Gary and Erin Curneen live in Bakersfield California. Gary is the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at California State University at Bakersfield. Originally from Omagh, Northern Ireland, he has previously coached at Wingate University (NC) and the University of Cincinnati (OH). Gary has written two soccer coaching books and is keen to use the game of soccer to help support a great cause.

 ‘Soccer Roy’ is named after Gary and Erin's son, Roy Curneen, who was born on December 3rd, 2014 with a right diaphragmatic hernia. He was immediately transferred to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where he spent three weeks under the care of doctors and physicians. Sadly, Roy passed away on December 24th, 2014, but his parents wanted to keep his spirit alive and give back to the hospital that gave them so much. 

“My wife and I cannot thank the hospital enough for their care and support throughout our three weeks there. We have also been overwhelmed by the support of our family, friends, and the soccer community from all over the world. We want to help give something back to the hospital and also assist in raising awareness for all the unbelievable things that they do. This is our first step in doing this and hopefully Soccer Roy can be a fun project that young parents and children can get behind."


Garth Bruner grew up drawing funny pictures to entertain his friends and family. Nothing has changed really. Now he just entertains a lot more people with his drawings. His favorite subjects are children, animals, robots and monsters... and trees. Give him a ream of paper and a pencil, and you’ve got yourself a happy little artist.

Garth lives within a stone’s throw of the Rocky Mountains in Utah (if you have a good arm) with his amazing wife and 3 brilliant children, if he does say so himself.


Bennion Kearny is one of the UK's leading book and eBook publishers developing expert books on business, soccer, sport psychology, and is the home of expert-originated non-fiction and fiction writing for general audiences. James Lumsden-Cook has worked tirelessly on 'Soccer Roy' and has been a huge help to Gary and Erin.