Jon Akin - Founder
Jon grew up in Pensacola, Florida where he attended Pensacola Catholic High School. In 1995, he attended Saint Leo University as a freshman. Jon was named first team All-Conference and All-South. In 1996, Jon scored 28 goals and had 16 assists to lead the nation in scoring. He was All-American, All-South, and All-Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year. In 1997, Jon was First-Team All-American, All-South, and All-Sunshine State Conference. In 1998, he ended his career at Saint Leo finishing second all-time in career goals with 61 and first time in assists with 45. In 1998, Jon spent 3 months with Independiente of the Argentinian 1st Division.
In 1999, Jon was drafted by The Charleston Battery in the first round of the A-League draft. In 2000, Jon played in all 32 games for the Battery, who lost in the 2nd round of the playoffs to the eventual champs, Rochester Raging Rhinos. During the 2000 off-season, Jon played with Kilkinney City of the Irish Premier League.
In 2001, Jon played 26 games for The Battery before losing to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the playoffs. He began the 2002 season with The Charleston Battery before being traded to The Atlanta Silverbacks, where Jon played 20 games.
Jon is now the current Director Of Soccer at Oglethorpe University.
Gilbert Jean-Baptiste - Founder
Gilbert grew up in Montreal, Canada, but is originally from Haiti. In 1995, he came to the United States where he attended Mercer County Community College for 1 year. During that season he was named Defender of the Year, Final Four All-Tournament, and First Team All-American. His team won the 1995 National Championship.
The following year Gilbert transferred to Southern Connecticut State University where he earned his Bachelor's degree, majoring in Computer Science. After one year he was named Co-Captain and was already a 2 time All-New England and All-Conference. As a senior, after three consecutive trips to the Final Four, he won the Men's Division II National Championship. Furthermore, he was named All-New England, All-Conference, First team All-American, and 1998 Conference Defender of the Year, all of which led to his 1998 Men's Division II Player of the Year award.
After a successful college career he signed his first professional contract with the Charleston Battery where he was named Rookie of the Year. He was rewarded for his impact in the A-League and named to the All-Star Team for three consecutive years. As a defender, he scored an impressive 8 goals and 2 assists, leading his team in minutes played.
In 2002, he signed for the Atlanta Silverbacks, where he continued with
his success accumulating 3 goals and 1 assist. In his four years as a
professional, he participated in two World Cup Qualification campaigns,
and fell twice to
Trinidad. He has represented his country in two Gold Cups and amassed a
total of 11 caps and was the Haitian National Team's
Gilbert is the current Head Coach for The Blessed Trinity Catholic High School girls who are the 2006, 2007 and 2008 State Champions.