TOVO at its core is a driving ambition to transform lives for the better. Our goal is to maximize the full potential of student-athletes worldwide. To do that we must rethink and redesign talent development and we must educate a new generation of passionate coaches. TOVO is more than an organization; it is a movement.
A Modern Methodology
Unlike traditional training, TOVO is based upon sound pedagogical practices that encourage players to seek effective solutions with vision, precision, and pace. A proven program for professional academies and youth players worldwide, our approach yields remarkable results.
Our coaches share two things in common: rich international experience and a unbending commitment to developing young people to their fullest potential. We place footballers first.
Designed for Passionate Players
Our program is ideal for teenagers who have ambitions within football and beyond. TOVO athletes love training and understand the importance of personal integrity. When athletes participate in a TOVO program, they are making a commitment to their own development and and a promise to respect their peers, their coaches and the game.
Founder & CEO
Todd graduated from Dartmouth College in 1986 with a B.A. in English Literature. Upon graduation, he was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to attend the University of Sussex in England. Todd concluded his formal studies at Stanford University where he earned a M.A. in Education and a Secondary Teaching Credential. As an athlete, Todd played NCAA Division I soccer at Dartmouth College before playing professional soccer in the USISL. As a coach, he was awarded a US Soccer Federation “A” License, coaching both collegiately and professionally. He has served on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University as Director of the Native Vision Program and later as Director of the Cloud Forest School in Costa Rica.
Co-Founder & International Business Director
Chantal Cruijff was raised traveling the world as the daughter of a football legend. She graduated from the prestigious International School of Amsterdam and soon after relocated to Barcelona where she has resided for over 20 years. Through her education and extensive life experiences, Chantal speaks Dutch, French, Catalan, Spanish and English fluently. She served as business manager for Cruyff Management for 20 years and was responsible for handling image rights, contract negotiations, and international business relations. She was instrumental in the founding and development of two global initiatives that form part of the Cruyff family legacy: the Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies which educates sports people and the Cruyff Foundation which promotes sport for handicapped children.
Oscar was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. He has a wealth experience at the highest levels of professional academy football. Oscar began his journey with prestigious clubs CE L’Hospitalet, UE Cornellà and C.F. Gava. Most recently, Oscar served as a professional coach for FC Barcelona as part of the famed La Masia for the past nine years. He has a history of developing top talent and has won numerous youth league and national titles. At TOVO, Oscar will be responsible for training session creation and implementation.
Michiel ten Haken
Biomechanics, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Michiel is a Human Movement and Sport Scientist from the Netherlands specializing in biomechanics, strength and conditioning. He received his BS and MS at University Amsterdam. He has deep knowledge and experience working worldwide with elite youth footballers as well as the optimal tools to improve and develop players’ performance to their maximal potential. He has worked with Ajax Amsterdam, Chivas Guadalajara, Mamelodi Sundowns, FC Almere City, and FC ADO Den Haag.
Dr. Ashly Gillis
PT, DPT, ATC
Specializing in injury prevention and return-to-sport protocols, she has a profound passion to maximize the performance of athletes. Ashly holds a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from California State University, Sacramento and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.
An active resident of Truckee, Ashly previously worked for six years with an amazing team of specialists at Tahoe Forest Physical Therapy. She was instrumental in developing the current ACL post-op protocols and in leading the ACL rehabilitation classes. She has worked with both individuals and teams, including collegiate teams across varied sports.
Daniel has worldwide experience as a scout, coach and sporting director. He has a degree in Paralegal Studies and has been with TOVO since its inception in 2016. Daniel has experience within many academy and professional structures within the USA having previously worked within US Club Soccer, NPSL, PDL, USL and MLS. In addition to this he has also worked as a scout and football consultant in South America and throughout Europe.
A Global Perspective
We have worked at the highest level and with the very best in professional football. We have served professional academies in Spain, the Netherlands and worldwide:
- FC Barcelona
- Ajax Amsterdam
- Ado Den Haag
- Chivas Guadalajara
- Mamelodis Sundowns
- Los Angeles FC
- Austrian Football Federation
- US Soccer Federation
- KNVB Dutch Federation