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.

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.

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).

Jon Torres – Coach, LA Galaxy Girls' Academy 

Jon Torres grew up playing locally at youth clubs like South Bay Soccer Club, FRAM and South Bay Force. Jon spent a few years of his time playing for ex-LA Galaxy player Danny Pena. In his final year of club soccer, his South Bay Force team finished as finalist in the State Cup. Jon played 3 years of Varsity Soccer at Redondo Union High School. Jon stayed in the South Bay to pursue  coaching  while he graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Jon has been  coaching  at LA Galaxy South Bay since 2013 after joining from the merge with Exiles Soccer Club. Jon is currently  coaching the 2003 DA Pilot team, teams at LA Galaxy South Bay and recently became Head  Coach  of the Torrance High Girls Varsity Soccer Program. Currently he is pursuing his Masters in  Coaching  & Athletic Administration at Concordia University Irvine and holds a USSF National ‘C’ License. Jon is in progress to get his USSF 'B' License over the next year.  

Jon Lomeli – Goalkeeper Coach, LA Galaxy Girls' Academy

Lomeli enters his first season in 2018 with the LA Galaxy Girls and Boys Youth U.S Development Academy programs. Prior to joining the LA Galaxy Youth Academy he served as the Goalkeeper coach at California State University Fullerton since 2015 and Arsenal FC U.S Development Academy since 2017. Lomeli served as goalkeeper coach for the U.S Beach National Team in 2018.  

He holds a USSF C License, International Goalkeeper Coaches Conference Diploma, Congreso Internacional para Entrenadores de Porteros Rinat Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeper License, as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Language from the University of La Verne where he also played collegiately.  

As a player, Lomeli had spells with PDL franchise LA Misioneros.

Ivan Pierra – Director of Sports Science

After working with the Galaxy for over 10 years from 1996-2008, Pierra, the first trainer in Galaxy history, returned to the club as the Sports Science Department Director in September of 2014 after working for U.S. Soccer Federation. The veteran sports science professional is one of only two athletic trainers in Galaxy history, replacing Armando Rivas who accepted a position with the Chicago Bulls of the NBA.

In the Galaxy’s inaugural season in 1996, Pierra began his initial stint with the Galaxy, where he worked as the athletic trainer for over 10 years before accepting a full-time position as Head Athletic Trainer for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2008. Prior to then, he had freelanced on the U.S. Soccer Federation staff, including time working with then head coach Bruce Arena. In all, Pierra has worked in four FIFA World Cup tournaments (1994, 1998, 2010, 2014) with the U.S. Soccer Federation, serving as the Head Athletic Trainer in 2010 and 2014 under head coaches Bob Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann.

Pierra began his professional career in in 1993 after he started working as an athletic trainer for the soccer team Los Angeles Salsa in the American Professional Soccer League. He attended Cal State-Fullerton University from 1990-1993, where he earned a degree in physical education before receiving his Masters of Science in kinesiology in 1999.

Using sports science and medicine programs, Pierra is responsible for monitoring all aspects of player health and fitness for the LA Galaxy, LA Galaxy II and LA Galaxy Academy.

Nicolette Leffler - Sports Performance Dietitian & Education Coordinator

Leffler joined the Galaxy Sports Science Department staff in January 2018 as the Sports Performance Dietitian and Education Coordinator. Prior to this, she worked with NCAA Division 1 collegiate athletes in sports nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

In her role as sports performance dietitian, Leffler focuses on the athletes’ specific nutrition and hydration needs to help them achieve peak performance, recover efficiently from training sessions and matches, and exhibit resilience to illness and injury. As the education coordinator, she implements and manages nutrition education programs and coordinates the educational course logistics for high-level youth athletes in the Galaxy Academy.

Leffler attended UCLA, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in psychobiology before receiving her Master’s of Science in nutritional science. Leffler was a four-year member and captain of the UCLA Dance Team and later danced professionally for the Los Angeles Laker Girls dance team. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentialed through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.