Anthony Flores
Director of coachinG
methodology director
HEaD COACH Boys 2004 & boys 2007



Following a decorated playing career that included All-American status and championships titles, Anthony Flores has flourished as a soccer coach at every level in the fifteen years of his coaching career. 

After finishing his masters with Magna Cum Laude honors from Rutgers University, Flores devoted his studies towards sports psychology in youth sports. As an assistant at Vassar College, Flores oversaw recruiting and implemented a system that propelled the Brewers to their first ever Liberty League title, advancing past the nation's No. 1 ranked team to earn the program's second NCAA bid in program history. 

As head coach of two LaGrange Red Devils programs, he led the U23 men's team to back-to-back NYS Championships in 2011 and 2012 while developing the U14 boy's team as one of top youth program in New York.

Flores worked with the New York Red Bulls RDS Pre-Academy prior to chasing his dream and founding Meraki F.C.

Coaching Experience:

  • U.S. Soccer National Coaching Instructor

  • FC Barcelona Escola Trainer

  • New York Red Bulls Regional Development School Pre-Academy Trainer

  • Vassar College Men’s Interim Head Coach & Assistant Coach

  • LaGrange Red Devils Mens U23 Head Coach back-to-back state champions ('11-'12)

  • Rutgers-Newark University Men’s Assistant

  • Player Development Academy (PDA) Youth Coach

Athletic Experience:

  • 2007 D3Kicks College Soccer First-Team All-American & All-Region

  • 2007 NJAC College Soccer Defender of the Year

  • 2007 NJAC College Soccer First-Team Honors

  • 2003 NJSIAA High School All-American Track & Field Hurdler

Coaching Education:

  • Spring 2019 - USSF National A-Youth License (currently enrolled)

  • Spring 2018 - USSF National B License

  • Fall 2017 - Scottish FA 1.1

  • Fall 2017 - Scottish FA 1.2

  • Summer 2017 - La Liga Methodology Level 2

  • Summer 2016 -La Liga Methodology Level 3

  • Summer 2014 - USSF National C License

  • Summer 2012 - USSF National D License

  • Summer 2011 - USSF State E License

  • Summer 2009 - USSF State F License


Estiven benitez
HEAD Coach BOYS 2009

With professional and national team experience in El Salvador, Estiven Benitez brings a deep understanding of elite training techniques to his coaching. Coach Benitez has earned international professional contracts in campaigns for UES and Pasaquina F.C. in the Salvadoran Primera Division and C.D. Estudiantes Tecos in the Mexican Primera Division.

As a 2-year captain at Rutgers-Newark, he led the program to a record-breaking season and earned First Team All-NJAC and First Team All-ECAC honors before graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Management. An All-Region and All-State selection for Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS), he holds the school scoring record with 36 goals. Benitez runs summer training programs for high school and college players and is excited to grow youth soccer with Meraki FC. 

Coach Estiven at a Glance:

  • 2007 WHRHS First Team All–State and All–Region selection

  • 2007 All-time scoring leader (36) at WHRHS High School

  • 2009 Parsippany S.C. State Cup Champions & Super Y League Finalist2014 Pasaquina F.C. – Salvadoran Primera Division

  • 2015 Inducted into the Rutgers-Newark Athletic Hall of Fame

  • 2011 NJAC First Team and ECAC First Team honors

  • 2011/12 UES - Salvadoran Primera Division

  • 2012 C.D Estudiantes Tecos – Mexican Primera Division

  • 2012 El Salvadorian National Team training camp

Head Coach Boys 2006/2007



  • Over 10 years of coaching experience-

  • Director of coaching at NJ Rangers

  • Head Coach Cedar Stars


  • BS - Exercise and Physical Science Degree/Minor in Nutrition

  • 2016 USSF C Coaching License

  • NASM FNS - Fitness Nutrition Specialist


  • 2015-18 Former Seton Hall Women's Assistant and Goalkeeping Coach

  • 2014 Rutgers-Newark Women's Goalkeeping Coach

  • 2012-14 served as primary goalkeeper trainer for New York Red Bulls RDS

  • FDU record holder for highest number of shutouts in women's program history (14) as well as single season (8)

  • 2013 NEC Goalkeeper of the Year & First Team All-Conference

Ivan Maldonado
HEAD coach BOYS & girls 2011/2012