About Us

At VAS International, Inc. we are all former and current football kickers/punters, soccer players, coaches, fans, and athletic “business” people who have all come together with one common goal. Build a niche software company dedicated to those athletes interested in “kicking their game up to the next level” while ensuring we work with those kicking professional specialists/coaches who now finally have software designed for their on-site and off-field analysis of their players.
We know first-hand that in everyone’s athletic journey, they are looking for a “leg up” in obtaining that college scholarship in the niche market as a “kicking specialist” or soccer player.

We also recognize that dealing with these athletes; their parents and coaches that at every level and every age, one thing is constant; the need for consistent and updated analysis and information, of where they are and where they are headed ultimately will have a positive effect on their longer term life journey.

So, please join us and provide any feedback you may have by e-mailing us at info@thekickerszone.com, or by calling us at 770-591-3400.

OUR TEAM
CEO – Marc Nolan – Marc is the Co-Founder and CEO of VAS International, Inc. and brings over 30 years of high-level playing and coaching experience in both Football and Soccer. Mr. Nolan is former collegiate D1 punter and kicker, semi-pro soccer player as well as a walk-on punter with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

As a football kicking coach for over 25 years Marc has worked with over 250- HS and College Kickers throughout the US and is a certified Community Coach and trainer with the Georgia High School Athletic Association, and has helped over 47 kickers/punters obtain kicking scholarships at various D1 schools in the past to include recent kickers with The University of Notre Dame, Georgia Tech University, Georgia State University, The Air Force Academy, Dartmouth University, West Virginia University, as well as several other DI and DII schools.

As a soccer coach Marc started his first soccer club at the age of 23 (The Barrington Storm Soccer Association, Barrington, New Jersey) and was considered the youngest club President at that time (1978) in the United States. At The Barrington Storm in his first year, he grew the program to 400 kids and over the next three years 700 kids were involved with this youth soccer program, and he expanded this program to bring in less fortunate children from a nearby town to play.  Throughout his 32 year “soccer and football coaching journeys” he has worked with youth clubs in NJ, MD, PA, WI, DE, CT, and GA.

He has also been a Director of Coaching (DOC) GM and Commissioner, and Board Member at several other large clubs in the US, and has written over 50 articles related to the areas of coaching. He has one son- Marc Christopher a goalkeeper on an Atlanta U16 RPL team as well as being a football punter/kicker and field goal specialist on the Blessed Trinity Football team. His daughter Megan was the Boy’s Varsity soccer team Manager at Blessed Trinity High School.
Mr. Nolan also holds a USSF License, National Youth License, Dutch KNVB badge National Level GK I and II License, and is a member of The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and member of the US Soccer Federation and CoachesNet. He also has worked with the TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) and the Special Olympics.

From the “corporate side” Marc has held senior leadership positions at SHL SystemHouse, Aris Corporation, ORACLE Corporation, Cotelligent, and started VAS International, in 1994 where he is President/COO. He also holds a US Patent for a Voice Biometrics software application, and has been a recognized National keynote speaker as it relates to the Information Technology field. Please e-mail Marc at mnolan@thekickerszone.com.

Durant Brooks – National Punting Director – Durant joins The Kickers’ Zone after having played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins in 2008 and also on the practice squads for the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Brooks attended Georgia Military College and was a student and a two-year letterman in football. In football, he posted an average of 40 yards per punt over two years. In his senior season, Brooks had an average of 45.3.
After graduating from Georgia Military College, Brooks attended Georgia Tech punting for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as a redshirt junior. In his two years at Georgia Tech, Brooks had 144 punts: nearly half (68) landed inside the 20 yard line, while 57 went for more than 50 yards. His longest punt came in his final ACC game in 2007: playing against North Carolina, Brooks stood at the back of his own end-zone and punted the ball to the opposite 16-yard line – the punt was officially marked as 77 yards (from the line of scrimmage at the seven to the opposite 16), but measured over 90 yards from the spot of the punt.
As a junior, Brooks came in third place for the Ray Guy Award given to the best punter in the country. He was also named to the All-American second team by AP, and the All-ACC first team.
As a senior, Brooks received the Ray Guy Award ranking second in the ACC (and fourth in the nation) in punting average while only allowing his opponents to return 19 of his 65 punts. That year, he was also named to the All-American second team by AP (first team by Sports Illustrated and Rivals) and the All-ACC first team. Please email Durant at dbrooks@thekickerszone.com

CSO (Chief Soccer Officer) – Aaron Shepherd – Aaron Shepherd joined VAS International, in the spring of 2008 at the firm’s Atlanta headquarters. Mr. Shepherd brings a wealth of “soccer knowledge” through his 20+ years of playing and coaching experience competing at the highest level. Aaron was a member of the Men’s US National Team (U20-23), and played professionally in Holland for F.C. Groningen (2001-2003) and Cambuur Leeuwarden (2003-2004). He was apart of Concorde Fire’s U-17 National Finalist team as the assistant coach as well as other state and region championship teams. Mr. Shepherd has been the Technical Director at Redwings Soccer Club and Concorde Fire Soccer Association in Georgia. He successfully develops youth (Academy and Select) boy’s teams, and girl’s teams as well as being active in the development of the TOPSoccer program in Atlanta.

Mr. Shepherd’s professional career consists of his employment at Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) as a tenant advisor. NKF is the third largest real estate company in the world and Aaron primarily focuses on office tenant representation, including headquarters transactions and advisory services. He services clients’ in a variety of industries, utilizing finance driven strategies to optimally meet his clients’ needs.

Aaron is actively involved in his local community as a committee member for The Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Shepherd was a member of the Georgia State University Soccer team where he was selected All-Conference twice. He graduated Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a certificate in Real Estate. Please e-mail Aaron at asheperd@thekickerszone.com.

CFO (Chief Fitness Officer) – Al Vaughan – Mr. Al Vaughan is one of the leading fitness experts in the field of body building in the Southeast part of the United States. Mr. Vaughan over his 34-year career in bodybuilding and fitness training has personally trained over 2,500 youth’s and adults in the areas of physical fitness, and the effects of proper nutrition. He has won over 35 National titles, as well as placing third in the world (2003) in the Grand Masters Body Building Championship. His proven skills in being able to help and train young as well as older “athletes” has been at the forefront of his career, and in developing athletes in the proper use of weight training and the dangers of steroids. Mr. Vaughan also was a former semi professional football long snapper. Please e-mail Al at avaughan@thekickerszone.com.com.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS/ADVISORS
Mr. Don Goldschmidt – Mr. Goldschmidt brings over 25 years of soccer experience to our Board. Mr. Goldschmidt is a former collegiate player who starred at St. Louis University from 1974-1978, where he made 4 consecutive Division I Tournament appearances (one Final Four 1974) then in 1975 while playing for the Billikens toured the Netherlands. He then played for Kutis SC from 1976-1978 in the Men’s Senior Division-making the US Open Quarterfinals (1976) as well as playing for Imo’s Pizza SC (1975) and the St.Louis United FC (1975) and played briefly with the Pittsburgh Spirit Indoor Soccer) in 1984. His coaching experience started in St. Louis (U-15 Select-1984-1987) U-10 Challenge Apex NC (1998-2002) U-10 Academy RedWings SC Canton, GA- U-11 Academy 2006. Mr. Goldschmidt also has three children playing soccer full-time with his oldest daughter (Erica) having just accepted a scholarship to play soccer at Georgia State Soccer, and his two son’s Kyle (U16) and Ryan (U13) play on the NASA Premier and Elite teams.

Mr. Goldschmidt is a Vice President-Operation for Airgas South Inc., where he is accountable for 11 Plants, Quality Control, Project Management Bulk Installations, Distribution, Inventory Dock Stock, totaling 14 managers and more than 250 employees, and oversees an operating budget of over $25 MM and brings over 25 years of Operational Management success to the Playerssoccernetwork.com organization. Please e-mail Don at dgoldschmidt@thekickerszone.com.

Mr. Robert (Bob) Holtzman – Mr. Bob Holtzman brings over 25 years of corporate executive operational management talent to the VAS Board, in the areas of corporate and commercial real estate transactions with a Fortune 20 company- where Mr. Holtzman is responsible for leading and developing over 10 teams in 12 states in throughout the US. He is also a Former boxer and USCF ranked cyclist who successfully completed at a state and regional level until the age of 32. Mr. Holtzman also has one son-(Nick) who is playing at the Select U17B team- in the Atlanta area. Please e-mail Bob at bholtzman@thekickesrszone.com.

Mr. Ron Apollon – After having a brilliant career at New York Institute of Technology where he set a school record by saving 9 of 12 penalty kicks, he then went on to star at the semi-professional level for several teams in the New York area. He also played a couple of seasons for the Atlanta Magic USISL indoor professional team. Ron holds a USSF “A” and The National Youth coaching licenses and has coached several teams as well as goalkeepers in the Atlanta area during the past 13 years. He recently has joined the Georgia Rush Soccer club as the Technical Director of the entire club, and prior was the Director of Goalkeeping at North Atlanta Soccer Association (NASA) and a Community Coach for The Pace Academy Girls Varsity team in Atlanta, GA. Ron has been a staff coach in Georgia’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) since 1997, and heads the OPD goalkeeping department. His coaching career also includes stints as Director of Coaching (girls) at Metro North Youth Soccer Association, as Men’s Goalkeeper Coach at Georgia State University and GK coach at Georgia Perimeter College women’s team. Ron has also coached at several camps including MNYSA striker/keeper camp, the Warner Soccer Camps, and at Star Goalkeeper Academy camps. Please e-mail Ron at rapollon@thekickerszone.com.

Mr. Brad Anderson – Brad brings over 30 years of soccer experience to the Board. As a former player at Baylor University, he was the MVP (1978) and had several appearances in the SWC All-Star Game. He later went on to play/coach with Athletes in Action touring throughout Brazil/Jamaica, and was selected to play for the Texas Longhorns Soccer Club touring England in 1976. He led the U97 Forth Worth YSA girls to an undefeated run of 33-0 over two years; founded championship U00 Rainbows girls soccer team and currently coaches his son’s U7 boys team. Professionally, Mr. Anderson is a Vice-President of RDIimpacto! RDI Marketing Services, Inc. a global call center outsourcing firm. Please e-mail Brad at banderson@thekickerszone.com.

Mr. Mark Goldschmidt – Mark brings over 30 years of successful soccer playing and coaching to Playerssoccernetwork.com as well as corporate experience. Starting back in 1976 and 1977 as a former 1st team High School All-American at Granite City High School where he co-captained them to the Illinois State Soccer Championships in 1976 and 1977. He then attended the soccer powerhouse Indiana University from 1978-1982 with three straight Division 1 Tournament appearances (Division 1 Runner-Up 1978 and 1980) and then toured with Indiana throughout Jamaica where they beat the island champions. Afterwards Mark was drafted in the 1st round (7th pick overall) by the Phoenix Inferno of the Major Indoor Soccer League. His coaching experience includes the U-18G Select Celtics, St. Louis MO squad from 2005-2008. On the corporate side, Mr. Goldschmidt’s professional occupation is as a Director- Technical Services for world leader Sensient Technologies-Color Division where he is accountable for all the Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, New Product and New Process Development and Six Sigma Improvement Programs. Please e-mail Mark at mgoldschmidt@thekickerszone.com.

INTERNATIONAL BOARD MEMBERS:
Mr. Barry Connellon – Barry Connellon brings extensive international experience within the Financial Services Industry having worked in Wealth Management for several years with ABN, AMRO, Bloxham Stockbrokers and Northern Trust. Barry also held a senior management role to lead the team of the highly successful Talent Management software company Candidate Manager where he headed the sales efforts to build out the North American group as well as introducing the strategic marketing plans around their Business Intelligence offering. Currently, Barry is the Director of Business Development for Datapoint a leading provider of voice infrastructure and application for the Enterprise and Contact Center global market. He received his BA in Business Management from the Dublin Business and E-Commerce from Dublin School and is a Registered Representative of the Irish Stock Exchange, as well as being active in the Young Business Leaders committee of the Ireland Funds Charity organization. Please e-mail Barry at bconnellon@thekickerszone.com.