Barbados-born former international midfielder, Jeff Hackett, is the Director and Head Coach of the Global Satellite Soccer Academy (Canada). Jeff represented his country at both junior and senior level and played in 28 international games for the senior side. Jeff also played against English Professional teams Stoke City, Norwich City and Southampton FC. He also played against St. Mirren of Scotland and Rot Weiss Oberhausen and Cologne of Germany.
Jeff accepted a scholarship at the University at Albany in New York and had a very successful collegiate career. He was captain of the University team. He was named “All New York State Player” and “All SUNYAC player”. Jeff’s coach at the University at Albany, Bill Schieffelin described him as -
”a tremendous team player. He is a leader and he is one of the most skilled players in the conference if not the country”.
After graduation from the university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Jeff tried out for the professional team Peniche of Portugal and was successful in making the squad. He played at Peniche, a football club in a seaside town in Portugal for 3 years before succumbing to a chronic knee injury.
Jeff has been coaching youth soccer ever since he was in University in the USA and has coached youth soccer in Canada consistently the past 14 years. In that time, his teams have participated in 8 Ontario Cup Finals winning 5 of them.
Jeff achieved his USA B License while a student at the University at Albany, New York and his FA International Coaching License at St. George’s Park in England in 2013.
In 2003 Jeff met former Blackburn Rovers and Everton FC scout, the late Englishman Mick O’Brien, while at the Ian Rush tournament in Aberystswyth, Wales. Together they would form Global Satellite Soccer Academy. Mick is the man that took Brampton, Ontario player Junior Hoilett to Blackburn Rovers. Since 2003, GSSA has been instrumental in linking 14 Canadian kids to European Club Academies.
Jeff is also the Ontario scout for Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy which is located in Leeds, England. The RIASA provides student athletes with a top quality academic program and a top quality soccer opportunity while living and playing in a true football culture.
Academy director Jeff Hackett playing for the Barbados National Team vs Stoke City of English Premier League.