Player History:

Denis Nunez grew up in Winooski, VT.

Denis played for Essex United Soccer Club during his youth. He was the Captain of the Winooski Spartan soccer program in high school and a former NCAA division III player for Northern Vermont Vermont University - Lyndon


Denis has loved athletics from a young age and holds a Bachelors Degree in exercise and movement sciences from The University of Vermont. He has interned as a strength and conditioning coach for varsity athletics at UVM and Lyndon State College. He has worked with some of the top NCAA and NSCA trainers in the region.

Day To Day:

Coach Nuñez wears many hats on a daily basis. Regularly Denis works for the University of Vermont's: Office of Health Promotion Research. At UVM Denis helps multiple grant funded studies in Breast Cancer research. 

Denis also serves as a Combat Medic in the Vermont Army National Guard. He has served for Ten years in the U.S. Army and has been overseas to various countries. He has experience as an EMT and pre-hospital trauma care.

Coach Nuñez holds an E License from US Youth Soccer and seeks to climb the American Soccer Ladder. This branch of soccer goes all the way to the U.S. Men's National Team.

Coaching History:

Most Recently Coach Nuñez won the D2 VSL Title with his Queen City Football Club U16 Boys as they went undefeated in the spring.

In 2017 Coach Nunez helped the Essex United Soccer Club U14 Boys go undefeated in divisional play and also secure two cup wins. He is dedicated to the game and seeks to improve players day by day.

Coach Nuñez served as an Assistant Coach for

Northern Vermont University - Johnson Men's Soccer team which is a Division III NCAA NAC team. He still serves as a part-time recruiter.

Coach Denis Nuñez

won a Vermont Soccer Association Coach of The Year award for his work with u10-u14 boys during the 2017 year!

He is now onto his second year as the Head Of Rice Memorial High School Boys Soccer and Coaches the team in Division 1 Metro League in South Burlington VT.

The Word:

​"Every Player has the ability and opportunity to improve and learn lessons that will carry them through life. The trick is to seize the opportunities that are given to you in order to capitalize on all the potential growth you can possibly achieve as a soccer player and as a person in society."

Founder & President


Denis Nuñez


Player History:

Corey Cenate runs G.R.I.N.D Strength and Conditioning with 10 years of experience as a Health and Fitness coach. Corey’s main focus is to improve the health and fitness of our athletes with the aim to reduce injuries and keep them operating at a high level.

Coach Cenate played high school soccer at Springfield High and went on to play collegiality at Plymouth State University for four years.

Coaching History:

Coach Cenate has experience coaching for the NH and Vermont u-16 ODP soccer teams (2008-2011) as well as high school soccer JV boys and girls (2009-2012). Coach Cenate help Springfield High win their first championship since 1976. Coach Cenate is currently in his second season as head coach of the Essex United Soccer Club u16 boys program.

Coach Cenate is committed to the vision of G.R.I.N.D Strength and Conditioning.


Coach Cenate has worked as a fitness coach for almost 10 years. Coach Cenate has worked with players addressing their individual needs and weaknesses, as well as teams getting them ready for their upcoming seasons.

The Word:

“It’s all about being in the final minutes.

It all comes down to who put the extra work in. Who did one more repetition, one more burpee, and one more sprint. In the end; the team that has that strength and fitness to take that last shot - or fight for a loose ball will decide the game."

Director of:

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Corey Cenate


Player History:

Kyle comes to us with a wonderful amount of playing and coaching experience and aims to train players in Vermont! 

Kyle was a High School First Team All-State player. He has played at the collegiate level for New England College and also for Northern Vermont University - Johnson. He is always an integral piece of any team he plays for.


Coaching History:

As a coach he began young, training athletes at Capital Soccer Club. He then moved onto Queen City FC in South Burlington. He attained his USSF licensing and continues to coach youth programs around the state.​

From private training, soccer clinics, camps, and full teams; Kyle has overseen the training of hundreds of soccer athletes.

Vice President, Recruiting,

& Head Coach

Kyle Verchereau

Player History:

Mike started playing soccer at a young age in the competitive region of Mid State New York. He was a starter for 3 years on his Varsity High School team playing alongside future MLS stars, made his way to the NY Division II Sectional finals his senior year, and was voted one of the regions second team All Suburban players.

Mike is not your average athlete or coach. After high school he was recruited to play soccer at a handful of D2 universities but chose to pass on collegiate soccer for a chance to pursue a professional ski career.


Despite being two completely different paths Mikes’ ski career led him to 5 X-Games appearances and a number of competitive medals.


So how does that relate to soccer? His type of skiing didn’t have coaching staffs back in his day! He’s self taught, has personal drive, and has always been willing to take risks in competition.


Day To Day:

Currently Mike still plays soccer year round. He has coached youth club soccer in Vermont for close to a decade and recently started his own men’s league (see Elite 8 Soccer on our home and sponsor pages).


Soccer is a driving passion for him and through his experiences in team sports and individual sports he brings a unique perspective to the GRIND staff.

The Word:

"As an athlete, a portion of your success can come via quality coaching but the rest has to come from your own personal drive, your willingness to outwork the competition, a positive mindset and the ability to take risks without being afraid of failure."

Elite 8 Founder

Essex Area Coach

Mike Nick


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