Spartans Coaching

Lea Westlake

Lea Westlake

Director of Coaching

Lea is 35 years old and a native of England. He grew up playing football in local academies from the the age of 5 and finished playing here in USA. He still plays when he has a chance with his local men’s team. Lea has been married for 7 years to Tasha Westlake and they just welcomed a beautiful daughter into the world, they named her after Lea’s grandmother Talea Rose Westlake, born on 25th June 2016.

Lea began coaching back in 2007 whilst playing for the local New Orleans semi pro team. Lea coached with New Orleans Soccer Academy in 2007 and has also coached with the Chicago Fire Louisiana. One of his coaching highlights is being a part of the 2010 (Premier Development League) Baton Rouge Capitals coaching staff that lead the team to the PDL National Finals, where they finished fourth. He is a coach that believe football begins with individual development. His philosophy has always been to provide ALL children no matter what speed they develop, the opportunity to be taught how to incorporate proven techniques to enable them to play to their full potential at the highest levels.

Coaching Qualifications

  • National youth diploma – Distinguished pass
  • Coerver coach module one
  • Studied Catalan federation philosophy and methodology in Barcelona, Spain

Josey Portillo

Head Coach

Josey has been coaching for about 5 years now. He has a lot of coaching experience, coaching for teams such as Chicago Fire Louisiana, St. Charles and now at the New Orleans Spartans FC. Josey is currently Brother Martins JV coach. His philosophy as a coach is to make sure He creates an environment where the kids have fun and also are learning and getting better everyday as much as possible. Josey also teaches his teams to respect the game and to learn to treat team mates like brothers and play for each other. He likes to see his teams play as a team and have a lot of possession during games.

Josey has been playing since He was 5 and came up in the New Orleans youth system playing for NOSA. He had the opportunity to play odp for Louisiana and was selected for the region 3 team. Josey went over seas for two months and played for professional club Excelsior at the age of 16 and in the same year also became the youngest player to play for the New Orleans shellshockers which was in the PDL. He received a full scholarship to play soccer for Florida Gulf Coast University. Josey also played in the PDL for Baton Rouge capitals, Chicago Fire Reserves, Atlanta Silverbacks and VSI Tampa. One of his biggest accolades is completing a preseason with D.C. United in MLS.

One of the things he is also very proud of was his senior year, being selected pre season all American and a nominee for the Herman trophy.

Reece Wilson

Reece Wilson

Head Coach

Coach Reece grew up near London playing soccer at a young age, and later played for the U18 squad at Crystal Palace FC before moving to America for college. In college, he was a 3-time All American for CCSU, and a Candidate for the 2012 MAC Herman Trophy (the highest individual accolade in college soccer, presented annually to the country’s top player).

Reece’s Honors include

  • Mitre National Player of the Week (National Professional Soccer League; 2014)
  • MLS Superdraft Candidate (2013)
  • Northeast Conference Player of the Year (2012)
  • MAC Herman Trophy Candidate (2012)
  • Finalist for the Soccer News Net College Boot Award (2012)
  • Northeast Conference “All Conference First Team” selection (2012)
  • COSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District (2012)
  • Cosida Academic All-American First Team (2012)
  • NSCAA Academic All-American First Team (2012)
  • COSIDA Capitol One Academic All-American First-Team (2012)
  • NEISL College All Star Game Selection (2012)
  • NSCAA All North Atlantic Region “First Team” selection (2012)
  • NEC All-Conference Second Team (2011)
  • All-Region 1st Team (2011)
  • Cosida Academic All-American First Team (2011)

Coaching Qualifications

  • FA Level 2 Football Coaching Certification – England

Coaching Experience

  • New Orleans Jesters – NOLA Soccer Academy (U8 – U14)

Playing Experience

  • New Orleans Jesters
  • Costa Rican First Division (professional) (2013)
  • Universidad de Costa Rica Central Connecticut State University (2011 – 2013; NCAA Division One Soccer)
  • William Carey College (2009 – 2011)
  • Crystal Palace FC

Steven Morris

Head Coach

Steven is an American-born Honduran ex-professional soccer player who reached the highest level of the Honduras National Soccer League with CD Motagua and CD Marathon. Steven was called up to the Honduras National Team U-23 team in 2007. The same year CD Motagua won the Central American Champions Cup (UNCAF). An injury interrupted his Honduran professional career causing him to return to the States. After completing a full recovery, Steven played PDL with Bradenton, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge from 2008 through 2011 and as Captain, reached the National Final Four with Bradenton Academics in 2010.

Since returning to his birthplace, New Orleans, he’s been playing in the local competitive leagues where his current team Motagua of New Orleans have won five (5) state championships, four (4) regional titles and two (2) national runner-up titles. They have qualified on two occasions to the prestigious professional tournament, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in seasons of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

As a Coach, he led the Palm Harbor University High School Boys team to a Florida State Championship in 2008-09 and State runners-up in the 2009-10 season.  In New Orleans, Steven coached the Benjamin Franklin High School Boys and Girls team. The BFHS Boys finished as runners-up in the State Finals in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 season. The BFHS Girls team reached the State’s quarterfinals in 2011-12 season and then went on the year after to an undefeated season and won the state championship in the 2012-13 season with 20-0-0 record.  Steven was also Director of Coaching for the FC New Orleans Club from 2012-2016 seasons before joining the Spartans.

Youth Playing Experience

  • 2000-2004: Clearwater Chargers
  • 2000-2004: Florida State/Regional ODP team
  • 2004: Plantilla Juvenil Real Español U17 team

Professional Playing Experience

  • 2005-2006: Marathon
  • 2006-2009: Motagua
  • 2010-2011: Bradenton Academics
  • 2011-2012: New Orleans Jesters

Coaching Qualifications

  • USSF “B” Coaching Liscense

Coaching Experience

  • 2009-2010: Palm Harbor University High School
  • 2011-2013:  Ben Franklin High School
  • 2012-2016: DOC of FC New Orleans
  • 2017-Present: New Orleans Spartans Football Club