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Riverhounds Academy East hires Afrim Latifi, announces 2019-20 staff

By Riverhounds Staff, 05/13/19, 3:30PM EDT


PITTSBURGH (May 13, 2019) – The Riverhounds Academy East has hired Afrim Latifi to its staff for the 2019-20 season.

Latifi, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, is currently the head coach of the women’s soccer program at Clarion University. He will begin his duties with RDA East effective immediately.

“It’s fantastic to be able to add a great coach and person to the RDA East staff,” Academy East Director James Meara said. “Afrim’s knowledge of the college game will be huge for all the players in our club.”

Latifi will primarily oversee all high school-aged teams as well as help out with the younger RDA East teams.

“I’m very excited to be joining a professional club’s academy,” Latifi said. “The RDA’s placement of quality players into colleges has been second to none in the Pittsburgh area for many years.”

The Riverhounds Development Academy and Academy East plan to announce additional tryout dates in the near future. For more information on tryouts, please visit and

Latifi will join the complete 2019-20 Academy East staff listed below.


RDA East Coaching Staff 2019-20:

Academy East Director James Meara

Director of Coaching Sterling Flunder

Academy Coordinator Jason Rice

RDA East Coach Brad Smith

RDA East Coach Afrim Latifi

RDA East Goalkeeping Coach Ryann Bradley

RDA East Coach Denny Marzano

RDA East Coach Alex Guie