HOWELL, N.J. – Sky Blue FC has hired assistant coaches Alex Mendolia and Christiane Less and goalkeeper coach Hugo Macedo to join the technical staff of head coach Denise Reddy for the National Women’s Soccer League season, it was announced Thursday.
“We have put together a strong, experienced and diverse technical staff to ensure we get the best out of each individual player,” Reddy said. “These coaches all bring international experience, expertise and are specifically knowledgeable of the women’s game here in the states.”
Mendolia joins Sky Blue from Unión Deportiva San Lorenzo del Flumen of the La Liga Division 3 in Spain where he served as the first assistant coach. Prior to that Mendolia served as an academy coach for Escuela de Futbol Huesca, where he oversaw the player residency program for domestic and international players and the women’s B team.
Before his time in Spain, Mendolia spent two years (2016-18) as the head coach for the men’s soccer team at St. Joseph’s College, leading the team to the 2017 conference final.
Mendolia also has served as an assistant coach for Stony Brook University (2015-16), LIU Post (2012-15) and Farmingdale State College (2011-12).
He has earned his coaching degree and Nivel 1/UEFA B license from Técnico Deportivo Especialidad en Fútbol. Mendolia also has garnered a Certificate in Psychology for High Performance Sports from FC Barcelona Innovation Hub Universitas. Mendolia also has a U.S. Soccer Federation D License and U.S. Youth Soccer – National Youth License.
A graduate of Farmingdale State College, Mendolia was a four-year collegiate athlete and finished with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management Technology and Sports Management. Most recently he earned his Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Science with an emphasis in Soccer Coaching Education from Ohio University.
Lessa joins Sky Blue from Shandong Province Federation of China where she has served as their head coach since September 2018. She also spent time in Norway as the assistant coach for Avaldsnes I.L., which competed in the Champions League.
Prior to going overseas, Lessa served as the Under-20 Washington Spirit’s Head Coach. She also was the head coach for Young Harris College and Iowa Central Community College.
Lessa has earned a U.S. Soccer Federation B License as well as Brazilian Football Confederation B License. She is currently pursuing her UEFA B coaching license. She received her MBA in Sports Management from Concordia University Irvine and her B.A. in Religious Studies from Saint Thomas University.
Macedo joins Sky Blue from Des Moines Menace of the Women’s Professional Soccer League and Premier Development League, where he served as the head coach. He also has served as the assistant coach for Drake University. Macedo also has been a professional coach for Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club and Sporting Iowa Soccer. He also has been the director of goalkeeping for Altoona Youth Soccer Associations.
He has earned his U.S. Soccer Federation D License as well as his NSCAA Level 3 Goalkeeping license.
Macedo is pursuing his MBA in Sports Management from Grand View University. He has received his B.A. of Science in Business Administration from AIB College of Business.