First Wave Sports employs a diverse group of individuals with only the highest level of expertise and experience in the game.
Company President - Graham Smith
Former English League professional with West Bromwich Albion, Notts County, Colchester United and Cambridge, founded First Wave in 1990, after serving for five years as a main Board Director of Chelsea Football Club. For ten years prior to joining Chelsea, he was head of PR/promotions for sportswear companies Adidas and Le Coq Sportif in the UK.
A fully licensed coach both with the English FA and US Soccer, Graham coached PDL side Ventura County Fusion to the winning slot in 2009, and remains as Director of Football at the club. He has overseen the careers of many top international players, and continues to make himself accessible to all players from college level upwards.
Tel: 1 (805) 798-4454
Fax: 1 (805) 640-0599
Managing Director - Stefani Miglioranzi
Born in Brazil, Stefani grew up playing the sport he loved and achieved his dream of becoming a professional soccer player.
A member of the 1996 National Championship team at St John's University in New York, Stefani graduated with a degree in Sports Administration in 1998. After playing for 4 years at the college level, Stefani played at the professional level in the English Football Leagues for 8 years (Portsmouth FC; Swindon Town FC), and Major League Soccer for 6 years (LA Galaxy; Columbus Crew - part of the 2008 MLS Cup Championship team; Philadelphia Union).
After a successful playing career that spanned 18 years, Stefani knows what it takes to win but will not compromise his integrity in the pursuit of winning. As a players' agent for the past 4 years, Stefani has helped guide the next generation of players to reach their ultimate potential on and off the field. Now as Managing Director of First Wave Sports, Stefani continues to add to his portfolio of clients, while ensuring that First Wave remains the agency of choice for those players seeking the personal attention of a bespoke company.
Stefani is a licensed USSF coach and speaks 4 languages - Portuguese, English, Spanish, and Italian. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and children.
Tel: 1 (415) 272-7343
FIFA Licensed Players' Agent - Kevin Weinress
FIFA Licensed Players' Agent, Kevin Weinress has been involved in the game for many years, recruiting and coaching multiple All-American and Professional players. Weinress has coached three M.A.C. Hermann Award Finalists and several U.S. National Team Players.
Weinress, winner of the California South Youth Soccer Humanitarian Award for his work in the South Central Los Angeles Community, was also a Staff Coach with the California South Olympic Developmental Program, where he won a National Championship in 2005.
Kevin is responsible for the scouting, recruiting and signing of First Wave players. Weinress, a Board Member of the Kei Kamara Heart Shape Hands Foundation, is also a graduate of the University of Southern California. Kevin lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer and two sons, Stephen and Michael.
Cheif Legal Officer - Donald Burris
Donald S. Burris has been a distinguished practicing lawyer and law lecturer for forty-three (43) years. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 7, 1943, received a B.A. degree with honors from Alfred University in 1965 and a J.D. with honors, graduating at the top of his class at the Georgetown University Law Center in 1969. While attending Georgetown, Mr. Burris was a member of Pi Gamma Mu, Editor-In-Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal and participated as a voting member of various student-faculty committees, including the committee to select a new dean for the law school. In 1970, he served as a law clerk to Judge James R. Browning of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Since that time Mr. Burris has had a notable career as an internationally-oriented trial and business attorney, first in the District of Columbia and for the past thirty five (35) years in Los Angeles. His clients over the years have included clients involved in sports, entertainment, hospitality , the arts and individuals and entities engaged in a wide range of businesses.
Tel: 1 (310) 442-5559
Fax: 1 (310) 442-0353
International Representative - Terry Cooke
Born in Birmingham England, Terry started his professional soccer career at the age of 15 for Manchester United F.C. Terry was 19 years old when he made is professional debut with Manchester United against Bolton Wanderers back in 1995 at Old Trafford. He would make his mark on his debut, assisting a goal for Ryan Giggs and claiming the man of the match award in a 3-0 victory against Bolton Wanderers. After 7 years at Manchester United, Terry then moved to the blue side of town, signing for Manchester City F.C for a transfer fee of £1.2m. He would be the third player in over 100 years, to ever move directly between the two Manchester teams. Terry helped Manchester City secure back to back promotions which helped them get back into the Premiership. He would then have spells at Grimsby Town F.C and Sheffield Wednesday F.C.
In 2005 Terry would make the decision to cross the pond where he would eventually join up with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. With his willingness to help and make others better around him, he would soon establish himself as a fan favorite and also one of the best assist players in the league. Terry made over 100 appearances for Colorado Rapids before moving to Australia to play for North Queensland Fury of the Hyundai A-League.
Having played on 3 continents at the highest level, Terry's playing career spanned almost twenty years. He brings a mass of experience to First Wave Sports.
With Terry' s knowledge of the game and approachability, he identifies well with players, and with his wide contact base, he becomes a valuable asset to the company.
Terry now resides in Denver Colorado.
Tel: 1 (720) 227-4161
UK Representative - Mike Williams
Mike Williams, who brings over twelve years of experience as an F.A licensed agent, heads up First Wave’s UK office. He has tremendous knowledge of the game complimented by a broad appreciation of business and commercial opportunities.
Mike has been instrumental in a number of high profile transfers and has established a reputation and respect with players, coaches and leading clubs for his negotiation skills. He has successfully managed and organized numerous tours, training camps and friendly matches in Europe, Far East and USA for clubs and teams such as Chelsea, Celtic , Motherwell, Liverpool , Newcastle United, Wolves ,Boavista , Shanghai Shenyua , India and Pakistan national teams etc.
Prior to becoming a licensed agent, Mike built a successful career in sports and brand marketing with major companies such as Umbro, Mitre, Russell and Bosch which have given him wide experience of the demands of Global business and a strong network of international contacts
Tel: +44 7770 600877
US Representative - Martin Saavedra
Martin forms part of the First Wave group of FIFA players agents working at both national and international level. Based in Los Angeles, he has, for the past five years built up a stable of European and domestic players playing not only in MLS but also in various leagues throughout the world.
With extremely strong contacts in the whole of the Americas, he has been able to present opportunities to both established and young aspiring players.
Martin holds a degree in Business studies and sports management, having previously been recruited by the LMU soccer program. He is bi-lingual, and demonstrates a lasting empathy with his growing client base.
Tel: 1 (310) 692-5942