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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)
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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

Peter Arnold  

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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


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


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


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

Tim Conklin  

Hometown: Arlington , VA
Playing Background: No playing experience, but I have a passion and love for the game
Coaching License: USSF National C, 25 YRS Coaching Experience, Club and High School
Education: Father of 3 Boys (2 College Players) 5 Grandchildren
Favorite Team: USA Men's National Team
Favorite Player: The kids I'm coaching and training
Fun Fact:Had a starring role in the TV show Rescue 911 in 1990 (Youtube - Supermarket Hero)
Phone: 703-932-6695

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

Emily Easterday  

Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania
Playing Background: Delaware County Christian High School, Alvernia University
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Education: West Chester University of Pennsylvania- Currently a 3rd Grade Teacher in HCS.
Favorite Team: Philadelphia Union
Favorite Player: Messi, Julie Ertz
Fun Fact: Love the beach & all Philly Sports teams. Got to meet Dikembe Mutombo!

Quadarius Grate  

Hometown: Loris, SC
Playing Background: Coast Fa 96 Red, St James High school, South Carolina United Battery Academy, and Coker University
Coaching License: Grass Roots
Education: Coker University- Business Degree
Favorite Team: PSG
Favorite Player: Memphis Depay
Fun Fact: Love spending time with my son, music, and going to the gym
Phone: 843-222-9389

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

Brandon Harrington  

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Dimitri Leftis  

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

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

Oscar Mcconnell  

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Kent Moore  

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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
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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

Gael Perez  

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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

Joel Sapp  

Hometown: Pawleys Island, SC
Playing Background:SURF SC 1999-2002, Waccamaw High School 1999-2002, Limestone College 2002-2003
Coaching License:USSF National D
Education:Coastal Carolina University BS Physical Education
Favorite Team:USMNT
Favorite Player:Roy Keane
Fun Fact:I am a Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Cubs fan.

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.
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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!

Colin Stevens  

Hometown:Timonium, MD
Playing Background:N/A (CCU Basketball 2002-2006)
Coaching License:N/A
Education:Coastal Carolina University BS in Psychology
Favorite Team:USWNT
Favorite Player:Christiano Ronaldo
Fun Fact:My father played 5 years in the NFL

Laura Stevens  

Hometown:Lexington Kentucky
Playing Background:Lexington Catholic High School, Lexington FC, ODP, Coastal Carolina University
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Education:Coastal Carolina University BS Sociology minor in Psychology
Favorite Team:USWNT, USMNT
Favorite Player:Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Rose Lavelle, Landon Donovan, Christian Pulisic
Fun Fact:Loves to spend time with family and friends traveling and playing games!

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.

Wes White  

Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Playing Background: UMKC 2013-2015, Coastal Carolina University 2016-2017
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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
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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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