lafrenz also serves as the Coordinator of the Sport Management Concentration at JSC.

Lafrenz graduated from Johnson State in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He earned a master of education in physical education and coaching from Boston University in 2010.

U14 + U19 Girls Coach Angie Faraci

Coach Faraci and her Peoples High School Soccer team won the 2020 Boys Division 3 State Title!  Angie is the first Women to win a Boys Championship in Vermont and we are sure this is not the last.  Angie was recognized as Vermont Small School Coach of the Year for the second time (2017, 2020) as well as 2020 Vermont Soccer Coach of Year!  Faraci holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma. 

For the past 25 years she has coached various levels: thirteen years with the Nordic Premier Soccer Club as a both a staff coach and head coach for...

U16 Boys Coach Wade Jean

Wade Jean heads into his 12th season at the helm of the Saint Michael's men's soccer program in 2021, and his 10th since returning to the institution for a second stint after also guiding the team in 2006 and 2007. The 2021 season is Jean's 22nd as a college head coach, having also coached at NCAA Division I Duquesne University for nearly a decade. In fall 2018, Jean began a four-year term on the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee as the East Region's representative.

The Saint Albans, Vt., native also serves as the Saint Michael's Department of Athletics' tickets manager. Jean was instrumental in the creation in 2017 of the Community Cup, through which the Saint Michael's and Saint Anselm College men's soccer teams raise money for a local charity during their early-season, non-conference meeting.

The Purple Knights did not play during the 2020-21 school year, when 13 newcomers - including 11 first-years - joined the program. More than half a dozen rookies are set to come aboard in 2021.

The 2019 team was one of the youngest in program history, touting 10 first-years and nine sophomores to go along with only six upperclassmen. The Purple Knights broke out to a 3-1-1 start despite the inexperience before suffering five one-goal losses - including four against regionally-ranked foes - down the stretch. Saint Michael's capped the year with a 2-1 win at Stonehill College on Nov. 2, stunning the Skyhawks with two goals in the final 1:40.

Thirteen student-athletes competing in their first season of college soccer bolstered a young roster in 2018, when the Purple Knights started 3-4-1, including a 1-0 win over regionally-ranked The College of Saint Rose. Back-to-back 1-0 losses against Bentley University - the defending Northeast-10 Conference Championship titlist - and Southern Connecticut State University - a 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier - followed, as six losses by two goals or less came down the stretch.

In 2017, the Purple Knights played 11 games decided by one goal or less, including extending their overtime record to 6-1-3 since 2015. Saint Michael's tied Saint Anselm College, 1-1, for the Community Cup while earning a 5-0 win against Bentley University, the eventual Northeast-10 Conference Championship runner-up. The Purple and Gold capped their season with a 2-1, double-overtime victory against regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University.

A 2016 team that saw six key players miss major stretches utilized 15 players who either were in their first season of college soccer or their initial season holding a critical role on the team. The Purple Knights started the year with their second Catholic Cup crown in three seasons, before all 10 of their losses came by two goals or fewer. Four consecutive one-goal setbacks to begin October - including the final three against eventual NE10 Championship qualifiers - damaged their postseason hopes.

In 2015, the Purple Knights (8-9-1, 5-7-1) made a return to the NE10 Championship for the first time in eight years, and for the third time in Jean's tenure. His squad allowed one goal or less eight times, posting six shutouts, while downing regionally-ranked Bentley University and Southern Connecticut State University during the season. After a late-season 3-1-1 surge helped them clinch a postseason bid, the eighth-seeded Purple Knights lost to No. 1 Southern New Hampshire University, 3-0, during a quarterfinal contest. Not only did Saint Michael's square off with a perennial league power - the Penmen would go on to win their fourth straight NE10 Championship - but SNHU later advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The Purple Knights posted at least eight wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2006 and 2007, and claimed their best NE10 winning percentage in five years.

The Purple Knights won the season-opening Catholic Cup in 2014 and knocked off regionally-ranked Le Moyne College before themselves earning a regional ranking during a 5-0 start, which included four straight shutouts to begin the fall. Four of their losses ended up being sustained by one goal during a 9-8 campaign, as they matched their highest win total since 2007. Seven shutouts were the most by Saint Michael's since 2009. With their second straight 5-8 NE10 record, the Purple Knights matched their highest league victories figure since 2006. With a season-ending 1-0 victory over Assumption College on Oct. 31, the Purple and Gold handed Jean his 150th career head coaching win.

During the fall of 2013, the Purple Knights started league play 5-1 for the first time in program annals on the strength of shutout victories over regionally-ranked Bentley University and Merrimack College. Saint Michael's was also one of just four teams to hold a lead at any point that season against eventual national champion Southern New Hampshire University, netting the opening goal on Oct. 16.

Jean guided the Purple Knights to their most profilic offensive showing during the fall of 2012, setting school records for goals (36) and points (100). While posting 28 assists, Saint Michael's came within one of a 26-year-old mark. By sporting a 1.05 goals-against average, Jean's charges have now posted three of the top seven GAAs in program annals.

In his initial stint with the Purple Knights, Jean inherited a program that had qualified for the NE10 Championship five times in its first 19 seasons of league play. He promptly led the program to NE10 Championship berths both years at the helm, posting a 21-10-8 overall record and a 12-8-6 league mark. The 2006 squad's third-place regular-season showing was its best since 1988, and its NE10 Championship semifinal appearance was the program's first in 18 years. He was named NE10 Coach of the Year in 2006. The year before Jean's arrival, the Purple Knights allowed 37 goals in 18 games; during his two seasons, the Purple and Gold yielded 28 in 39 contests, posting 20 shutouts.

Between 2008 and 2011, Jean coached with the Division I University of Vermont, helping the program qualify for the America East Conference Tournament three times while going 11-11-7 in the conference. Vermont knocked off a pair of nationally-ranked foes in that stretch, including No. 13 Stanford University on Sept. 1, 2010. Jean was an assistant in 2008 before serving three falls as the associate head coach.

Jean, who holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Coaching License, has served as the director of coaching for the Nordic Soccer Club in Essex, Vt., since 2006.

Prior to Saint Michael's, Jean was the head coach from 1998 to 2005 at Division I Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, being named Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year four times in his eight seasons. He left with the school record for victories, going 82-54-15. The Dukes posted five 13-win seasons, including each year between 2002 and 2005, advancing at least as far as the A-10 Tournament semifinals each of those four years, including to the 2002 title game. Under Jean, the Dukes made it to a pair of tournament championship games and earned at least a share of three A-10 regular-season crowns. Duquesne was ranked as high as 25th in the final 2003 national poll.

Jean was an assistant coach for three seasons from 1995 to 1997 at Division I Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, helping the Falcons to a 52-13-3 record and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Bowling Green won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament all three years. Before his stint at Bowling Green, Jean worked at Division I Illinois State University, serving as a volunteer assistant in 1993 and a graduate assistant in 1994. The Redbirds tied for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) both seasons.

Prior to heading Midwest, Jean spent three seasons (1990-92) as the head coach at Champlain College in Burlington, building the Beavers into one of the region's top Division I National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) programs. Champlain won a program-record 12 games in Jean's final year with the school in 1992. Following a playing career at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, Jean spent one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping the Badgers compile a 16-4-1 record and a berth in the NAIA Tournament in 1989. The Badgers also won Mayflower Conference and North Atlantic regional championships during Jean's year as an assistant.

A high school graduate of Bellows Free Academy in Saint Albans, Jean played soccer for four years at NVU-Johnson, graduating in 1990 with a degree in elementary education. A four-year starter as a defensive midfielder, Jean was a two-year captain and led the Badgers to three Mayflower Conference titles. He also earned the Bryan Wendall Award, given to the individual signifying the most dedication to his college's men's soccer program. He was inducted into the NVU-Johnson Athletic Hall of Fame in fall 2018. Jean received his master's degree in health, physical education, recreation and dance from Illinois State in 1996.

Coaching Highlights (176-156-43 in 22 Seasons as College Head Coach)
 • Saint Michael's College Head Coach, 2006-2007 & 2012-Present (11 Seasons)
     • 2006: NE10 Championship Semifinal, NE10 Coach of the Year
     • 2007: NE10 Championship Quarterfinal
     • 2014: 150th College Coaching Victory
     • 2015: NE10 Championship Quarterfinal
 • University of Vermont, 2008-2011
     • Assistant Coach, 2008
     • Associate Head Coach, 2009-2011
 • Duquesne University Head Coach, 1998-2005 (8 Seasons)
     • 82-54-15 overall, 49-29-7 Atlantic 10 Conference
     • 1999: A-10 Coach of the Year, becomes program's all-time winningest coach
     • 2002: A-10 Co-Coach of the Year
     • 2003: A-10 Regular-Season Co-Champion
     • 2004: A-10 Regular-Season Champion, A-10 Coach of the Year
     • 2005: A-10 Regular-Season Champion, A-10 Co-Coach of the Year
     • 2005: 100th College Coaching Victory
 • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Assistant Coach, 1995-1997
     • 52-13-3 overall, 13-3-1 Mid-American Conference
     • 1995: NCAA Division I Tournament, MAC Tournament Title
     • 1996: NCAA Division I Tournament, MAC Tournament Title, MAC Regular-Season Title
     • 1997: NCAA Division I Tournament, MAC Tournament Title
 • Illinois State University Assistant Coach, 1993-1994
     • Volunteer Assistant Coach, 1993
     • Graduate Assistant Coach, 1994
 • Champlain (Vt.) College Head Coach, 1990-1992 (3 Seasons)
 • Northern Vermont University-Johnson Assistant Coach, 1989
     • 1989: NAIA Tournament, Mayflower Conference Title, North Atlantic Regional Title

Goalie Coach Gordon Dixon

For the past 20 years Gordon Dixon has coached at various levels: He started as a youth coach with the Stowe Soccer Club while at the same time he worked with the Stowe High School Boys Varsity team as their goalie coach.  Coach Dixon has been working with the Stowe High School Soccer Teams off and on for the past 20 years in various capacities; goalie coach, assistant coach and one year as the head coach.  During his tenure there the team has won seven division III state championships and one Division II state championship.Several of the keepers he has trained have gone on to play at the college level.

Coach Dixon has been running a construction company in Stowe with his wife Robin for the last 30 years.  He enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities and watching as much soccer as possible.  He’s a huge Liverpool FC fan.


U14 Boys + General Manager Patrick Miller

Hailing from Schoharie, New York, Pat Miller has played the game from the age of 5 through the collegiate level. Starting out as a student athlete, he played left midfield for 2 years for Finger Lakes CC. Pat graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor’s in Sports Management and Minors in both Business and Coaching. During his time at SUNY Fredonia, Pat was the Assistant Coach for the Men’s Basketball team. 

For the past 7 years, he was working to execute events/sponsorship for a large ski resort in Colorado and coordinating youth, adult and senior sports for municipalities. He is excited to represent Vermont United and to assist the already incredible staff VTUSA has to offer. Please reach out if you have any questions or inquiries regarding our programs and sponsorship opportunities (