Coaches of Coast FA
Coach Joel Banta Coach Gene Dougherty Coach Pat Piscitelli
Coach Robert Bass Coach Maxi Giannico Coach Kristen Risher
Coach Mario Benjamin Coach Gradey Grumman Coach Mark Sanchez

Coach Stepheney Burnett

Coach Brent Mackie Coach Kjartan Sigurdsson 

Coach Carl Clark

Coach China Maja Coach Thomas Tamale
Coach Cora Cunningham

Coach Brandon Michaels

Coach Sean Teepen
Coach James Cunnington Coach Aaron Miller Coach John Weaver
 Coach Vinnie De La Cueva Coach Brett Mollon Coach Justin Wolf
Coach Jimmy Deane Coach Ross Morgan Coach Joe Wehrle


Ross Morgan 


Ross Morgan

Team Name: Director of Coaching  
Hometown: Pontypridd, Wales  
Playing Background: Club, County, High School, College
Coaching License: FA Prelim, UEFA C,B,A, SAQ

University of the West of England

Favorite Team: Manchester United, Cardiff City
Favorite Player Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and John Charles                               
Fun Fact: A surprisingly good cook 
Phone: 843-340-6062


Joel Banta


Joel Banta

Team Name: Director of Coaching  
Hometown: Pawleys Island, SC  
Playing Background: Coastal Soccer Waccamaw High School, Coastal Carolina University 95-98
Coaching License: USSF National C

Coastal Carolina Universty BS Sports Management

Favorite Team: Liverpool FC
Favorite Player Steven Garrard                               
Fun Fact: Loves to Surf and travel to find great waves!! 
Phone: 843-458-2558

China Maja  

Coach: China Maja  
Team Name: Coast 03 Red  
Hometown: South Africa  
Playing Background:

Coach China holds a USSF “D” Coaching license. He is originally from South Africa, where he played both Professionally and National representing his country in the Junior World Cup. He played college soccer at Coastal Carolina University, helping lead the Chants to an NCAA Nationals in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. During his final year, he became part of the men and women’s soccer programs in training the players at Coastal Carolina University. Upon his graduation, China became heavy involved in soccer. He worked as a staff member during the ODP Region III camp in the summer of 2007. He currently serves as a Head Coach with CoastFA and as a Co-Founder and Director of KICKOFF SOCCER ACADEMY. Last year he served as the Assistant Coach at Coastal Carolina Men’s soccer where they were crowned Champions in the Big South Conference. He also coaches individual and small group training sessions throughout the Grand Strand.

Coaching License: USSF "D"

Holds undergrad from Coastal Carolina University and Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Favorite Team: Arsenal
Favorite Player Ronaldiho
Fun Fact: Remember its just a game, have fun playing.
Phone: 843-246-4989  

Robert (RJ) Bass 


Robert (RJ) Bass

Team Name: Coast 00 Crush   
Hometown: Bel Air, MD  
Playing Background: BSC Predators, NC Wesleyan College, Myrtle Beach Mutiny
Coaching License: State D

Bachelor Exercise Science

Favorite Team: Manchester United
Favorite Player Paul Scholes                                 
Fun Fact: Caps with USA U-19 National Rugby Team
Phone: 443-655-4118

Pat Piscitelli

Coach: Pat Piscitelli  
Team Name: Coast FA 99 and Myrtle Beach Mutiny   
Hometown: Old Bridge New Jersey  
Playing Background: Mars Hill University and USL Pro South Carolina Shamrocks 
Coaching License: National diploma, gk level 1,2,3 

MBA Wingate University 

Sports management Mars Hill University
Favorite Team: Manchester United, New York Red Bulls and Myrtle Beach Mutiny
Favorite Player Tim Howard                                 
Fun Fact:  
Email: OR  
Phone: 843-424-1574  

John Weaver

Coach: John Weaver  
Team Name: Coast 02 Girls Red   
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
Playing Background: Grew up with OSSOC (Original Coast FA) and traveled to Europe, Canada, and all over the USA to play. Played 4 years of varsity soccer at Myrtle Beach High School with Coach Joel Banta as Head Coach. Played 1 year of soccer at Coastal Carolina University. Remains active in the soccer community with local leagues, pick-up games, and personal trainings.
Coaching License:  

Bachelor’s Degree from Coastal Carolina University

Favorite Team: Barcelona 
Favorite Player Messi                          
Fun Fact: I'm also a Licensed and practicing Real Estate Agent
Phone: 843-254-1598

Cora Cunningham 

Coach: Cora Cunningham  
Team Name: Coast 02 Girls Red   
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC  
Playing Background: Grew up playing Coast FA and with other club teams. 4 years Varsity soccer at Socastee High School. Recruited for college soccer but couldn't play due to ankle surgery. 
Coaching License:  

Socastee High School. Coastal Carolina Student

Favorite Team: FC Barcelona 
Favorite Player Van Persie                                
Fun Fact: I'm a speed reader. Like super fast.
Phone: 843-997-0673

Brandon Michaels

Coach: Brandon Michaels  
Team Name: Coast 03 Black   
Hometown: Green, OH  
Playing Background: Green FC, Green High School, Wembley United FC
Coaching License: State E
Education: The Ohio State University
Favorite Team: Liverpool FC
Favorite Player Steven Gerrard                              
Fun Fact: I am a huge music fan. I have attended over 100 concerts with artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Pearl Jam to The Black Keys.
Phone: 843-450-1366  

Thomas Tamale 

Coach: Thomas Tamale  
Team Name: Coast 01 Red  
Hometown: Kampala, Uganda  
Playing Background: Played at different levels in Uganda for over 17years, on scholarships in high school and college.
Player for Miracle FC, SOA FC, Mutundwe Lions FC at the regional level then with Top Tv FC in the super league (top level). Currently am with the Myrtle Beach Mutiny FC for the 2nd season.
Coaching License: Beginners certificate under FUFA (Uganda), coached different age groups under Sports Outreach Ministry for 8 years as a missionary. Used soccer and the gospel to get kids off streets in the slums of Kampala. Coached Lungujja united a regional level team for 2 years in Rubaga division.
In the USA,I earned a Junior level V under NSCAA(PA)also E license under SCYS(SC). Been with COASTFA since 2013.
Education: Architectural draftmanship - Kyambogo University(Uganda).
Favorite Team: Chelsea FC
Favorite Player Andrea Pirlo(Juventus, Italy)
Fun Fact:   
Phone: 843-283-7816  

Aaron Miller  

Coach: Aaron Miller  
Team Name: Coast 05 Boys Pool   
Hometown: Martinsburg, West Virginia  
Playing Background: 25 years - club, high school, college club, Myrtle Beach Mutiny Reserves, and various mens leagues. 
Coaching License: National E
Education: Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Advertising, Minor in Communications from West Virginia University
Favorite Team: FC Barcelona
Favorite Player Leo Messi (only because Max Weston doesn't play for Barcelona)
Fun Fact: Movies are my second love 
Phone: 304-582-8423  


Carl Clark
Coach: Carl Clark  
Team Name:    
Hometown: Patchogue, NY  
Playing Background: LIJSL, NY ODP, NCAA Division I at Hartwick College, NY
Coaching License: State D
Education: Bachelors Science Biology
Favorite Team: The Winning ONE!
Favorite Player Ross Morgan
Fun Fact: Loves music
Phone: 843-333-0120  


 Justin Wolf

Coach: Justin Wolf  
Team Name:

Coast 06 Red & Black

Hometown: Pasadena, Maryland  
Playing Background: Played for Nationally Ranked Baltimore Bays during youth. Selected to Maryland All-State team as a senior in High School. Played 4 years at North Carolina Wesleyan College, selected First Team All Conference as a senior. Also played the last two season with the Myrtle Beach Mutiny.
Coaching License: Currently holds a National E License, looking to go for higher Licenses in the near future. 

Business Administration/ Accounting Major from North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Favorite Team:

Manchester United

Favorite Player Max Weston followed closely by Nemanja Vidic and Cristiano Ronaldo
Fun Fact:

Huge Xbox nerd and a shark on the poker table.

Phone: 443-481-8774  


Jimmy Deane
Coach: Jimmy Deane  
Team Name: Coast 05 Boys  
Hometown: Leeds, England  
Playing Background: Club level, Youth Academies at Leeds United and Middlesbrough, County. Played Rugby and Cricket through University. Started Coaching in schools in England as a teacher in 2010.
Coaching License: USSF E & D - continuing coaching education. Uk coaching awards in Soccer, Rugby, Field Hockey, Swimming, Softball.
Education: Undergraduate, Sports and Exercise Science (BS) at York st. John University, England.
Favorite Team: Leeds United
Favorite Player Joe Hart, but have always respected Brad Friedel - has the record for most consecutive appearances in the Premier league (310 games) spanning from May 15th 2004 - October 7th 2012. His secret... Yoga!
Fun Fact: I have metal in my face! 
Phone: 843-957-3429  


Stepheney Burnett

Coach: Stepheney Burnett  
Team Name:    
Hometown: Mohawk, NY  
Playing Background: She started her soccer career at Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, NY where she was named an All-America Selection for the NSCAA (2004) & NJCAA (2003) and was also named the Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2003. She transferred to Coastal Carolina University where she played Division 1 soccer for the last two years of her soccer career.
Coaching License: SCYSL E
Education: Associates in Physical Education from Herkimer County Community College (Herkimer, NY). Bachelors in Physical Education at Coastal Carolina University (Myrtle Beach, SC). Masters in Sports Science Sports Coaching from United States Sports Academy (Daphne, Alabama)
Favorite Team: Coast FA 01GRed (U12 girls team)
Favorite Player Tobin Heath
Fun Fact: My favorite TV show is I Love Lucy
Phone: 315-717-7266  


  Coach Brent Mackie
Coach: Brent Mackie  
Team Name: Coast 04 Girls Red  
Hometown: Irmo, SC  
Playing Background: Irmo HS, Wofford College, Clemson University.
Coaching License: D License
Education: BS Clemson University/ MBA LSU
Favorite Team: Holland
Favorite Player Johan Cruyff
Fun Fact: I have a signed soccer ball by Pele
Phone: 843-622-3434

Coach Mario Benjamin

Coach: Mario Benjamin  
Team Name: Coast FA 05(Boys)  
Hometown: Atlanta, GA  
Playing Background: Member of the GA ODP team (5yrs), Coastal Carolina 4yrs Big South Player of the Year (1999) Carolina Dynamo, Wilmington Hammerheads, Atlanta Silverbacks.
Coaching License:  National E

Coastal Carolina University, Horry Georgetown Technical College (Nursing)

Favorite Team: Bayern Munich
Favorite Player Arjen Robben
Fun Fact: I am scared of roller coasters and clowns.

Phone: 843-503-3458


 Coach Joe Wehrle

Coach: Joe Wehrle  
Team Name:    
Hometown: St. Albans, WV  
Playing Background:

Started playing travel soccer at age 12 in WV.  Played for the WV Mustangs for 5 years winning 3 state championships and a Region I championship at the U14 level.  Played for WV Team Superior for 3 years and WV ODP for 4 years. Member of Lanzera National team coach by Dave Sarachan and toured Southern Italy with team.  Played college soccer at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA Freshman year and then transferred to Bluefield College to finish career. Primarily played in the goal and the midfield for all teams.  13 years of college coaching experience at Oglethorpe University, Delta State University, Bethany College, and serving as Head Men’s soccer coach at Salem International U. and Head Women’s soccer coach at Bluefield College.

Coaching License:

USSF National D, NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA GK Level 1 & 2


St. Albans High, Piedmont College, Bluefield College (BA Criminal Justice) Delta State University (Masters of Education)

Favorite Team: U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams
Favorite Player Zinadine Zidane
Fun Fact: I performed with a gymnastics group in 2 World’s Fairs (1982,1984)
Phone: 304-553-2515


 Coach Vinnie De La Cueva

Coach: Vinnie De La Cueva  
Team Name:    
Hometown: Charlotte, NC  
Playing Background: Spartanburg Methodist College, NC Wesleyan
Coaching License:  None
Education: Spartanburg Methodist College, NC Wesleyan
Favorite Team: Liverpool, Barcelona
Favorite Player Andrea Pirlo, Steven Gerrard
Fun Fact: Made it to the final of the nike chance competition in Oregon
Phone: 704-293-3769

Coach Maxi Giannico

Coach: Max Giannico  
Team Name: Coast FA  
Hometown: Buenos Aries, Argentina  
Playing Background:

Started playing as a goalkeeper at Excursionistas. After that played at Ferrocarril oeste, Velez Sarsfield and River Plate reserve team as a defender.

Coaching License:  None

Universidad Argentina John F Kennedy

Favorite Team: River Plate, Barcelona 
Favorite Player Lio Messi
Fun Fact: Love Music and Movies. I used to play rugby




Coach Mark Sanchez

Coach: Mark Sanchez  
Team Name: Coast FA 98G Flames, Coast 06 Boys  
Hometown: Hewlett, NY
Playing Background: Started playing Club Soccer for Hewlett/Lawrence and would continue on to play for Oceanside United, AC Glen Cove and Greek/American Atlas where he would win numerous NY State Cups. He was selected to play on the Long Island Select Team and NY OPD.  He was selected to play for the Under 23 NY State Select Team at the age of 17. Mark was also part of the Long Island Rough Riders Soccer Program.  He continued on to play for Portal Norteno, where he would win the Copa Taca Hispanic Super League which then got him invited to play for several teams in Central and South America. He ended up going to train with Boca Juniors (Argentina). Mark is now currently part of the Soccer Coaching Staff at Socastee High School.
Coaching License: USSF E
Education: Nassau Community College, St. Johns University
Favorite Team: Liverpool, Boca Juniors
Favorite Player Steven Gerrard, Gabriel Batistuta
Fun Fact: Has a 60 pound pit bull named Bella
Phone: 843-421-2022

Coach Gene Dougherty

Coach: Gene Dougherty  
Team Name: Coast FA U9 Boys  
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA   
Playing Background: High School
Coaching License: National E.  Over 20 years coaching experience in Soccer, Football, Baseball, Softball, Basketball and Ice Hockey at various age levels.  Most recently Varsity High School Soccer and Football at Loris H.S. 

M.A.T. Coastal Carolina, MS Educational Administration, University of Texas at   Arlington

Favorite Team: Manchester City
Favorite Player

Robert Lewandowski & Yaya Touré

Fun Fact:

I served in the USAF and lived in Okinawa, Japan.  No, I can’t speak Japanese.


Phone: 843-655-2371

 Kjartan Sigurdsson

Coach: Kjartan Sigurdsson  
Team Name: Coast FA U9 Boys  
Hometown: Fludir, Iceland  
Playing Background: Fram Reykjavik and Selfoss FC both teams played in the highest league in Iceland. Coastal Carolina University captain and Big South player of the year 2012. GBK Finland.
Coaching License:  

MBA Coastal Carolina University

Favorite Team: Juventus
Favorite Player

Steven Gerrard

Fun Fact:

Used to be on the basketball youth national team in Iceland


Phone: 845-450-2590                             

Brett Mollon 


Brett Mollon

Team Name:    
Hometown: Washington, Michigan  
Playing Background: Oakland University/Temple University, PDL: Michagan Bucks  (National Champs 2006), Reading United AC, Ocean City Nor'easters, NPSL: Detroit City FC
Coaching License: USSF F License

Temple University - BSC Kinesiology

Favorite Team: Manchester United
Favorite Player Edwin van der Sar                             
Fun Fact: Assistant Coach at CCU
Phone: 586-383-0554


Kristen Risher


Kristen Risher

Team Name: Coast 04G Black  
Hometown: Auburn, NY  
Playing Background: Played club soccer in NY, FL and AL.  Alabama All-State in 1998.  Played 1 year at University of Alabama.
Coaching License:  

University of Alabama

Favorite Team: USWNT
Favorite Player Mia Hamm                               
Fun Fact:  
Phone: 843-467-7444


Gradey Grumman


Gradey Grumman

Team Name: Coast 07 White  
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC  
Playing Background:

HS: MBHS ‘04-‘08 (North/South All-Star ‘08); Club: Mt. Pleasant / Bridge FA ‘02 –‘07; Super Y: Wilmington Academy  ‘07 –‘08 (All-Star in National Pool); SC State ODP: 89s & 90s; Collegiate: Clemson Club Soccer

Coaching License:  

 Landscape Architecture, Clemson University ‘13

Favorite Team: US Mens Team
Favorite Player Sergio Ramos                               
Fun Fact: Enjoys anything and everything creative
Phone: 843-222-2075


Sean Teepen


Sean Teepen

Team Name: Goalkeeper Coach  
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio  
Playing Background: Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro), University of Charleston (NCAA DII), WV Chaos (PDL), and Michigan Bucks (PDL)
Coaching License: NSCAA GK level 1 & 2

Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership & Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (University of Charleston)

Favorite Team: Columbus Crew
Favorite Player Manuel Neuer                       
Fun Fact: Big into snowboarding
Phone: 513-368-8902


James Cunnington


James Cunnington

Team Name:    
Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan  
Playing Background: Having been born in England James moved to Michigan, USA aged 2 where he played travel soccer thru middle school in both Michigan and Chicago , Illinois before moving to New Jersey where he played his High School Soccer for West Morris Central. A natural left footer he played midfield or striker. In High School he also lettered in Ice- Hockey and Tennis. County college of Morris and Lynn University, Boca Raton Florida
Coaching License:  

West Morris Central HS , New Jersey, Morris County Community College Lynn University, Boca Raton Florida

Favorite Team: Liverpool FC & England
Favorite Player Michael Owen & Steven Gerrard                              
Fun Fact: Scratch golfer still dreaming of playing on the PGA Tour
Phone: 843-485-1445

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