Featured Athletes

This is where you can find the athletes that have been featured on the NLT home page in the past. These athletes have done phenomenally well in training and deserve all the recognition we can give them!

Laila Arab

Laila Arab – Michigan Jaguars U-15 White

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

May 2017

“I love training with NLT because they push me to be the best and the drills are always a challenge.”

Austin Minard

Austin Minard – Nationals ’06

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

March 2017

“If you want to get better, Next Level is the place to be.”

Lucas Yessayan

Lucas Yessayan – TSC Blue Devils 07

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

October 2016

“I love NLT because they teach me to play better soccer. They are very knowledgeable and make training fun! Thank You NLT!”

Anna Timko

Anna Timko – Nationals ’05

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

October 2016

“I love training at NLT because they help me get better and i have fun doing it. I live by the quote “DO ALL THE WORK NOT SOME OF IT” and that’s what I learn here.”

Stella Keating

Stella Keating – U-13 Jaguars Green

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

August 2016

“NLT is the best! I’ve been going for 1 year now and my coach says that my skills are really improving. The trainers are super friendly, we work hard, and have lots of fun!”

Gabe Gjokaj

Gabe Gjokaj – U-10 Vardar

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

February 2016

“I love NLT, the trainers are funny, they have great drills, and I’m becoming a great player because of them!”

Alanna Earl

Alanna Earl – AC Milan Detroit ’04

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

February 2016

“I love training at NLT because the trainers demand my personal best every session and I feel the improvement in my game.”

Sarah Novak

Sarah Novak – Hawks ’02 Red

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

January 2016

“I love NLT because the trainers are fun and every session I am challenged and pushed to do my best!”

Emily Fischer

Emily Fischer – Next Level Training

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

January 2016

“I really enjoy NLT! They push you to be your best and every drill is challenging!”

Merrick Chernett

Merrick Chernett – Bloomfield Force U-12

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

December 2015

“I love NLT because it gives me drills to do at home and allows me to play against other kids to get better.”

Bryan Kaempfer

Bryan Kaempfer – Novi Jaguars U-13 Black

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

December 2015

“It’s fun, competitive, and it helps with skills.”

Eleanor Klinger

Eleanor Klinger – Michigan Hawks

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

November 2015

“I like NLT so much because they push you to work hard even when you are tired and you think you can’t do more”! The trainers are so fun!”

Harleigh Meyer

Harleigh Meyer – Plymouth Reign ’03 Green

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

October 2015

“Love all the trainers and every training session brings new challenges, concepts, skills, and competition. NLT has made soccer a lot of fun!”

Katie Toro

Katie Toro – Plymouth Reign ’03 Green

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

October 2015

“It takes everything out of you in the best way, best training I’ve ever had! It got me where I am today.”

Claire Llewellyn

Claire Llewellyn – Waza East ’04 Black

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

September 2015

“NLT is hard training, but the instructors make it fun as they push me to improve.”

Maya Carter

Maya Carter – Vardar ’03 & ’04 DA

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

May 2015

“I love training at NLT because it’s challenging, fun, and the coaches are very supportive. I get pushed to become a better player every time I train.”

Kellen Fife

Kellen Fife – Waza East U-11

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

March 2015

We at NLT are excited to announce that Kellen Fife from WAZA East u-11 girls is our student of the month. Kellen started playing soccer when she was 4! 6 years later she is one of the most technically sound players at her age. “She is a joy to work with and always has a great training mentality” says NLT trainer Scotty Wright. “When Kellen Fife shows up you know the level will be high” chimes in owner Aaron Byrd.

Eva Gaetino

Eva Gaetino – Michigan Hawks ’03

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

January 2015

“The trainers are never satisfied with my skill, and always require me to push my limits, train faster, and to make sure that I’m not resting on yesterday’s accomplishments.”

Sarah Troccoli

Sarah Troccoli – University of Florida

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

November 2014

Sarah Troccoli is one of the best players ever to come out of the state of Michigan. We are so happy that she chose NLT to develop and master her skills. Sarah went to Troy high school. While graduating in only 3 years she accomplished so much. She was a NSCAA scholar athlete and made the high school dream team 2014. In 2013 she helped Troy win the high school state championship. During that year she was also an all conference player. She is also a 5 time ODP player for the state of Michigan and helped her team to become the 2013 ODP champs. Sarah spent her club career playing for the Michigan Gators. Now approaching her graduation, we at NLT are proud to announce she will be attending the University of Florida starting this January. Great job Sarah, and good luck at the next level!

3 Year All-Conference Player
Dream Team 2013 & 2014
NSCAA Regional All American

Eva Burns

Eva Burns – MI Jaguars ’03 Green

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

September 2014

Eva’s tremendous commitment to perfecting her technique is the reason her skill set has taken her to the next level. Her work ethic and internal drive to continuously push herself has not only improved her confidence, but also her understanding of the game. We are extremely proud to see such a great young player with a positive attitude work hard to improve her game.

Tommy Bowman

Tommy Bowman – University of Detroit Mercy

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

August 2014

Tommy Bowman has been one of the hardest working college students we have had all summer. Growing up Tommy played for Vardar Soccer where he played midfield. During his high school years Tommy played for Birmingham Seaholm, team captain as a senior. His great play lead him to a scholarship at university of Detroit mercy where Tommy will be entering his sophomore year. Good luck and good job this summer.

Grace Doran

Grace Doran – MI Jaguars ’00

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

July 2014

Grace has trained with NLT for 5 years now and her soccer skill set has improved to an outstanding level. Training with NLT has not only boosted her confidence, but created numerous opportunities for her to play the game she so loves at an elite level. Grace is a tremendous talent who possesses the ability to produce a moment of greatness at any time. She truly is a part of the NLT family and we are so proud of her achievements. Great job Grace and keep it up!!!

Abby Gardiner

Abby Gardiner

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

June 2014

Abby Gardiner is one of the top young female players in the nation. One word we would use to describe her is dynamic. Not only is she a good technical player, she also works extremely hard while she is training, never quitting or complaining. She demonstrates every quality we look for in our students. She has been to numerous ID2 camps and regional teams selections. As a member of the Michigan Hawks, she helped the team win a state and regional championship, making them 2nd in the state. What a joy for us at NLT to have her in our program. Keep up the good work, Abby!

Individual Honors
U14 GNT Camp Carson California (Sept. 2013)
ID2 New Jersey(Sept. 2013)
ID2 Phoenix (Dec. 2013)
ODP Regional Pool (2012,2013)
Michigan State 1999 ODP Team (2011-2013)
ODP Interregional Event (Boca Raton, FL)
Team Captain

Team Honors
Michigan State Cup Champions (2013)
Regional Champions (2013)
National Finalists (2013)

Josh Rillema

Josh Rillema

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

May 2014

Josh has been with Next Level Training for 3 1/2 years now. His passion for the game of soccer and desire to play at the highest level make him train harder than anybody else. Josh’s RSC coaches and Next Level trainers have been a great complement to each other in developing his technical skills, game understanding, and passion for soccer. Josh was selected this winter by FC Orlando to play with their residency academy program in an elite level ID tournament for European pro clubs in Dirinon, France this June. He will play against academy teams from clubs like Arsenal, Fulham, PSG, and Dynamo. He will also be training with the FC Cologne youth academy and will play many friendlies against German, French, and Belgian pro club academies. Josh has also been offered continued “embedded” training opportunities with FC Cologne and Standard Liege Academies next year and will make several additional multi-week European trips to these clubs in the fall and spring to pursue his goal of being a professional soccer player. NLT is extremely proud of Josh’s development, and we know this is only the beginning of what’s to come from him. Keep it up, kid!

Sarah Siekkinen

Sarah Siekkinen

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

April 2014

Sarah has been apart of NLT for the last 4 years. Although she does not play for a club right now she has been selected to the 00′ Michigan ODP Team and also selected to the Alliance Academy Summer 2014 Cup Team. Sarah has developed to become one of the top players in the state. It shows with her hard work, and enthusiasm to get better. Always a joy to train. Congrats to you! From NLT.

James Clarke

James Clarke

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

March 2014

James has really stepped up his technical training commitment to becoming a complete soccer player and it shows. He was named the captain of the summer Super Y team that went to the national finals at IMG Academy and invited to the ODP Super Y at IMG Academy, as well as the West Ham International Academy National Camp 2 years in a row. And recently, James spent a week in the UK at the world known Liverpool Academy Camp. We are so proud of James and his overall development.

Kaya Frazier

Kaya Frazier

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

September 2013

Kaya’s skill set has improved immensely since she started training with NLT 3 years ago. Her attitude towards training at game speed, aggressiveness to attack at will, and confidence with the ball has really taken her game to the next level. Kaya’s dedication has certainly paid off as she made the ’00 ODP regional holdover and pool team and was asked to play with the ’99 Region Il ODP team. It continues to be a joy to watch Kaya develop into one of the best players of her age group. We are extremely proud of her. Keep up the good work!

Julia Noel

Julia Noel

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

May 2013

This week’s featured athlete is Julia Noel. Julia began playing soccer at age 6 and now plays for the Canton Celtic Black ’01. She has shown great improvement in her ball handling skills and comfort. You can see her confidence grow with every session she attends. She works hard every week and trains with a positive attitude. Julia is a joy to work with and the NLT family would like to congratulate her for being our featured athlete.

Emileann Topolewski

Emileann Topolewski

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

April 2013

Emileann started playing soccer 2.5 years ago and only travel for the past 1.5. Emileann has quickly become a NLT favorite through her tireless work and commitment towards her development. Through her dedicated training program paired with an awesome work ethic and attitude, she has quickly become a confident and skillful soccer player. NLT would like to congratulate her on her well deserved featured athlete selection.

Claire Li

Claire Li

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

May 2013

Claire dedicates herself to performing her best every time she trains with us. Her attitude towards training is to stay focused and consistent, which in turn has boosted her confidence to keep improving her skills as an overall soccer player. Claire currently plays for Troy SC Dynamos

Matthew Clarke

Matthew Clarke

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

November 2011

Matt is currently playing U-16 MRL for the Michigan Impact. His mantra has always been to practice not until he gets it right, but until he can’t get it wrong. Matt has the passion and desire to improve every time he steps on the field. He has learned to play ‘smart’ to create space and time for himself, allowing him to control the ball more effectively. He attributes this gift he has gained from the training he received at Next Level Training. He realizes that the only way you can get better is to continuously practice these skills in a game-like setting. In return, his technical ability with the ball has improved immensely. We applaud Matt for his efforts and hope that he remains a member of the NLT family for a long time.

Steven Daws

Steven Daws

Next Level Training Hall of Fame

November 2012

Steven began his training with Next Level when he was close to 11 years old. Steven was a smart kid with a love for sports. He had a great work ethic and understood he needed to work on his overall athleticism and technical ability. As he matured and developed he became quicker, faster, stronger and more explosive. He was a perfectionist, always wanting to do one more drill if his last one wasn’t good enough for his expectations. By the time he was 18 Steven had a solid 7 years of technical training under his belt. Steven’s path to success should be a road map to any youth that has a dream of playing soccer in college. Steven not only had the passion and dream, he had the three most important components that have allowed him to succeed; motivation, a great attitude, and a remarkable work ethic.

As Steven continued to develop he always had questions, continued to learn and stuck with the program we developed, although he wasn’t always certain why we were doing specific activities. Through his efforts, Steven achieved his dream to play soccer for Division 1 Ivy League school Columbia University. His work ethic and technical ability proved to be worthy of the Division 1 level. In the teams’ 17 game schedule Steven saw action in 13. By year’s end, Steven had earned three starts as a freshman. Aaron and the Next Level Training staff couldn’t be happier for the success Steven has achieved and will continue to experience. Congratulations Steven!