Lancaster Inferno Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Francisco Cleaves

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Francisco Cleaves holds a USSF National “C” License and has been coaching Lancaster Inferno since 2014. Francisco was named East Conference Coach of the Year by the UWS in 2018 and 2019, in recognition for Inferno's success on the field. In 2018, Lancaster Inferno was East Conference Champions, as well as runner's up to the National Championship. In 2019, Inferno won a back-to-back East Conference Championship, and was a semi-finalist in the National Tournament.

Cleaves has a long history of leading teams to championships. While playing for Bryan College, the team won the NCCAA championship and he was named an NCCAA All-American. He coached at Tennessee Tech while a graduate student.

His high school coaching experience includes leading the Lakeshore High School Men’s Team to state championships from 1989 to 1991. He then developed the first ever Lakeshore High School Women’s Team and led them to winning seasons from 1991 to 1996, including state runner-up in 1993 when he was awarded Coach of the Year by the Detroit Free Press. From 1996 to 1999 he continued on with the Lakeshore Men’s Soccer Team leading them to district championships and a number 1 ranking. Specializing in defense, Cleaves lent his expertise to the LaPorte High School Women’s Soccer Team in 2001.

Cleaves holds an Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame and was named to the Bryan College Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Associate Head Coach: Rob Smith

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Rob Smith joins Lancaster Inferno in 2020 as Associate Head Coach. Rob has been involved in both coaching soccer and running the business side of numerous soccer organizations, and will be working with the Inferno staff in both areas as well acting as Volunteer Director of Special Projects.

Smith started the girl’s program at FC DELCO, which led to five state titles, as well as numerous regional championships and national finalist titles. While at FC DELCO, Rob also coached USMNT, USWNT, and MLS players.

Rob also coached the Downingtown HS girl’s team for 11 years, leading them to an impressive 5 state titles, and was named State Coach of the Year in 2006. He also coached ODP for 5 years.

In addition to all of his coaching accomplishments, Rob served as President of FC DELCO and was also Pro Representative for United Soccer Coach Board of Directors. He is currently on the Philadelphia Union Foundation Board of Directors, JT Dorsey Foundation Advisory Board, and is currently the Director of Business Development of the Academy Sports Complex.

Rob is also a Hall of Fame inductee at both SEPA and FC DELCO.

Head Coach - Lancaster Inferno II : Wendell Hannaford

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Wendell has been the Head Coach of Warwick HS Girls Varsity team since 2016 and has been coaching the U17-U19 age groups with PA Classics since 2018. Previously, he was an assistant coach with both the men's and women's teams at Albright College from 2009-2012. In addition, he was a head coach and goalkeeper coach for Penn Legacy Soccer Club from 2011-2018.

Other soccer related activities include serving as a member of the EPYSA ODP staff from 2015-2019 and acting as the Lititz Summer Showcase Director since 2016.

Wendell's experience as a player includes playing as a goalkeeper at Albright College. While at Albright, he was named to the All-Conference team in 2007 and currently holds the career record for "Most Shutouts".

Assistant Coach: Stephanie Cleaves

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Former Inferno player, Stephanie Cleaves, previously served as Associate Head Coach from 2017-2019. In 2020 Stephanie will be coaching the Inferno Reserves in the newly formed UWS League 2.

A graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, Stephanie has played premier level soccer or above since 1997 and began coaching during her final seasons as a collegiate player.

Stephanie represented Honduras as a member of its Women’s National Team from 2010-13. She played three seasons for Lancaster Inferno and was named an All-Star for the South-Atlantic region (WPSL) in 2014. Stephanie was an Assistant Coach at Franklin & Marshall College (1 season), Elizabethtown College (4 seasons), and Elizabethtown Area H.S. (1 season). She holds her USSF National “C” License and has been coaching youth travel soccer since 2014 and ODP since 2019.

Goalkeeper Coach: Darian McCauley

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Darian recently signed as the Men's Goalkeeper Coach at Millersville University and also is the PSA U-13 Girl's Goalkeeper coach. Previously, he was the Goalkeeper/Assistant Coach for Rage United U15-U18 Girls from 2016-2019.

Darian's experience as a player includes signing a pro contract with the Charleston Battery (USL Championship) in 2020, after graduating from Millersville University. While a student at Millersville, he was a 4-year starter and holds the school record with 24 career shut outs. Some of his honors include earning United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Honors, All-PSAC First Team Goalkeeper, and 2019 PSAC Tournament MVP.

A native of York, Pennsylvania, Darian also played with Reading United (USL2) in 2019 and Hershey FC (NPSL) in 2018.

Strength & Conditioning Coach: Chris Weibel

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Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, Chris Weibel, holds his bachelor’s in Physical Fitness from Houghton College. Chris is currently wearing many hats as Physical Education Teacher, Strength & Conditioning Coach, and Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Lancaster County Christian School. Previously, he was the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Veritas Academy from 2011-2018, where he recorded the most wins in the school’s history.

Weibel has over 10 years of experience leading speed & agility training for athletes at the youth, high school, collegiate, post-collegiate, and national team level.

Chris’ training philosophy is one that athletes of all sports can benefit from:

I believe that each athlete needs to have a program that caters to them and their individual sport. I focus on improving strength, speed, and power by maximizing the efficiency of body mechanics and continually developing the athlete’s core. Every exercise is designed to mimic movements that will be made during competition, enabling the athlete to quickly translate their training into live play. The exercises and movements are also important in developing stability in order to improve movements and prevent injuries.
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