April 23, 2024 (Atlanta, GA) - Gwinnett Soccer Academy (GSA), a Nike Premier Soccer Club, is pleased to announce that we will be expanding our elite and recreation level programming to a new “East” branch at 1780 Old Salem Rd, Conyers, GA 30013. Previously, the community was served by Rockdale Youth Soccer Association (RYSA) for 50 years. While we may have been competitors on the field, the GSA and RYSA communities have always worked hand-in-hand to serve youth in Metro Atlanta. We look forward to renewing the spirit of the community and elevating youth soccer in the greater Rockdale County area.

"We are excited to bring the GSA Way to our neighbors to the East, and look forward to engaging with the community to rebuild and re-energize the youth soccer community of Greater Rockdale County."

- Drew Prentice, GSA Executive Director

Registration for 2024-25 Competitive Tryouts for all GSA locations East (Conyers), North (Dacula/Lawrenceville), and South (Lilburn) is now open, and registration for Fall 2024 Recreation level soccer will open later this month. GSA is in the process of preparing the facility for kids to return to play. This includes the grass being properly maintained, staff being hired, and thoughtful programming being initiated. There will be plenty of opportunities this Summer to re-introduce the facility to the new GSA Family. Anyone interested in coaching in our Academy/Select programs at any of our locations, can fill out an application using the following link: Recreation coaches can volunteer through the normal registration process.

"We are delighted to be given the opportunity to grow the game of soccer in a community with such a rich soccer history"

-Campbell Chapman, GSA Girls Executive Director

New GSA Leadership:

We would also like to take the time to congratulate our first GSA East Branch Director, Dusty Fouser. A dynamic figure whose journey in soccer coaching began in 2012 with the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association, Dusty, started his career as a boys' academy coach which quickly blossomed into a profound passion and unwavering dedication to the art and science of coaching and developing young players. Dusty's commitment to the sport led him to swiftly transition coaching from a mere hobby to a full-fledged career.

"I am thrilled to embark on the next chapter as the GSA East Program Director, expanding the legacy of the historic GSA program. I am ready to lead this great community with passion, innovation, and a commitment to empowering our youth. It is an honor to serve our club and our new additions to the GSA family."

-Dusty Fouser, GSA East Branch Director

With each passing year, Dusty's expertise and leadership within the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association expanded, earning him prestigious directorship roles within the club as the Boys and Girls Select Director from 2011-2015. He transitioned to the Boys Director of Coaching from 2015-2017 along with being the club tournament director and director of camps.  

In 2017, Dusty joined GSA’s coaching staff, and quickly earned a leadership role as the Boys Academy director at GSA South, which is well known for its boys academy products such as USMNT and Nashville SC Player, Walker Zimmerman. Dusty will help align GSA East with the same culture that has been successful at our North and South branches while tending to the inherent uniqueness of a new location. Dusty's pursuit of excellence continued with the acquisition of multiple coaching licenses culminating with his Director of Coaching License obtained in 2022, which further solidified his credentials and expertise in the field.

"We are excited to have Dusty lead a community that he has been a part of for a significant part of his life; we know that Dusty's heart and evolution as a director will help him continue the success he has seen at GSA South"

-Nuno Piteira, GSA Boys Executive Director


More about GSA:

GSA is well respected locally, regionally, and nationally for its approach to grassroots youth soccer programming.  GSA is a founding member of the Girls ECNL, Boys ECNL, Girls ECNL Regional League, Boys ECNL Regional League, and Southeastern Clubs Champions League (SCCL). We are proud of our 3,000+ member recreation program which serves entry level players including the youngest players experiencing sport and soccer for the first time.  GSA is also a leader in the Futsal community with programming affiliated through US Youth Futsal as a Member League, and the United Futsal Championship Cup Series.  GSA has been a leader in the Futsal community for nearly a decade, and is excited to continue to expand its programming for the 2024-25 season at all levels of play.

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