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Coast FA Coaches Bios




Jordin Anderson  

Hometown:Waldorf, MD
Playing Background: North Point Girls Varsity Soccer Team (2013-2017), represented the USA in Sweden for Gothia Cup Tournament (2015), Coastal Carolina University (2018-2019)
Coaching License:
Education:Coastal Carolina University, 2017-2021, Communication degree. North Point High School, 2013-2017
Favorite Team:Barcelona
Favorite Player:Neymar Jr.
Fun Fact:Love to draw, vacation, and enjoy life with family & friends

Joel Banta  

Team Name: Director of Coaching
Hometown: Pawleys Island, SC
Playing Background: Waccamaw High School, Coastal Carolina University 1995-1998
Coaching License: USSF National C
Education: Coastal Carolina University BS Sports Management
Favorite Team: Liverpool FC
Favorite Player: Steven Gerrard
Fun Fact: Loves to surf, travel, and find great waves!!
Phone: 843-458-2558


Robert (RJ) Bass  

Hometown: Bel Air, MD
Playing Background: BSC Predators, NC Wesleyan College, Myrtle Beach Mutiny
Coaching License: State D
Education: BS in Exercise Science
Favorite Team: Manchester United
Favorite Player: Paul Scholes
Fun Fact: Caps with the USA U-19 National Rugby Team
Phone: 443-655-4118


Robert Bramble  

Hometown: London, England
Playing Background: Tamworth Manor, England, Millersville Univ, PA
Coaching License: USSF B, NSCAA National and Advanced National Diploma
Education: Millersville Univ - BSE - Social Studies
Favorite Team: Chelsea FC
Favorite Player: Mason Mount
Fun Fact: Have played soccer in four countries
Phone: 843-450-0208


Mario Benjamin  

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Playing Background: GA ODP, Coastal Carolina University, Carolina Dynamo, Wilmington Hammerheads, Atlanta Silverbacks
Coaching License: USSF National E
Education: Coastal Carolina University | Horry Georgetown Technical College
Favorite Team: Bayern Munich
Favorite Player: Arjen Robben
Fun Fact: I am scared of roller coasters and clowns.
Phone: 843-503-3458


Fatjon Cake  

Hometown: Pogradec, Albania
Playing Background: Coast FA, Socastee High School, Coker College
Coaching License: Pending
Education: J.D. from Barry Law School, BA from University of South Carolina
Favorite Team: AC Milan
Favorite Player: Lorik Cana & Kaka
Fun Fact: I'm an attorney by day and a soccer coach by night!
Phone: 843-685-2829

Nestor Chacon  

Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
Playing Background: North plainfield high school, Raritan Valley community college, USC Upstate, Spartanburg sc. SC Shamrocks, Greenville Lions
Coaching License: USSF National D, National Youth
Education: Devry, BS Technical Management
Favorite Team: Manchester United
Favorite Player: Paul Schooes
Fun Fact:Loves to golf, travel,beach
Phone: 864-621-1758

Steef de Lange  

Hometown: Waddinxveen, The Netherlands
Playing Background: ADO den Haag - The Netherlands
Coaching License: KNVB/ UEFA C - Play the Arsenal Way - Van Dijk Technical Coach
Education: Sport management - ID College - Gouda
Favorite Team: Ajax, Amsterdam
Favorite Player: Johan Cruijff
Fun Fact: In the USA I am known as "Steve" in the Netherlands my name is pronounced: Stave
Phone: 443-844-2758

Nicole Griffith  

Team Name:Coast 13 Red
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Playing Background: Northern State University
Coaching License: USSF National C
Education: Bachelors Degree in General Studies
Favorite Team: Club America Femenil
Favorite Player: Jennifer Munoz
Fun Fact: Loves to travel, hang out with family and friends!
Phone: 562-331-3144

Dimitri Leftis  

Hometown:Myrtle Beach, SC
Playing Background:Socastee High School, Assistant Coach for Socastee High School varsity
Coaching License:
Education:Horry Georgetown Technical College
Favorite Team:Manchester United
Favorite Player:Paul Scholes
Fun Fact:Love the beach and playing soccer

Aleksandar Ljubicic  

Hometown: Belgrade, R. Serbia
Team Name: Coast 07 Black
Playing Background:  FC Chemnitzer, Germany (1998-1999 FC Kalithea, Greece (1996-1998) FC Atromitos, Greece (1995-1096) FK Javor Ivanjica, Serbia (1994-1995) FK Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslovia (1981-1991)
Coaching License: USSF National C
Coaching Experience: 4 years in Serbia with 3rd divisions team, FK. Bezanija, FK. Srem, and over 10 years in USA with bigest club in Clifornia and Arizona likw MVLA,Force, RSL AZ.
Education: Interior design, Faculty of Arcitecture, Associate degree
Favorite Team: Red Star Belgrade, Blackburn Rovers, Sevilla
Favorite Player: Maradona, Ronaldinho
Fun Fact: I jump from a plane 35 times
Phone: 602.904.9661

Daniel “Dan”Martin  

Hometown:Preston, England
Playing Background:Fulwood High School (2001-2006) Preston College (2006-2008)
Coaching License:USSF E & F License, Grassroots 4v4, 7v7 & 9v9, USC Futsal Level 1
Education:University of Central Lancashire BA Hons Sports Studies
Favorite Team:Manchester United FC
Favorite Player:Paul Scholes & Gabriel Heinze
Fun Fact:Enjoys Travelling and going to lots of Sporting Events
Phone: 318-709-2662

Ross Morgan  

Team Name: Director of Coaching
Hometown: Pontypridd, Wales
Playing Background: Club, County, High School, College
Coaching License: FA Prelim, UEFA A, SAQ
Education: University of the West of England
Favorite Team: Manchester United, Cardiff City
Favorite Player: Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and John Charles
Fun Fact: Average golfer, striving to get better!
Phone: 843-340-6062

Connor Norton-Baker  

Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
Playing Background: Socastee High School, Coker College, Myrtle Beach Mutiny
Coaching License: 
Education: BA, Business Administration, Coker College
Favorite Team: Manchester United
Favorite Player: Past: Zinedine Zidane; Present: Paul Pogba
Fun Fact: Love to Ski
Phone: 843-450-8321

Mark Sanchez  

Hometown: Hewlett, NY
Playing Background: Hewlett/Lawrence, Oceanside United, AC Glen Cove, Greek/American Atlas, NY ODP, Portal Norteno
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 lb pit bull named Bella.
Phone: 843-421-2022

Brian Smith  

Hometown: Conway SC
Playing Background: Lycoming College 1996-2000, Central Jersey Riptide (USL PDL), South Jersey Barons (USISL)
Coaching License: USSF - B
Education: Lycoming College – Information Systems
Favorite Team: US Soccer
Favorite Player: Zinedine Zidane
Fun Fact: Soccer tactical analyst and writer for
Phone: 843-503-0671

Gabrielle Smychynsky  

Team Name:Coast 06G Black
Hometown:Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Playing Background:Played 4 years of college soccer for Coastal Carolina Women’s Soccer Team 2016-2020. Prior to Coastal, I played for the Beadling Soccer Club in Pittsburgh.
Coaching License:
Education:Early Childhood Education Degree through CCU. 2nd Grade Teacher in HCS
Favorite Team:USA Women’s National Team and Tottenham Hotspurs
Favorite Player:Julie Ertz and Harry Kane
Fun Fact:I Love to fish and be outdoors with my pup Lucy! Excited for the opportunity to give back to the sport and players that gave me so much!

Mark Alexander Vollink  

Team Name:Coast 09 Red & Coast 02 Red
Hometown:Kernersville, NC
Playing Background:Premier, Region 3, ODP, Super Y, High School State Team Junior and Senior year. Greensboro College.
Coaching License:D License
Education:My Soccer Scholarship paid for my Degree in Business from Greensboro College
Favorite Team:Manchester United and Portugal
Favorite Player:Cristiano Ronaldo
Fun Fact:I have seen and met Ronaldo while I was in Portugal.

Mary Vollink  

Team Name:Coast 10G
Hometown:Winston-Salem, NC
Playing Background:Mt. Tabor HS, Greensboro Twister Region 3 premier, NC ODP, Greensboro College
Coaching License:USSF F
Education:Business/Marketing Greensboro College
Favorite Team:Manchester United & Atlanta United
Favorite Player:Ryan Giggs, Marta, Julie Ertz
Fun Fact:I’m a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan!

Damien Vuotto  

Team Name:Goalkeepers
Hometown:Conway, SC
Playing Background:Tottenville High School, Coker College
Coaching License:Pursuing United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping Diploma
Education:Coastal Carolina University BS Biology (CMG)
Favorite Team:Tottenham Hotspur
Favorite Player:Son Heung-min
Fun Fact:Also instructs kickboxing and enjoys motorcycle riding.

Aaron Wheeler  

Hometown: Dundalk, MD
Playing Background: Played professionally for 8 seasons including time with the Philadelphia Union of MLS and a year abroad
Coaching License: USSF E
Education:Lenoir-Rhyne University
Favorite Team:Philadelphia Union
Favorite Player:Didier Drogba
Fun Fact:Speaks no Finnish even after playing in Finland for a year

Wes White  

Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Playing Background: UMKC 2013-2015, Coastal Carolina University 2016-2017
Coaching License:
Education:Coastal Carolina University BS Finance
Favorite Team:Crystal Palace
Favorite Player:Kevin De Bruyne
Fun Fact:: Love to travel, golf, & hangout with my dog, Lucy

Samuel Woody  

Team Name:Goal Keeping Staff
Playing Background:
Coaching License:USSF C, NSCA C.S.C.S
Education:Forestry Science, Engineering, Exercise Phys
Favorite Team:The Beautiful Game and anyone playing against Renaldo, Messi or Neymar.
Favorite Player:Pele, Johan Cruyff, Zidane Neuer
Fun Fact:Keeper and strength coach D.C. United 1996 MSL Cup and US Open Cup winners.



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