Justin Neese - Foundation Phase Lead / U12 Head Coach / Youth Programs Coordinator

Justin Neese returns for the 2019-20 season as the head coach of the Under-12 team and will be assisted by Kyle Smith. Neese, who holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from The University of Dallas, has been a member of the Academy staff since 2012. Neese has earned USSF ‘A’ Youth and National Youth coaching licenses as well as a Premier Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches (USC). He has seven years of collegiate coaching experience, including four years as a head coach, and was most recently an assistant at the University of Texas at Tyler before joining the Academy staff.


Email Address: jneese@houstondynamo.com


Tanner Chassman - Skills Development Coach

Tanner Chassman serves as the skill development coach and an academy scout. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration concentrated in Leadership, Change, and Social Responsibility and served as an Undergraduate Assistant Coach for the Charleston Men’s Soccer team from the fall of 2017 to spring of 2019. Raised in Chicago, Tanner played for the Chicago Magic Academy as well as IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida. He has experience coaching for Coerver South Carolina along with various youth clubs and skill development camps in the Chicagoland area. Tanner is a true student of the game and has a real passion for developing the next generation of soccer players.        


Email Addresstchassman@houstondynamo.com


Nelson Ballesteros

Nelson Ballesteros serves as the Director of Operations and assists with coaching for our Houston Dynamo Academy - West. 

Nelson has worked closely with the Dynamo Academy for the past four years and has been instrumental in developing many players in the foundation phases of the Dynamo Academy teams.  Nelson holds a Master's Degree from the University of Houston - Victoria. He also holds a USSF coaching license and was previously the technical director for The Total Football Club and Coerver Coaching Houston campus. 

He has had the opportunity to attend numerous European football courses including working closely and being part of the AFC AJAX Amsterdam Academy/Online Academy program. 


Email Addressacademywest@houstondynamo.com

Sean Street - Academy West Coach

Sean is a native of London, England. He had a very successful youth playing career for both his school and club teams, winning multiple League, District and County Titles; he also helped his school team to a National Cup Quarter Final appearance. Sean was selected to represent his District, County and the Region of East Anglia and participated in International Tournaments in both Denmark and the USA. Sean has been a Texas resident since 2015 and has completed coaching education courses with the English Football Association, United Soccer Coaches and the United States Soccer Federation; he currently holds a USSF C License.






Alan Cuevas - Academy West Coach

Alan Cuevas was a member of the first class of dynamo Academy players in 2007.  Alan Cuevas graduated in 2009 from Cypress Falls before joining the Coker Men's Soccer team that fall.  Cuevas began coaching immediately after his senior season at Coker College in South Carolina as a student assistant where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.  Cuevas holds a USSF B License.








Carlos Recinos - Academy West Coach

Carlos Recinos is the head coach of the U10 academy teams. Carlos holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Coker College. Carlos is an alumni of the Houston Dynamo Academy, and was a part of the first ever academy group in 2007. He started his coaching during his senior year at Coker College, as a student assistant. Once back at Houston, Carlos started coaching with the Houston Dynamo Academy assisting former academy director James Clarkson and Justin Neese. Recinos has a USSF license and National Youth License.