HEAD COACH AND DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS:
Scott David Kennedy was born in Philadelphia on March 30, 1967. He was adopted at a very young age and moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he spent his adolescent days. He loved high school and everything about it. It was his only escape from reality, and he flourished! Scott excelled in sports and even credits sports, coaches and teammates for molding him into the person he is today.
After graduating from high school in1985, Scott went into the United States Marine Corps for a total of 7 1/2 years. He received two Honorable Discharges and held the rank of Sergeant. He loved every second of serving and representing his country. After the Marine Corps and being discharged from Somalia, he relocated to the Bay Area in March of 1992.
Scott moved to San Francisco and started a new life. He took on a completely different role and challenge: education. He attended San Francisco State University and earned a B.A. in psychology and criminal justice. Then, he studied social justice, earned his teaching credential in physical education and his Masters Degree in Education at the University of San Francisco.
During his entire time as a student in college he worked. Scott worked a lot --at sometimes two and three jobs at once as a heavy equipment operator and laborer. But the most rewarding job came when he was hired in 1996 by Mission High School as their community liaison, working with troubled youth in the probation department. After two years as an intern, Scott took over the Athletic Department as Athletic Director, Department Head of the Physical Education Department and Head Varsity Soccer Coach of both boys and girls. Scott had no experience at all in education, just determination and the will to work extremely hard. Over the next 20 years at Mission High School, Scott changed the school's culture and attitude. Mission won more championships and graduated more student-athletes during this time than ever before in its history. Something Scott is very proud of. He joined International and French American as Director of Athletics in the fall of 2015 and has enjoyed the change very much.
Scott has been married to his wife Asunta for over 20 years. The Kennedys live in Novato, California, and have three wonderful boys named Jacob (16), Jovais (14) , and Jordan (12). In March of 2016, Scott and Asunta welcomed a young lady in their lives and family by adopting Vida Hasson (16). They are the loves of Scott's life! Scott couldn't be a prouder, happier father with his three boys and now a girl. As a parent and as a friend to his sons and daughter, the Kennedy family enjoys all sports. Their lives revolve around sports every day. Their extensive travels revolve mainly around sports. They love skiing at Lake Tahoe in the winter and enjoy all the water sports the lake has to offer in the summer. Over the summer months, they travel down to Los Angeles and San Diego as a family, but, their favorite place to vacation and relax is in Mexico. Whether it be Cancun or Cabo San Lucas, the sun and sand is their favorite destination to get away. They enjoy the summers together and that is one of the greatest rewards of being an educator: getting to spend lots of quality time with family. Scott really cherishes that part of life. " I am an extremely fortunate person as my wife, my sons and daughter complete me and fill me with pride and happiness".
Scott is also the recipient of the California State Athletic Director Association Athletic Director of the Year in 2015, Norm MacKenzie Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2014, Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach® Award in 2010, and 6-time winner of AAA League Coach of the Year.
GOALKEEPER COACH: EDDIE WILLIAMS
Coach Eddie moved to San Francisco 20 years ago from San Diego by way of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been a goalkeeper coach for 10 years, when started because his son was asked to play keeper at an early age. At the time, plenty trainer/coaches for field players were available, but keepers were the afterthought. Coaches believed they could give keepers minimal training or instructions and they would obtain desired results.
Coach Eddie decided to begin his involvement with soccer by focusing on training keepers. He furthered his knowledge by obtaining US Soccer Licenses F, E along with a Goalkeeping Certificate, and is currently a National D License and National Goalkeeping License.
Around 2006, Soccer in San Francisco was a very divided world. Kids who lived in the Mission or surrounding neighborhoods played for a Latin Team, like Eddie’s son. Those who lived elsewhere in the City played for San Francisco Youth Soccer. Coach Williams was instrumental amongst others in merging two teams from different Youth Soccer Leagues. A team from the Mission District, Chivas, with a team from San Francisco Youth Soccer called The Hook into a two teams. This is how Santos & Santos Academy originated. It became a model in uniting different talent from multiple ethnicities, which was more of a true representation of San Francisco. One team was specifically a development team, and the second was our competitive team, competing at the highest level.
Coach Eddie’s dedication and persistence has been positively showing, but, specifically, this past summer he was able to see how hard work, determination, and dedication to the sport paid off for three players. They are currently playing Division One Soccer. One happens to be his son, who walked on as a sophomore and made the roster as a D1 keeper at University of Pacific. Zander didn’t follow the Academy route, he opted to play for his local team and continued training hard to be where he is today.
Eddie has been married for 30 years, and currently lives in the Mission District, and I have a son named Alexander (Zander). In his free time, Coach continues to work with various teams in San Francisco by training their keepers. “When not on the pitch training, I’m watching football matches, studying training films that help me understand the game more, and give valuable information learned to my players. My favorite National Team is Portugal (força!). I also support West Ham United. I have truly enjoyed the last four years at International and I look forward to more. Go Jags! Believe and Achieve…. COYI!”
ASSISTANT COACH: TESSA TEICHERT
Tessa began her soccer career at five years old and the sport became an integral part of her life ever since. She played for club teams in the Bay area as well as her high school team and also played for Hamilton College before pursuing rugby as her new team sport.
In her adult life, Tessa has joined a few recreational teams and coached high school, middle school and elementary school soccer. She also took a group of soccer players to Malawi as part of the Global Travel Program two years in a row to incorporate the students’ love for soccer with community service and a new global perspective.
Tessa believes that one of the most valuable parts of being on a soccer team is to learn how to work with others and create a supportive environment. In addition, soccer is also one of the few universal sports that is played and watched all over the world. The love for the game can transpire many boundaries and bring groups of people from very different backgrounds together.