Staff

At Queen City FC, we aim to provide our players with standout coaching from a variety of seasoned and experienced coaches. Many of our staff members have years of experience playing or coaching at the collegiate, high school, and club levels, giving us the knowledge and expertise to provide all our players with a positive club soccer experience in Vermont.

BOYS COACHES Name
00-02 Boys Head Coach Kyle Underwood
2003 Boys Head Coach Denis Nunez 
2004 Boys Head Coach Shane Bufano 
2005/06 Boys Head Coach Mark Sienko
2005/06 Boys Assistant Coach Ravshan Temirov
2007/08 Boys Head Coach Mark Sienko
2007/08 Boys Assistant Coach Kyle Verchereau
2009/10 Boys Head Coach Mark Sienko
2009/10 Boys Assistant Coach Ethan Baldwin
   
GIRLS COACHES Name
00-02 Girls Head Coach Denis Nunez 
2003 Girls Head Coach Shane Bufano 
2004 Girls Head Coach Shane Bufano 
2004 Girls Assistant Coach Kaylee Sullivan
2005/06 Girls Head Coach Aubrey Ouellet
2007/08 Girls A Head Coach Aubrey Ouellet
2007/08 Girls A Assistant Coach Rich Couture
2007/08 Girls B Head Coach Kaylee Sullivan
2007/08 Girls B Assistant Coach Rich Couture
2009/10 Girls Head Coach Shane Bufano 
   
WHOLE STAFF ASSISTANTS Name
Boys and Girls Staff Assistant Chris George
Boys Staff Assistant Ravshan Temirov
Boys Staff Assistant Kyle Verchereau
Boys Staff Assistant Ethan Baldwin
Girls Staff Assistant Kaylee Sullivan
Girls Staff Assistant Abby Rajotte
Girls Staff Assistant Mike Smith

 

STAFF

Shane Bufano 

President/Director of Coaching

Shane Bufano is the founder and current Director of Coaching for Queen City FC. Bufano started the club in 2011 and since then has developed the club from its original three teams to its current membership of 20-plus teams and over 300-plus youth players from U-8 to U-19 (Boys and Girls).  

Currently the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Northern Vermont University Johnson, Bufano has earned numerous accolades in his coaching career for his work with Queen City FC, including two of the Vermont State Soccer Association’s highest honors: the 2016 VSA Administrator of the Year and 2013 VSA Girls Coach of the Year.

Bufano has made a mark at NVU Johnson as he continued building off a strong first campaign with an even better season in 2018.  The program reached some new heights since joining the NCAA as it surpassed the single season win mark by two games with a 10-win season.  The team also set single season program records for Goals (45), Points (127), and Assists (37).  The Badgers also reached the postseason for the first time since 2010, and earned the #4 seed in the North Atlantic Conference playoffs as a home playoff team which last happened in 2007.  In addition, 3 players were selected for the NAC All-Conference teams with Rob Buonanno and Daniel Arriola as First Team selections, and John Folsom as a Second Team selection.  Rob Buonanno ended the season leading the NAC in Goals (12) and Points (28), while 3 players were in the NAC's Top 5 in Points (Buonanno 1st, Arriola T-5, Salgado T-5).  Additionally, 5 players were ranked in the top 5 in the NAC for Assists (Hanna - 3, Buonanno T-5, Arriola T-5, Holloway T-5, Croteau T-5) and Tristan Salgado joined Buonanno in the Top 5 for goals in 5th with 9 goals scored.  During the season, 3 players were also selected as NAC Players of the Week (Joe Holloway, Rob Buonanno, and Daniel Arriola), while Arthur Clayton was selected as Defensive Player of the Week, and Tristan Salgado as Rookie of the Week.  Buonanno was also selected as the HEROSports D3 Player of the Week for the week of October 21, 2018.

Bufano had a strong first season in 2017 as he was able to solidify the Badger roster to 25 players and guide the team to one of the best seasons in the past decade. The Badgers had a 5 win turnaround which was top 15 in NCAA DIII, while posting 7 wins (1 shy of a school record in the NCAA Era).  The Badgers also set a record for most goals scored in a season in the NCAA Era with 43 in 2017. The team also improved a spot in the NAC Conference from the previous year.  3 Badgers earned conference awards with Dominic Caforia being selected the second team all-NAC, while Joe Holloway was selected NAC Rookie of the Week and Jarod Croteau was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.

Prior to NVU Johnson, Bufano served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Saint Michael’s College for two seasons under Wendy Elles, and was a boys assistant soccer coach at South Burlington High School for five seasons, where he helped South Burlington reach three Vermont Division 1 State Championship games, winning two titles (2011, 2014).

In addition to his DOC duties, Bufano has coached a variety of teams throughout Queen City FC, both male and female, from U-10 to U-19. He has guided his teams to several club tournament finals and championships at various levels.

As a player, Bufano earned several accolades as a forward for Green Mountain College. He was a two-time All-Conference selection in 2005 and 2006 in the Association of D3 Independents Conference (AD3I). In addition, he was the runner up for Rookie of the Year in the AD3I Conference in 2005 after scoring 16 goals during his first campaign for the Eagles. Bufano led the team in scoring and points in 2005 and 2006, and over three seasons finished with 24 goals and 8 assists after a knee injury cut his final season short in 2007. Bufano holds the NCAA Division III record for goals per game among institutions classifying to Division III, and is the Eagles’ Division III era leader all-time goals and points, while also being the single-season leader in goals. He ranks in the top five all time in 13 different statistical categories. While at Green Mountain, Bufano also was a captain of the Varsity Tennis team and earned the GMC Scholar Athlete and Coaches Award (2007).

Prior to Green Mountain, Bufano played at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, VT where he was a part of the 2002 and 2003 Vermont state championship teams. He also played several years with Nordic Soccer Club, and was a member of Vermont ODP for three seasons.

Bufano holds several coaching certifications such as: the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma, NSCAA Futsal Level I License, USSF "D" License.

 

Mark Sienko

Director of Operations/U10-U12 Boys Director

"Mark brings many years of experience, expertise and energy to our program as a coach and a formal professional player.  We are extremely excited to have someone of his stature in the Vermont community join our leadership team as well as work with our fine players," said Shane Bufano, Queen City FC President.

Mark is a local product from Shelburne, Vermont, and brings extensive soccer experience to the program as both player and coach. Mark has a diverse background in soccer where he is currently an assistant coach entering his 5th season with the women's soccer program at Middlebury College.  The Panthers reached the NCAA tournament last season and had a final ranking of #18 in the country.  In addition, he has spent the past decade working at Nordic Soccer Club with various premier teams.  His love of coaching stemmed from a successful playing career where he was a standout at perennial powerhouse Champlain Valley Union High School.  After high school, Mark played club soccer at the University of Vermont and then continued on to play professionally in Poland for Stal Rzeszow ZKS and also in Northern Ireland for Coleraine FC.

Sienko holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma, as well as an Advanced National Diploma, and the USSF “D” License.

 

Aubrey Ouellet

Director of Goalkeeping

A Bedford, NH native, Ouellet has worked with several girls teams for Queen City FC in both the spring and fall seasons, and is the club’s Girls Director of Goalkeeping. Currently, Ouellet is the Head Girls Soccer Coach at Rice Memorial High School, and previously served as the goalkeeping coach at Burlington High School.  In her first season (2017) with the Green Knights, Ouellet led the team to its first State Championship in 18 years.  The Green Knights fell in penalty kicks to Milton in the state final after 2OT's and a 0-0 score.  The team finished with a 15-3 record, and Ouellet was named the 2017 Lake Division Coach of the Year.

Ouellet spent her playing career at Saint Michael’s College, where she was the Purple Knights’ starting goalkeeper. Coach Aubrey holds a USSF E License.

 

Kyle Underwood 

Kyle Underwood is one of the longest tenured coaches on the Queen City FC staff having coached several age groups in both genders.

Underwood currently is an assistant coach at Johnson State College, and helped lead the Badgers in his first year to their best season in nearly a decade.  Underwood helps with all aspects of the program from recruiting to training and film study. 

Underwood has worked at many different levels in the club and high school coaching ranks over the past decade. Most recently as the Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach at Missisquoi Valley Union in the fall of 2015 and 2016.  Prior to becoming the Girls Varsity coach at MVU, Underwood also served previously as an assistant with the Boys Varsity Soccer team as well.

With Queen City FC, Underwood currently plays a versatile role working with player development in many teams within the club Queen City FC.  Prior to working at Queen City FC, Underwood served as the Club Director for the Missisquoi Riverhawks FC up in Highgate, Vt.  While there he coached several teams within the club and ran day to day operations.

 

Denis Nunez

Denis Nuñez enters his second season as a coach at QCFC.  He is currently the Head Varsity Coach at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.

Nuñez is a former Division III NCAA soccer athlete at Lyndon State College and has worked primarily with U6 through U24 athletes through a variety of club and and collegiate coaching over the past 7 years. He worked at Lyndon State College as an intern Women's Assistant Coach and as a Varsity Room Strength and Conditioning intern at LSC and the University of Vermont. Coach Nuñez continues to manage the boys U6-U19 programs for Essex United Soccer Club in Chittenden County, Vermont.

Nuñez is also the founder of Grind Soccer Academy which is a local organization that provides private coaching and camps.

Nuñez earned a B.S. in Exercise Movement and Physiological Science in 2013 from The University of Vermont, where he continues to work in the study of Breast Cancer Research. He has also served as a Combat Medic/Healthcare Specialist in the Vermont Army NG for 10 years.

Nuñez holds a USSF National "E" Coaching License and Emergency Medical Technician Licenses.

 

Chris George

Staff Assistant/At Large Board Member

Chris George brings a wealth of experience to Queen City FC from the collegiate ranks. George is the Director of the Girls Program at Queen City FC and coaches various girls’ teams within the club. He led QCFC’s U-14 girls team in the 2016 spring season on the first Queen City FC national trip, as the team toured and competed across the United States for 10 days, visiting cities like Cincinnati, OH, Nashville, TN, Lexington, KY, Pittsburgh, PA, and New York, NY.

George is currently the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Green Mountain College where he helps out with all aspects of the program. Prior to arriving in Vermont, George was the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. While at King’s he also served for a year as an assistant with the Men’s Soccer Program as well.

In Vermont, George has also served as an assistant coach for four seasons at Rice Memorial High School under Ed Demulder, and also coached several boys and girls teams at the club level with Far Post Soccer Club.

George competed collegiately at Green Mountain College, where he was a two-time USCAA Academic All-American. George holds his USSF D License.

 

David "Moon" Martin

At Large Board Member

Coach Moon has been coaching in Vermont for over 20 years as a high school and club coach.  Moon is currently the South Burlington High School Boys Varsity coach as he enters his 8th season with the Wolves.  While at SBHS, Coach Moon helped lead the program to their first State Championship in 20 years in 2011.  In 2014, he helped lead South Burlington again to a state title, posting the best record in school history at 16-1.  This past year, Coach Moon led the Wolves to the 3rd State Championship in his tenure at SBHS with a 3-1 win over St. Johnsbury in the 2017 final, finishing with a 16-1-1 record.

Prior to becoming the Varsity coach at South Burlington, Moon coached for several seasons at the JV level at both SBHS, and Burlington High School.  He also was a coach for many years with Far Post Soccer Club. 

As a coach, Moon has helped guide several collegiate players, and All-State Selections, including in 2014, an NSCAA All-American (Aiman Ginawi) and an NSCAA All-New England (Ismail Temirov) in the same year.  In 2016, he guided the Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year (Patrick O'Hara).

During the 2015 season, Moon was named the Metro Coach of the Year in Vermont.

 

OTHER COACHES (BIOS COMING SOON)

Ethan Baldwin

Rich Couture

Mike Smith

Kaylee Sullivan

Ravshan Temirov

Kyle Verchereau

Abby Rajotte

 

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