SpartansĀ Coaching

Lea Westlake

Lea Westlake

Director of Coaching

Lea is 35 years old and a native of England. He grew up playing football in local academies from the the age of 5 and finished playing here in USA. He still plays when he has a chance with his local men’s team. Lea has been married for 7 years to Tasha Westlake and they just welcomed a beautiful daughter into the world, they named her after Lea’s grandmother Talea Rose Westlake, born on 25th June 2016.

Lea began coaching back in 2007 whilst playing for the local New Orleans semi pro team. Lea coached with New Orleans Soccer Academy in 2007 and has also coached with the Chicago Fire Louisiana. One of his coaching highlights is being a part of the 2010 (Premier Development League) Baton Rouge Capitals coaching staff that lead the team to the PDL National Finals, where they finished fourth. He is a coach that believe football begins with individual development. His philosophy has always been to provide ALL children no matter what speed they develop, the opportunity to be taught how to incorporate proven techniques to enable them to play to their full potential at the highest levels.

Coaching Qualifications

  • National youth diploma – Distinguished pass
  • Coerver coach module one
  • Studied Catalan federation philosophy and methodology in Barcelona, Spain

Josey Portillo

Head Coach

Josey has been coaching for about 5 years now. He has a lot of coaching experience, coaching for teams such as Chicago Fire Louisiana, St. Charles and now at the New Orleans Spartans FC. Josey is currently Brother Martins JV coach. His philosophy as a coach is to make sure He creates an environment where the kids have fun and also are learning and getting better everyday as much as possible. Josey also teaches his teams to respect the game and to learn to treat team mates like brothers and play for each other. He likes to see his teams play as a team and have a lot of possession during games.

Josey has been playing since He was 5 and came up in the New Orleans youth system playing for NOSA. He had the opportunity to play odp for Louisiana and was selected for the region 3 team. Josey went over seas for two months and played for professional club Excelsior at the age of 16 and in the same year also became the youngest player to play for the New Orleans shellshockers which was in the PDL. He received a full scholarship to play soccer for Florida Gulf Coast University. Josey also played in the PDL for Baton Rouge capitals, Chicago Fire Reserves, Atlanta Silverbacks and VSI Tampa. One of his biggest accolades is completing a preseason with D.C. United in MLS.

One of the things he is also very proud of was his senior year, being selected pre season all American and a nominee for the Herman trophy.