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BRIGHT ETO

Founder & Head Trainer

The Early Years

Born in Togo (West Africa), Bright fell in love with soccer at the tender age of four. Bright’s childhood was mostly spent playing soccer in his neighborhood. Bright recalls that his very first contact with soccer was kicking around a stuffed-sock ball made by his older cousins. Other times, an orange or grapefruit would suffice. One could say that Bright was fortunate to grow up in an environment where soccer was the natural thing to do. The neighborhood heroes and idols were the older kids that excelled in soccer. Soccer was played on all types of surfaces and conditions; red sand, dirt, gravel, cement, grass, barefooted or with shoes, rain or shine. 

Around ten years old, Bright understood the importance of personal training. With the mentorship of his first club coach, He quickly developed a training regimen that involved early mornings spent juggling and mastering dribbling moves and afternoons spent playing pickup in the streets or training with his soccer team. This training regimen was the secret of Bright being the stand-out in all of his games. A couple years later, Bright got the opportunity to play for the U15 Gomido FC team (A D1 professional side in Togo) where he won the national youth division title in 2004. By the age of 13 he started training with the senior team of Jouvenceaux FC (D1 professional side in Togo).

The American Journey

In 2006, Bright’s family moved to Minneapolis, MN.  There, he played club soccer for Coon Rapids and High School for Coon Rapids High School. The family would move again to Raleigh, NC where he would play at CASL Chelsea FC Academy (now NCFC). Bright attended the University of Mount Olive on academic and athletic scholarship. At Mount Olive, he received individual accolades such as multiple Scholar Athlete of the Month awards, All Conference Athlete and Offensive MVP awards. Bright graduated in 2016 with a degree in Kinesiology and Business Management. 


Professional Journey

After graduating college, Bright‘s professional journey began with NPSL side Tobacco Road FC of Durham before heading to play in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, he spent two years playing for Eerste Divisie side O.N.S Sneek and Topklasse side V.V. Staphorst. While playing in the Netherlands, Bright was intrigued by the Dutch style of play and youth developmental system. This experience will later play an integral influence in the Bright Star Soccer training method. The Dutch youth system weighs in heavily on individual technical aptitude rather than team glory. They believe that, it is only in having technical individuals that players can be taught to play any style or particular tactical formation and excel.


Coaching Journey

Bright’s coaching career has been somewhat concurrent with his playing career. He has been coaching private lessons since 2012. Bright also took part in the coaching staff at NCFC and CEDA academy (soccer training center in Holly Springs, NC) camps during summer breaks off from college. In the spring of 2016, Bright worked as an intern and assistant coach at NCFC where he worked closely with the Peak Performance department (Strength and Conditioning, Agility, Speed and Power Development). 

Bright moved to Charlotte in 2019 and founded BRIGHT STAR SOCCER shortly thereafter. Bright is still involved in the local soccer scene whether he’s playing in the Liga tournaments at Ramblewood park or traveling in neighboring cities to play tournaments. Recently, Bright has also been involved in the Charlotte Futsal scene working alongside Futsal TA.


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FRANCIS ETO

Trainer

Francis Eto, is truly passionate about the beautiful game. He shares similar background and passion for the game as his brother Bright Eto.


Francis grew up playing in the streets of Togo before moving to the states at the age of 9. He played for U14  NCFC Academy, TFC Alliance (NC State Cup Champion), USC Upstate (Division I) and Professionally for Atlanta SC.

Francis' experience allows him to easily relate with youth players and get the best out of each individual. 

Francis is full of energy and drive, he motivates players and makes training sessions fun and enjoyable. 

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ISAAC SCHEER
 

Trainer

Coach Isaac is a true Bright Star graduate. Isaac started training with Bright Star Soccer in 2019. He has been one of the most hardworking and dedicated players we have had the pleasure of working with. His hardworking attitude has earned him recognition and success over the years. He recently signed an amateur contract with USL professional side Charlotte Independence. Isaac has a lot of passion for the beautiful game and is excited to share his knowledge and experience with the younger generation. Having been a Bright Star all these years, Isaac truly understand our training methodology and Philosophy. Isaac is a high profile college recruit as he approaches his senior year in high School and we are looking forward to what the future holds.

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