Founder & CEO
Coach Akeim Kelly was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia where he majored in Sports Medicine with an minor in Sports Management. Coach Akeim is a former Director of a YMCA and Owner of a successful small business in Philadelphia.
Upon relocating to Los Angeles in January 1998 he quickly found work as a Youth Sports Instructor for the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department. Coach Akeim’s success with teaching children the fundamental skills for playing various sports led to the start of LA-Sports Kidz.
Over the past seventeen years Coach Akeim has truly cherished every opportunity to teach children how to have FUN while engaging in sports and leisure activities. Coach Akeim is very excited about the opportunity to expand LA-Sports Kidz by offering additional programs and services in other communities throughout Southern CA, and the development of the children brand American Sports Kidz
Coach Erick Mendez is our beloved Athletic Director who oversees daily operations in the Los Angeles region. He is currently a student at Cal State Northridge where he is business. Sports and health have always been a major aspect of his life. As an avid workout warrior, Coach Erick truly understands the need to live a healthy active lifestyle. He truly believes "health is wealth" and he uses this as a motivating factor when creating and organizing new programs for LA-Sports Kidz. Over the past 5 years, Coach Erick has been fully invested in inspiring children to become the best version of themselves on and off the field.
This radiating enthusiasm and passion is on full display when he steps onto the field. Communicating and relating to children is truly an art, that Coach Erick has mastered. These wonderful qualities has contributed to professionalism he demonstrates when overseeing the daily operations of LA-Sports Kidz.
With 10 years of soccer coaching experience with children ages 3-6, and originally from the UK, Coach Gillian migrated to Los Angeles 14 years ago to work as a specialist counselor teaching Gym-fit to children ages 5 through 11.
Having always known that working with children was her passion and vocation, it was a position that she embraced with joy and honor. Before leaving England, Gillian played soccer and many other sports at County level, all through High School and College, and later, along with a personal friend, worked with a program called ‘FitKid’, focusing on the importance of exercise for children, whilst having fun. These sessions included specialized games, obstacle courses and other such ‘organized fun’ in order to get the body moving, whilst giving children a sense of joy and accomplishment.
Coach Gillian has added greatly to her already extensive coaching experience, in providing private care for infant, toddler, Kindergarten and grade school children and their families. She fully understands that all children have unique and individual needs and that coming together in a ‘team’ environment can help bring out and nurture positive qualities in a child that will prove in assisting them become well adjusted young adults.
Coach D’Mitri has 12 years of Physical Education teaching experience. He currently teaches at Encino Elementary School where he’s been for 8 years. Coach D’Mitri was a star collegiate wide receiver at the University of Idaho where he earned a full scholarship.
While attending the University he ran a sports camp and participated in the Special Olympics as a volunteer coach. When he’s not teaching or coaching LA Sports Kidz he officiates youth basketball and flag football.
He currently holds a B.A. degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. D’Mitri has a genuine love for sports, kids and making a difference in their lives. He strives to help children in their personal growth by encouraging, motivating and praising their efforts and accomplishments. Coach D’Mitri is a great asset to LA Sports Kidz.
Coach Jose has been working with children for over 15 years and joined LA-Sports Kidz in the fall of 2011. Born and raised in San Fernando, Jose has been actively playing soccer since the age of six. He has played on various recreational and club soccer teams throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
Before receiving his B.A in History from California State University, Northridge in the spring of 2006, Jose was a kindergarten teacher assistant and PE instructor at Pacoima Charter Elementary School. In addition, he has worked as an After School Sports Instructor for LA-Best youth program. In this capacity he was responsible for organizing and implementing sports activities for girls at Telfair Elementary in Pacoima.
Jose’s passion for the game soccer has afforded him the opportunity to work with many soccer camps for children ages 4-17 in the San Fernando Valley and with the Chivas USA soccer program as well. Currently Jose works for the Pacoima Unified School District as a teacher with a charter school in Los Angeles. He also is the head soccer coach for the San Fernando High School boy’s varsity soccer team. As head coach of the team he has guided the team to two CIF City Section Championship appearances in three years, including winning the 2010 title which was the schools first championship since 1973.
During the summer when he is not teaching or coaching, Coach Jose has worked for Summer Discovery for the past nine years. Five of those years as the east coast Director for the Spain location. Summer Discovery is an organization that provides teens with an opportunity to explore their lives and the world through education, art and travel. We are thrilled to have Coach Jose as apart of the LA-Sports Kidz family too!
Coach Sean joined LA Sports Kidz from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he worked for the School district as a Physical Education and Health teacher for seven years.
Coach Sean believes that the health and welfare of children utilizing sports as an enrichment tool is a very important strategy. Having been a gym teacher, swim instructor, collegiate athlete and professional football player he has hands on knowledge in the world of sports and instruction.
Coach Sean is a Temple University graduate where he holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Coach Sean is also a personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. We are pleased to have Coach Sean as part of the LA Sports Kidz team.
Coach Phil has been working with children for more than fifteen years and for the past seven years he has been teaching LA-Sports Kidz how to have FUN while learning how to play various sports.
In 1998 Coach Phil and Coach Akeim met while working together for the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department. When Coach Akeim started LA-Sports Kidz and needed someone to assist him with classes he called Coach Phil and they have been working together every since. Coach Phil’s ability to effectively communicate with children and get down on their level to produce results has really contributed to the success of LA-Sports Kidz. The children and parents all appreciate Coach Phil’s style of coaching. When Coach Phil is teaching LA-Sports Kidz it’s hard to tell who is having the most FUN between him and the children!
Coach Phil attended Cal State University and he is currently still working for the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department. His responsibilities include organizing youth leagues, teaching sports classes and officiating baseball, basketball and flag football. Coach Phil also coaches varsity football at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles. The wisdom, patience, insight and friendly personality, Coach Phil consistently demonstrates when working with children has really contributed to the success of LA-Sports Kidz. The support and encouragement Coach Phil receives from his beautiful wife Robyn has ultimately contributed to Coach Phil being successful in all aspects of his life.