Girls' LA Galaxy Academy Staff

Kevin Hartman – Director, LA Galaxy Girls’ Academy

In April 2017, Hartman was named Director of the Girls’ LA Galaxy Academy, which began competition in Fall 2017. The Girls’ LA Galaxy Academy is the first and only Girls’ 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 Galaxy’s and Major League Soccer’s most decorated players of all-time, representing LA 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, including 243 appearances with the Galaxy, while recording a 1.21 GAA and 112 shutouts, a Major League Soccer record. He helped lead the LA Galaxy to two MLS Cups (2003, 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 is USSF “A” Coaching license. Hartman spent three years at IMG before being named the LA Galaxy’s first Girls’ Academy Director.

Matt Tutton – Technical Consultant

Tutton serves as the Technical Consultant to LA Galaxy Alliance Programing and LA Galaxy Girls’ 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 career in coaching he 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, USSSF Coaching Licenses and NSCAA Premier Diploma.

Sal Diaz – Head Coach, LA Galaxy Girls’ Academy

Diaz joins the LA Galaxy Girls’ Academy after years of experience coaching in Southern California and for U.S. Youth Soccer, including stints at LA Galaxy South Bay, LA Harbor College (LAHC) Women’s Soccer and on staff on the U.S. U-20 level as an assistant coach. Prior to his time coaching, he played collegiately at Loyola Marymount University and at LA Harbor College. During that time, he earned honors as Suncoast Conference Player of the Year (2000, 2001), while earning the most goals and assists in LAHC history and being a 2015 Inductee to the LAHC Hall of Fame.

Diego Souza – Head Coach, LA Galaxy Girls' Academy

Souza has previously been a part of LA Galaxy South Bay, where he served as the Director of Player Development and Curriculum, prior to joining the Galaxy Girls’ Academy. He also served as head coach of LAHC, where he became the winningest coach in school history during his time there. In his playing career, he spent four years playing for Loyola Marymount University, where he was named a D-I All-American.

Annie Alvarado – Associate and Assistant Coach, LA Galaxy Girls’ Academy

Annie Alvarado joins the LA Galaxy Academy as a recent college graduate from UCLA. In her time at UCLA, Alvarado was a member of the Division 1 Women’s Soccer team, where she was a member of the first ever National Championship team for the women’s soccer program, won two Pac-12 championships, and served as captain for her junior and senior year. She was elected to the Pac-12 All-Academic Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and was a runner-up for the 2017 Scholar Athlete of the Year Award at UCLA.

Rachel Schmid – Sports Performance Coach, LA Galaxy Girls’ Academy

Schmid is a proud alum of the UCI Women’s Soccer program (2005-2009) and a former captain of the 2008 squad. After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology, Schmid spent four years as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Marymount California University where she doubled as the strength and conditioning coach. She was also a sports performance coach for Velocity Sports Performance from 2012-2014, specializing in soccer specific training and soccer team training.  In 2015, she worked as a physiologist for the USWYNT until she welcomed her son Elliott in December of 2015. Schmid has her USSF National ‘C’ License, and she is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

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