Vincent Kooijman, a Dutch citizen born in Austria, brings a wealth of international soccer experience to SOL Soccer. With the ability to speak four languages- Dutch, English, French, and Italian- Vincent has played and/or coached soccer in Europe, Australia, and North America.
As a youth player, he had the opportunity to play for various clubs in numerous countries across Europe including Austria, Holland, Portugal, and Italy. In 1997, Vincent was invited to play for the youth academy of Torino FC , a professional side currently playing in the highest league in Italy – the Serie A. Before going to college in the United States, he was scouted to play for AFC 34 (the satellite club for AZ Alkmaar), where he played the 2003-2004 season and became the top goalscorer for the team.
Vincent began his career as a youth coach in Holland for Duinrand S in 2003 with significant success. Several players on his first team as a coach were selected to play for the youth academies of some of Holland’s most storied clubs – Ajax and AZ Alkmaar. Ajax has developed some of the most talented players the game has ever seen, and AZ Alkmaar is the current home of U.S. international player Jozy Altidore.
In 2004, Vincent came to the United States to play collegiate soccer for the University of Mary Washington and pursue a degree in Business Administration. After obtaining his degree, Vincent left the U.S. for Australia to complete a Masters in Sports Management from the University of Queensland in 2009. He then returned to the Netherlands and continued coaching before moving to Northern Virginia. While in Northern Virginia, he has coached U9 boys and girls at Alexandria Soccer Association and is currently coaching and training U14 boys and girls at Springfield Youth Club.
Vincent holds youth coaching licenses from both the Netherlands (KNVB) and the United States, including his National Youth License and USSF ‘D’ License. When he is not coaching, Vincent works for the Dutch Embassy in Washington D.C. and plays as a striker in the area’s top men’s amateur level of the Washington Premier League.