Our Staff

Albert Oni

Founder

Albert Oni is a native of Silver Spring Maryland where he grew up playing soccer at the club, high school, college and professional levels. After college, Albert joined the Washington Warthogs. Albert completed his playing career with the Baltimore Blast. Albert has coached girls on the ODP, club, WAGS, and Region 1 levels for over 12 years. He was the head coach of Mercy HS varsity girls for 8 years, where he was named Baltimore Sun’s Coach of the Year in 2009. Albert was the head coach of the ASA Chesapeake Charge Womens’ WPSL team from 2010-2012 earning WPSL East coach of the year in 2011. He was an asst coach for the Towson Women's soccer team from 2010-2012. Albert is currently the head coach for the Severn School girls varsity soccer program in Severna Park. He is currently the head coach for the OPSA Magic ‘00 girls.

Oni Premier Soccer Academy has been training local youth players and teams for several years. The program focuses on skills, a tactical understanding of the game, and team concepts in a fun and productive learning environment. It integrates teamwork with special attention to individual players. The Oni PremierSoccer Academy staff is highly qualified and experienced in working with young players and teams.

Having the experience of being coached by the best, and playing alongside some of the best, Albert really enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion with the players that come through the academy. Some of the academy's success include development of: the 2006 Baltimore Sun Player Of The Year Jessie Knight, the 2006 Baltimore City Player Of The Year Kristen Carr, the 2005 Baltimore City Player Of The Year and High School All-American Brittany Hadaway. Albert really enjoys developing players and looks forward to developing many more future stars with his amazing coaching staff!

Cynthia (Gamboa) Walsh

Director of Coaching

Cynthia (Gamboa) Walsh currently holds a USSF National D License and NSCAA Level 6 Diploma. She has coached at the youth club level for the Girls Academy at DC Stoddert Soccer Club for U11-U12 girls. In addition, she trained several recreational teams in the Washington, D.C. area as well as privately trained individuals. She is currently the assistant coach for the Severn School girls’ varsity soccer program in Severna Park as well as the assistant coach for the OPSA Magic girls. In addition, she is also on the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff serving as the Head Coach for the U16 girls team.

Growing up in Reisterstown, Maryland, Cynthia played soccer at the club, high school, college, and semi-professional levels. She played two seasons for the ASA Chesapeake Charge Women’s WPSL team from 2010-2011. Prior to that, Cynthia played Division I college soccer for the George Washington University women’s team from 2007-2010 where she was captain in her senior year. During high school, she played all four years for the varsity women’s soccer team at Notre Dame Prep in Towson, MD where she helped the program win its first and only IAAM “A” Conference Championship in her freshman year. She started playing club soccer at the age of ten for Albert Oni with the Soccer Club of Baltimore and PSC Elite. She also played for the Maryland State Olympic Development Program from 2000-2001.

Lexie Niedoba

Coach

Lexie Niedoba is the assistant coach of the 00’ and 03’ OPSA Magic teams and is currently the assistant for the Severn Schools girls’ varsity soccer program in Severna Park. A native of Essex, Maryland, she played at the club, high school, college, and semi-professional levels. Lexie played club soccer for the Baltimore Bays for many years growing up as well as Freestate Elite. During high school, she played for Albert Oni at Mercy High School in Baltimore, Maryland where she was a four-year varsity starter from 2008-2011 and was named a Scholar All-American in her senior year. During this time, she also played two seasons with the ASA Chesapeake Charge Women’s WPSL team from 2010-2011. From there, Lexie went on to play Division I college soccer for the University of Louisville women’s soccer team from 2012-2015.