Trainer / Founder of Byrd Academy & Next Level Training
Aaron’s distinguished and successful soccer career largely began as a player on the Vardar 81 club team. While serving as one of the captains of the squad, the team made back to back National Tournament appearances and finished second in the country for two years. Aaron continued his career collegiately at the Division 1 level, starting every game in his 4 years at the University of Detroit Mercy. Aaron was named team captain from his sophomore year forward, becoming the only 3 year captain in school history. Aaron currently ranks in the university’s all time top 10 in career goals, assists, points, and games played. Also while at UDM, Aaron was named to the All Newcomer Team, All Conference Teams and the CoSIDA Academic All District Team. Aaron simultaneously graduated with Magna cum Laude honors, achieving a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Following his Vardar and collegiate accomplishments, Aaron went on to play five years professionally for the Windsor Border Stars and five years with the Waza Flo Pro Indoor team before his career was disrupted by a serious knee injury.
While playing for Windsor he earned the 2004 Rookie of the Year Runner Up award for the League. In 2006 he won the Golden Boot as the league’s top goal scorer and was named League MVP Runner Up. In 2007 Aaron was presented with the WESPY award (Windsor’s version of the ESPY) for the Top Male Soccer Athlete. Aaron is the all time leader in Windsor Border Stars history in goals, points and assists. During his professional indoor career with Waza the team won one National Championship and made two additional National Final appearances. Aaron’s passion for translating his knowledge and skills to the individuals he trains has earned him and Byrd Academy/Next Level Training a stellar reputation for developing each and every player’s full potential as an individual, soccer player, athlete and competitor.