Training Grounds

Meet the Coaches

Marc Castillo | Club Director

Holds the highest coaching license in the United States, USSF “A” License

– Master’s degree in art of teaching

– BS Health and Exercise Science

– TOVO V1 Coaching Certified

– Mentorship with APFC methodology

– Mentored by Horst Wein (Funino)
– Asst. Coach Div. 1 Centenary College Men’s Soccer Program

– Asst. Coach Div. 1 Centenary College Women’s Soccer Program

– HCYA homeschool varsity boys head coach

– Director of Future Stars dynamos-

– Trainer Rush Soccer Club

– Trainer and Youth academy Director Texans/Classic Soccer club

– Caddo Magnet High School Varsity Head Coach

Playing Experience:

– Pro-USISL Shreveport/Bossier Lions
– Div. 1 Centenary College (4 years, Captain for 3 years)
– Hurricanes Soccer Club under Glenn Davis
– Olympic Development Region team


– Owner/Co-founder The Training Grounds
– Previous Co-owner Coto Sports youth sports facility
– Previous owner of SoccerTots North Houston

Sammy Buazza | Club Director

Coach Sammy was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and raised in Houston, Tx. He is a graduate of Mayde Creek High School and Cetenary College where he played Division 1 NCAA soccer. He began playing soccer at the age of 3 and has played competitively for over 20 years—playing Division 1 club here in Houston, collegiately in Louisiana, and professionally over seas. After playing professionally, Coach Sammy realized his passion in coaching youth soccer. He began his coaching career back in 2010 and has been coaching ever since. Since then, he has become the Owner and Director of Aspire Soccer Club, based in Spring, Tx, where he enjoys developing young players of all ages. There, his oldest girls’ group won First Place in State, two years back-to-back, and he currently has the #1 ranked U12 boys team in South Texas. Coach Sammy began Coaching at Northland Christian in 2019, and in his first year, led the boy’s soccer team to a district championship title. Coach Sammy and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 2015, and have two young daughters, Layla and Leena.

Matt Walker | Club Director

Lives in the Cypress/Tomball area. Over 20+years of experience involved in sports as a player and coach. Played club soccer for the Texans as a youth player, was a three year varsity athlete, a 2 year varsity captain point guard on high nationally ranked high school basketball team. Holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston. Has been coaching youth recreation soccer since 2011 and club soccer since 2017. Part of the FC Cypress (Aspire FC) training staff, is TOVO certified, is a level 1 technical trainer for the Training Grounds, as well as being the Training Grounds ball mastery/skills trainer. Coach Matt and his wife, Margarita, have been married since 2008, and have two daughters, Isabella and Mia.

Ivan Jasso | Player Development Coach

Ivan’s passion has always been soccer since the age of 5. He continues to love this beautiful game till this day, and enjoys it even more, as he gets to show the next generation of players how the game should be played and to see them grow as players. Soccer for him is more than just a sport. It taught him may things off the field that apply into everyday life. More over, Soccer shaped him into the player and person he is today. He hopes he can continue to teach the next generation how to come out of the game as a better player, but more importantly a better person.

Playing Experience:

– Player for Texas Premier (5 – 10 years old)

– Waller High School Varsity Soccer Teams (4 Years)

– Rayados Academy (14-17 years old)

– Cairn University – NCAA  Division 3 (2 years)