PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds Development Academy has announced three new staff trainers: Allen Duda, Matty Evans and Josie Valeri.
The trio brings a variety of coaching and player experiences, and their addition in part-time roles will further strengthen the RDA workforce in 2021.
“We are very pleased to add all three trainers to our RDA staff. As our program continues to grow, it is important that we bring in trainers and trainers who can add value to our existing excellent employees. Matty and Allen will add valuable experience and continue to improve our college game connections. It’s also great to welcome Josie back as a trainer at the RDA after her time as a player in the RDA program. “
Duda is the current head coach of the Carlow University women’s soccer team, who held the position for three years after previously serving as an assistant coach with the Celtics. In 2018, his first responsible season, Duda was named River States Conference Coach of the Year after leading Carlow to number 3 and a semifinal in the conference tournament.
A graduate of Peters Township High School where he was a player: All-State, All-Region, and All-American Picks; and a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a BS in Physical Education and Sports Management. Duda has over 25 years of experience coaching and coaching young athletes in the Pittsburgh area.
Evans is the top assistant to Robert Morris University’s men’s soccer team, having recently joined the Colonials to return to the Pittsburgh area. Evans is from Bedford, England and started 36 games as a goalkeeper for Seton Hill University. He completed his sports management with a BS and switched directly to coaching at Seton Hill as a student employee in 2016.
In the years that followed, Evans trained in the college ranks of West Chester, Lander, Appalachian State, and Georgia Southern. Both West Chester and Lander ran NCAA tournaments with Evans as a staff, and Appalachian State achieved its best-ever result as a member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2019.
Valeri is in the middle of her college career as a starting defender for Point Park University and will complete her second season in spring 2021. In the fall she started 9 out of 11 games for the Pioneers when she set an 8-3 record. Valeri was no stranger to the Black and Yellows of the Riverhound SC and a longtime player in the RDA. She rose from the youngest ages to represent the club in its early seasons as an ECNL member, while also playing for Seneca Valley High School, where she graduated in 2019.