The Santa Barbara SC MLS Elite Youth Development Platform Academy teams provides the most talented soccer players on the Central Coast of California with a clear pathway to reach the highest levels of professional and collegiate competition in the sport of Soccer. Our Academy currently fields teams at the U13 (2008) and U14 (2007) age groups which compete in the MLS Elite Youth Development Platform League.

Through a holistic approach to player development, The Santa Barbara SC Academy Staff are committed to developing each and every player and person to their maximum potential. Santa Barbara SC has helped develop and produce talented, hard-working and committed players that have gone on to play for the Elite NCAA Division 1 Programs, MLS Professional Teams and represented our country at the US Youth National Teams levels. 

Major League Soccer announced Santa Barbara SC as a founding member of a new Elite Youth Development Platform intended to provide year-round high-level matches for MLS club academy teams and non-MLS academy (Santa Barbara SC) teams.  We will achieve high standards for elite youth players on the Central coast to allow athletes to achieve their full potential.

Technical Staff


Christy Gates-Bowes

Academy Director
U14 Head Coach
U13 Head Coach

Johnny Whallon

Assistant Coach
Academy Administrator

Rudy Ybarra

Director of Player Identification


Ben Callon

Assistant Coach

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David Elias

Academy Goalkeeping Coach

Antonio Alonso

Academy Scout

Nick Webster

Leadership & Performance Specialist

The Lab/P3

Academy Strength & Conditioning

Schedules and Scores

Coming Soon!

Academy News

Coming Soon!


Santa Barbara Soccer club prides itself on recruiting and developing the best talent in Southern California.

Academy talent is scouted on a continuous basis by our Technical Staff.

Upcoming tryout dates are available here (Add link to tryout calendar here)

If you are interested in learning more about Academy tryouts contact us

“Santa Barbara SC is deeply committed to developing elite level players through the MLS Elite Youth Development Platform, from our academy teams through to the professional level of the game”
Greg Wilson
Director of Coaching