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Increased Dexterity Skill Sets
Improve foot-eye coordination and footwork through these drills. 


Better BallHandling
Every coaching session includes ball handling fundamentals.

Improved Flexibility & Range of Motion

Stretching is a critical part of any athletic routine. We know that.

Correct Footwork Application 
We'll help your player apply proper footwork to his/her complete game. 

Improved Decision Making Capabilities 
Brain teasers and strategy are a part of any game, including soccer.


Denny Ciornei
In 1968, Denny was born in communist Romania, under the repressive, and often brutal rule of President Nicolae Ceausescu. The Securitate, Romania's secret police, arrested and jailed Denny's grandfather for speaking out against Ceausescu, which was not tolerated. Denny himself was beaten as a child by Ceausescu supporters. Denny, like most Romanians, suffered from Ceausescu's policies, which resulted in extreme shortages of food, fuel, energy, and medicine.

Denny thought that soccer might help him escape the poverty and violence. He immersed himself in the sport. Without access to a club, coach or even interested parent, he had to persuade older boys to allow him to play, learning as he did so. He watched every game he could find, and spent hours teaching himself the fundamentals of the game. His dedication and hard work paid off, eventually earning an invitation to play for the Romanian Youth National Team.

At 14, Denny and his family immigrated to the United States. Despite the culture shock, which included learning a new language, Denny continued to pursue his dream of playing professional soccer. He eventually earned a position with Metrom Brasov, a professional team in his native Romania. Upon his return to the United States, he earned a position with the Cleveland Force and then the Cleveland Crunch. In all, Denny was a professional goalkeeper for ten years and helped his team with two National Professional Soccer League titles.

During his playing days, Denny discovered his love of coaching while helping younger professionals as they began their careers. He eventually became the goalkeeper coach for the Cleveland State University men's soccer team, where he coached Brad Stuver, the first goalkeeper selected in the 2013 MLS Super Draft, who currently plays for the Columbus Crew.

While coaching at Cleveland State, in 2005, Denny founded the Ciornei Goalkeeping Academy. At the Academy, Denny emphasizes the fundamentals of goalkeeping by breaking down skills into their component parts, building one upon the next. This methodical approach allows young goalkeepers to recognize their own mistakes and self-correct. 
Additionally, this process allows young goalkeepers to master each skill, giving them the confidence and foundation to eventually master the techniques needed to succeed at soccer's highest levels.

  • Two of his students have gone on to play professional soccer-one in MLS and another in England. And all 35 of his high school goalkeepers have gone on to play college soccer. Those schools include:

. Akron University 

. Ashland University

. American University

. Claremont McKenna College 
. Cleveland State University
. Davidson College
. Duke University
. Eastern Kentucky University

. Northern Kentucky
. Emory University

. Gardner-Webb University
. George Mason University

. George Washington University 

. Georgetown
. Hobart & William Smith College 

. Houston University 

. Hofstra University 
. Niagra University
. Kent State Univesity
. Miami University (OH)

. Malone University

. Merrimack University
. North Carolina University

. Ohio Wesleyan University

. Robert Morris Univsersity
. St. Francis University

. St. Johns University

. St. Xavier University
. United States Naval Academy
. University of Cincinnati
. Indiana University 

. University of Chicago

. University of Colorado

. University of North Carolina Wilimington
. University of Michigan
. University of Notre Dame
. University of Vermont
. Virginia Tech University
. Wake Forest University
. Washington Univesity

. Winthrop University 
. Wright State University

Professional career 

  • 10 yr professional experience 
  • 2 time NPSL champion 

Played for 

  • Cleveland Force
  • Cleveland Chrunch
  • International play at Metrom Brasov Romania

Academy Coaching Director 

Club team: Internationals U.S. Soccer Development Academy
High school: St. Ignatius high school 
College: University of Cincinnati (2010)Cleveland State University (2011-2014)
    Played at Saint Ignatius High School, where he earned four varsity letters...posted 48 shutouts which marked a new school and state record...set school records for most shutouts in a single season (19) and fewest goals allowed in a season (five)...Helped lead St. Ignatius to a state championship title in 2008 and finals appearance in 2009.
    Redshirted freshman year with the University of Cincinnati before transferring to Cleveland State university. Joe was trained and played side by side with Brad Stuver, the 2013 super draft first round keeper. Also Alec Farrell of Wake Forest, Max Hallwach of Notre Dame, Charlie Horton of Cardiff City (2014 US National Team Call Up). Danielle Wiseman of Miami University also a 2012 MAC Champion. During Joe's career at Cleveland State the accomplishments include, 2012 Horizon League Champions (first to do this in school history). Eliminated during the NCAA Postseason tournament against Michigan State. 

Academy Youth Development 

Marian Diplas 
Professional Career

  • 5 Year Professional International Experience

Website Developer 
Jason Tepes 
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