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Bahij Kashou

President/Owner

Bahij Kashou is the principal behind the construction and operation of the Greater Binghamton Sports Dome. The multi-million dollar facility is the largest indoor dome facility in the country and, in addition to hosting soccer play, the Dome hosts a wide variety of other sports including lacrosse, baseball, softball, golf driving range and Men’s and Women’s Semi-Professional football. In 2012 Bahij, along with minority owner Chris Riley, formed the Greater Binghamton Futbol Club and gained entry into the National Premier Soccer League. In its first season of play in the Midwest/ Great Lakes Division of NPSL, GBFC earned the only league-wide victory over first place Cleveland while qualifying for the division playoffs at Erie where they lost a close 1-0 match to the host team. 2013 saw GBFC’s success continue with our hometown team win the 9 team Keystone Conference Championship. GBFC went on to win the North East Region Semi-Final over the NY Red Bulls 2- 1. GBFC fell to the 2012 NPSL Champion FC Sonic in the Region Final 1-0 to complete a 10-2-2 season. Kashou has invested in building one of the few NPSL team-owned home fields on Dome property. The field was upgraded in 2013 to include a 1500 spectator bleacher seating. The team also owns its own logoed bus and has its own locker rooms on premises. Upgrades for the coming 2014 season include installation of a press box and two story pavilion that will include the concession area and a VIP viewing area. The pavilion will also host special social events at the field. Professionally, Kashou is owner of a medical supply business and coaches a youth girls team in his spare time. Married to Rose, they are parents of daughters Lila (23), Nicole (20) and Rene (18).  
 

Al Mydlinski

General Manager
   

A native of Syracuse, Al Mydlinski is a graduate of both Wesleyan University (CT) and Binghamton Universities. He began his coaching career in 1978-80 as assistant coach at Binghamton University. In 1980 he began a 29-year career as head boy’s varsity coach at Susquehanna Valley High School where his career accomplishments included 309 wins, three Section IV titles, one Southern Tier Athletic Conference title and 11 STAC Division Titles. Beginning in 1982, Mydlinski served in several youth coaching capacities. Included in his resume are stints as: New York State West head state coach and director of coaching, 1985-1990; USYSA course instructor for its D, E and F coaching licenses; regional staff coach, 1985-1990; New York State West ODP coach, 1979-1990. Mydlinski also founded and was the first president of the Susquehanna River United Soccer Club in the early 1980s. He was awarded a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A coaching license in 1980. Since 1980, summers have found the energetic coach heavily involved with the Vogelsinger Soccer Academy. Since 2001, he has served as the nation-wide Academy’s program director. 2013 was Coach Mydlinski ‘s first at the helm of the GBFC squad. He guided the team to the regular season Keystone Conference Championship with a record of 10 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties. 2014 was a fine repeat of the previous season with the Thunder compiling a 9 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties during the regular season to repeat as Keystone Conference Champions again. The Post season saw the Thunder defeat Virginia Beach City in the Northeast Region quarter final 1-0 and the team posted an identical score in the semifinal win over the DC United U23 squad that had won the Mid Atlantic Conference Championship. The season came to an end when the Thunder lost in the Northeast Region Final against eventual NPSL League champion New York Red Bulls U23.

COACHING STAFF

 
 

Chris Riley

Head Coach
 

  After captaining the Thunder for the first 4 years, this is Chris Riley's first season as Head Coach. Chris just completed his second season as the 2016 SUNY Broome Men’s Soccer Coach. Coach Riley came to the Hornets with a most extensive soccer background in the way of both coaching and playing experience. In 2010, upon a return to his hometown of Endicott, Riley ventured into local coaching when offered the Seton Catholic Central’s Junior Varsity Boys Soccer Team position, while simultaneously founding Riley Development Academy (RDA). Six years strong, today the RDA training academy program attracts in excess of 400 youth players from across the Greater Binghamton area. Today, Riley serves as Head Coach and Trainer of the Greater Binghamton Futbol Club Select U15 Girls Team, a position he has held for the last five years. Under Riley’s guidance, the GBUFC Select U15 Girls continue to excel; qualifying for the US Youth Soccer National League for the past two consecutive years, as Champions of the Region 1 Premier League in both 2015 and 2014, as Disney Showcase Finalists of 2015, as NYSWYSA State Cup Champions in 2014 and 2013, and as NYSWYSA Thruway League Champions in 2013 and 2012, among several other accolades. Prior to joining SUNY Broome, Riley also led the Maine Endwell Boys Varsity Team from 2011-2014. During Riley’s 4-year stint, the Spartans won two Section IV Championships in both 2012 and 2011, and finished #2 in NYS as the 2011 State Finalists.

A collegiate standout, Coach Riley played with the Herkimer County Community College Soccer Team, leading his team to two National Final Four Championships, was selected to the NJCAA All Region Team, the All East Coast Team and was named the Regional Tournament MVP. Riley moved on to the Wright State University Soccer Team, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team and honored with the Men’s Soccer Senior Award. With the professional arena calling shortly thereafter, Coach Riley embraced the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in both the USL 1 & 2 for the Charleston Battery, Wilmington Hammerheads, Western Mass Pioneers, and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, spanning 2005-2009. And, from 2012-2015, Riley’s last playing stint would be as the Co-Founder and Captain of the Greater Binghamton Futbol Club (GBFC) NPSL Men’s Soccer Team.

Riley holds an Associate’s Degree from Herkimer County Community College and continued his studies at Wright State. Determined to complete his education following professional play, when SUNY Cortland offered Riley the position as First Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach, he completed his studies in Physical Education, achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in 2009 from Cortland.

Coach Riley was honored as 2015 Mid-State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year following his first year with the SUNY Broome Hornets, and holds a USSF E Coaching License.

Riley and his wife, Stephanie, live in Endwell, NY.

 
 

Beau Brinsko

Assistant Coach
   

Beau Brinsko enters his first season with the Thunder after 6 successful seasons as Hartwick College's Assistant Men's Soccer Coach. This past fall, Brinsko helped lead the Hawks to the Sun Belt regular season title, and the Sun Belt Championship in the program's inaugural season in the conference. In addition, He helped pilot 'Wick to the NCAA Tournament, the program's 24th appearance all-time and first in nine years.

Brinsko assists head coach John Scott with the management and development of all aspects of the Hartwick men's soccer program. Brinsko arrived on Oyaron Hill after serving as an assistant with the Binghamton's men's soccer program for three seasons.

At BU, he was responsible for goalkeeper training and also assisted in the Bearcats' recruiting, scouting, scheduling, and academic monitoring of student-athletes. In his three seasons with the program, he helped Binghamton to a record of 35-21-4 with a pair of appearances in the America East Tournament finals. He also worked extensively with goalkeeper Jason Stenta who holds career BU records for goals against average, shutouts, and save percentage. Brinsko guided Stenta to national rankings of 3rd in save percentage (.893) and 10th in goals against average (0.55) in 2008.

Brinsko is a 2003 graduate of Herkimer County Community College. He was the starting goalkeeper for the Generals in 2001 when the team advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship match. He captained the squad in 2002 and was an all-conference and all-region selection at the conclusion of the season. He also received the Lynn Pop Walsh award, which is given to Herkimer's top male student-athlete.

In addition to his assistant coaching responsibilities at Binghamton, Brinsko has also worked as the goalkeeping instructor with the B.C. United Fusion, a Premier Youth Soccer Club based in Endicott, NY. He holds both an Advanced National Diploma and a Regional Goalkeeping Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

In January 2015, Brinsko earned his bachelor's degree from Hartwick in Business Administration.

Brinsko and his wife, Robin, currently reside in Endicott. They have two sons, Angelo and Luca, and a daughter, Mariana.

 

 

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