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.
Leaders and Coaches
Our leaders and 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.
Ambitious Athletes Welcome
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.
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.
Mark is a Human Movement scientist who co-owns a company specialized in movement. He has profound expertise in screening, testing and training professional youth soccer players. He has experience working with elite academies such as Ajax Amsterdam, Ado Den Haag and Feyenoord in the Dutch Eredivisie (premier league of Holland). Mark is fully dedicated to improving TOVO players’ overall physical performance, providing critical secrets to what it takes to succeed at the highest level of football.
Jennifer “JT” Thomas
US College Pathway Consultant
JT received a B.A. from UC Berkeley in PEIS (Political Economy of Industrial Societies), emphasizing Women’s Rights and the Economy. She played Division I soccer at CAL, earning an NCAA Final Four appearance. After her M.A. in Education at Stanford, JT worked as a high school social studies teacher, soccer coach, and Athletic Director. JT returned to CAL to coach at her alma mater for eleven seasons in addition to working as a television commentator for the women’s professional soccer league. JT holds a US Soccer Federation “A” License and has worked extensively with the Olympic Development Program. In 2008, she received a Certificate in College Advising from UC Berkeley Extension and spent ten years as the Director of College Counseling at Maybeck High School where she chaired the NACAC Student Athlete Advisory Committee which partners with the NCAA to help student athletes and their families through the college search process. Currently, JT coaches her son’s U19 National Premier League team in addition to helping her players through the recruiting process to find their right college soccer fit.
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