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Life University

1269 Barclay Circle
Marietta Marietta, GA 30060
NAIA Georgia Southeast
Private Very Small National competitor

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Alex Pama

Coach Pama learned about winning championships as a product of the famed Dutch soccer (sports) scene.


As SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden’s Chief Executive Officer / General Manager for 5 years, Pama took his lessons learned from the field and applied them administratively at the sports highest level to help spur SC Cambuur’s growth into one of the most respected Dutch professional soccer organizations. Through his tireless efforts, Pama was been responsible for instilling the groundwork for SC Cambuur’s success in his five years at the head and well into the future.


In his five-plus years as the organization’s CEO and GM, Pama overhauled Cambuur’s business framework, leading to, among other things a near promotion in 2009 and 2010 to the Eredivisie, the highest professional league in the Netherlands. He emphasized the development of local talent and as a result, SC Cambuur had the (transfer) rights to some of the most talented young players in Dutch soccer. Several records were broken during his tenure at Cambuur (longest winning streak, highest average attendance, most replica jersey’s sold in single season, highest play off TV ratings etc). Furthermore, the club was recognized by the Dutch government and KNVB as one of the most involved professional sport franchises in the community. In 2011, Pama resigned from SC Cambuur.


During his stay in the Netherlands, Pama served as an Executive Board voting member of the KNVB, the Dutch Soccer Federation. In that role he put his strong (business) background to work in preparing the framework to help the Local Organizing Committee try to bring the 2018 World Cup to the Netherlands. He also served on several other committees at the Dutch Soccer Federation and at the Jupiler League. Some of the committees involved were the sales and marketing committee, the advice committee for the Executive Management of the KNVB, future platform committee and Clubs/Player’s Union negotiating committee.


Pama took over a 1-15 Life University program in January of 2017 and immediately turned the program around resulting, a short two years later, in capturing the Mid-South Conference Regular Season Championship compiling a 13-5-1 overall record and a perfect 8-0 in conference play in 2019. In 2017 and 2018 his team also reached the semi-finals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament and in 2019, the team reached the conference tournament final. In 2019 the program was ranked number 21 in the NAIA National Coaches Poll. The team reached to the second round of the NAIA National Championship Tournament. Coach Pama was voted Mid-South Coach of the Year by his peers in 2019 and in 2020 he was selected Life University Coach of the Year in the Life U Athletic Department. Many of his players received accolades as well with selections to the first and second team All-Conference in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Life U junior forward, Thierry Jules was selected Player of the Year in the Mid-South Conference in 2019. Academically his team(s) received many NAIA Daktronics awards, meaning that they kept a high GPA while being a student-athlete. In total over 20 of his players received this prestigious award.


He also served as an ambassador for the Kika Foundation (Children’s Cancer Foundation) in the Netherlands. He owns Pama Sports, a soccer training and consultancy company in the United States. He served four years as a volunteer assistant coach for Kennesaw State University Women's Soccer program (NCAA Division I). He has been a member of the boys and girls Region III and IV ODP staff for more than 15 years and he was a head coach for Georgia's Olympic Development Program (ODP) for over 10 years. He has been an instructor for US Soccer and served for more than 20 years as a director of coaching for various soccer organizations around the States (Idaho, Arkansas, Georgia). He has produced over 300 collegiate players (NCAA/NAIA) in all those years as well as 11 World Cup participants and over 30 professional players. Currently he also serves as a Technical Director for local metro Atlanta soccer program, Impact SC.


Coach Pama holds a KNVB (Dutch Federation) Trainer Coach II and III License (UEFA B and C), a United States Soccer Federation A and B License, an US Soccer National Youth License as well as a KNVB Referee License.


Pama resides in Canton, GA with his wife Karen and their two children AJ and Sydney. In addition to his passion for soccer, he enjoys hiking, cycling, long beach walks and history.

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Kentaro Takada

Takada currently fills the role of an assistant coach for the Life University men’s soccer program. He helped lead the team to the 2019 Mid-South Conference Championship, the team making the first time undefeated conference run since the 1990s.


On the field, Takada has had a long professional career, making the jump in 2006 with Thespa Kusatsu of the J2 League, initially competing on the U-23 team in 2006, before being promoted to the senior team in 2007.


After his time in Japan, Takada moved to the United States in 2009, playing one season with the expansion Rochester Thunder in the USL Premier Development League. Following that he signed with the NSC Minnesota Stars (current MLS Minnesota United FC) of the United States Soccer Federation Division 2 Professional League in 2010, and made his debut for the team on May 29, 2010. In January 2015, Takada signed with USL expansion side Saint Louis FC where he spent two years. Takada also played for the STL Ambush of the Major Arena Soccer League, before finishing his professional career with the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2017.


Throughout his soccer career, Takada has mixed time playing with a variety of coaching assignments.


During his time in Minnesota, he worked with the world renowned Coerver Coaching Method while also spending time with both Hill Murry HS and Como Park HS. While living in St. Louis, Takada worked with the well-known Scott Gallagher Soccer Club. Most recently (and locally), prior to joining the Tucker Youth Soccer Association, Takada had been working with Inter Atlanta FC, coaching their ‘07 Boys Elite team and their ‘05 Boys.


He started a new project in 2020, taking part of the Karen Men’s National team as Head coach, with the project's goal being to compete in the Confederation of Independent Football Association tournament.


Takada holds his USSF C license and lives in Decatur with his wife Mihoko, and his sons, Yohan and Kai.

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