Eric Arbuzow – Surf Head Coach
Arbuzow returns to the Surf for the 2017 season as the clubs General Manager and Head Coach. Arbuzow joined the Surf in 2016, after spending the 2015 season with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, currently of the United Soccer League (USL), where he was an Assistant Coach for the North America Soccer League (NASL) club under both Thomas Rongen and current Head Coach Stuart Campbell. With over 15 years coaching and administrative experience behind him, Arbuzow spent the early years of his coaching career working under the renowned Josef Schulz (the man who discovered Jozy Altidore) at the Schulz Academy as a Technical Director and trainer on the US Developmental Academy staff, which competed at the 2007 USDA Finals Week. He later became the Director of Coaching at a youth club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and within 18 months of his leadership, helped transform that club from 3 teams into nearly 30. Throughout its existence, the club has produced nearly 20 US Youth National Team pool players on both the boy’s and girl’s sides.
After leaving the youth game for a collegiate position, Eric worked with one of the counties best NJCAA programs, Young Harris College under current Head Coach, Mark Mckeever. He also mentored under Logan Fleck at Stetson University as an Assistant Coach. After a short stint in the collegiate game, Arbuzow relocated to New Jersey to join the prestigious New York Red Bulls Academy and Training Programs, the countries highest ranked academy and system of development. As part of the Red Bulls, he was exposed to all facets of the MLS organization and global marketing powerhouse, from assisting in academy technical and team training sessions to observing the first team trainings which included players such as Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez, and Tim Cahill. His experience at the Red Bulls landed him the position as Assistant Coach for the Tampa Bay Rowdies under former four-time USA U-20 World Cup Coach, MLS Cup Winner and MLS Coach of the Year, Thomas Rongen.
Arbuzow is also the owner of Hyper Elite Training where he works with over 70 professional players privately, including 34 players who have represented their respective National Teams in events as prestigious as the World Cup. He has his Associate of Arts from the University of North Florida and his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Florida Atlantic University, along with a Certificate in Ethnic Studies. Arbuzow currently holds his USSF “A” License and is also the Developmental Academy Director for the Surf Academy. He resides in Jupiter, FL with his son Ethan.
Johnny Frias – Surf Assistant Coach
Frias joins the Surf for the 2017 PDL season from the Boca United Developmental Academy Program. Coach Frias has extensive experience as both a player and a coach at youth, collegiate, and professional levels. As a player, Coach Frias played NCAA Division 1 College soccer at both Florida International University and Radford University, both of which were nationally ranked and participants in the NCAA tournament. In 2000, he was selected as a NCAA Division I South-Atlantic Regional All-American by the Adidas NSCAA coaches ballot. Jonathan played professionally for the Greenville (SC) Lions and Sioux Falls (SD) Spitfire, and still plays for the Northern Virginia Royals in the USL D3 Development League.
As a coach, Frias served as Student Assistant Coach for the Radford University, Technical Director of American Soccer Academy, DC United Academy, Boca United Academy, Monsignor Edward Pace High School and American Heritage High School head coaches before joining the South Florida Surf. He has served as a State Staff Coach for the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) ODP since 2006, and has served as head coach or trainer to more than a dozen youth travel clubs in Maryland and Virginia since 2003. Johnny resides in Boca Raton, FL with his wife and two children. He also holds his USSF “A” License.
Jim Rooney – Surf Assistant Coach