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Vasili Uspensky
Goalkeeper Coach

Vasili joined the Harvard men's soccer staff as the Goalkeeper Coach prior to the start of the 2016 season with over 11 years of coaching experience.

Harvard tallied 10 wins in 2017, climbing into the top-15 nationally in the RPI. Senior Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu was a third-round selection in the MLS SuperDraft, making the roster for Atlanta United FC. Harvard ended its season with a nine-game unbeaten streak intact.

Prior to joining the Crimson, Vasili worked as Soccer Community Director and Partnerships Manager at the Boston-based startup CoachUp (offering 16,000 qualified coaches in 30+ sports nationwide) overseeing relationships with major and minor sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLS, MLB, USOC, and others) and helping retired professional players find avenues to coaching. Vasili is also the top CoachUp Goalkeeper Coach in Massachusetts and 42rd coach overall in USA soccer (out of 3,000+ coaches). He is featured in the Goalkeeping Tutorial Videos with 250,000+ views ( ).

Vasili holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University where he played for the men's soccer team and contributed to a CAA Championship and a top ten US ranking. His undergraduate degree was in international business management with minors in Russian and Spanish language studies (2007). Post college, Vasili had a brief stint with the semi-professional Richmond Rowdies before deciding to pursue a career in the business world. After two years working in Russia, Vasili returned to the #1 ranked VCU Brandcenter to get a master's degree in creative brand management (2011). Vasili was born in Moscow, Russia to a Russian father and Peruvian mother.

In 2012, Vasili co-founded the Boston Kickers, a youth soccer club that has had over 1,000 players participating across the Greater Boston Area (

Vasili also spent three years with The Winsor School (a top national private girls school in Boston) varsity soccer program as an Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach. He holds a USSF ‘D’ License.

Matt O'Neill
Soccer Operations Assistant

Matt O'Neill joined the Men's Harvard soccer staff as the Operations Coordinator prior to the start of the 2016 season.

Prior to joining the Crimson, O'Neill worked with the New York Mets as an Account Executive in their Season Ticket Account Services department where he was responsible for managing commercial clients, coordinating gameday events, and servicing the broader Mets fanbase.

O'Neill is a graduate of Bucknell University 2013 and a native of Rye, NY where he was an All-Section soccer defender in high school.