Leadership

jeremy christie - personal philosophy

“My goal is to work with young players, helping them develop and reach their true potential as soccer players. As I pass on my experience, passion, and knowledge to these players, I’m eager to watch them improve and grow their skill sets.”

“At FC Highland, players are encouraged to express themselves, play on instincts, and rather than fear mistakes, welcome them as opportunities to learn and grow. A culture of respect, discipline, hard work, honesty and integrity is at the forefront of my coaching philosophy.”

our leadership

Jeremy Christie

ceo/Director of Coaching

  • Professional player 1999 – 2013
    • Barnsley FC (Championship UK)
    • NZ Knights (Australian A League)
    • Perth Glory (Australian A League)
    • Wellington Phoenix (Australian A League)
    • Tampa Bay Rowdies (USA NASL)
 
  • International player for New Zealand
    • U17 World Cup 1999 (captain)
    • U20 World Cup Qualifiers 2001
    • U23 Olympic Qualifiers 2004
    • Men’s National Team 2005 – 2013
      • 2008 Oceania Nations Cup Champions
      • 2009 Confederations Cup
      • 2010 FIFA World Cup
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  • Coaching career
    • Lake Highland Prep Varsity Boys Soccer Team 2017/18 – present
      • 2017/18 District Champs
      • 2018/19 Regional Champs, 2018/19 State Champs
      • 2019/20 District Champs
    • 2018/19 Orange County All Star Coach
    • 2018/19 Florida High School Coach of the Year
    • 2018/19 United Soccer Coaches Private/Parochial School Coach of the Year
    • 2018/19 All American All Star Game Coach alongside Brian McBride

Toni Pressley

Director of Coaching

  • Playing Career
    • College Career
      • Florida State University 2008-2011
      • Soccer America MVP: First-Team All-American (2010).
      • TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season – Third Team (2010).
      • NSCAA All-American Third Team (2011), Fourth Team (2010).
      • NSCAA Southeast Region First Team honors (2010); Second Team honors (2009).
      • All-ACC First Team (2010); All-ACC Second Team (2009).
      • ACC All-Tournament Team (2011).
      • MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate (2010, 2011).
      • Ranked as high as No. 41 on the Top Drawer National Top 100 Women (2010).
      • Soccer America Preseason All-American (2010).
      • Selected in the second round (13th overall) by the Philadelphia Independence in the 2012 WPS Draft.
    • Professional Career
      • – Ryazan VDV Russia 2012-2013
      • Washington Spirit 2013-2014
      • WNY Flash 2015
      • Houston Dash 2015
      • Orlando Pride 2016- present
    • International Career
      • U17 WNT
      • U18 WNT
      • U20 WNT
      • 2010 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier Champion
      • 2010 u20 FIFA World Cup (Germany)
      • U23 WNT
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  • Coaching Career:
    • Brevard Soccer Alliance 2015
    • Lake Highland Prep Boys JV Soccer  2019-20

Testimonials

“Working with Jeremy was a real highlight of mine as he is someone who takes his job very seriously, has great perspective but most importantly is all about the player improving and enhancing their love for the game.”

Taylor Twellman, US National Team, ESPN Soccer analyst

“I have known Jeremy for years and it’s clear that he cares about developing soccer players the right way. On top of that, his experience as a player at the highest level in soccer is evidence of how much he has to offer young athletes.”

Sacha Kljestan, LA Galaxy, former Orlando City Captain, US National Team

“Jeremy has great knowledge of what young players need and has a personality that creates an enjoyable environment for them to train in. Add his experience of playing in a World Cup and you have a coach that can help every player continue to improve their soccer career, no matter what their age.”

Brian McBride, US Men’s National Team General Manager, US National Team, World Cups 1998, 2002, 2006

“I had the pleasure of playing alongside Jeremy on the New Zealand National Team and his knowledge of the game is second to none. He is extremely down to earth and approachable and creates a great atmosphere for players to learn in. His high level playing experience mixed with his soccer IQ and personality make him an outstanding coach.”

Winston Reid, New Zealand National Team Captain 2010-present, West Ham Utd 2010-present