Academy Staff & Coaches

Juan Carlos Ortega – Director of Methodology and Development

The club hired Juan Carlos Ortega as the LA Galaxy Director of Methodology and Development in July 2019. Ortega joins the LA Galaxy after serving as the technical-tactical coordinator for the Mexican Football Federation and will oversee all LA Galaxy Academy decisions.

Ortega has worked for the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) since 2009 in two roles, most recently serving as the tactical technical coordinator, where he oversaw the youth national teams. During his time with FMF, Ortega won a U-17 World Cup with Mexico and qualified for U-17 World Cups (2015, 2017) and U-20 World Cups (2015, 2017, 2019). Ortega also served as the head coach for the Mexican U-15 Youth National Team.

Prior to his time as the tactical technical coordinator for FMF, Ortega spent six years as an assistant coach at Chivas de Guadalajara from 2003 to 2009. He returned to Chivas in August 2013 as head coach before being appointed as the Director of Sporting Development for the club a few months later.

Born in Atotonilco el Alto, Mexico, Ortega played as a defender for various Mexican clubs during his time as a professional, including Tigres de la UANL, Club Léon, Correcaminos de la UAT and Club Deportivo Tapatio. He retired as a professional player in 2003 and began his work in front staff and technical staff positions soon after.

Kevin Hartman - Academy Director, Soccer Operations

In June 2019, Hartman took over as the Academy Director, Soccer Operations, overseeing the processes of the LA Galaxy Academy. In his current role, Hartman manages the environment, working with the Administration staff and the Education staff, supporting the staff and athletes in their pursuit of becoming more. 

In April 2017, Hartman was named Director of the Girls' Academy, which began competition in Fall 2017. The Girls' Academy is the first and only Girl's Academy program to be fully funded by a Major League Soccer side, allowing talented local athletes to join free of charge.

Hartman is one of the LA Galaxy's and Major League Soccer's most decorated players of all-time, representing Los Angeles from 1997-2006 and making 243 appearances while helping lead the club to two MLS Cup trophies (2002, 2005). 

Hartman made 416 appearances with 411 starts across his career, while recording a 1.21 GAA and 112 shutouts, a Major League Soccer record. He helped the LA Galaxy to two MLS Cups (2002, 2005), two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups (2001, 2005) and two MLS Supporters' Shields (1998, 2002). He is second all-time for the LA Galaxy in starts (238) and minutes (21,735). 

Since retirement from his 17-year professional soccer career, Hartman has remained heavily involved in the American soccer scene dedicating his career to youth development. Soon after turning in his cleats, Hartman was named Technical Director for the IMG Academy in Florida, after acquiring his USSF "A" Coaching License. Hartman spent three years at IMG before being named the first LA Galaxy Girls' Academy Director. He was awarded the US Soccer Academy Director License in June 2019 after participating in the year-long course.

William Bizzaro - Manager, Soccer Administration

Junior Gonzalez - LA Galaxy II Head Coach

Gonzalez joined the Galaxy on Nov. 8, 2017 after serving as the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Head Coach since the start of the 2017 USL season. 

Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach of Seattle Sounders FC and was previously an assistant coach and served as the director of scouting at Chivas USA from 2013-2014. Gonzalez has also served as the U.S. Boys’ U-15 National Team assistant coach, as well as the head scout for the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The California native also served as the Sounders’ head academy scout and U-14 head coach.

Gonzalez’s coaching career began in 2001 as an assistant coach for the University of California, Riverside men’s program. Three years later he became the head coach, and under his tenure 30 players were named All-Big West Conference – including two Big West Conference Players of the Year – and six players went on to MLS and USL careers. In 2011, Gonzalez was named the Big West Coach of the Year.

As a player, Gonzalez won the 1997 NCAA National Championship with UCLA. His collegiate career included four trips to the NCAA tournament and three Mountain Pacific Conference Championships. Gonzalez continued his playing career with the USL’s San Diego Flash, and his career continued throughout California before his final stop with the Utah Blitz.

Matt Tutton

U-19 Head Coach

Tutton serves as the Head Coach of the LA Galaxy U19s of the MLS Academy USSDA Program. Tutton joined the LA Galaxy after a highly successful career as a USSDA Program Director, DIV I Collegiate Coach and USSF Scout. During his 20-year coaching career, Tutton has been recognized by his peers as Coach of the Year at each level of his tenure. He is proud to have worked with some of the country's finest coaches and has guided over 100 athletes to the collegiate and professional ranks. Tutton holds a BA Degree in Psychology, an MA in PE/Sports Management, a USSF "A" Coaching Licenses and NSCAA Premier Diploma. 

Grant Heywood

U-14 Head Coach

Grant Heywood joined the LA Galaxy Academy in 2019. Grant has experience working throughout the youth game in both the United States and England. Heywood holds a USSF "A" License, Bachelor's Honors Degree in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Bedfordshire, USSF Coach Instructor License, and both the USC - Premier Diploma and Director of Coaching Diploma. Grant has passion to use his knowledge and professional standards to help provide players with maturity towards achieving their goals. Grant was born in Preston, England. 

Sam Al-basith

U-12 Head Coach

Sam Al-Basith joined the LA Galaxy Academy in 2016. Sam has worked in the youth game here in Southern California for years, previously splitting his time between the LA Galaxy and LA Galaxy South Bay. Sam holds a USSF "B" License and is in the process of completing his UEFA "B". Sam played within the West Ham United and Cardiff City Academies from the ages of 12 to 18. Sam loves to watch matches, analyze things from a tactical perspective and is always looking for up and coming talents. Sam was born in London, England. 

Jonathyn Lomeli

Goalkeeper Coach

Jonathyn Lomeli joined the club's goalkeeping department as a goalkeeper coach for the LA Galaxy Academy Program in 2018. Lomeli has experience in working with various collegiate and academy programs. Lomeli holds a BA Degree in Science, USSF Coaching Licenses, NSCAA Goalkeeping Diplomas, FA Goalkeeping Conference Certificate, International Goalkeeper Coaches Conference Certificate and Congreso Internacional para Entrenadores de Porteros Rinat Certificate. As a player, Lomeli competed collegiately at the University of La Verne and continue his playing career with the USL's League Two side Los Angeles Misioneros FC. Lomeli was born in Los Angeles, California. 

Carlos Gomez

Performance Coach

Gomez started working with the LA Galaxy Academy in October 2019. Prior to working with the Academy, he served as a Sports Performance Intern for Galaxy II and the first team. Gomez also interned with EXOS LA were he learned from world class performance coaches and helped in the delivery of programming to NFL, MLB, NBA and Long Beach Poly Football. 

Gomez is a former NCAA Division 1 Cross Country and Track and Field student-athlete from California State Northridge where he graduated with a Bachelors in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science in Spring 2019. Gomez is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach by the NSCA and XPS (EXOS Performance Specialist). Currently, Gomez is pursuing a M.S. in Human Performance and continuing his competitive running career by racing half marathons.

Pablo Chung

Academy Head Athletic Trainer

Nicolette Leffler