West Texas Wildcats
Head Club Coach/U15 Girls Coach
I was born and raised here in Amarillo. I have played soccer since I was 4, always loving the game. I made the state team when I was 14. I graduated Amarillo High School in 1990. I then spent a year in Alaska then came back home. I started assistant coaching under Mitch Shadix in 1995. He showed me my passion and love for coaching a game I loved to play as a child. We formed West Texas Wildcats in 2001. Through the years the club has been able to grow on a foundation of player development. I currently hold a U.S soccer National D license. I have spent many years on the Amarillo Soccer board trying to preserve the game you and I love so much. I am currently Deputy Director of West Texas Premier League. I have the honor to be surrounded by an amazing staff and coaches.
U12 Girls coach
Born in the 1971 in Manassas, Virginia
I have been married to my lovely bride Brandi for 24 years. We have 7 children with 6 daughters and 1 son. We are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Canyon. I joined the United States Marine Corp Reserve (USMCR) in 1989 and entered the Marines in the June 1990 - two days after high school graduation. In 1996, I was accepted into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) apprenticeship program as an electrician and became an Inside Journeyman Electrician in May of 2000. Still being in the Inactive Ready Reserves (USMCR), I was involuntarily contractually extended for service on October 7, 2001 and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps on June 1, 2005. I was hired as an electrician on November 6, 2006 at the Pantex plant were I am still employed.
Soccer License/ Certifications:
D STATE Coaching License
E USSF Coaching License
F NTSSA Coaching Certification
G NTSSA Coaching Certification
I have been playing soccer since the age of 5. I played all through school both on traveling tournament teams and recreational. When soccer became a UIL sport in 1990, I played for Tascosa High school both as a Keeper and Midfielder. When I was in the USMCR, I made and played with 4th Marine Division goodwill soccer team. I had to step down due to a high ankle sprang and that ended my playing days. I have been coaching soccer since 1997. Starting as a recreational coach for my oldest daughter and have never left coaching. I have coached competitive soccer since 2007 for all competitive soccer teams in the Amarillo area including the now defunct Canyon Soccer Club.
My philosophy in playing great soccer is “value that soccer is a sport, we should never lose the knowledge that this game is fun. Coach with passion and be positive.” I believe a coach can be a very positive influence in a young person's life. Coaches must stress teamwork, responsibility, initiative, discipline, and a strong work ethic. Each player on the team is an essential part of a team and it is my responsibility to nurture this in order to build a strong bond. I believe the best way to coach is by having player's understand technical ball control with tactical development. These are the top priority in training. Players must be constantly challenged to achieve individual and team goals, while realizing that playing selflessly will build the heart and soul of a great player and future adult.
U12/U15 Girls Assistant Coach/IT Director
I was born and raised in Amarillo TX .
I have played soccer since I was 5. I played rec, travel team and club soccer growing up! I was heavily recruited out of high school played 4 years varsity at Caprock! Instead I went straight to the Marines during end of Desert Storm. Ended up playing soccer on Marine team in North Carolina! Played in many different scrimmages vs big clubs 2nd tier teams like AC Milan some of the National teams had a few MLS teams watching me for the first year of the league but got took out playing a Jamaica team. After that I helped coach my kids teams then ended back playing indoor up until the last few years ago. I also Give private lessons to anyone wanting to get better. I was also a college Sports Advocate. I Coached a few rec teams here went 15-1. I came over here to the Wildcats last few season's coached the U16 girls and u14 girls. My goal is player development for all our players.
Coaching License/ Certifications:
11v11 National coaching license's
Safe Sport certified
Grade 8 referee license as well as
working on keeper training certification.
Head Club Coach/2006/2007 Boys Coach
I was born in Santiago, Chile. I arrived in Amarillo at the age of 4. Soccer has
always been my passionate sport. I am a 1990 graduate from Palo Duro High
School where I participated in both soccer and football. I joined the Wildcats
Soccer Club organization 2017 but have coached at the recreational level
since 2008. I currently hold a U.S soccer National D license.
U11 BOYS COACH
I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and have traveled to many states as a kid. I came to Amarillo in 1995 and
have only left twice since I’ve lived here once to move to Alabama for my 8 th grade year and when I was
stationed in Hawaii for the U.S. Army from 2003-2007. I Was a 21 Bravo Combat Engineer in the Army I
deployed to twice to Iraq in 2004 and 2006. I was Honorably Discharged in 2007 and came back home to
Amarillo to live. I have been married to my beautiful wife since Oct of 2003 and have 3 great children in
Anabel, Anneliese, and Angel. In 2019 I welcomed my first grandchild Ivan into this world.
I have played soccer since I was about 8 years old. I started coaching recreational soccer in 2009 and
moved into competitive soccer in 2018. I have coached from U7 up to High School. I love coaching, I am
currently working on getting my bachelor’s in education so I can hopefully one day coach in High School.
My coaching philosophy centers around teamwork, footwork, and passion for the game. I am a very
passionate man and love all my players like they are my own. Over the years I have evolved as a coach
and a man thanks to many wonderful players that have crossed my path and have pushed me to be
better every day.
Coaching License/ Certifications
National F License
USSF D License
Grade 7 USSF Official
Taso Official for Soccer
Certified Frist Aid/CPR/AEd instructor
Speed and Agility Specialist
Marc Cornell is the co-owner of Amarillo Athlete Sport Performance Training Inc. currently located at Tascosa Golf Club. Marc trains athletes of all ages and sports while specializing in speed and long term athletic development. Marc graduated from West Texas A&M in 2002 with a Masters degree in Sports and Exercise Science. He graduated in 19997 with his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology where he was a member of the WTAMU football team from 1993-1996. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. and s certified club coach through the United States Weightlifting Association (USAW). He is also adjunct faculty at Amarillo College since 2005 where he currently runs the PT program for the Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy. Marc graduated from Enid High School in 1993 where he was captain of the soccer team and 6a All-Midstate Conference in both soccer and football. He is married to Shannon and they have three children: Sierra, Willow, and Canyon. He enjoys coaching and playing sports with his kids and most outdoor pursuits.
TGC Performance Director
Owner Amarillo Athlete Sports Performance Training
MS, CSCS, USAW Club Coach
David "SoccerDave" Balyeat
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
I was born in Dallas but had the blessing of growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There I grew a passion and talent for soccer. As my talent and skill progressed, opportunities began to come. I played one college season at Mississippi College, and three seasons at Dallas Baptist University. Also blessed to have played professionally in Bolivia (2nd division 2 seasons) and Spain (3rd division 1 season). I now dedicate my gifts, talents, and passions to guide the next generation of athletes. The physical, technical, mental, and spiritual aspects of soccer I believe are applicable to life as well. And that is the approach I take when I have the opportunity to invest in a player.