Pearland United Trainers
Director of Training - Evans Opot
Evans Opot has been involved in soccer since childhood. At an early age, Evans started competitive play with the U16 National Team in Kenya, which led to a playing career at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While earning a BA in Finance and Management Information Services minor at Miami University, Evans coached for the Coca Cola Soccer Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the oldest soccer clubs in the Midwest, and the elite Coerver Camps, known for having one of the world’s finest soccer skills teaching method.
Evans stayed active playing for the Houston Albion and Houston Rangers Men’s Soccer Clubs and continued his professional coaching career with soccer clubs in the Houston area, including Lone Star, Cy Fair Dynamo, and Eclipse.
Evans also coached for the Houston Dynamo’s Centers of Excellence from 2008 to 2011. In 2009, Evans became Director of Training for Pearland United, where he and his coaching staff have improved and unified the spirit of the Pearland United club.
“I found that many of the affordable youth programs in Pearland didn’t have the benefit of professional coaches,” said Evans, “From my experience, things like speed can come later, but when you start teaching techniques early on with professional coaches, you start to see clear progress almost immediately.”
In addition to developing confident, skilled players, Evans and his staff focus on teaching good sportsmanship and having fun at practice and games. Evans is licensed with USSF National B License and is an active member of the US Soccer Coaches Association.
Trainer - Freeman Turkson
Freeman travelled over 20 countries playing soccer, including professional level in Egypt and Malaysia. His journey started in at an early age in the country of Ghana where he was born and played for the Ghana Junior and Senior National teams.
He was later recruited by Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia, to play D1 soccer where he earned several South Atlantic and National honors. After graduating with a BA in Business, Freeman moved to Houston, Texas where he played for the Houston Hotshots indoor professional league and started his coaching career.
Freeman’s niche is the further development of soccer players in preparation for high school and college. As such, he has seventeen years experience as a youth soccer trainer in Houston, including the development of kids ages five to nineteen, at Klein Soccer Club and the Cy Fair Dynamos. He was also a staff coach for the South Texas Olympics Development Program (ODP).
“With the younger players, I try to make a point of praising the players who made a great effort, even if the effort didn’t achieve the intended result, because I want the players to develop a genuine love for the sport”, said Freeman.
Freeman holds a NSCAA National Coaching Diploma, USSF National license and is an active member of the US Soccer Coaches Association.
Trainer - Obed Canjura
Obed Canjura has over thirteen years experience working with youth athletic teams. In addition to Pearland United, Obed does work with player development programs through-out the Houston metropolitan area, including West University, Bellaire, Texas City, Friendswood, Clear Lake, and Space City Soccer Clubs.
Obed has also worked as a Youth Soccer program manager where he was involved in the day-to-day operations of running a program that served over 600 youths in the Southeast Houston region. During his tenure, he was involved in securing and managing field locations, implementing and enforcing policies, recruiting and training volunteer coaches and league officials, soliciting funding and more.
Obed holds a USSF National “C” Coaching License and a Level 8 Soccer Referee certification.
Trainer - Flavia Kuhn
While earning a BA in Business Administration at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, Flavia Kuhn played Division 1 soccer for a private club. After college, Flavia and her family move to Florida where she was recruited to play for Florida State University Women’s Club and the North Florida State University.
Later on, Flavia moved to Houston, Texas where she started her coaching career. She has experience working for the City of Houston Parks & Recreation, Katy Youth Soccer Association, Adidas Soccer Camp, Space City (06-07) and Albion Hurricane football club. Flavia also worked for Spring Branch School District as a Health & Fitness instructor and supported the ‘Soccer After School’ program.
Flavia brings critical experience to Pearland United’s training framework. She provides professional-level coaching feedback and encourages kids to push themselves. “Youth soccer is very important to me,” Flavia said. “It’s about giving each kid identity as a player. It’s about improving and developing their technical ability in order to bring out their gifts and talents as players.”
Flavia holds several licenses, including a USSF National D & C Licenses, US National Youth License, National & Regional Goalkeeping License and NSCAA D License.
Trainer - Joab Opot
Joab’s passion for soccer began in Kenya playing as a youth and eventually earning a position in the winning Eastleigh Sportiff team. His involvement in soccer at an early age eventually led to professional play on the Austin Men’s Team.
Joab started professional coaching in St. Paul, Minnesota for the South B Soccer Club. Later on, Joab came to Texas and started coaching with a number of camps, including “On the Ball” and Houston Dynamo summer camp programs. Joab was also a staff coach for the Dynamo’s high-level player development program, Dynamo Centers of Excellence Academy.
“I get a lot of satisfaction from encouraging and challenging kids and then watching their self-confidence soar when they accelerate,” said Joab.
In addition to instilling team members with self-esteem, Joab is a member of the US Coaches Associate and holds a National D Coaching License.
Trainer - Sherwin Benjamin
Sherwin played professionally for the Austin Lonestars and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) and holds a BS in Information Systems from Devry University. Sherwin is also a graduate of the UMHB Soccer program.
Sherwin has been a professional trainer for the past fifteen years and joined Pearland United after coaching for the Longhorns Women’s Soccer summer program and the ODP in Illinois.
When asked what he enjoys most about coaching, Sherwin said he finds coaching young kids to be fun and rewarding because of their enthusiasm and willingness to try new things.
Sherwin holds a US Soccer National D Coaching License and is a member of the US Soccer Coaches Association.