North American Scottish Coaches Association

NASCA Board of Directors

Eric McAleer

Founder Member and Inaugural President

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Eric is a former professional soccer player and physical education teacher. Since 1998, Eric has been the Managing Director of Excel International Sports and he continues to oversee WorldStrides international sports tours since the company’s acquisition by WorldStrides in January 2015. Eric is a founder member and inaugural President of the North American Scottish Coaches Association and currently resides in Maryland, USA

Jonathan Burns

Executive Director

Jonathan currently resides in Charlotte and also holds the position of U19 & U14 Academy Lead Coach at Charlotte Independence Soccer Club. Before his move to the United States Jonathan spent seven years as an academy coach at Celtic Football Club in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to his role with Florida Celtic and NASCA, Jonathan also works with HUDL as one of their 12 chosen captains in the USA and assists as a coach with Lakeland Tropics in the Premier Development League.

Iain King

President, Director of Communications

BORN in East Kilbride, Iain King now lives and works in Canada and is the Technical Director of United DFC in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Iain, a three-time former Scottish Sports Writer of the Year in his life as a journalist and author of six football books, is now relishing his second career in coaching. He emigrated to Canada in 2017 and enjoyed a fruitful spell with North Toronto Nitros, rising to Manager of Coach Development and Competitive Program Lead, before he moved to his adopted nation’s beautiful East Coast in January 2021. In his coaching career in Scotland Iain led both East Kilbride FC and BSC Glasgow FC to glory in the SFA Challenge Cup in consecutive seasons in what was the inaugural campaign in the pro ranks for both clubs. He also enjoyed a spell coaching in the Academy of Premiership side Motherwell FC as well as a season as Chief Executive Officer of League One Airdrieonians before beginning his Canadian adventure.


Jonny Brown

Director of Membership

Originally from Scone, Jonny is currently a Business Development Specialist for WorldStrides Sports in Kansas City, Missouri. He joined in the summer of 2017 after completing a two-year Graduate Assistant coaching position at Southwest Baptist University, a NCAA Division II school in Bolivar, Missouri. He came to the United States in the summer of 2008 to attend Truman State University on a soccer scholarship.