Director of Coaching
Coach Orlando grew up in Florida. He began playing when he was 12 and has been playing ever since. He began sharing his passion for soccer when he started coaching for the Orlando City youth development program. The reason he is most excited about living in North Carolina is that he will get to learn how to sled! So share any pointers you have with him.
Coach AJ serves as one of our Director of Partner Services in addition to serving as one of our coaches. He was born and raised in a little town near Hershey, Pennsylvania, where they make all the yummy Hershey’s chocolate. He moved to North Carolina 4 years ago to complete his degree in Sports Management at NC State in 2016. Ever since he could walk, he has been playing soccer with his friends. When he’s not playing soccer, he’s running around with his crazy dog, Jessie. If you see Coach AJ, ask him to tell you a silly story about Jessie!
Coach Annalise was born and raised in Wooster, Ohio. She has been playing soccer since she was 3 and coaching since she was a freshman in high school. She graduated from Urbana University May 2017 with a degree in Sports Management, playing college soccer all 4 years. Coach Annalise had the opportunity to attend the Women’s World Cup in Canada 2015, which was one of her most memorable experiences. She loves spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, playing soccer, skiing, hiking, and watching the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Coach Caine is our resident musician. He plays multiple instruments – guitar, drums and the trumpet to name a few, and was also a college football kicker. Caine loves taking trips to the mountains, Mexican and Italian food and his dog, Bella. Oh, and he also loves coaching your children!
Coach Carson was born in Charlotte, NC, and lived in both Texas and Indiana. He is a junior at NC State University, pursuing dual degrees in Business Administration and International Studies. He has played soccer since he could walk. He is a 4-time State Semi-finalist for CSA and also a State Semi-Finalist for 3A NC High Schools with Weddington High School. He studied abroad last year and toured the Estadio Bernabeu in Madrid. Coach Carson plays intramural soccer at NCSU and works as Operations Coordinator for Camp Kesem, which is for kids who have a family member who are battling cancer or have passed away from cancer. His favorite soccer team is Manchester United!
Coach Cassidy has grown up playing soccer. She is also our recruiter, and loves to meet new prospective coaches. She graduated from NC State with a degree in Animal Science. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but has fallen in love with the Raleigh area. In her free time, you can find her reading or sitting on her back porch. Her favorite thing about working with kids is that you just never know what they will say.
Coach Chris C.
Coach Chris has been playing soccer almost as long as he’s been walking! He has competed in soccer tournaments all over the world, and has managed to score goals in four different countries. Coach Chris enjoys sharing his passion for soccer with our Soccer Friends. When he’s not teaching, Coach Chris has his nose buried in a calculus book, probably trying to determine the rate of acceleration needed to score a goal from midfield.
Coach Domenic was raised in Cary, and played soccer for Cardinal Gibbons High School, CASL, and our North Carolina ODP teams. He graduated from the College of Charleston May 2017 with a degree in Business and a Concentration in Marketing. Coach Domenic studied abroad in Europe and worked with Nottingham Forest Football Club while traveling to many different countries! In his free time, he loves to watch soccer matches, and Chelsea is his favorite soccer Club!
Coach Douglas is originally from New Jersey, but moved to North Carolina when he was 10. He has been playing soccer since he started walking! Coach Douglas attended East Carolina University where he attained a degree from the Kinesiology Department as a Health Fitness Specialist major. While at ECU, he was President of the ECU club soccer team, playing other collegiate teams from across the country. He loves spending time with our friends because they can turn a bad day around instantly!
Coach Keith holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, and played soccer for Campbell University. He is married to Lisa, and has three children, a grandson and a brand new granddaughter. Just ask him to see pictures! Having come from a background of teaching and pastoral ministry, Coach Keith loves meeting new people and helping them become the best they can be!
Coach Kyle was born and raised in Apex, North Carolina. He started playing soccer at the age of 5 and never stopped. He attended Panther Creek High School and played soccer in college at the University of Mount Olive. When he’s not involved with soccer Kyle enjoys other sports like hockey, basketball, and football or playing with one of his three dogs.
Coach Mario was born and raised in Angola. He first lived in Rhode Island when he came to the USA. He played soccer for NC Wesleyan College where he graduated with a degree in Sports Management. He can speak five languages and can read and write in all but one. He’s always dreamt about coaching youth and helping them find the passion and love that he has for soccer and how much it can impact a person’s life. In his spare time, he likes to go for a run with his funny Doberman Pinscher.
Coach Natalie grew up in London in England and has been playing soccer for as long as she can remember. While in England, she trained at Football Association academies, and eventually became Women’s Soccer team Captain at the University of Northampton. She moved to America 8 years ago and attended East Carolina University where she attained a Biology Degree. In her spare time Coach Natalie enjoys hiking with her dogs, playing all kinds of sports, and watching Arsenal, her favorite soccer team.
If you have a passion for positively impacting children through youth sports, we’d love to talk to you.