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Coaching Staff

Coast FA Coaches Bios



Manuel (Manny) Ardeljan  

Hometown: Surfside Beach, SC
Playing Background: Newfield High School, LIJSL, Metro Oval Academy, Serbian Football Club
Coaching License: USSF National E, NSCAA Goalkeeping level 1, NSCAA Small sided games 4v4, 7v7, & 9v9 and NSCAA Foundations of Coaching
Education: BA, Newfield High School
Favorite Team: Any team that is playing!
Favorite Player: Vladislav (Bogie) Bogicevic & Brian Smith
Fun Fact: My grandfather played professional soccer in Austria & I have 3 boys that all play for Coast FA.
Email: Manny31903@Aol.Com
Phone: 843-222-2890


Tyler Aulffo  

Team Name:Coast U10 Red girls
Hometown:Minotola, NJ
Playing Background:AIST Soccer (2013-2014); Coastal Carolina University Club Soccer (2013-2017).
Coaching License:
Education:Coastal Carolina University
Favorite Team:Coast U10 Red girls
Favorite Player:Mia Hamm
Fun Fact:I love science, animals, and mixed martial arts

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!!
Email: Joelbanta@Aol.Com
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.
Email: Mariobassin@Icloud.Com
Phone: 843-503-3458


Stepheney Burnett  

Hometown: Mohawk, NY
Playing Background: Herkimer Community College, Coastal Carolina University
Coaching License: State E
Education: Herkimer Community College, Associates in Physical Education | Coastal Carolina University, BS in Physical Education | US Sports Academy, Masters in Sports Science
Favorite Team: USWNT & USMNT
Favorite Player: Mia Hamm
Fun Fact: My Favorite TV show is I Love Lucy
Email: StepheneyBurnett@Gmail.Com
Phone: 315-717-7266

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

Vinny De La Cueva  

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Playing Background: Spartanburg Methodist College, North Carolina Wesleyan
Coaching License:
Education: Spartanburg Methodist College, North Carolina Wesleyan
Favorite Team: Liverpool, Barcelona
Favorite Player: Andrea Pirlo, Steven Gerrard
Fun Fact: Made it to the final of the Nike Chance Competition in Portland, Oregon
Email: Vinniedlc10@Gmail.Com
Phone: 704-293-4769

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

Jimmy Deane  

Hometown: Leeds, England
Playing Background: Club Level, Youth Academies at Leeds United & Middlesbrough. Played Rugby and Cricket through University
Coaching License: USSF National D
Education: York St. John University, England, BS in Sports and Exercise Science
Favorite Team: Leeds United
Favorite Player: Joe Hart, but always respected Brad Friedel!
Fun Fact: I have metal in my face!
Email: Jimmy@Coastfa.Com
Phone: 843-957-3429

Brandon Harrington  

Team Name:Coast 2011 Black
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
Playing Background: Coast FA 96 Premier, Myrtle Beach High School
Coaching License: Grassroots 4v4, 7v7 & 9v9, License D (pending)
Education: Myrtle Beach HS, University of South Carolina
Favorite Team: Everton FC
Favorite Player: Luka Modric
Fun Fact: I coached with the University of South Carolina football team for 3 years and I have a dog named Sadie
Phone: 843-424-5923

Alli Hogan  

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Playing Background: Wake Forest University (2001-2005)
Coaching License: USSF National E
Education: BS, Health & Exercise Science; BA, Religions Studies, Wake Forest University
Favorite Team: Coastal Carolina Women’s Soccer!
Favorite Player: Past: Christine Lilly; Present: Michael Parkhurst (captain of Atlanta United)
Fun Fact: I was cross-eyed as a child and had the worst mullet you’ve ever seen!
Email: Alli.Hogan@Gmail.Com
Phone: 303-884-6797

Kyle Kane  

Hometown: Freehold, New Jersey
Playing Background: 2 Year Captain Div. 1 Jacksonville University 4 year starter
Coaching License: USSF - E
Education: BA of Communications Jacksonville University 1990
Favorite Team: Manchester United
Favorite Player: Ryan Giggs
Fun Fact: Coached 3 sons in High School on the Same Varsity Team
Phone: 732-620-0210

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

Endri Mince  

Hometown:Pogradec, Albania
Playing Background:Socastee High School (2008-2012)
Coaching License:
Education:University of South Carolina, B.A. in History, Elon University School of Law, J.D.
Favorite Team:Manchester United FC
Favorite Player:Nemanja Vidic, Lorik Cana, Eric Cantona
Fun Fact:I have high blood pressure because of Manchester United.
Phone: 843-597-5919

Jason Monahan  


Team Name: Coast 06 Black North
Hometown: Calabash, NC
Playing Background: The Prout School 1990-1995
Coaching License: 
Education:  The Golf Academy of the Carolinas; Associates Degree Business Management
Favorite Team: Liverpool FC
Favorite Player: Steven Gerrard & Who doesn’t love Salah now!
Fun Fact: Golf Pro by Day Coach by night| It’s all about the kids!
Phone:  910-899-7226
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!
Email: Ross@Coastfa.Com
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
Email: Cnortonbaker@Gmail.Com
Phone: 843-450-8321

James Pallassino  

Hometown: North Myrtle Beach, SC
Playing Background: Club Soccer OSSOC, North Myrtle Beach High School
Coaching License: USSF – F
Education: Coastal Carolina University BS Health Promotion
Favorite Team: A.C. Milan
Favorite Player: Clarence Seedorf
Fun Fact: Played Football at Coastal Carolina University
Email: Jpallas85@Gmail.Com
Phone: 980-339-1448



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.
Email: Mrksanchez15@Gmail.Com
Phone: 843-421-2022

Allie Simmons  

Team Name:
Hometown:Haverhill, MA
Playing Background:Seacoast United, Haverhill High School
Coaching License:Grassroots 9v9 & Grassroots 11v11
Education:Coastal Carolina University BS Psychology
Favorite Team:USWNT
Favorite Player:Luis Suárez
Fun Fact:Die-hard Boston 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
Email: Brianjsmith905@Gmail.Com
Phone: 843-503-0671

Ben Strong  

Hometown: Mendham, NJ
Playing Background: FC Copa Club Team, Virginia Tech 2011-2012, University of Louisville 2014-2015
Coaching License: USSF – F
Education: University of Louisville BS Sports Administration
Favorite Team: Manchester United
Favorite Player: Paul Scholes
Fun Fact: Love Playing Golf, Was fortunate enough to see a few games in Germany for the 2006 World Cup
Email: Benstro07@Gmail.Com 
Phone: 201-400-0303

Austin Terry  

Hometown:Danville, VA
Playing Background:Danville Rec Leagues (2002-2014)
Coaching License:U.S. D License
Education:Coastal Carolina University BA English & Creative Writing
Favorite Team:Tottenham Hotspur, D.C. United
Favorite Player:Christian Eriksen, Weston McKennie, & Dele Alli
Fun Fact:I enjoy cycling and bicycle repair.

Karl-Erik Thorsen  

Hometown: Stockholm, New Jersey
Playing Background: Wallkill Valley Regional HS, Sussex County Community College (2009-2010)
Coaching License: E License
Education: Coastal Carolina University ; Middle Level Education
Favorite Team: Arsenal
Favorite Player: Thierry Henry
Fun Fact: I enjoying traveling and being outdoors
Email: Kthorsen7@Gmail.Com
Phone: 973-907-6503

Brock Vaughn  

Team Name:Coast 2012 Red
Hometown:Aiken, SC
Playing Background:Played at Pfeiffer University.
Coaching License: Grassroots 7v7 9v9 11x11 License
Favorite Team:Liverpool
Favorite Player:Iniesta
Fun Fact:I just moved to myrtle!!!

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!

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

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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