Metro FC is a successful organization founded in 2004 with the specific intent of providing hard working players the chance for an outstanding soccer environment. Along with a dedicated staff of professional coaches, it has grown from 14 teams to its current size of 49. Now Metro has brought its talent to Northwest Ohio. Metro FC of Toledo will begin operations in the Toledo Area with an experienced, homegrown son to be its Director of Coaching with a staff that is second to none. With a full sponsorship by Adidas and home training grounds right next to the World Class Fallen Timbers Mall, come see what we’re about.
Along with our sister club in Dayton, METRO FC of Toledo has a unified and cohesive club goal of developing future soccer players to have a passion for the game, develop technical skills, improve tactical awareness, and develop a competitive attitude…all while having fun and enjoying the best soccer experience in town!
METRO FC TOLEDO’S MISSION STATEMENT: To create an environment that nurtures and develops the physical and mental needs of a young athlete
* METRO’s main goal is to develop better soccer players. Player development is the primary focus within our competitive program. Our players will learn the skills and tactical concepts that they will need to achieve a higher level of success. Our players will play multiple positions, get ample amounts of playing time, and be placed in training environments where learning is the most important goal. We are not a ’win at all costs’ organization. It is more important to Metro to teach kids the proper way to play the game, than to win playing the wrong way. Our job is to help our players become the best they can be and achieve the highest level of playing that THEY choose.
New Mailing Address:
- PO Box 527
Please feel free to contact us with any questions:
Director — Josh Weinberg
Club Administrator — Diane Aikman
Josh Weinberg – Director
Josh is a former program administrator for the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association. Josh has an extensive college and youth background including stints at BGSU and Wright State. His soccer resume includes coaching involvement with Olympic Development in both Ohio-South and New Mexico. Most recently Josh had been a long standing member of the Greater Toledo FC coaching staff. He currently holds his NSCAA European Diploma.
Ian Graham – Director of Goalkeeping
Ian Graham is a name most will be familiar with. His face is well known throughout the community as he lends his teaching talents to many of the area’s goalkeepers. Besides being involved with the Perrysburg High School soccer team and a mainstay at the Perrysburg Soccer Club, his goalkeeping knowledge has been used at such esteemed clubs as TFA and GTFC. His achievements can now include being appointed The Region 2 goalkeeper coach for The ODP program. We are grateful to be able to use his services.
Timm Meyers – Director of High School Operations
Timm brings with him 15 years of coaching experience from the youth level to high school. He has coached for several clubs and has recently been involved with Bedford United Soccer Club in starting a high school girls program. Timm holds a USSF National “D” License and has been a USSF soccer official for the past 10 years. Timm has a passion for sports and athletics and currently serves as a consultant to Sienna Heights University Women’s Softball Program, where he designed their off season strength and conditioning program.
Erin Webb – Staff Coach
Erin was born in Toledo, OH. Erin played soccer for the University of Findlay, which included qualifying four times for the NAIA National Tournament and a National ranking of fifth in 1996. Erin also has significant coaching experience which includes ten years of high school coaching (Perrysburg and Bowling Green) and 13 years of club coaching (Perrysburg, Bowling Green Soccer Club, and Valentis Athletica). Erin is the current Bowling Green High School Women’s Varsity Head Coach. Erin holds a USSF “D” License and a NSCAA State Diploma.
Erik Van Der Meulen – Staff Coach
Erik grew up in Bakersfield, California, where he played soccer for the Bakersfield Gunners. He attended Stockdale High School, and was a First team All-Area, and First team All-League selection his senior year. Erik played soccer at Irvine Valley College where he studied physical education.
Since 2010, Erik has served as the girls varsity assistant coach at Bowling Green High School. In 2011 he was voted Division II District Assistant Coach of the Year. He also served one season as the boys varsity assistant at Stockdale High School (CA) in 2005.
Erik holds the USSF D License, and a variety of NSCAA Diplomas, including: Special Topics: Long Term Athlete Development, Level 5, Level 2, and Goalkeeping Level 1.
Lic. Claudio Cabrera Mainard – Staff Coach
Claudio is from Uruguay, a small country in South America with a huge soccer history. He has played in the Uruguayan professional leagues with teams such as Rampala FC and Catholic. He’s worked as a Public Speaking teacher in the Catholic University and has given seminars regarding nonverbal communication and client management for public and private businesses in Uruguay. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communications, and in his second year of his Spanish Linguistics Master’s.
Iain MacKinnon-Slaney – Staff Coach
Iain has been with Metro FC Toledo since its inception in 2011. He holds his OYSAN U10-U12 youth module. The majority of Iain’s coaching experience has been with the younger players and teams (U10s and U11s) but he has coached from age 5 to age 18.
Emily Ramge – Staff Coach
Emily graduated from Perrysburg High School. She played soccer at BGSU and was made Captain when women’s soccer was added as a varsity sport. She is a Special Education teacher in Bowling Green. She has 2 young daughters that are playing for Metro, and she loves the game of soccer. She is very excited to be joining the Metro coaching staff.
Laura Swiatek – Staff Coach
Laura graduated from Notre Dame Academy after captaining the soccer
team for three years. She then went on to play for Vassar College,
where she was a two-year captain and she earned her bachelor’s degree
in Neuroscience. Laura is a certified referee, has coached a number of
soccer camps for ages 8-18, and has experience coaching youth club
teams of various ages in Athens, Ohio. She is now teaching science at
Perrysburg High School and is very excited to be a part of Metro
Laura Strong – Staff Coach
Laura played high school soccer at Notre Dame Academy as well as multiple club teams during this time period. She went on to play at University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2001. She later coached at Bowsher High School as an assistant varsity coach and then Bowling Green High School where she was awarded league Assistant Coach of the Year. She also has multiple years of experience coaching U-10 to U-12 teams with Bowling Green Soccer Club
Sheri is from Mineral Ridge, Ohio and has played soccer for 20+ years, which includes playing for the Weathersfield-Trumbull County Soccer Club throughout high school. In addition, she has played for a variety of soccer clubs/traveling teams in various tournaments across the country. Sheri graduated from the University of Toledo in Communication-Public Relations and throughout college played on many University led intramural soccer teams. Since college she has played in several adult rec leagues and recently started coaching for the Anthony Wayne Youth Soccer League. Sheri currently works in the Business Development/Marketing field while residing in Perrysburg, Ohio. She is excited to also be a part of Metro FC Toledo family
Diane Aikman – Club Administrator
Diane brings a wealth of administrative knowledge to her job as Metro FC’s club administrator. She was Vice President of Youth at Northwest Ohio Youth Soccer League for 2 years where she had been at the forefront of the organization for the Festival Tournament and scheduling meetings. This intimate understanding of the youth soccer process will provide Metro FC her expertise and thorough understanding of administrative details. Additionally, her broad experience and knowledge of club administration includes her handling the bulk of the administrative work for The ESSL soccer club. Her duties included Club League registrations, Tournament registrations, hotel reservations and all club game scheduling as well as uniform, gear orders, and Billing.
Iain MacKinnon-Slaney – Club Operations Manager
Iain brings a background of project management to Metro FC. Iain is involved in many of the day to day operations of Metro FC including IT and logistics.