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Meet the DV7 Astoria FC Coaching Staff

DV7 Coaches

Marc Sabate

  • DV7 Astoria FC - Director of Coaching
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Sports Science
  • UEFA Pro License
  • 8 years in FC Barcelona Escola (coach, director of coaching, international camps and tournaments...)
  • 2 years as a Technical Director at FCB Escola Dubai
  • Languages: English, Catalan, Spanish

Marc was born and raised in Amposta, town located in the south of Catalunya, where he developed as a youth player from 6 to 18 years old. Then he moved to Barcelona, where he played one season with CE Europa U18, promoting to the top U18 Spanish category after ranking in the third place behind FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol U17. He played on amateur teams until injuries prevented him from continuing. While playing, he was already focused on his coaching development, combining his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Sports Science with the football coaching UEFA B and A licenses. Later, he achieved the UEFA Pro license along with other football courses. The summer of 2006 he got a position as a coach in the FCBEscola (FC Barcelona soccer school). During 8 seasons (2006 - 2014) with FC Barcelona, he learned the FC Barcelona philosophy while serving different positions in the FCBEscola structure. From 2012 to 2014 he served as the Technical Director of FCB Escola in Dubai (UAE). From 2006 to 2012, Marc worked in Barcelona coaching ages 6 to 12, was the coaching director for the U12 teams, was a scout for the FC Barcelona U17 team, and served as a head coach in various international camps (Sweden, Los Angeles, Singapore, Japan...) Additionally, Marc has been a head coach in youth tournaments such as the Mini Masters Neu-Ulm, Germany (U12), the Euro Future Cup Klagenfurt, Austria (U10), Umea Soccer Festival, Sweden (U10, U12), and the Mini World Cup Tournament Algarve, Portugal (U8). Marc has also coached at the Nike summer camps with MIC (Mediterranean International Cup), Samuel Eto's summer camp, and was the head coach of head coach CF Amposta U16. Additionally, for 5 years Marc taught physical education in different locations in Barcelona and as a Sports professor in a High School. Since February 2016 he is involved with the DV7 Soccer Academy project. Currently he is one of the DV7 head coaches in NYC and Director of Coaching in DV7 Astoria.

David Vilanova

  • UEFA A Soccer License
  • FC Bayern Munchen ID Program (USA) Head Coach.
  • Maiden City Soccer (UK) Head Coach.
  • UE Rapitenca (Spain) Head Football Coach U13 - Preferent League.
  • CD Roquetenc (Spain) Director of Coaching
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Catalan.

David Vilanova played for his hometown club CD Roquetenc from the age of 7 to 18 years-old. Located outside of Barcelona, he continued to the club's amateur team and began coaching.  In 2011, he was offered a contract by CF Amposta (Third Division) and continued playing on other semi-professional teams in Catalonia. During this time, he earned a four-year Sports Teacher degree and UEFA B and UEFA A licenses. During his UEFA A course he worked at the FC Barcelona Technical School as a volunteer coach, where he learned the philosophy of one of the top clubs in the world. After receiving his license, David followed his dream of coming to the United Sates and began work with Global Premier Soccer (Bayern Munich Official Partner), as an FC Bayern Munich ID Program (USA) Head Coach. Currently, David is a full-time DV7 Soccer Academy staff coach in New York City.

Hector Nunez

  • Manhattan Kickers FC - DV7, Director of Coaching
  • Head Coach, Manhattan Kickers FC (3 years)
  • UEFA Pro License
  • Fitness Training License
  • FC Barcelona youth futsal coach (3 years)
  • Director of Coaching, Molins de Rei CF (Catalonia)
  • Languages: English, Catalan, Spanish

Hector Nunez was born and raised in Barcelona, Catalonia. He has been involved in soccer since age four when he watched his father play in amateur league games. After playing in local soccer academies in Barcelona, at age 17 Hector began coaching youth futsal. During his coaching career in Barcelona, Hector worked in various capacities in youth soccer as a head coach and Academy Co-Director, most notably as a futsal coach at F.C. Barcelona, where he won the City of Barcelona League in 2001. He also coached in the futsal senior league of the Catalan Honor Division. Hector Nunez studied at the Centre Rendiment, CAR (High Performance Centre) and Hector holds the National Coaching License, the Technical Certificate in Soccer by the Training Institute of Catalonia, as well as the UEFA Pro License. He also studied training systems at Le Centre Technique National Fernand Sastre (Fernand Sastre National Technical Centre) in Clairefontaine, France, in collaboration with the Catalan and French Soccer Federations. Hector also has worked with international soccer tournaments as well as global soccer brands. He stands by his belief: Football is more than a sport; it is an art discipline. At DV7, Hector is the MKFC Director of Coaching at the Manhattan Kickers Football Club and also coaches other DV7 programs.


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