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Brendan Burke: Head Coach

Burke is in his third season as head coach of Bethlehem Steel FC, coaching the squad to an 18-26-18 regular season record during the club’s first two seasons in the modern era. He was formally introduced as head coach on Oct. 29, 2015. Burke previously spent six years with the Union before leaving the club in January 2014 for a job at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

After guiding the club to six wins in its inaugural season, Burke guided Steel FC to the Eastern Conference's biggest leap and to the postseason in 2017. After picking up 12 victories and 44 points, Burke aided the team to a historic eight-match unbeaten streak during the season and helped the club rack up six victories away from Goodman Stadium. 

Burke served as the assistant coach for the Philadelphia Union from 2011 through 2014 and was heavily involved in all levels of the U.S. Soccer pyramid, including serving as the head coach of the Union’s PDL affiliate Reading United from 2008 through 2013, where he maintained an exceptional record of 71-18-19. Burke also had plenty of influence with then USL-affiliate Harrisburg City Islanders, in addition to his first team duties with the Union.

In the last 10 years, 51 players from Reading United have signed professional contracts and 49 of those played under Burke including current Union defender Ray Gaddis, forward C.J. Sapong and goalkeeper John McCarthy. 

While at Reading United, Burke coached USMNT call-ups FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges and Toronto FC´s Alex Bono. Burke also coached the No. 4 overall 2015 SuperDraft pick Fatai Alashe from the San Jose Earthquakes and Deshorn Brown, who scored 10 goals in his rookie season with the Colorado Rapids and currently plays for Valerenga Football in the Norwegian Tippeligaen league.  During Burke’s last season as coach at Reading, a record seven players were drafted into MLS: Kadeem Dacres, Tolani Ibikunle, Damion Lowe, Steve Neumann, Jimmy Ockford, Pedro Ribero and Bob Sweat. 

In between his time with the Union and Bethlehem Steel FC, Burke was the associate head coach at Northeastern University. During his first season with the Huskies, the team went 8-11-1 and made it to the CAA Tournament Semifinals where they fell 1-0 to Delaware.

Stephen Hogan: assistant Coach

Hogan, who also serves as the head coach of the Philadelphia Union’s PDL affiliate, Reading United, is in his third season with Steel FC.

Hogan has guided the PDL squad to a 22-5-1 record in his two seasons with Reading United. The club went 10-3-1 and won the Mid-Atlantic Division title along with an appearance in the Eastern Conference finals. Hogan followed up with an even stronger 12-2-0 record in 2017, tying for the most wins in the 72-team league. During the season that saw the club reach the postseason for the ninth time in 10 seasons, Hogan's squad conceded an Eastern Conference-low 10 goals.

As a Reading player under Brendan Burke, he made 52 appearances, second most in club history, while playing from 2007-10. He helped lead the team to the 2009 PDL Regular Season Title and the PDL National Semifinals in 2008 and 2010.

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Hogan spent two seasons as head coach at the College of Saint Rose’s men’s soccer program. While on the staff of the Albany, N.Y. based college, Hogan established the Golden Knights training program, was active in recruiting players and monitored the academic progress of his student-athletes.

Akira umeki, AThletic trainer


Umeki is in his second season with Bethlehem Steel FC. as Head Athletic Trainer.  Umeki's primary responsibilities are injury prevention, treatment, therapeutic rehabilitation and conditioning of players. Prior to coming to Bethlehem Steel FC, Umeki worked with Arizona United SC (currently Phoenix Rising FC), DC United and FC Dallas as well as three Division-I collegiate soccer programs as an intern and graduate assistant athletic trainer.

A native of Iwate, Japan, Umeki completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science from Juntendo University in 2013 and Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2015.

andrew vaccaro: equipment manager

Vaccaro is entering his third season with the Bethlehem Steel FC organization and his second as the club's head equipment manager. Vaccaro started with Steel FC as the club's marketing and team operations intern during the club's inaugural season. After graduating from DeSales University with a degree in sports management, he was hired to become the club's equipment manager in January 2017. 

Jason israel, team coordinator

Israel is in his second season with Bethlehem Steel FC, serving as the club’s team coordinator. Israel’s primary responsibilities involve many areas of team operations and administration.

Prior to joining Steel FC, he served as the Philadelphia Union Academy’s operations Coordinator and equipment manager within the Union Academy for a season, where he worked directly with the U12-U19 squads.

Israel’s path to professional soccer began in 2015 with MLS squad New York City FC. During his 18 months with the club, he served in numerous roles including youth program administrator, Academy administrator, NYCFC affiliate development league coordinator along with handling equipment and video.

A native of Edison, New Jersey, Israel graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in sports administration in 2012. After graduating college, Israel served as director of soccer operations for the men’s soccer program at Seton Hall for two seasons.

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