FC Buffalo men’s coaching staff

Head coach: Sean Hallas (first year with club)

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FC Buffalo is proud to announce the hiring of Sean Hallas ahead of the 2024 USL League Two season as the eighth men’s head coach in club history.

Sean is currently the director of player development for Syracuse University men’s soccer, where he moved after a win-heavy career at Medaille University. Sean was the 2021 AMCC Coach of the Year and oversaw the program’s transition to the Empire 8, leading them to the NCAA Tournament in their first season, recruiting many talented players including FCB forward Ander Castillo to Buffalo.

“Sean is a bright young mind with major ambition to build a winner and passion to bring the club and its supporters to new heights,” said FC Buffalo president Nick Mendola.

“His recruitment, coaching, and acumen at Medaille was fantastic, and his subsequent hiring to work on Ian McIntyre’s staff at Syracuse speaks volumes about both his ability now and his potential. We look forward to supporting Sean as he drives our growth in USL League Two.”

Sean hails from Leeds, England, where he began his playing career before moving to Genesee Community College in 2012 and finishing his college career at NAIA power William Carey University. He holds a USSF B coaching license and has helped develop several eventual FC Buffalo first team men’s players through top Buffalo boys soccer programs.

“I am extremely excited to be named the new head coach of FC Buffalo,” said Coach Hallas. “I believe moving into the second year of the USL era we can build a highly competitive roster that the local community and fans can be proud of. This community deserves a winner in all aspects of the club, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to build on past success.”

Assistant coach: Jack Napier (1st season with club)

A Scotland native, Jack played college soccer at Medaille University and is an assistant to FCB head coach Sean Hallas at D’Youville University.

Assistant coach: Matt Burke (1st season with club)

Matt Burke played college soccer at Medaille University and is an assistant to FCB head coach Sean Hallas at D’Youville University.

Goalkeeping coach: John Netter (2nd season with club, 1st as coach)

A mainstay in the Buffalo soccer community as a player, coach, and referee, John played for FC Buffalo during its time in the National Premier Soccer League. He brings a wealth of knowledge and connections to our club.


2024-present: Sean Hallas, assisted by Ryan Louis, Jack Napier, Matt Burke, and John Netter
2023: Casey Derkacz, assisted by John Grabowski, Dan Panaro, Trevor Lawler
2022: Dan Panaro, assisted by Donny George
2021-22: Ryan “Ozzy” Osborne, assisted by Ross Stewart and Donny George
2017-2021: Frank Butcher, assisted by Averick Parker (2020-21), Dan Panaro (2021), Casey Derkacz (2017-19), John Grabowski (2017-19)
2013-16: Brendan Murphy, assisted by Bob Roach
2011-12: Dan Krzyzanowicz
2010: Jim Hesch