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Testimonials
"Denny is a one-of-a-kind coach. His ability to break the game down and teach each individual skills is unparalleled. He sees the game differently which gives him the ability to develop players in a unique, unorthodox way that always gets results. I have been with Denny for over 12 years now, and he took me as a freshman in college and has been with me every step of the way to today, my 9th season as a professional player." - Austin FC, Brad Stuver
“Denny Ciornei and the Ciornei Goalkeeping Academy’s methods quite simply built the foundation from which I was able to launch a professional goalkeeping career. His breakdown of the position tactically, psychologically, and physically is second to none and crucial for the development of young goalkeepers. Working with him changed my life.” - Leeds United, Charlie Horton
“I started working with Denny when I was 10 years old, and he built me into a professional from the ground up. His knowledge of the game and goalkeeping itself is unparalleled, but it’s his ability to instill confidence in his goalkeepers that truly sets Denny apart.” - Minnesota United, Alec Ferrell
The addition of Coach Denny is an example of our commitment to providing an unparalleled club structure for all members/positions within the organization. Coach Denny shares our commitment and passion to empower intelligent, humble, and hard-working boys and girls, who approach goals with a positive outlook, both on and off the field. We are blessed to have him join and look forward to seeing the growth of our keepers and the culture of the program.
Denny Ciornei Bio
  • 10 years of professional experience with Cleveland FORCE and Cleveland CRUNCH
  • 2-time NPSL champion
  • In the last 18 years, 100% of his students have continued their playing career at the collegiate level
  • Coached Charlie Horton, a goalkeeper at Leeds United England
  • Goalkeeping coach at Cleveland State University where he guided both men and women goalkeepers to Horizon league goalkeepers of the year in 2010.
  • Coached Brad Stuver at CSU who, for the first time in school history, was selected as the number one keeper drafted in the 2013 MLS super draft.
  • Coached Alec Ferrell who was also drafted as the number one keeper in the 2017 MLS super draft and was the ACC CHAMPION at Wake Forest University.
Denny also coached over 80 goalkeepers that have been recruited by colleges from his private academy. Just to name a few:
  • Danielle Wiseman (Miami University)
  • Max Hallwachs (Notre Dame University)
  • Tori Hallwachs (Georgetown University)
  • Justin Tepes (Robert Morris University)
  • Sarah L’Hommedieu (Indiana University)
  • Rachel Horton (Davidson University)
  • Nick Costa (Akron University)
  • Jennifer Farwell (Northern Kentucky University)
  • Livia Fain (Cleveland State University)