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Fraser Gibson

 

Title: Managing Director

 

E: fraser@unitedsportsusa.com

T: 0141 332 8962

Skype: fraser.gibson1 

 Fraser Gibson

A former student-athlete and graduate of Northern Illinois University, Fraser founded United Sports USA in 2009 with the view of allowing young athletes the chance to experience the great environment that American University Athletics has to offer.

Whilst playing for Glasgow Rangers FC Fraser was given the opportunity to continue his football career and academic study at NCAA Division 1 Men’s Soccer Program NIU. Knowing the importance of having a university education and the relative uncertainty that comes with professional sport, Fraser jumped at the opportunity.

As Managing Director, Fraser is responsible for every aspect within United Sports USA. Backed by a strong team of former collegiate athletes he is able to create the strategy for evaluation, implementation and placement of clients. As a former NCAA Division 1 athlete Fraser is well respected and trusted by college coaches at all levels.


 

Andy Newman

 

Title: Director

 

E: a.newman@unitedsportsusa.com

T: 0141 332 8962

Skype: andy.newman9

 Andrew Newman

Andy started out as a professional footballer with Hibernian FC. During his professional career he had short spells at Partick Thistle, St.Mirren, Morton and Clydebank. Prior to that he had 13 caps for Scotland at U15 and U16 Schoolboy level.  He is also qualified SFA coach and PVG registered in Scotland.

In 2004 he started working with student athletes looking to make the transition to US college sports. Since then he has helped place over 500 players in 41 US States at all levels of competition. Andy's primary role within the company is the promotion of our athletes, with his coach contacts, experience and knowledge of sport in America he is able to find the ideal place for our clients.

Andy is married to Nicola, has two sons Scott & Craig. He resides in Inverclyde, enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.

Gabi Bilin

 

Title: Head of Administration

 

E: g.bilin@unitedsportsusa.com

T: 0141 332 8962

 Gabi Bilin

Gabi is Head of Administration and deals with the day to day running of the office, client files, assessment days, website content and much more. 

Gabi was a member of the Glasgow University Fencing Club, also she is a passionate snowboarder.

 

 Andy Shakarji

 

Title: Head Soccer Consultant

 

E: a.shakarji@unitedsportsusa.com

T: 0141 332 0690

 

Andrew was brought up playing in youth academies for professional Scottish soccer clubs Hibernian FC and Clyde FC and also represented the West of Scotland Regional squad at U19s and National Select squad before making the move to America on a college soccer scholarship. .

In 2005 Andrew committed to play for Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City, a top ranked NAIA college where he achieved 4 conference championships, 4 NAIA national tournament appearances including making the final four his freshman year, two times 1st team All-Conference select and two times All-American honours.

After spending 2 years coaching at NCAA Division 2 Southwestern Oklahoma State University while attaining his master’s degree in Sports Management, Andrew moved to Sacramento, California to coach at a player development academy while playing professional indoor soccer in the MASL.

As one of the Head Soccer Consultant Andrew brings much playing and coaching exeperience to our clients.  His role is to oversee the recruitment of players on to the United Sports Soccer Program.

Ross MacKinnon

 

Title: Soccer Consultant

 

E: ross@unitedsportsusa.com

T: 0141 332 0690

 

Ross grew up playing pro-youth football with Aberdeen, Hamilton Academical and spent three years at Clyde FC where he was captain. In 2010 and 2011, he was capped twice for the Scottish Independent Schools national team where he also captained the squad in his final year of high school.

In February 2012, Ross committed to, Division I soccer program Hartwick College through the guidance of Unietd Sports USA. As a student athlete he was awarded with a Mid-American all-conference award  in 2013 and won back to back Sunbelt Championships in 2014 and 2015. In his final year, Ross played in the Premier Development League (PDL) with Springfield Synergy FC, Missouri, who recorded their best points tally in franchise history before he returned for his senior college season with Hartwick.

Having played four years at the Division I level he has a wealth of playing experience, and so his role within the company is to identify players who have potential to play American college soccer.

Kyle Maxwell

 

Title: Female Soccer Consultant

 

E: kyle@unitedsportsusa.com

T: 0141 332 0690

 


Kyle has vast experience playing youth football in Scotland. He started out his career at Motherwell FC, then had spells at  Rangers, Queens Park, and Airdrie. Kyle was also selected for the West of Scotland team for 2 consistent years, before his decision to look towards a scholarship.

In 2011, became a client of United Sports USA as he wanted to pursue a soccer scholarship in America. Through the guidance of the staff was placed on a scholarship to top NAIA program, University of Science and Arts Oklahoma. In 2012 he started his collegiate career with USAO and during his 4 years there he had great success; winning 3 SAC conference titles, 3 SAC tournament cups, and reaching nationals in all 4 of his years at USAO. He was acknowledged for his performances earning 1st team all-conference 2014-15, as well as becoming captain of his team in his senior year. The opportunity to coach was also an option and Kyle assisted a teammate as a coach at Elgin High School, in Oklahoma, gaining experience as a coach in competitive matches. Lastly, Kyle was selected to play NPSL in the summer of 2015 to represent Tulsa Athletics, Oklahoma.

At USAO Kyle studied Business Administration and went on to graduate in April 2016.

With 4 years of experience as a collegiate athlete, Kyle brings knowledge, experience, and a huge enthusiasm to help young players follow their dreams of a soccer scholarship. 

Ruby Ladjanszky

 

Title: Marketing Consultant

E: rubina@unitedsportsusa.com

 

 

Ruby is our marketing intern, who is graduating from Business and Management and Psychology at the University of Glasgow. She helps to raise awareness about the company and assists with marketing campaigns. In her free time, she enjoys playing pool and doing yoga. 

Lina Zickyte

 

Title: Head of Video Department

E: editor@unitedsportsusa.com

 

 

 Lina Zickyte

Lina has graduated from University of Glasgow with Digital Media and Information Studies degree. She is in charge of our video department and makes sure that everyone has the best highlight reel accessible at all times. She also produces full game footage for showcase and other selected matches.

Paul Swinton

 

Title: Video Editor

E: editor@unitedsportsusa.com

 

Paul joined United Sports USA as video editor after graduating from University of Glasgow with Film and TV Studies degree. He is a vital part of our video team cutting the highlight reel videos together.

 

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