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2018 KCAC Goalkeeper Coaches

By Gigi Gray, 07/30/18, 2:30PM CDT


Meet the 2018 KC Athletics Goalkeeper Coaches - Nicole Barnhart, Ali Hanif, Ian Hodge, and Andre Braithwaite.

We are proud to introduce our 2018 Goalkeeping Staff. Keeper training will begin the week of 8/6 with multiple sessions offered throughout the week in all of the regions. Check the Goalkeeper pages for more info!

Nicole Barnhart

Director of Goalkeeping

Nicole Barnhart will return to KC Athletics following this year's WPSL season early this fall. She is the Director of Goalkeeping for our club. Barnhart is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who currently plays for the Utah Royals in the NWSL. She was the 2013 NWSL Goalkeeper of the year contributing to the 2014 and 2015 NWSL Titles with FCKC. She competed in qualifying matches for 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, 2011 Four Nations Tournament and 2011 Algarve Cup and has a total of 54 international caps. 

Barnhart is a former volunteer Assistant Coach at Stanford University. She has coached at Region 1 ODP and EPYSA State ODP camp. Barnhart also is the US Girls National Team GK Coach (U14-U16).

We look forward to Nicole's return to KC this fall!

Ali Hanif

Academy Elite & Premier 

Ali Hanif is from Manchester, UK. He has coached various levels of players from youth players, to collegiate players, to professional players. Hanif's long list of experiences includes being a coach and goalkeeper coach for Manchester United FC from 2008-2018. He also was the Head Coach at Loreto College (Manchester, UK) from 2012-2018. Hanif has been the Challenger Sports Senior Academy Coach & Goalkeeper Coach since 2012. He has been the SoccerPlus Camps Goalkeeper Coach since 2014. Hanif was the Midwest Premier FC Head Goalkeeper Coach from 2015-2018. He has coached boys & girls at St. Paul's Middle School since 2015. Last year, Hanif worked as the KC Fusion Technical coach. He has also worked as our KC Athletics Pride WPSL Head Goalkeeping coach for the past two seasons.
Hanif's Licensing includes:
  • English FA Level 2 (UEFA C License) 
  • English  FA Level 2 Goalkeeping 
  • English  FA Youth Award
  • Bachelor Of Arts - Coaching & Sports Development - Graduated 2015.

Ian Hodge

Championship & Regional 

Ian Hodge is a Kansas City Native that is no stranger to KC Athletics. Hodge played for the club when it was formerly called Futura. He played soccer at Pleasant Hill High School. Hodge went on to play DIII soccer at Greenville University where he earned National Player of the Week and made the All-Conference team before transferring to UMKC where he currently plays.

Hodge was the volunteer Assistant Coach at Grandview High School in Spring 2017. He also was the Varsity Assistant Coach and JV Head Coach at Pleasant Hill High School in 2018.


Andre Braithwaithe

Championship & Regional 

Andre Braithwaite is from Kingston, Jamaica. He played at Calabar High School in Kingston before playing soccer at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Following KCKCC, Braithwaite went on to play at Newman University in Wichita, KS. He plays for the Kansas City Comets. Braithwaite is a former coach for United FC. He will coach a U16 boys team along with GK training.