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Kevin Headly has been a Columbus resident for the last ten years, and a member of the SP Soccer Academy coaching staff since the 2014-2015 season. He began playing soccer at the age of 7 in his native Guyana and has had the joy of playing all over the world including the US, England as well as throughout Latin America, and the Caribbean. Kevin moved to the United States with his family at the age of 12 and attended high school in Silver Spring Maryland. He is a graduate of Bucknell University where he was also a member of the wrestling program and is an avid supporter of Arsenal Football Club.

A former Guyanese international, Kevin grew up admiring Brazilian legend Pele and dreaming of playing in the World Cup. His playing days now long behind him, Kevin’s present focus is sharing his immense passion for the beautiful game with the kids he coaches. He holds coaching licenses from both the NSCAA and the US Soccer Federation and hopes to continue his coaching education in Europe at some point in the future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Miguel Limon joined SP Soccer Academy in 2017 and holds a Class E Coaching license with the USSF and a coaching license with United Soccer Coaches Association.  Miguel began playing soccer at an early age. When he was 14 he was offered a position in the Club America U15 Academy and played until he was 17 at which point he was selected to play for the Club American reserves.

As a Contracting Officer for the Defense Logistics Agency Miguel enjoys being able to support our Armed Forces and provide support to our troops.

Miguel loves the atmosphere at SP Soccer. The coaches are there for each other and are willing to help one another.  He also likes that they don't stress winning. but helping players truly Become Better.

Miguel and his wife Cathy have 3 children Marie, Cruz, and Cali. Cruz plays at SP Soccer Academy. He would also love to attend a World Cup someday with his son. 

Mario Caravetta 
played travel soccer growing up with two separate trips to play on a team that represented Canada in a tournament in England.  He was a four-year starter for Trinity Western University in the U SPORTS league.

Mario was drawn to coaching early in life and began assisting with soccer schools at age 12 before launching his own company at age 14.  He owned and operated X-Cel Soccer for 8 years, helping teach soccer fundamentals to hundreds of kids. In college, he completed his NCCP training for soccer coaching in Canada (a “C” license equivalent in the USA)

In his spare time, Mario enjoys extreme endurance running – covering distances greater than a marathon. He works at Abercrombie & Fitch where he heads up the internet sales team.  He loves the challenges of retail where things are fast-paced and always changing. Mario thinks the culture at SP is amazing.  It is a family atmosphere and has attracted great coaches and players who are even better human beings.

Mario grew up just outside of Vancouver, Canada.  He met his wife on the soccer field and fell in love with her faster than he did with soccer.  Mario has 3 children and he has had the privilege of coaching all of them at some point in their soccer journey.  His family loves to play and watch soccer together.

Mario’s favorite holiday is Christmas where he can get together with family and friends. 

Kofi Agyepong fell in love with the game of football as a young kid in Berlin, Germany, and played for several select clubs in Central Ohio during his youth, including training with the Columbus Crew Academy (Predecessor of MLS NEXT PRO). 

Kofi values the game of football not only as an art form, but as a valuable tool for bridging cultural divides, learning crucial lessons about teamwork, camaraderie and personal improvement, and, finally, building relationships that last a lifetime. 

Outside of football, Kofi hopes to continue working on humanitarian and development-focused projects in Central Ohio, West Africa (particularly in his ancestral homeland of Ghana) and worldwide."

Gerardo Martinez is one of our youngest coaches in SP Soccer Academy. He has been playing soccer since he was little, and over time soccer became one of his biggest passions. He loves watching, playing and now coaching soccer, He has played soccer at a recreational club, and high school level.
He knows our philosophy on soccer development and technique very well since Gerardo grew up being part of one of our teams at the academy and now he continues to be part of the SP family as a  coach.  He knows very well our vision about soccer Aside from soccer, his favorite hobbies are going to parks, playing music and video games as well as reading. He has recently graduated with a degree in biology from Ohio State.

Bariq Hadi, Like many other children, I started playing soccer when I was five years old, using only a ball, bare feet, and bricks to create makeshift goals. I continued playing soccer throughout high school, but when I turned 17, I left my home country of Iraq and relocated to Columbus, OH, in the United States. Two years later, I graduated from Westland High School and realized that I could not pursue a career as a professional soccer player, so I decided to become a coach instead. I am scheduled to graduate from Columbus State Community College with an Associate of Science in Sports Management degree by the end of December 2023. My ultimate aim is to earn a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management and acquire the highest coaching license in soccer, which is the pro license. I am eager to coach one of the top European clubs and am confident that my unique soccer philosophy will enable me to achieve great things and bring out the best in my players. Currently, I hold a "D" soccer license and have already registered for the C license, which I anticipate obtaining by the end of October 2023.

Coach Jose Mourinho is my role model, and I am inspired by his exceptional character and philosophy, which is one of the reasons why I chose to pursue a coaching career. In my free time, I enjoy taking walks in the park while reading books, exercising, playing soccer once a week, and watching soccer matches whenever possible. In addition, I have been working as an operations manager at FedEx SmartPost since 2011.

Best quote I have heard is “what is yours will find you.”


Travis  Goodwin 
was a tri-sport athlete in high school who started his soccer career later than most, but quickly developed into a goal-scoring defender who played through his sophomore year in college. 

His passion for creating positive experiences for families and players has propelled him to successful seasons as a coach of over 45 teams of all ages. 
Travis pushes himself in the gym and enjoys teaching his players in an active fashion. He ensures every player feels valued and unlocks the confidence needed to Become Better.

He believes that you need to truly care about your players and their families if your want to truly make an impact as a coach. He also believes in emphasizing leadership regardless of age or talent level.


Sporting Padula Soccer Academy - SP-

Letter from Gino

Welcome to SP Soccer Academy.


Players improve technically, physically, mentally, and tactically every day at training. This is how we “Become Better” every day.

Our players must have fun while training. Soccer is a beautiful game and if the players are enjoying themselves they will improve much faster.

Our players must play without pressure to win every game. Winning is a byproduct of our training but not a major emphasis. We teach our players to have a winning attitude and emphasize playing your best every time you take the field.

SP Parents should not pressure the kids. Parents should support the kids in victory and defeat and allow the coaches to help them improve. Kids improve much faster with the support of their parents and without fear of making mistakes.

Commitment at SP, commitment is a high priority. We look for commitment not only for games and tournaments but for training as well. Training is the most important element of a player’s development and the best way for a player to improve is with commitment to our training.

All coaches at SP go through a review system with me where they are evaluated not only on their ability to lead, but also in the way each coach interacts with the players. This interaction is vital to the players improvement as they must feel comfortable and enjoy their training sessions in order to improve. All our teams are trained in the same way no matter what level team or player. Tactically all our teams are trained to play the same style no matter what level – Blue, Yellow, or White. Our training method is based on Technique, Tactics, Fitness, and Knowledge of the game.

I have worked hard to create a Family-Style atmosphere at SP Soccer Academy. It is important to me that we create a good atmosphere for our kids to grow not only as soccer players but as members of our community as well. This environment has proved to be a key factor in the success of our players and their enjoyment of the game.

We have built a strong reputation in Central Ohio as a soccer academy dedicated to developing youth soccer and I look forward to working with even more kids in the future.

Best Regards,

Gino Padula


SP Soccer Academy


    2008  MLS CHAMPION




SP Soccer Academy
Become Better

Become Better is the motto of our academy. Under the direction of Argentine international soccer professional Gino Padula, our academy creates an environment where young players can learn, play, and value friendship and teamwork in a supportive soccer community. There is no pressure to win at SP, instead the focus is on playing with a "Winning Mentality" and dedicating yourself to Become Better.


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