Our Staff

Our Staff Members are truly teachers of life and soccer! Our Directors and Coaches are knowledgeable, loving, kind, caring, ethical, intelligent, dedicated, fun mentors of great character and soccer ability. Parents love the many unique, positive ways in which our coaches get children to learn difficult skills, work hard and achieve their potential. Our trustworthy staff work to a "One of a Kind" proven curriculum.


Andy Barney

HFLI President and Co-Founder
Phone: (913) 636-4073

Email: andy@kclegends.com 

Andy was born in Oxford, England. He was brought up in a soccer family with two generations of professional play. Andy was a registered semi-professional player with Oxford City at age 16. He became a branch sales manager for a large office equipment company at 21. While studying Physical Education from ages 23 to 26, he was ever present with the British Collegiate team. He graduated with honors in Human Movement Studies at 26.

Before moving to America, he coached British youth soccer teams for ten years and lectured in Physical Education. After arriving in Kansas City, he founded British Soccer Camps, (Now Challenger Sports, the USA’s largest camp organization). He was Director of Coaching for the Kansas State Soccer Association from age 27 to 32 and formerly Mid-West Girls Regional Director of Coaching and USSF U19 National Staff Coach/Selector. For five years he served as Director of Marketing and Coaching for a multi-million dollar indoor soccer and sports mall company. He coached at Avila University in KC, is currently in his 18th year as Director of Coaching for the Kansas City Legends Soccer Club and an NSCAA Convention clinician.

Andy holds a United States Soccer Federation “A License” an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and coaching qualifications in 8 other sports. Andy’s teams have won 13 National Indoor Championships & 3 USYSA Regional Championships. A team with 10 of Andy’s former players coached by Chris Klein, of U.S. National team fame, won the U20 National Outdoor Championship in 2002. Andy is the owner of Soccer Excellence Inc., the K.C. Legends Soccer Club, National Indoor Soccer Championship, SuperClubs North America, the SuperClubs National Team Tours and the HappyFeet Preschool & Legends Soccer Club Franchises.

Andy is the author of a 320-page book on soccer coaching, Training Soccer Legends. In his vivid, unorthodox soccer book he describes the philosophies and methods that have led to the successes of the teams and individual players who play for the Kansas City Legends Soccer Club. Moving from topic to topic, in each segment he provides new thought-provoking insight on questionable youth coaching methods. He draws from the many strands of his experience, his passion for the game of soccer, his lifelong infatuation with the great players of each era, his study of physical development and leadership, his loyal credo, his adventures in competition with players of many different ages, abilities, classes and national backgrounds, plus the hard work, headaches and rewards of the soccer playing, promoting and coaching life. His book is plainspoken, wise and enormously original. It is a book that addresses past and current coaching abuses, forges new developmental pathways and expands future coaching horizons. This is a book written for every soccer player, aficionado, coach or parent with a vision of maximizing each individual’s potential.



Andrew Clifton

HFLI Executive Director

Phone: (816) 269-1597
Email: andrew@shiningstarskc.com



Andrew is a former Legends player, high school teacher, high school coach and HappyFeet-Legends franchisee. Andrew played for Andy Barney’s 83-84 boys team in Kansas City for thirteen years and knows the powerful results of having grown up in the Legends training system. Andrew spent his entire youth soccer career playing for Andy Barney and the Kansas City Legends. At age 17/18, Andrew received parent accolades for his coaching work in the K.C. Legends Academy training program.

While playing and coaching for the Kansas City Legends Andrew spent time learning and developing a fanatical passion for soccer played the ‘Legends’ way. Andrew was a top midfielder for O'Hara and a standout for the KC Legends Soccer Club. Andrew helped his club team to five first or second place finishes at the state level and also helped the team win five National Indoor Championships between 1992-1999. Andrew played for the notoriously strong Missouri ODP team as a youth player. A gifted deceptive dribbler and goal scorer, he served as captain for the O'Hara High School soccer team and earned all-conference, All-Metro, all-district, all-region and all-state honors. An honor student, Andrew was student body president at O'Hara High School.

He participated in the MLS KC Wizards Youth Training Program in 01-02. From 2002 to 2006 Andrew attended Drury University in Springfield, MO on a soccer scholarship and majored in Secondary Education and History. Andrew played in the Professional Developmental League for the Kansas City Brass. Andrew graduated from Drury University where he was a scholarship standout and an ever present player for four years. Andrew played lead roles in several plays while attending Drury University. After graduating from University Andrew taught History at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Missouri. While teaching History Andrew was also the Boys Head Coach and Girls Assistant Soccer Coach.

In 2007 Andrew became a HappyFeet-Legends franchisee in Springfield, Missouri. With his trademark enthusiasm, phenomenal responsibility and strong communication skills, Andrew quickly established a successful HappyFeet-Legends business in the weakest demographic and smallest soccer market within the HappyFeet-Legends system. He loves the unique HappyFeet-Legends opportunity and truly believes in mentoring others with the passion for soccer taught the ‘Legends’ way. Andrew is now Vice-President of HappyFeet-Legends International. He brings his incredible work ethic and boundless energy to the business on behalf of our franchisees, and guarantees a level of education, training and service that will far surpass any “normal” level of expectation.

Andy Barney - President, HappyFeet-Legends International, Inc. says: "It's like having a son take over the family business. I could not be more excited about continuing my relationship with Andrew in this wonderful venture. He is an amazingly talented and mature young man. He is like family to me!"





Andrew Vorce

Director of Franchise Support and Education
Phone: 913-851-9898 x 33
Email: andrew.vorce@happysoccerfeet.com


Andrew Vorce comes to the Kansas City Legends after serving as Director Of Coaching for our Springfield, Missouri program.  Andrew spent seven years in Springfield where he attended Missouri State University and has been coaching various levels of youth soccer since 2007.  Andrew spent nearly five years at Total Demize Soccer Club in Springfield coaching everything from U7 boys to U12 boys. In 2011 Andrew served as Director of both the Springfield Happy Feet and Legends programs. 

Andrew grew up in Kansas City. Andrew was named an all-district forward in 2006 and a two year captain for his high school and went on to play for the Springfield Demize PASL squad and PDL Reserves.  Andrew holds his USSF National "D" License and NSCAA National Diploma. Andrew started with the HappyFeet Legends International headquarters in 2013 as the SuperClubs Tournament Director before moving over to the HappyFeet Kansas City team to be the HappyFeet League Director. Andrew now serves the larger franchise network, working with Andrew Clifton to assist and support the network. Andrew is passionate about coaching, and educating coaches on how to better connect and deliver the HappyFeet message.


Kim Kelley

Bookkeeper
Phone: (913) 851-9898 x21
Email: kim@kclegendssoccer.com


Kim is the book keeper for HappyFeet Kansas City, SuperClubs and the KC Legends Soccer Club. Km brings a wealth of experience to the orgnaization and her professional and caring approach and eye for detail make her a perfect fit for this position. In her spare time, Kim and her husband Tim are usually found at the soccer fields watching their three children Liam, Moira and Aidan who all play in the KC Legends Soccer Club. 




Allison Goodwin

Bookkeeper
Phone: 913-851-9898 x42
Email: alison@kclegends.com





Micah Clifton

Shining Stars Director

Phone: (816) 269-1597
Email: micah@shiningstarskc.com



A fun-loving mom of three, Micah joins the ShiningStars team with a desire to build confident futures for young children. Coming from a rather shy and play-it-safe background, Micah feels compelled to encourage her own kids and those in the ShiningStars program to try new things and be willing to think outside the box.  "Working in an atmosphere that encourages children to be comfortable and confident in their own forms of self-expression is the most wonderful opportunity I've had. My own children have come so far in their willingness to step out on a limb and try something new.  Hey, that's where the fruit is, right?"


Ashley Barney

Shining Stars Director

Phone: (913) 851-9898
Email: ashley@shiningstarskc.com


Ashley is the second oldest daughter of owner and founder of HappyFeet Legends, Andy Barney. She started playing soccer when she was 5 years old and grew up playing in the Legends club.  She's played for the Kansas Select ODP soccer team as well as overseas for the SuperClubs tour.
She graduated from Pittsburg State University and uses a combination of education and playing experience to coach premier teams as well as HappyFeet classes and Future Legends teams. In her spare time Ashley likes to watch Kansas City sports teams in action and spend time with her friends and family. 



Mike Bennett

KC Legends

Phone: (913) 851-9898 ext. 23
Email: mike@kclegendssoccer.com


Michael grew up in Overland Park playing for the dominant Udinese Soccer Club where he  won multiple state cups as well as Region II competitions and played at Nationals.  Michael also guest played with the Legends 81/80 and 81/82 teams coached by Club Founder Andy Barney.   He played two years on the ODP squad at the state and regional level.

 In high school, as a sophmore he was a 6A KS High school runner up.  After High school he trained briefly in Europe.  After returning to the States Mike became a full time father.

He is currently living in Overland Park with wife, Mary and four kiddos; Breven 18, Oriana 16, Akasya 14, and Rive 6.  Mike is extremely excited to share his passion and knowledge with the kids and truly believes that the Legends are a one of a kind club with a special way of making great players.

 

Andrew Vorce

Director of Leagues and Promotions

Phone: (913) 851-9898
Email: andrew.vorce@happysoccerfeet.com




About Jane Smith: Jane has spent 8 great years with Blues FC making sure to help bring in the best coaches and best programs for young players. She has played soccer since she was six years old, and she loves being involved in bringing soccer to the youth in thiscommunity. She is very excited to be able to be a part of the administration here at Blues FC, and she hopes to continue to bring great programs for the Blues FC girls teams!

Jane is a National "B" and "C" licensed coach with an NSCAA Director of Coaching diploma. She has worked with clubs across the country for over 25 years including her time with Blues FC.

Andrew Vorce

Director of Leagues and Promotions

Phone: (913) 851-9898
Email: andrew.vorce@happysoccerfeet.com




About Jane Smith: Jane has spent 8 great years with Blues FC making sure to help bring in the best coaches and best programs for young players. She has played soccer since she was six years old, and she loves being involved in bringing soccer to the youth in thiscommunity. She is very excited to be able to be a part of the administration here at Blues FC, and she hopes to continue to bring great programs for the Blues FC girls teams!

Jane is a National "B" and "C" licensed coach with an NSCAA Director of Coaching diploma. She has worked with clubs across the country for over 25 years including her time with Blues FC.



Kyle Hogge

KC Legends Executive Director
Phone: (913) 851-9898 x36

Email: kyle@kclegends.com



As a youth player, Kyle played for the 83/84 Legends and Andy Barney for 14 years. Kyle's team won the Kansas State Cup during his tenure. However, they are more noteworthy for winning 5 National Indoor Soccer Championships between the ages of 12 and 18. Kyle and his teammates (including Legends coach Andrew Clifton) were incredible at beating opponents and scoring goals in and around the box. After 14 years in the club Kyle is a firm believer in the unique Legends philosophy.

Kyle had a storied career at O’Hara High School. In his four years he received four all state selections and two Kansas City all metro selections. Kyle’s high school career culminated in a second place finish at the state tournament, the school’s highest ever finish. Kyle was recognized for his achievements by being chosen to play in the Missouri vs. Kansas high school all-star game.

Kyle was also a mainstay on the Missouri ODP team and was chosen to participate in the Wizards youth academy along with several of his Legends teammates.

From 2002 – 2007 Kyle attended Drury University on a soccer scholarship. Kyle was a two year team captain at Drury and guided them to a top ten national ranking his senior year. Kyle graduated with honors from Drury and went on to receive his masters in business administration from the university also. While in attendance at Drury, Kyle also spent two years playing for the Springfield Demize in the Professional Development League. In 2007 Kyle was voted team MVP by the coaches and invited to the leagues combine in Florida.

Kyle’s coaching resume includes a one year stint as the assistant soccer coach at Hillcrest High School as well as coaching at several of the Drury University summer camps. Kyle has also spent two summers coaching the Legends skills academy.

Kyle now works full-time for the Legends Soccer club. Kyle has chosen to follow his passion for teaching and promoting the unique Legends method instead of the business career route that was open to him.

Kyle has an immensely fun, caring, empathetic way with children.






Matt Iverson

Director of Youth Development

Phone: (913) 908-8253
Email: iverson@kclegendssoccer.com



Iverson grew up in Prairie Village and played for Johnson County Community College for two years, where he earned numerous awards.  He was named 1st teamall-conference and 1st team all-region both years, netting 27 goals and was the Cavalier's team captain as a sophomore. He then transferred to Graceland University where he played his final two collegiate years. He had 14 goals and 7 assists during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He stayed on as an assistant coach for Graceland during their 2009 season while he finished his BA in painting. Iverson's senior exhibition "The Lamoni Years" was highly acclaimed and successful. After college, he spent three years with the PASL Kansas City Kings and led his amateur men's indoor team to a national championship.  Iverson has played for the Missouri Comets since their return to the Major Indoor Soccer League in 2010. He continues to paint and has received several awards for his paintings and illustrations and continues to display in galleries and restaurants around Kansas City.  Iverson considers himself fortunate to be able to do the things that he loves most, but more than anything he enjoys passing on his love for soccer through coaching.




Mike Stone

HappyFeet KC Director
Phone: 913-851-9898 x 40
Email: mike@happyfeetkc.com


Mike Stone has been with the KC Legends for the past 5 years, coaching younger and older boys and girls teams. From 2004-2009, Mike helped coach MNU to four championships, including two Heart of America Athletic Conference titles. Mike has also coached extensively within the KS ODP and Region II ODP programs. Mike is currently coaching on the Region 2 Girls Staff and has worked at that level for six years. At the state level, Mike was the Boys ODP Director for three years. Before directing, he was Head Coach for the KS 1986 Girls and KS 1988 Boys. The 88’ Boys team included Legends Alums and current professional players Michael Thomas and Garrett Webb. Prior to coaching at MNU and Legends, Stone served as an Age Group Director and Tournament Director for the Olathe SC (now KS Rush). Before coming to Kansas City, Mike was the Head Men's Soccer Coach for the Danville (IL) Area College Jaguars. He guided the start-up program for three years, while teaching business classes and directing the youth soccer organization. Stone has also served as the General Manager for prestigious Region 3 clubs in Greensboro and Atlanta. He coached the U19 Girls Greensboro (NC) Twisters and U17 Boys North Atlanta Soccer Association (GA) to tournament championships. The Twisters won two US Soccer State Championships. Mike started coaching in 1989, where he helped coach the Capital University men's team to a conference championship. Mike played at and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He then obtained his MBA from Ohio State University. Stone has obtained seven National Coaching Certificates including the USSF 'B', 'National Youth,' and the NSCAA 'Advanced National'. He is also a state level and college referee. Mike is married and has two daughters.


Melanie Shelkey

HappyFeet KC Assistant Director
Phone: 913-851-9898 x 31
Email: melanie@happyfeetkc.com


Melanie comes to us with a wealth of experience and a passion for child development.  Melanie's son, Evan, plays for the KC Legends and started working for the program as a HappyFeet Class coach. Right away, Melanie was identified as a potential candidate for an administrative role in the company. Melanie is responsible for coordinating the class schedule with the coaches and the preschools among other responsibilities.



Pat Ozburn

SuperClubs Tour Director                         
Phone: (913) 851-9898 x29 or 913-636-0650

Email: pat@upper90.com



Pat is the Vice-President of both the National Indoor Soccer Championship and the SuperClubs National Championship. There is no one better than Pat at working with the early age groups and encouraging them to try skills. His fun loving personality and tremendous empathy for children make him the perfect coach for very young players.

However, Pat also has a gift for working with older players. In his role as Staff Coordinator for the SuperClubs National teams, Pat has the responsibility of directing a coaching staff that has included NCAA Division I coaches from Yale, Clemson, Memphis, Stetson, Tulsa and numerous other NCAA Division I institutions.

Pat arranges and directs these high level coaches and elite youth squads in exhibition matches against the giants of the English Premier League each summer. Past opponents have included youth professional teams from Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton, Leeds, Middlesborough, Charlton and Southampton.



Carol Stovall

Manager Liaison

Phone: (913) 851-9898 ext. 21 
Email: carol@kclegends.com



Carol Stovall is originally from Gladstone, MO and attended North Kansas City High School.  After high school, Carol attended the University of Missouri - Columbia, where she received her teaching degree in elementary education.  Carol taught 5th and 6th grade along with teaching Sunday School at church and coordinating  preschool classrooms for MOPS.  Carol also served as the Children's Ministry Volunteer Director at her church for 2 years.  Carol started coaching HappyFeet in 2010.  She loves to work with children and thinks HappyFeet is a fantastic program to engage children and help them to become brave, creative, leaders.



Saul Alcantar

Facility Designer and Constructor




 
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