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Renton and Al-Samarraie Named Directors of Coaching

By Michigan Jaguars FC, 03/09/21, 5:45PM EST

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NOVI, Mich. – Michigan Jaguars FC has made changes to its Novi Technical Staff for the 2021/22 season. James Renton has been appointed as both the Novi branch Director of Coaching and the Novi Boys’ Director of Coaching, along with leading the Boys’ National League and Club vs Club programs. Firas Al-Samarraie has been named the Novi Girls’ Director of Coaching, and he will lead the Girls’ National League and Club vs. Club programs.

Renton joined the staff in 2016. He holds a USSF B License, a USYSA National Youth License, an NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, a US Soccer Grass Roots Instructor License, and is an MSYSA Coach Instructor.

“I am grateful to have this opportunity,” Renton said. “Michigan Jaguars FC is a fantastic organization, and I am excited to build on the work that has been done before. We have wonderful families and staff, and I look forward to working with them to provide a positive soccer experience.”


Coach James Renton


Renton leading a coach education session.

Al-Samarraie is in his 11th year with the club. He holds a USSF B License and played professional soccer in the Swedish 2nd Division. He previously served as an assistant for the University of Michigan Men’s Soccer team and was a staff ODP coach in Michigan and West Virginia.

“I am excited to take this new role,” Al-Samarraie said. “I look forward to working with the various teams and coaches as we strive towards continually improving the environment for our players and families.”


Coach Firas Al-Samarraie

2021/22 Technical Staff

Name Position
James Renton Novi Director of Coaching/Novi Boys Director of Coaching
Firas Al-Samarraie Novi Girls Director of Coaching
Jim Grewe Goalkeeping Director
Dan Trosper Performance Director
Pete Pososki Technical Director / Boys Academy Director
Dan Dalzochio Girls Academy Director
Trisha Wellock Junior Jaguars Director

Former Novi Boys’ Director of Coaching Barry Scott has accepted a position at Michigan Tigers FC as its Coaching Director. Along with being a frequent (but good-humored) target of the club’s social media jokes, Scott led two Jaguars teams to USYS National Championship trophies and helped countless athletes achieve their goals of playing college and professional soccer.


Coach Barry Scott with his squad in 2014


The Novi 2004 Girls Green Team Lifts the 2018 National Championship Trophy

Michigan Jaguars FC looks forward to competing against his Tigers teams in the years to come.

“Our club has been extremely lucky to have Barry on staff,” said Executive Director Paul Tinnion. “He has helped so many teams and players grow during his time here, and we made some great memories on the field together. I wish him all the best as he moves on to this new opportunity.”